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Maine Governor's Newsletter November 2018

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Rebecca B. Hemphill, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Rebecca B. Hemphill, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

As we quickly move into the upcoming holiday season, I hope that all of you are able to take time to spend time with friends and family and reflect on all that we are thankful for both in our personal lives and in our professional lives. During these times of great change in medicine, political strife (election day is around the corner as I write this) and conflict both in our country and in the world, I am still reminded that the work we all do for our patients and our communities is important and an incredible privilege. We do need to continue to use our voices in the important areas that affect all of us, regardless of our political leanings – assure access to health care for all, reduce gun violence, do what we can to reduce climate change, participate in the process for payment reform and support medical education.

I thank all of you for the work that you do, and wish you peace, joy and a little rest for these holidays.

Rebecca B. Hemphill, MD, FACP



Maine Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting


The 2018 Maine Chapter Scientific and Annual Meeting was held near the end of September in Bar Harbor – it was once again an incredibly rich educational experience and a fun and important social event for internal medicine physicians and their families from across the state. Special thanks go out to our education planning committee for putting on an outstanding program. We started off the program with an Advocacy update from Dr. Hani Jarawan, Chair of our Health and Public Policy Committee. In addition to helping promote the platform laid out by ACP, he has fostered important relationships with our Maine delegation during unplanned meetings with them on flights to and from DC.


We advanced our knowledge of peri-operative assessments by Dr. Tom Gearan and Dr. Steve Hess, and we learned about chronic pain management through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Ellen Zimmerman, LCSW and Nora Morse, LCSW.

We had a record number of poster presentations on Friday evening, illustrating outstanding work by medical students, residents and high school students. Many thanks to Emily Zarookian, MD for organizing.


Our resident vignettes were once again a highlight of the weekend. Thanks to the 4 residents who presented, Dr. Hilary Glick, Dr. Hassan Mahmoud, Dr. Sean Lena and Dr. Rebecca Bystrom. All vignette presenters were presented with a copy of “On Being A Doctor” Volume 4, signed by co-editor, Maine Chapter Master, Michael LaCombe, MD. Congratulations to Dr. Bystrom, on her vignette “Turning the Differential on Its Head: A Case of Rhombencephalitis”. She will represent our chapter as the vignette winner at IM 2019 in Philadelphia this spring. Many thanks, once again, go to Stephen Hayes, MD, FACP, for organizing our vignette presentations.


Resident Vignette winner, Rebecca Bystrom, MD

We once again were fortunate to have a beautiful fall weekend, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of Acadia National Park – whether it was hiking, biking, strolling in Bar Harbor or enjoying the gardens of the region, it is a reminder to us all why we live in and love Maine.

We enjoyed hearing from Dr. Sal Mangione during our Leonard Kielson MD FACP Memorial Lecture, whose rapid-fire, fun and educational talk – The Art of Observation and the Observation of Art, wowed us all.

Our Sunday morning sessions had a focus on cardiology, with outstanding presentations by Dr. Sanjeev Francis on Acute Coronary Syndrome and Dr Esther Shao on Heart Failure therapy. We tried something new this year, with an ECG competition to test everyone's ability with reading ECGs, lead by Dr. Francis. And finally our Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind panel focused on burning questions related to cardiology.


Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind Panel,

Dr. Sanjeev Francis, Dr. Sal Mangione,

Dr. Esther Shao, Dr. Doug Couper.

At our town meeting, I heard from many of you how important this meeting is both for its educational value, but also as an important opportunity for us all to spend time together. Many of us get wrapped up in our busy varied work lives – as primary care providers, hospital medicine providers and specialists. And this meeting serves as an important reminder of our common roots as internal medicine physicians and the important role that ACP can play to continue to hold us together.

We will be submitting a resolution for consideration at the spring 2019 ACP Board of Governors meeting that is focused on Climate Change, proposed by Nancy Hasenfus, and will be cosponsoring an additional resolution that addresses improved payment for Advance Care Planning.

The Maine Chapter was pleased to offer MOC points for the majority of the educational presentations again this year.

To view the Scientific presentations of the 2018 Maine Chapter Scientific Meeting click here



Maine Chapter Laureate 2018 – John Erickson, MD, FACP


We were pleased to announce the 2018 Laureate Award is our immediate past Governor, Dr. John Erickson. Dr. Thomas Gearan, who hired Dr. Erickson as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Maine Medical Center, presented the award.

The Laureate Award honors Fellows and Masters of the College who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research and in service to their community, their Chapter, and the American College of Physicians. And all of you who know John, know that he has done all of these things.

Dr. Erickson earned his B.A., Magna cum laude, from Bowdoin in College in 1976. He went on to medical school at George Washington University finishing with distinction in 1980. He completed his internship and residencies in Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester. Dr. Erickson has been an Assistant Clinical Professor in Medicine for Tufts School of Medicine since 2011. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Clinical professor and Instructor in Clinical Medicine for the University of Vermont.

Dr. Erickson has been a member of the Maine Medical Center medical staff since 1990. Since 2009 he has been the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Maine Medical Center. He previously was attending physician at both E. J. Noble Hospital in upstate New York and Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine.

Dr. Erickson has shown his love for medicine and medical education as a resident preceptor at MMC Medicine Continuity Clinic, as an Attending physician on the Inpatient Medicine Service at MMC and as a Lecturer to house staff on a variety of Internal Medicine topics.

John has received the “Excellence in Teaching Award” from the MMC Department of Medicine in 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2009.

Dr. Erickson has participated on numerous committees, including Chair of the Intermed Quality Improvement Committee for 10 years. He has also been a member of the Intermed IT Committee, the NOVA Diabetes Task Force, their EHR Steering Committee and their Cardiovascular Task Force. Dr. Erickson was also a member of the MMC Internal Medicine Curriculum Committee for 10 years and is still a member of the MMC Peer Support Group.

Dr. Erickson became Governor of the Maine Chapter of ACP in 2014. Under his leadership, the chapter developed and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan that has guided our work over these last several years. In 2017, the Maine Chapter won an ACP Evergreen Award for the “Morning Report” program started at the University of New England in Biddeford, a program for medical students from both UNE and Tufts to learn from case presentations. In 2017 the Maine Chapter was the first organization in Maine to offer MOC points at our Maine Chapter Scientific and Annual Meeting, and MOC points will again be offered at the 2018 Maine Chapter Scientific and Annual Meeting. The Chapter received the Chapter Excellence Award for each of the years that Dr. Erickson was Governor. Finally, the Chapter worked with the Maine Medical Center Department of Medicine to assist in the development and implementation of the innovative Resident Rural Track now being offered thru MMC.

John and his wife, Jeri, have 3 grown children and celebrated the arrival of their first grandchild last year.



Mark your Calendar for these important events in 2019

March 20, 2019, Portland, ME
1st Annual Richard Engel Primary Care Symposium
Co-sponsored by Maine Chapter ACP and the Maine Medical Center Department of

April 11-13, 2019 Philadelphia, PA
ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2019

Sept 20-22, 2019 Bar Harbor, ME
Maine Chapter Scientific & Annual Meeting, Atlantic Oceanside, Bar Harbor.


Finally, if you are interested in getting more involved in chapter activities or committees, I would love to make you aware of a new link to a “Volunteer Interest” Form on our Chapter website posted at acponlinevolunteering . Or more traditionally, you can contact Warene Eldridge or me via email