Massachusetts Chapter News

Member Feedback is Requested on Spring 2024 Resolutions

(February 2024) Twenty-one (21) resolutions will be considered at the Spring 2024 Board of Governors (BOG) Meeting. With the exception of Resolution 9-S24, which will not be debated because this resolution is slated for adoption as a reaffirmation, please review each resolution and then indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by the deadline your ACP Chapter Governor has requested or by midnight March 13, whichever comes first. 

Your comments will be forwarded to your Governor to be used as part of his/her testimony on behalf of the chapter. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Giampietro, BOG Administrator, at chapter@acpmembership.org. Thank you for your input. 

(NOTE: Proposed resolutions should be considered confidential information and are intended to be viewed by ACP members only. Under no circumstances should proposed resolutions be shared with the news media or social networking media, nor should they be shared with other individuals and organizations. Proposed resolutions do not represent ACP policy.)


Call for Fall 2024 Resolutions

(February 2024) Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council.  

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine.  

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. The just released ACP Board of Governors Resolutions Guide for ACP Members is now available to download and will help, too. The Guide was created to provide members a short overview of the resolutions process essentials and highlights critical ACP online resources you must use.  

Once drafted, members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. Chapter council approval is required to move resolutions forward to ACP national. Although not official ACP policy, a resolution becomes property of the chapter once the chapter council approves forwarding it to national. If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Fall 2024 Board of Governors Meeting is March 29, 2024. 

Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution. 


Congratulations New Chapter Fellows

  • Athanasios Bikas, MD PhD FACP
  • John-Ross D Clarke, MBBS FACP
  • Naveed Jan, MD FACP
  • Martin Kaminski, MD FACP
  • Alon Neidich, MD FACP
  • Nitish Sharma, MD FACP
  • Burton Shen, MD FACP
  • Stephanie E Titus, MD FACP
  • Yichen Wang, MD FACP
  • Fahad Zafar, MD FACP
  • Pascale Carbonara, MD FACP
  • Nyssa Z Melendez-Rios, MD FACP

(February 2024) Congratulations to the Chapter's new Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internal medicine physician lives and practices. 


Chapter Speakers at Internal Medicine Meeting 2024

(December 2023) We’d like to bring attention to our local chapter members who will be presenting as faculty at ACP’s Internal Medicine Meeting 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts this April. Early-bird registration is available through January. For a full schedule or for more information on the meeting, click here.

Janet Abrahm Meet the Professor Palliative Care for Hospitalized Patients Saturday, April 20, 2024
Maureen Achebe Meet the Professor Sickle Cell Anemia: Diagnosis and Management of the Hospitalized Patient Thursday, April 18, 2024
Alexandra Bachorik Case-Based Learning Medication Abortion in 2024: What Internal Medicine Physicians Need to Know (To Prescribe or Refer) Saturday, April 20, 2024
Alexandra Bachorik Case-Based Learning Medication Abortion in 2024: What Internal Medicine Physicians Need to Know (To Prescribe or Refer) Saturday, April 20, 2024
David Berg Meet the Professor Acute Coronary Syndrome: Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Management Thursday, April 18, 2024
Marcy Bolster Update Update in Rheumatology Saturday, April 20, 2024
Risa Beth Burns Panel Annals Beyond the Guidelines: How Would You Treat this Patient with Obesity? Friday, April 19, 2024
Elisa Choi Panel Optimizing Team-Based Telehealth Thursday, April 18, 2024
Kathleen Finn Meet the Professor Teaching and Innovation in Medical Education in Hospital Medicine Thursday, April 18, 2024
Rahul Ganatra Pre-course Hospital Medicine: Success in a Complex Environment Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Ellie Grossman Meet the Professor Cannabinoids for Clinical Care: What Prescribers Need to Know Saturday, April 20, 2024
Shoshana Herzig Pre-course Hospital Medicine: Success in a Complex Environment Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Thomas Heyne Pre-course Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Foundational Skills for Internal Medicine Physicians Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Thomas Heyne Pre-course Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Foundational Skills for Internal Medicine Physicians Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Nicholas Hill Meet the Professor Noninvasive Oxygenation Strategies in the Patient With Hypoxemia Friday, April 19, 2024
Sharon Inouye Meet the Professor Delirium During Hospitalization Friday, April 19, 2024
Kathryn Jobbins Workshop Getting Started as a Clinical Educator: How to Incorporate Teaching Into Your Practice Friday, April 19, 2024
Zahir Kanjee Pre-course Hospital Medicine: Success in a Complex Environment Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Zahir Kanjee Meet the Professor Finding Cardiac Murmurs During Hospitalization: What's Next? Saturday, April 20, 2024
Hasmeena Kathuria Meet the Professor Tobacco Dependence: Promoting Health Behavior Change and Smoking Cessation Thursday, April 18, 2024
Joseph Li Pre-course Hospital Medicine: Success in a Complex Environment Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Adam Lipworth Meet the Professor Dermatology for Hospitalists: A Case-Based Session Friday, April 19, 2024
Elizabeth Loder Clinical Triad Clinical Triad: Neurology for the Internal Medicine Physician Saturday, April 20, 2024
Julia McNabb-Baltar Meet the Professor Evaluation and Management of Acute Pancreatitis Saturday, April 20, 2024
Rebecca Mishuris Panel Making the EHR Work for Us, Not Vice Versa Saturday, April 20, 2024
Stanley Nasraway Pre-course Critical Care Medicine 2024 Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Gaurav Parmar Clinical Skills Center POCUS for DVT Diagnosis  
Adam Rodman Panel Are SOAP Notes Clean or Dirty? Friday, April 19, 2024
Adam Schaffer Meet the Professor Liability and Legal Considerations in Medical Practice: Dos and Don'ts of Risk Management Thursday, April 18, 2024
Gordon Schiff Panel Humanism in Medicine: Re-emphasis on Human-to-Human Interactions Thursday, April 18, 2024
Sejal Shah Meet the Professor Inpatient With Psychiatric Dual Diagnosis Saturday, April 20, 2024
Gerald Smetana Meet the Professor New Meds to Know in Primary Care Thursday, April 18, 2024
Nancy Sweitzer Meet the Professor Heart Failure in the Hospitalized Patient Saturday, April 20, 2024
Anne Thorndike Panel Annals Beyond the Guidelines: How Would You Treat this Patient with Obesity? Friday, April 19, 2024
Kevin Wilson Meet the Professor Interstitial Lung Disease: Evaluation and Management Thursday, April 18, 2024

BOR Action on Fall 2023 BOG Resolutions

(December 2023) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Fall 2023 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

If you have an idea you would like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or local ACP chapter. Visit the advocacy section of your ACP chapter website for more information on how to propose a resolution.


Congratulations New Chapter Fellows

  • Thomas F Heyne, MD FACP
  • Christopher D Velez, MD FACP
  • Aisha James, MD FACP
  • Suprav Mishra, MD FACP
  • Shela Sridhar, MD FACP
  • Galina Tan, MD FACP

(November 2023) Congratulations to the Chapter's new Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internal medicine physician lives and practices.


2023 Chapter Excellence Award – Gold Winner

Chapter Excellence Award Bronze We are pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the Gold Level of the 2023 Chapter Excellence Award! The award recognizes truly extraordinary chapters that surpass excellence in chapter management. We are in the company of 54 other outstanding chapters. In order to achieve the Gold Level of the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet nineteen Bronze criteria, seventeen Silver criteria and multiple Gold level activities. Criteria include such activities as having a legislative action plan or agenda, holding a volunteerism/community service activity, holding multiple stand-alone meetings, having revenue sources outside of dues and meeting registration fees, implementing a strategic plan, implementing a formal recruitment and retention plan and measuring outcomes, conducting various activities for Medical Students, Residents and Early Career Physicians.

We would like to extend a special thanks to those chapter members who assisted us in all of these endeavors! For their hard work and dedication, we received this award.


We Request Your Feedback on the Proposed Fall 2023 Board of Governors Resolutions

(August 2023) We would like to request your feedback regarding resolutions that will be considered at the Fall 2023 Board of Governors Meeting. With the exception of Resolution 3-F23 which was accepted as a reaffirmation and will not be debated, please review the balance of the slate and then indicate your support or opposition by completing the resolutions electronic response form by August 30th.

After considering the intent of each resolution and how it fits with the College’s Mission and Goals, please provide your feedback on each resolution and indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by August 30. Your input will be used as part of testimony on behalf of the chapter.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide comments regarding these resolutions. By providing your feedback on the Board of Governors resolutions, you have helped to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine.


Call for Spring 2024 BOG Resolutions

(July 2023) Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council.  

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. The recently released ACP Board of Governors Resolutions Guide for ACP Members is now available to download and will help, too. The Guide was created to provide members a short overview of the resolutions process essentials and highlights critical ACP online resources you must use.  

Once drafted, members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. Chapter council approval to move resolutions forward to ACP national is required. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves forwarding it to national. If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Spring 2024 Board of Governors Meeting is October 16, 2023.  

Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution.


BOR Action on Spring 2023 BOG Resolutions

(June 2023) summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Spring 2023 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.


Massachusetts Chapter Receives the Mary Bieter Evergreen All Stars Award

(May 2023) The Mary Bieter Evergreen All-Star Awards recognized exceptional and sustained chapter-initiated programs that supported and adapted to the Internal Medicine landscape in the United States and around the world. ACP Members were asked to review and select All-Star nominations they believed were worth of recognition. The Massachusetts Chapter received the Mary Bieter Evergreen All-Star Award for their initiative, Health and Public Policy Committee. 

Health and Public Policy Committee

Each year the committee identifies advocacy priorities based on feedback from members. Programs range from in-depth work on particular policy areas to opportunities for a member to write or call a legislator’s office to express perspectives on a timely matter. MA HPPC has grown in breadth and depth for years. Interest among members is robust. A centerpiece of the MA HPPC’s work, Advocacy Day at the State House, held its 5th successful annual experience for members, legislators, and staff in 2022. 

Numerous ways to participate are offered, from information about an upcoming legislative matter and templates to facilitate contact your legislator about it, to learning opportunities about how to advocate effectively, to subcommittees about particular advocacy matters and opportunities to lead a subcommittee. For example, Advocacy Day 2020 occurred soon after the onset of the pandemic lockdown and was rapidly converted to a virtual experience. For 2021, there was time to plan the meeting to be virtual; the Advocacy Education Subcommittee planned virtual training prior to Advocacy Day and for the day of the event. From 2020 to 2021, legislative meetings increased from 10 to 22, with geographic participation increased facilitating connections with certain legislators for the first time. Chapter participants increased from 28 (10 new) to 65 from 2020 to 2021. Trainee representation increased. MA HPPC’s Virtual Advocacy Day became the blueprint for some other ACP Chapter’s virtual Advocacy Day efforts later in 2020; those Chapters reached out to our Chapter for guidance on how to operationalize their virtual Advocacy Day, fostering cross-chapter support, communication, and collaboration.


Chapter Members Elected to ACP Fellowship

(March 2023) We would like to congratulate our chapter members on election to Fellow of the American College of Physicians. The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine.

Krishna A Agarwal, MD MBBS FACP

Prarthna V Bhardwaj, MD FACP

Jose E Freire Jr, MD FACP

Courtney Elizabeth Harris, MD FACP

Albana Bufi Mihali, MD FACP

Dermot Murphy, MD FACP

Janewit Wongboonsin, MD FACP

Chih Chao Yang, MD FACP

Allessandro A Girolamo, Jr, MD FACP

Suresh Mamidala, MBBS MD FACP

Sreelakshmi Panginikkod, MD FACP

Romela Petrosyan, MD FACP

Fellowship is elected upon the recommendation of peers and the review of ACP’s Credentials Subcommittee. They may now use the letters “FACP” after their name in recognition of this honor. Please join me in congratulations!


Chapter Speakers at Internal Medicine Meeting 2023

(March 2023) We would like to draw your attention to our Internal Medicine Meeting 2023 local speakers.

Michael Barry Lexington Massachusetts Panel Annals Beyond the Guidelines: Would you Screen an Older Patient for Cognitive Impairment? Friday, April 28, 2023
Harriet Bering Bedford Massachusetts Panel Hospital/Ambulatory Care Coordination and Transitions Saturday, April 29, 2023
Deborah Blacker Charlestown Massachusetts Panel Annals Beyond the Guidelines: Would you Screen an Older Patient for Cognitive Impairment? Friday, April 28, 2023
Amy Bregar Boston Massachusetts Meet the Professor Gynecologic Cancers Thursday, April 27, 2023
Risa Beth Burns Sudbury Massachusetts Panel Annals Beyond the Guidelines: Would you Screen an Older Patient for Cognitive Impairment? Friday, April 28, 2023
Andrew Fenves Boston Massachusetts Workshop How to Write a Clinical Case Report Friday, April 28, 2023
Shoshana Herzig Cambridge Massachusetts Meet the Professor Approach to Acute and Chronic Pain in the Patient Admitted to the Hospital Thursday, April 27, 2023
Rebecca Mishuris Waban Massachusetts Panel Leveraging Digital Health Tools to Support Equity Saturday, April 29, 2023
Martin Samuels Boston Massachusetts Meet the Professor How Neurologists Think: What My Errors Have Taught Me Friday, April 28, 2023
Gerald Smetana West Roxbury Massachusetts Meet the Professor Newly Approved Medications in Primary Care Friday, April 28, 2023
Fatima Stanford Boston Massachusetts Clinical Triad Clinical Triad: Three Dimensions of Obesity Care: Lifestyle, Medications, Surgery Friday, April 28, 2023
Fatima Stanford Boston Massachusetts Meet the Professor Food for Thought: What Should I Eat and When? Friday, April 28, 2023
Valerie Stone Jamaica Plain Massachusetts Panel Why Equity and Inclusion are Important for Individual and Organizational Wellness Friday, April 28, 2023
Shreya Trivedi Wakefield Massachusetts Workshop How to Keep Up with Medical Evidence Friday, April 28, 2023
Christina Wee Watertown Massachusetts Panel Annals of Internal Medicine: Recent Articles That You Should Know About Saturday, April 29, 2023
Christina Wee Watertown Massachusetts Panel Understanding Clinical Research: Randomized Controlled Trials Thursday, April 27, 2023
Elaine Yu Chestnut Hill Massachusetts Meet the Professor Bone Health and Newer Approaches to Osteoporosis Saturday, April 29, 2023
Peter Zimetbaum Brookline Massachusetts Meet the Professor Keeping Pace With Cardiac Devices Thursday, April 27, 2023

If you’re attending IMM23, please join us at Massachusetts, Michigan, and Wisconsin Chapters Reception—6:00-7:00 p.m., Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, Marriott Grand Ballroom, Section 9.


Member Feedback is Requested on Spring 2023 Resolutions

(March 2023) Fourteen (14) resolutions will be considered at the Spring 2023 Board of Governors (BOG) Meeting. Please review each resolution and then indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by the deadline your ACP Chapter Governor has requested or by March 22, whichever comes first.

Your comments will be forwarded to the Chapter Governor to be used as part of their testimony on behalf of the chapter. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Giampietro, BOG Administrator, at chapter@acpmembership.org. Thank you for your input.

(NOTE: Proposed resolutions should be considered confidential information and are intended to be viewed by ACP members only. Under no circumstances should proposed resolutions be shared with the news media or social networking media, nor should they be shared with other individuals and organizations. Proposed resolutions do not represent ACP policy.)


Call for Fall 2023 Resolutions

(February 2023) Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council.

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. The just released ACP Board of Governors Resolutions Guide for ACP Members is now available to download and will help, too. The Guide was created to provide members a short overview of the resolutions process essentials and highlights critical ACP online resources you must use.

Once drafted, members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. Chapter council approval to move resolutions forward to ACP national is required. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves forwarding it to national. If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Fall 2023 Board of Governors Meeting is March 30, 2023.

Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution.


Mary Bieter All Star Awards Voting Open

(December 2022) For the past 30 years, ACP has celebrated chapter-led programming through an annual awards program known as the John Tooker Evergreen Awards. This year we are celebrating the 30th year anniversary of this program through a special recognition program. The Mary Bieter Evergreen All-Stars Award program recognizes exceptional and sustained chapter-initiated programs that has supporting and adapted to the Internal Medicine landscape in the United States and around the world.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Celebrate chapter-initiated programs that align with ACP's priority themes;
  • Increase prominence of chapter programs by granting ACP's 161,000 membership base autonomy to select All-Star winners

Our chapter recently submitted "Health and Public Policy Committee " and we need your help. For the first time in 30 years, ACP's 161,000 membership will be asked to vote on the All-Star nominations they believe are the best. If you're a Chapter  member, you have 3 votes. Review the nominations at acponline.org/allstars and vote today! Voting ends January 31, 2023.

Vote Now! 


Board of Regents Action on Fall 2022 BOG Resolutions

(November 2022) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Fall 2022 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

If you have an idea you'd like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or local ACP chapter. Visit your ACP chapter website for more information on how to contact your Governor or chapter staff about proposing a resolution.


Chapter Members Elected to ACP Fellowship

(November 2022) We would like to congratulate our chapter members on election to Fellow of the American College of Physicians. The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine.

  • Caroline C Block, MD FACP
  • Laxmitejaswi Mittapalli, MBBS FACP
  • Ryan Emerson Nelson, MD FACP
  • Ryan Quarles, MD FACP
  • Ilana M Schlam, MD FACP
  • Zeeshan Solangi, MBBS FACP

Fellowship is elected upon the recommendation of peers and the review of ACP’s Credentials Subcommittee. They may now use the letters “FACP” after their name in recognition of this honor. Please join me in congratulations!


Congratulations to Massachusetts members on Masterships and National Awards

(October 2022) We are excited to share that the Mastership/Awards Committee and the Board of Regents have approved the following members to receive an award recognition during the 2023 Internal Medicine Meeting in San Diego, California.

  • Thomas L. Higgins, MD, MACP - Mastership
  • Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MACP - Mastership and the John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine
  • Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) - Edward R. Loveland Memorial Award for a Distinguished Contribution in the Health Field
  • Martin A. Samuels, MD, MACP - Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award Leigh H. Simmons, MD, FACP - Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educator
  • Joia S. Mukherjee, MD - Steven E. Weinberger Award for Physician Executives/Leaders

One of the goals of the American College of Physicians is to “recognize excellence and distinguished contributions to internal medicine.” As a way of achieving this goal, the College offers 21 awards and a number of Masterships each year. Annually, awardees and Masters are honored at the Convocation ceremony held during the Internal Medicine meeting.