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On May 21 and 22, the PA-ACP sent a strong contingent of students, residents and physician members to Washington to get our lawmakers attention on key issues facing internists in our local communities. During this two day event we focused on four (4) priority issues:
This year's attendees were led by Dr. Evan Pollack and included Drs. Jeff Jaeger, Dan Kimball, Larry Jones, Darilyn Moyer, Chuck Cutler, and Greg Kane. We were excited to have resident attendees from Drexel, Jefferson, Penn, and Temple (Drs. Danielle Krol, Arpan Patel, Fatima Syed, Natalya Klebanov, and Jonathan Gottfried); as well as students from Penn State and Drexel (Christine Prifti, Sravanthi Koduri, and Katherine Greco).
I want you to know that we will be fighting for Pennsylvania's internists, not just on the Hill, but back here in Pennsylvania as well. To learn more about our issues, please visit the ACP Web site.
Thank you for your interest in the ACP and your willingness to read this message.
Gregory C. Kane, MD, FACP
ACP Governor, Southeastern PA
(Note: Read the entirety of Dr. Kane's informative comments.)
The 2014 Pennsylvania Leadership Day delegation. Front row (L to R) Christine Prifti, Katherine Greco, Sravanthi Koduri, Natalya Klebanov, MD, Jeffrey Jaeger, MD and Arpan Patel, MD. Rear (L to R) Greg Kane, MD, Larry Jones, MD, Danielle Krol, MD, Darilyn Moyer, MD, Dan Kimball, MD, Jonathan Gotfried, MD and John Derrickson, Executive Director, PA-ACP.
Many of you have not renewed your ACP membership. For those of you who were previously members or fellows, our need for your support and participation in the ACP has never been greater.
Together we can increase our power for advocating for our doctors and our patients. As you can see from my Governor's letter, many of us are staying active to fight for the medical environment right here in Pennsylvania. Please read about our recent trip to the Capital and work on your behalf.
John Nikoloff, ERG Partners
With the spring primary in the rearview mirror, we now know that the gubernatorial election will see Governor Tom Corbett and Lt. Governor Jim Cawley facing Tom Wolf, a York County businessman who was Secretary of Revenue under former Governor Ed Rendell, and his running mate State Sen. Mike Stack of Philadelphia, who is Democratic Chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. Early polling shows Wolf with a double digit lead over Governor Corbett, but it is very early and a long way until November with tens of millions of dollars yet to be spent in convincing voters.
With all 253 House seats and half of the State Senate seats up for election this fall, we anticipate much of the legislative scene the rest of the year will focus on two things: passing a state budget; and positioning policies with one eye on the elections.
The Commonwealth's Medicaid waiver request is still under consideration by HHS, and the Corbett Administration is hoping for an early June decision that will allow any savings to be reflected in the budget. PA-ACP continues to work for the expansion of Medicaid to cover more than 500,000 new beneficiaries, for primary care loan forgiveness and residency slot expansions, and improved funding for Graduate Medical Education, part of the state's Healthy PA program. Payments for primary care services were increased this spring.
The state budget is a major hurdle for the General Assembly, with projections of as much as a $1.4 billion shortfall. Legislative leaders don't want to increase taxes in an election year. We anticipate a combination of cuts in programs, transfers of funding from other dedicated sources, and perhaps some moderate fee increases. An agreement on pension or liquor system reform could improve the budget picture, but denial of the Medicaid waiver could immediately increase that deficit.
Pennsylvania's advanced practice nurses are pushing for practice independent of collaborative physician agreements. And pharmacists are seeking to provide injections, immunizations and biologicals to children. PA-ACP is working to ensure responsible care for all patients in the Commonwealth.
The legislature is also looking at creation of a statewide prescription drug data base and a renewal of the PA Health Care Cost Containment Council for another three years, both with PA-ACP's support.
Multiple bills have been introduced to regulate integrated health care delivery systems, and in response to the UPMC/Highmark contract battle. PA-ACP is monitoring these bills as they are introduced.
At times, efforts on non-healthcare bills are also important to internists. For example, one property tax reform bill would shift school funding from property taxes to professional services. PA-ACP is working to protect your interests in discussions about this bill.
This spring, Pennsylvania passed the Indoor Tanning Registration and Regulation Act, which requires registration and health warnings for tanning facilities, and limits use of the salons by children under 18.
After the budget is passed, the legislature will have a limited schedule for the rest of the year. Barring some major change, it's very unlikely that major legislative initiatives will be pressed.
ACP unveiled our new logo and tagline - 'Leading Internal Medicine, Improving Lives' with an inspirational video at Internal Medicine 2014.
ACP's new logo presents us in a contemporary, vibrant style, while maintaining a link to our rich history by incorporating the traditional element of the lamp of knowledge. Our new tagline speaks to the accomplishments of our members as well as to ACP's role in the field of internal medicine.
There will be three categories for abstract submission: Research, Quality Improvement and Clinical Vignettes. We strongly encourage you to submit in the QI and Research category as these are typically under represented.
All lead abstract authors and medical Jeopardy participants must be members of the ACP. Your ACP membership number is required for electronic submission of your abstracts. Student membership is also required. It is free.
Only three abstracts can be submitted per first author, and you may not submit more than two abstracts in any one category. Word limit is 350, plus title and authors; for all three categories. Your abstract may not have been previously presented. The first author and actual presenter must be members of the American College of Physicians (ACP).
The abstract submission deadline: 11:59 PM July 31, 2014. Abstracts received after the deadline will not be accepted! We highly encourage you to submit early to ensure that your abstract is received. Submissions can be accepted starting July 1. More details will be available on the Chapter Web site.
Three leaders in the in the College: (L to R) Geno Merli, MD, Chief Medical Officer Jefferson University Hospital; Howard Weitz, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Jefferson and Arnold Eiser, MD, Professor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine and Chair of PA-ACP Health and Public Policy
The Convocation of the ACP is an annual ceremony whereby the College recognizes and applauds its new Fellows and the recipients of various honors. Congratulations to Charles Cutler, Arnold R. Eiser and Ezekiel J Emanuel who became Masters of the College during IM 2014. Candidates must make a notable contribution to medicine to be considered for Mastership.
It was an honor for two of our members to receive national ACP awards during IM 2014. The William C. Menninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Mental Health was presented to Charles P. O'Brien, MD, PhD and the Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award for Outstanding Contribution to Humanism in Medicine was received by Steven J. Peitzman, MD, FACP.
Ashish Bhargava, MD FACP, Philadelphia
C. Celeste Mruk, MD FACP, Blue Bell
Catherine L Kuntz, MD FACP, Philadelphia
James C Reynolds, MD FACP, Philadelphia
Jason C Ojeda, MD FACP, Philadelphia
Jennifer Sloane, MD FACP, Philadelphia
Ji Hoon Baang, MD FACP, Philadelphia
Jonathan E Doroshow, MD FACP, Philadelphia
Kristin Christensen, MD FACP, Plymouth Meeting
Oung Thain, MD FACP, Huntingdon Valley
Paul Bray MD FACP, Philadelphia
Robert S Mirsky, MD FACP, Langhorne
Shehryar Anjum, MD FACP, Huntingdon Valley
Sourab Dhungel, MBBS FACP, Cherry Hill
Srikanth Nagalla, MD FACP, Philadelphia
Xiaoying Deng, MD FACP, Boothwyn
Thank you to the following Chapter members for recruiting their colleagues as part of ACP's Recruit-a-Colleague program:
Adam J. Albert, MD
Elmer J. Holzinger, MD, MACP
Gregory C. Kane, MD, FACP
Sunjeet Kaur, MBBS
Nina Mingioni, MD, FACP
Leo J. Motter, MD
Seth M. Quarty, MD, FACP
Einstein's unconquerable team, celebrating their sixth national victory while accepting the Osler Cup for another year. Team members from (L to R) are Drs. Perelas, Punjabi, Wykretowicz, Garrido, Ramakrishnan and Garcia.
A segment from the Osler Cup ceremony ran on Channel 6 ABC Philadelphia. This is not available for viewing on mobile devices.
According to Channel 6 Action News, "If you think the questions on Jeopardy are tough, imagine if all the categories were about medicine. There is a national competition hosted by the ACP called Doctor's Dilemma™, or medical Jeopardy, and once again the champs are from Philadelphia. This was the sixth win for the Einstein team. In true Philadelphia style, they did it with a comeback in the final game. Pretty exciting!"
Also, check out this You Tube video featuring Einstein team member Praveen Ramakrishnan celebrating Einstein's success during the national Doctor's Dilemma™ competition in Orlando.
Dr. Obiora Maludum, research podium winner at ACP IM 2014 in Orlando. Dr. Maludum is a PGY2 at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
We were honored to have so many chapter members represent our chapter for the Associate and Medical Students Abstract Competition held during Internal Medicine 2014. The following were Podium Presenters or Poster Winners.
QRS Duration Predicts Left Ventricular Systolic Function Following ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction
Obiora Maludum, MD, Albert Einstein Medical Center Program, Philadelphia
Pharmacological VTE Prophylaxis in Chronic Liver Disease -- A Review of Current Practice
Chad H Smith, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Program, Pittsburgh, PA
Improved Immunogenicity with High-Dose Seasonal Influenza Vaccine in HIV-Infected Persons: A Single Center, Parallel, Randomized Trial
Annals' Young Investigator: 2013 Internal Medicine Junior Faculty Award
Noah McKittrick, MD, Philadelphia, PA
Echocardiographic and Electrocardiographic Predictors for Adverse Outcomes in Cirrhotic Patients Hospitalized for Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis
Mahek K. Shah, MBBS, Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
The Prevalence and Correlates of Lifetime Mental Disorders and Trauma Exposures in Urban and Rural Settings: Results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R)
Sucharita Mukherjee, Student, Penn State College of Medicine
Amol Agarwal, University of Pennsylvania
A Paraneoplastic Syndrome Without the Neoplasm: Opsoclonus Myoclonus Ataxia
Ronald Nicholas Bogdasarian, The Commonwealth Medical College
Quality Improvement in Medical Education and Practice: An Interactive Anatomic Atlas for Self-Instruction
Our Chapter is well represented on ACP National Committees and Council. Currently holding leadership positions are the following members:
Education and Publication Committee
Jack Ende, MD, MACP, Philadelphia. PA
Eileen M. Moser, MD, FACP, Hummelstown, PA
Ethics, Professionalism, and Human Rights Committee
Daniel B. Kimball, Jr., MD, FACP, Wyomissing, PA
Financial Policy & Audit Committee
Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP, Lafayette Hill, PA
Governance Committee Charles Cutler, MD, MACP, Merion Station, PA, Chair
Daniel B. Kimball Jr., MD, FACP, Wyomissing, PA
Governors' Subcommittee on Nominations
Daniel B. Kimball, Jr., MD, FACP, Wyomissing, PA, Chair
Health and Public Policy Committee
Gregory C. Kane, MD, FACP, Philadelphia, PA
Coding and Payment Subcommittee
Scott Manaker, MD, FACP, Philadelphia, PA
Clinical Guidelines Committee
Mary A. Forciea, MD, FACP, Philadelphia, PA
Charles Cutler, MD, MACP, Merion Station, PA
Medical Informatics Committee
Scott Manaker, MD, FACP, Philadelphia, PA
Performance Measurement Committee
Mary Ann Forciea, MD, FACP, Philadelphia, PA
Gregory C. Kane, MD, FACP, Philadelphia, PA
Internal Medicine Scientific Program Committee - IM 2016
John B. Bulger, DO, FACP, Danville, PA
Geno J. Merli, MD, MACP, Philadelphia, PA
Sally W. Pullman-Mooar, MD, FACP, Philadelphia, PA
Nicholas J. Ruggiero, MD, FACP, Philadelphia, PA
Danielle Krol, MD, a resident member of ACP, was featured in an ABC News health blog with her article titled, How Yoga Can Help Women with Breast Cancer.
Dr. Krol recently worked on ABC's Medical Unit under the mentorship of Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Richard Besser and Medical Editor and Dan Childs, Managing Editor of the ABC News Medical Unit in New York.
Alexandra Baumann from Einstein displaying her poster during ACP national competition.
Twenty seven Einstein residents competed in 2013.
Standing above are five enthusiastic competitors.
The Einstein team cramming for medical Jeopardy
Einstein team at work.
Dr. Jonathan Gotfried and John Derrickson preparing for Capitol Hill visit.
(L to R) Drs. Darilyn Moyer, PA-SE past governor, Natalya Klebanov, and Jonathan Gotfried ready to meet their legislators.
Southeast Governor Greg Kane, MD and Christine Prifti, Drexel, attending briefing on priority issues.
The Southeastern Region welcomes our new Members! We look forward to meeting you and invite you to join us at our various activities planned for the year.
Amna O Sheikh, MD, Philadelphia
Emil Thomas, MD, Philadelphia
Haimavathi Bhat, DO, Lansdowne
Hanhnhon Doan, MD, Ambler
Harinder Singh, MD, Philadelphia
Judd D Flesch, MD, Philadelphia
Julie A O'Hara, MD, Eagleville
Julie Katz, DO, Philadelphia
Kisha Vanterpool, MD, Philadelphia
Manav N Segal, MD, Philadelphia
Maria E Escorcia, MD, Philadelphia
Mark Joseph DeCaro, Philadelphia
Nancy L Corcoran, DO, Yardley
Ricardo Proenca, MD, Rydal
Sabu J George, MD, Philadelphia
Sarah Cohen, MD, Philadelphia
Svetlana Katsev, MD, Philadelphia
William Schweickert, MD, Merion Station
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