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Greetings and Notes from Your Governor June 2014

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June 2014 Gregory C. Kane, MD, FACP, Governor





Gregory C. Kane, MD, FACP

Pennsylvania Leads Large Contingent to Our Nation's Capital to Advocate for Patients and Internists

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:

  • Preserving GME Funds for our teaching hospitals;
  • Achieving a permanent SGR fix to avoid potential cuts to reimbursements;
  • Promoting alternatives to our flawed medical liability system; and
  • Preventing cuts to Medicaid that affect the most vulnerable in our midst.

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.)


Leadership Day Delegation
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.

A Reminder From Your Governor

rememberMany 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.


Have You Heard?

  • The Pennsylvania Chapter is now on Facebook. Learn more about Chapter activities as well as the accomplishments of friends and colleagues. Most important: Please remember to "like" our page!
  • You can now connect by region on LinkedIn. The Chapter has created a LinkedIn page for each of the three regions. These are private groups that are only open to ACP members of each specific region. This will allow members to more fully engage in a variety of discussions. When on, search for your region - PA ACP East, West or Southeast - and submit a request to join. If you do not know your region, review regional assignments by zip code.
  • The Southeastern Region will hold its 2014 Poster Competition on November 8 at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. All residents and medical students who have provided the ACP with an e-mail address have received information regarding the submission of abstracts and details regarding the poster and medical Jeopardy competitions.
  • The ACP unveiled a High Value Care Coordination Toolkit designed to enable more effective and patient-centered communication between primary care and subspecialist doctors.
  • On May 14 the ACP, CECity, and Pfizer Inc. announced a new public health initiative designed to increase unacceptably low adult vaccination rates by assisting physicians and other health care providers in strongly recommending appropriate vaccination and tracking adult immunization rates for quality measurement and improvement.
  • Drs. Daniel B and C. Eve J. Kimball (Eastern Region) were honored with the 2014 Health Care Champion Award at the seventh annual awards breakfast of the Berks Visiting Nurse Association. As most of you know, Dan Kimball is the current governor of our Eastern Region.


Capitol Update by John Nikoloff

John Nikoloff, ERG Partners

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.

MA Expansion

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.


New Branding


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.


Save The Date: Southeast Region's 2014 Poster and Medical Jeopardy Competition, November 8, 2014

Who: All IM Residents and Medical Students who are members of PA-ACP
What: Southeast Region's Annual Poster and medical Jeopardy Competitions
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Where: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia
Why: Cash prizes
  First place winning abstracts highlighted on the PA-ACP Web site
  Stipend for trip to ACP IM 2015 in Boston
  Opportunity to win regional and national recognition



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.


ACP 2014 Convocation

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.


Congratulations New Fellows!

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


Sixth National Win for Einstein

Einstein Winners
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.


Congratulations National Poster and Podium Winners

Podium Winner
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.

Podium - Research

QRS Duration Predicts Left Ventricular Systolic Function Following ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction
Obiora Maludum, MD, Albert Einstein Medical Center Program, Philadelphia

Podium - Research

Pharmacological VTE Prophylaxis in Chronic Liver Disease -- A Review of Current Practice
Chad H Smith, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Program, Pittsburgh, PA

Podium - Research

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

Poster - Research

Echocardiographic and Electrocardiographic Predictors for Adverse Outcomes in Cirrhotic Patients Hospitalized for Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis
Mahek K. Shah, MBBS, Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

Podium - Research (Student)

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

Pennsylvania Student Poster Finalists

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


PA Members Serving on ACP National Committees & Councils

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

Technical Advisory Committees

Clinical Guidelines Committee
Mary A. Forciea, MD, FACP, Philadelphia, PA

Compensation Committee
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

Membership Committee
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 In the News

Dr. Krol

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.


Spring Photo Gallery

Alexandra Baumann from Einstein displaying her poster during ACP national competition.

Einstein residents
Twenty seven Einstein residents competed in 2013.
Standing above are five enthusiastic competitors.

Einstein residents
The Einstein team cramming for medical Jeopardy

Einstein residents
Einstein team at work.

DC Day
Dr. Jonathan Gotfried and John Derrickson preparing for Capitol Hill visit.

DC Day
(L to R) Drs. Darilyn Moyer, PA-SE past governor, Natalya Klebanov, and Jonathan Gotfried ready to meet their legislators.

DC Day
Southeast Governor Greg Kane, MD and Christine Prifti, Drexel, attending briefing on priority issues.


Welcome Aboard!

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


PA Chapter Calendar of Events

June - December 2014

Date Event Location
June 16 Council Meeting Webinar
July 31 Southeast Abstract Deadline n/a
Aug-Sept Student Activity Fairs Various Locations
Sept 6 Council Meeting Harrisburg
Sept 23 Celebratory Dinner Philadelphia
Oct 25 PAE Poster & Medical Jeopardy PinnacleHealth
Nov 1 PAW Poster & Medical Jeopardy Shadyside, Pittsburg
Nov 8 PASE Poster & Medical Jeopardy Einstein, Philadelphia
Dec 6 Council Meeting Hershey
Dec 6 PA Medical Jeopardy Finals Hershey
Dec 6 Chapter Awards Dinner Hershey

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