Puerto Rico Chapter 2023 Annual Chapter Meeting

Thursday, March 2 - Saturday, March 4, 2023
La Concha Renaissances Hotel, San Juan

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Puerto Rico Chapter 2023 Annual Chapter Meeting

Fostering Excellence in Internal Medicine

The PR Chapter is pleased to offer a safe meeting space to learn, recharge, and facilitate face-to-face discussion with your peers, chapter leaders, and guest speakers!

Join your internal medicine colleagues at the next PR Chapter scientific meeting March 2 - 4, 2023:

  • Earn CME credits and MOC points and connect with other internists who know your challenges and can help you find solutions.
  • Experience top-notch education from expert faculty, meet new people and connect with old friends, and learn about ways to get involved with our Chapter.
  • This meeting will help you meet your needs as a physician and help you provide the best care for your patients using the latest information.

We look forward to seeing you in San Juan!

Edwin A. Alicea, MD, FACP
ACP Governor, Puerto Rico Chapter

Meeting Highlights
  • Comprehensive Update in Internal Medicine
Program Committee
  • Chair: Hilton Franqui-Rivera, MD, FACP, FACC, FHRS
  • Mark Vergara, MD
  • Edgardo Adorno, MD
  • Jessie Alemán, MD
  • Milliette Alvarado, MD, FACE
  • Humberto Guiot, MD FACP
  • Edwin Alicea, MD, FACP, Ex-Officio

18 CME & MOC Available

Ponce Medical School LogoThis activity is sponsored by The Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc. and the American College of Physicians Puerto Rico Chapter.
Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc., and American College of Physicians Puerto Rico Chapter. The Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Provider’s No. 0007249, to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc is accredited by the Puerto Rico Board of Licensing and Medical Disciplines, provider’s No. 016-DC23-JLDM.
Credit Designation
The Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc designates this educational activity for a maximum of 18.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ subject to approval. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Faculty Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor and integrity in all of its sponsored educational activities.

All persons who are in a position to control the educational content of a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the participants any relevant financial relationship(s) they have with the commercial supporters and/or providers of commercial services and/or manufacturers of any commercial products discussed during the educational activity. All conflicts of interest have been identified and resolved prior to the release of this activity.

Target Audience
This program is designed for physicians.


Thursday, March 2

Time Session
8:00-8:15 AM Welcome
Edwin Alicea, MD, FACP, ACP Puerto Rico Chapter Governor
8:15-8:45 AM Beyond Statin Therapy
José García-Mateo, MD, FACE
8:55-9:35 AM Pharmacology Strategies for Weight Loss
Andrea Coviello, MD, FACE, MMCi
9:35-10:15 AM Approach to Management of Arterial Hypertension
Luis Rodríguez Espinoza, MD, FACC
10:15-10:35 AM Panel Q&A
10:35-11:00 AM Break
11:00-11:40 AM Quality Measures for Hospital Care Transition
Sandeep R Pagali, MD, MPH
11:40-12:20 PM Glucose Control in Hospitalized Patients
Janet Colón, MD
12:20-12:30 PM Panel Q&A
12:30-2:00 PM Lunch
2:00-2:40 PM Antibiotic Stewardship
Juan Lemos, MD
2:40-3:20 PM Pharmacological Prevention of HIV
Humberto Guiot, MD, FACP, FIDSA
3:20-4:00 PM Advances in the Search for the HIV Cure
Jorge Santana, MD
4:00-4:30 PM Panel Q&A

Friday, March 4

Time Session
8:15-8:55 AM Evolving Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines
Marcia Cruz-Correa, MD PhD, AGAF, FASGE
8:55-9:35 AM Advances in the Management of Diabetes
Andrea Coviello, MD, FACE
9:35-10:15 AM Use of Technology in the Management of Diabetes Mellitus
Loida González, MD
10:15-10:35 AM Panel Q&A
10:35-11:00 AM Break
11:00-11:40 AM Ophthalmology Pearls for the Primary Care Physician
Armando Oliver, MD
11:40-12:20 PM Outpatient Evaluation and Management of Headache
Maria García, MD
12:20-12:30 PM Panel Q&A
2:30-2:00 PM Lunch
2:00-2:40 PM Preventing Acute Kidney Injury in the Inpatient Setting
Eddie Rodríguez, MD
2:40-3:20 PM Delirium in the Geriatric World
Sandeep Pagali, MD, MPH
3:20-4:00 PM Preventing Nosocomial Infections
Arelis Febles, MD
4:00-4:20 PM Panel Q&A

Saturday, March 4

Time Session
8:15-8:55 AM Long COVID-19
Carlos del Rio, MD
8:55-9:35 AM Complications of End-Stage Renal Disease
Carlos Rivera Bermudez, MD
9:35-10:15 AM Inflammatory Bowel Disease Pearls
Irene Villamil, MD
10:15-10:35 AM Panel Q&A
10:35-11:00 AM Break
11:00-11:40 AM Anticoagulation Pipeline
Luis Cotto, MD
11:40-12:20 PM Microbiota and Common Diseases
Filipa Godoy, PhD
12:20-12:30 PM Panel Q&A
12:30-2:00 PM Lunch & Chapter Business Meeting
Shirley Fakedoctor, MD, MSCE, FAAP, FACP
2:30-3:10 PM The Science Behind Mindfulness
Melba Feliciano, MD, FACP, FACE
3:10-4:00 PM Maintenance of Certification Questions
Hilton Franqui, MDFACP, FACC, FHRS

Puerto Rico Chapter Registration

Categories By 2/15 (one day) By 2/15 (three days) After 2/15 (one day) After 2/15 (three days)
ACP Member $150 $300 $200 $350
ACP Resident/Fellow Member $50 $90 $100 $140
ACP Medical Student Member $20 $40 $20 $40
ACP Affiliate Member $150 $300 $200 $350
Nonmember Physician $200 $400 $250 $450
Nonmember Resident $75 $150 $125 $200
Nonmember Medical Student $45 $90 $95 $140
Nonmember Allied Health Professional $100 $200 $150 $250

Questions? If you have trouble registering online, please contact Member and Product Support at 800-ACP-1915 or direct at 215-351-2600 (M-F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET).


Registration Information

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, all scientific sessions and materials, and CME documentation.

Members whose dues were not paid for the current fiscal year will receive the nonmember registration rate.

Can I follow along on social media?

Yes, follow/like the PR Chapter through the meeting on social media! Use the hashtag #IMProud.

Hotel Accommodations

We have reserved blocks of rooms at the following hotels until the dates listed. When making your reservation, be sure to mention that you will be attending the ACP PR Chapter meeting. The rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so make your reservation as early as possible by contacting the hotels directly using the information below.

Single/Double: $319.00
La Concha Renaissance Hotel
Ashford Ave
San Juan, PR 00907

MyACP Account

If you have any difficulty accessing your MyACP account, you can reset your username and password. You can do so by clicking on the MyACP link at the top of the ACP web site. Nonmembers are advised to use their e-mail address as their username when creating a password. If you require additional assistance, please contact us (M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET) via web chat or call 800-ACP-1915 or 215-351-2600 or via e-mail at help@acponline.org

Participant Photography

As a participant in the chapter meeting, your photograph may be taken as a focus or background subject, to be used in chapter communications. If you would not like your photo taken, please inform chapter staff.

ACP Chapters Meeting Code of Conduct

ACP is a community that values collegiality, respect for patents and each other, and medicine’s standards of ethics and professionalism. ACP members are guided by the content and spirit of the ACP Pledge and by their commitment to the ethics of medicine, including those in the ACP Ethics Manual. “Physicians’ conduct as professionals and as individuals should merit the respect of the community.”

ACP expects members, staff, and others who participate in events and activities involving ACP to treat others as you would like to be treated – with courtesy, respect for differences, and in ways that appropriately represent the profession of internal medicine. As set forth in ACP’s An-Harassment Policy, ACP does not tolerate any form of harassment, including intimidation, hostility, or other unwelcome and offensive communication or treatment.

If you experience or observe harassing, inappropriate or otherwise unprofessional behavior, or you have concerns about how you have been treated by an ACP member or staff or anyone else at an ACP meeting or event, you may report the incident to Chapter Staff.

The chapter reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate; including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and the chapter reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.

For other questions about the chapter meeting, contact Rina Vega at 787-409-6497 or rinavega@rivsmarketing.com.

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