Puerto Rico Governor's Newsletter December 2023

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Edwin A. Alicea, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Edwin A. Alicea, MD, FACP, ACP Governor



Sometimes, the best Christmas traditions are the simplest: Visiting our relatives, sharing with friends, and above all, feeling the satisfaction that our patients are healthy and always grateful for our care and advice.

This year, there are many things to be thankful for: my family, health, and above all, for having a team committed to educating our internal medicine doctors in Puerto Rico. Thank you all for your voluntary and selfless work!

The activities carried out in the second half of the year were all a success; Art and Brunch and the Clinical Vignettes and Research Abstract Competition were testaments to this. The next year starts full-handed with our annual meeting, Advances in Internal Medicine, which will take place from February 29 to March 2, 2024. The program is ambitious and comprehensive, with diverse important and current topics for internal medicine physicians. The activity is accredited for 18 CMEs and, for the first time, has the largest MOC credits. Mark your calendars. I hope to see you at this event.

“The spirit of Christmas is bright and magical. When you start to feel it, it will enchant you with hope and wonder that lasts beyond the holiday season.” Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Arts & Brunch

On November 4th, 2023, the Wellness Committee held Arts & Brunch. This unique activity fostered the principle of work-life balance among our members.


And the winners are…

Over 240 attendees participated in the educational program Improving Elderly Patient Care, 2023 Clinical Vignettes & Research Abstracts Competition & 2023 Doctor's Dilemma®, held on November 18, 2023, at the Sheraton Convention Center. This year's event included an outstanding 6 CME program on Improving elderly patient care. Concurrently, we held the 2023 Clinical Vignettes and Research Competition. This year, we had a record of 102 abstracts accepted, divided into 10 oral presentations, 80 clinical vignette posters, and 12 research posters. The Puerto Rico Chapter 2023 Abstracts E-Book.pdf is available on our Chapter Website for your reference. Special thanks to Dr. Hilton Franqui, chair of the Scientific Committee, the Puerto Rico Chapter Scientific Committee members, and the judges for their contribution to the success of this event.

Congratulations to all the winners!


1st Place: (TIE – PERFECT SCORE!)

Mr. Abdiel Alicea

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Successful Treatment of Hailey-Hailey Disease with Adalimumab

Dr. José Bretón Arias

University District Hospital (UPR)

The Ultimate Run: Acute Pancreatitis as the Debut of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

2nd Place:

Dr. Alejandro Carmona

University District Hospital (UPR)

Vesicles, Viruses, and Vascular Inflammation: Pemphigus Masquerading as Varicella-Zoster

3rd Place:

Dr. Manuel del Rio

VA Caribbean Healthcare System

Beyond the Usual Tumble: A Rare Case of Multifocal Acute Thrombosis Following Trauma


1st Place:

Dr. Roberto Lapetina Arroyo

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve: Perception of Puerto Rican Cardiologists Regarding the Use of Smart Watches and Implantable Loop Recorders in Managing Atrial Fibrillation


1st place:

Dr. Angélica Ludena de Freitas

Dr. Ramon Ruiz Arnau University Hospital

Recurrent Tensional Pneumothorax was the Key to my Diagnosis: A Rare and Underdiagnosed Disease on a 76-year-old patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

2nd place:

Dr. Alexis Torres Rodríguez

Dr. Ramon Ruiz Arnau University Hospital

Abrupt and Lethal Rare Complication: A Case Report of a 32-year-old Male Who Suffered from Pyogenic Ventriculitis

3rd place:

Dr. Eduardo Malave

La Concepcion Hospital

Disseminated Histoplasmosis with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis in an Immunocompromised Host


2023 Doctor's Dilemma® Competition Winners:

Hospital Episcopal San Lucas Internal Medicine Residency Team

  • Dr. Javier Echevarria PGY-3
  • Dr. José Berrios PGY-2
  • Dr. Fernando del Valle PGY-1

Mark your calendars!

  • Puerto Rico Chapter Annual Meeting February 29, 2024 - March 2, 2024, at the Sheraton Convention Center in San Juan, PR 18 CME / MOC Points
  • 2024 Internal Medicine Meeting April 18-20, 2024, in Boston, MA.

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ACP Puerto Rico Chapter

December 2023

Editorial Committee:

Edwin Alicea, MD FACP

Luzimar Conaway, MD FACP

Mrs. Rina Vega