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Rhode Island Virtual Meeting Hub

March 17, 2021

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Fostering Excellence in Internal Medicine

Join your colleagues in internal medicine at the virtual scientific meeting of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Physicians, being held March 17, 2021. The meeting is a great way for you to recharge, rewind, and reflect with your peers, chapter leaders, and great speakers. Connect virtually with the Rhode Island Chapter’s rich source of knowledge content.

Meeting Highlights
  • Keynote : Megan L. Ranney MD MPH FACEP, Chair of the Rhode Island Governor’s Task Force for Gun Safety, and Chief Research Officer and co-founder of AFFIRM, the country’s only non-profit committed to ending the gun violence epidemic through a public health approach
  • Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind: Lipids, Geriatrics, Diabetes, Hyperkalemia
  • News You Can Use: Keeping up with COPD, Treatment with Cannabinoids, and Updates on the newest guidelines with anticoagulation and aspirin use
  • Discussions about Social Determinants of Health and Bias: Race, Disparities, Gender Bias, Sexual Orientation Bias
  • CME and MOC points
  • SEP Module: Update in Internal Medicine
  • Resident and Medical Student Posters
Program Committee
  • Susan Andrews, MD
  • Stephanie Catanese, MD, FACP, Meeting co-chair
  • Audrey Kupchan, MD, FACP
  • Vidya Gopinath, MD
  • Kelly McGarry, MD, FACP
  • Kwame Dapaah-Afriyie, MD, MBA, FACP, SFHM
  • Yul D. Ejnes, MD, MACP
  • Rebekah Gardner, MD, FACP
  • Ross Hilliard, MD, FACP
  • Drew E. Nagle, MD, Meeting co-chair
  • Ankur Shah, MD
  • Fred J. Schiff man, MD, MACP
Poster and Podium Competition Chair
  • Mariah Stump, MD, MPH, FACP
  • ​Sarita S. Warrier, MD, FACP


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Time Session
8:30 - 10:00 AM SEP Module: 2020-2021 Update in Internal Medicine
Louis J. Rubenstein, MD, FACP
Iris Tong, MD, FACP
9:30 - 10:00 AM Welcome
ACP Business Meeting

10:00 - Noon

Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind

10:00 - 10:25 AM:  Lipid Management 
Karen Aspry, MD, MS, FACC, FNLA, FAHA

10:25 - 10:55 AM:  Age Friendly Care: Preventing Hospital Adverse Events 
Julio Defillo-Draiby, MD

11:00 - 11:25 AM:  Type 2 Diabetes: Medication Update
Tonslyn Toure, MD

11:25 - Noon:  Out with the Old. In with the New. Outpatient Management of Hyperkalemia in 2021
Katherine Richman, MD

Noon - 12:30 PM Chapter Awards Presentation
12:30 - 1:15 PM Keynote: #thisisourlane: A Public Health Approach to Firearm Injury Prevention
Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH, FACP
1:15 - 2:00 PM Lunch/Networking/ACP Committee Breakouts
  • Health & Public Policy Committee
  • Wellness Committee
  • Early Career Physicians
  • Resident Council
  • Yoga

Posters available throughout the day.

2:00 - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Social Determinants of Health Panel:
Bias and Its Impact on Patient Care

2:00 - 2:20 PM:  Introduction/Overview
Joseph Diaz, MD, MPH, FACP

2:20 - 2:45 PM:  Race, Racism, and Disparities
Bethany Gentilesco, MD, FACP

2:45 - 3:10 PM:  Gender Bias: Impact on Patient Care
Katherine M. Sharkey, MD, PhD, FAASM, FACP

3:10 - 3:35 PM:  Learning to Address Implicit Bias Towards LGBTQ+ Patients
Matthew Murphy, MD

3:35 - 4:00 PM:  Panel Discussion

News You Can Use

2:00 - 2:40 PM:  Cannabinoids - Summary of Treatment Efficacy and Barriers to Use
Seth Alan Clark, MD, MPH

2:40 - 3:20 PM:  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2020
Andrew E. Foderaro, MD

3:20 - 4:00 PM:  Aspirin and Anticoagulation–What should we make of new guidelines?
Philip Stockwell, MD, FACC



6:30 - 7:30 PM Podium Presentations and Awards

Maintenance of Certification

March 17, 2021 | 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

SEP Module: 2020 - 2021 Update in Internal Medicine


Louis J. Rubenstein, MD, FACP, Iris Tong, MD, FACP

  1. Participate in group discussion to determine answers to multiple-choice questions
  2. Apply updated knowledge of internal medicine to clinical practice.
  3. Understand recent advances in internal medicine.
  4. Complete an ABIM SEP Module toward partial fulfillment of the ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification.

The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American College of Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Internists participating in the ABIM Maintenance of Certification Program
  • General Internists
  • Family practitioners
  • Subspecialty physicians

Chapter Awards

Milton Hamolsky Lifetime Achievement Award
E. Jane Carter, MD
Irving Beck Laureate Award
Vincent A. Armenio, MD, FACP
Governor's Award
Audrey Kupchan, MD, FACP
Distinguished Mentor Award
Elizabeth T. Toll, MD, FACP
Women Physician of the Year
Vanessa M. Britto, MD, MSc, FACP

Podium Presenters

Pop Go the Bullae: Bilateral Pneumothoraces as a Complication of Marijuana Use
Evan Asher, DO - Lifespan
Refractory to Multiple Courses of Steroids: Keytruda-Mediated Colitis
Farha Ebadi, DO - Kent
Development of a Resident-Initiated Cardio-Oncology Clinic - Design, Initial Experience and Preliminary Data
Tarek Nafee, MD, MMSc - RWMC
Intervention Mapping for Effective Preventive Health Screening Intervention at a Resident Primary Care Clinic
Alexa Papaila, MD, MPH - Lifespan
A Case Of SARS-Cov-2 Induce Sickle Cell Crisis With Minimal Respiratory Symptoms In Rhode Island
Hui Zhang, MD - Kent
Creation of a Centralized Street Outreach Dashboard using Unique Identifiers
Cara Zimmerman, MD, MBA - Lifespan
Best Medical Student Poster
Evaluation of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Implementation for HIV Prevention in Primary Care Settings
Laura Harrison - Alpert Medical School


Release Date: March 17, 2021
Termination Date: March 17, 2022

The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 4.75 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credit claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


Tools & Tips for Attendees

Before attending the chapter's virtual meeting, be sure to read through these tools & tips to make the most our of your experience.

Equipment and Materials

Create a Zoom Account!

Our meeting will be conducted on the Zoom platform and all registered attendees will be have links to the Zoom meeting through this page. If you do not have a Zoom account, we recommend you sign up for one before the meeting. Sign up is free. Click here to sign up.

Test Your Equipment in Advance

  • Please test and check your system at least 15 minutes prior to meeting. This includes your network connection, device battery life, and speakers.
  • We recommend you use a computer or a tablet for the best experience. The system is not responsive on a cell phone.

Control Your Environment as Best You Can

  • Mute other devices that might interfere with your computer audio.
  • Create a learning-conducive environment, eliminating as many distractions as possible. Close out of other tabs and mute notifications, if possible.
  • Prepare your space with anything you may need during the virtual program (appropriate chargers, note-taking materials, water, etc.).

Troubleshooting Technical Difficulties

  • Some networks cause slides to advance more slowly than others. If your slides are behind or you are having audio issues, please try to refresh the page.

Engagement Through the CHAT Feature

  • Take note of how the presenter intends to utilize the chat feature as well as the Q&A field. Participate in questions and polls to stay engaged with the session.
  • Questions for the presenters can be submitted through the Q&A function or within the chat. CHAT can also be a great way to engage and connect with other attendees.

ACP Chapter's Virtual 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 Roni Phipps.

For other questions about the virtual meeting, contact Roni Phipps at 401-480-2774 or .


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