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Rhode Island Governors Newsletter July 2018

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The Wave


Happy Summer!



Governor-elect Dr. Kelly McGarry

It is a great pleasure and honor to announce that Kelly McGarry, MD, FACP has started her term as Governor-elect. Dr. McGarry will take office as Governor in April of 2019. To learn more about our Governor-elect, see her biography on the Rhode Island Chapter web site .




Annual Chapter Meeting

We had a very successful Annual Meeting in March at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, thanks to the superb team of co-chairs: Drs. Kwame Dapaah-Afriyie, Ross Hilliard and Sarita Warrier. We had a record number of attendees as well as 126 resident and medical student poster submissions. The quality of the lectures was outstanding, and feedback on the evaluations was wonderful. It was a great opportunity to learn as well as connect with colleagues. And this year we were able to offer both CME and MOC points!

Here are some photos from the event:




Internal Medicine Meeting 2018 NOLA

Over 50 Rhode Islanders made the trip to New Orleans in April for IM2018. It was, as usual, an outstanding conference including several speakers from Rhode Island. We also had a strong presence in the poster sessions. Here are a few photos from this event:




Leadership Day in D.C.


The first day, you spend learning how to advocate to legislators on behalf of ACP and the second day is spent advocating on Capitol Hill to the legislators and their staff. We sat outside a senate committee chamber after an actual senate hearing and were met by one of RI's senators to discuss decreasing physician burden, combatting the opioid epidemic and the goal of protecting our patients from gun violence through stricter gun control laws and allowing research towards gun safety and various other priorities of ACP Leadership Day. I advocate for my patients on a daily basis. Now, I had the opportunity to advocate for my patients on a larger scale to bring about real change for both physicians and patients. It was a very rewarding and educational experience. As a future chief resident, I intend to work advocacy into our curriculum and this was a great start. I hope to return again soon.

Jenna Iannuccilli, MD



Physician Well-being

A key part of ACP's Physician Well-being and Professional Satisfaction initiative is its chapter-based Well-being Champion program. ACP is training chapter members passionate about the wellness of their colleagues to foster chapter wellbeing, address burnout and promote a sense of community.

Your Governor, Audrey Kupchan, MD, FACP was one of the first well-being champions trained. This last march, Jennifer Jeremiah, MD was also trained at the ACP national meeting. In the upcoming months, Audrey and Jennifer, your RI ACP champions, will ask you to complete a brief survey on wellness. This survey will help us identify member needs so that we can implement high impact programs. We will also ask for volunteers from around the state to join a chapter wellness committee charged with addressing the needs of all chapter members. We want to hear from you. Let us know what we can do to promote physician wellness in RI. Contact us at .



Board of Regents Update on Resolutions

Spring 2018 Resolutions were heard at the Board of Governors Meeting in New Orleans in April. Voting was held, and recommendations were sent to the Board of Regents. The final report of the BOR can be viewed here

Our resolution entitled “Recognizing Health Care as a Human Right” generated a great deal of discussion on both sides of the issue. This is a complex topic and it was felt that more investigation was needed before a vote. The Resolution has been referred for further study, and has been referred to the Health and Public Policy Committee with input from the Ethics, Professionalism, and Human Rights Committee.



Hospitalists – Save the Date!

Please join us for a dinner event and speaker on September 21, 2018. Our speaker will be Dr. Joseph Li, Chief, Beth Israel Hospital Medicine. Dr. Li is currently a Regent of ACP and is involved with both ACP and the Society of Hospitalist Medicine. All are welcome! More details to follow later in the summer.



New Fellows in the Last 6 months – Congrats to all!

Christina A. Beyer, MD, FACP
Arkadiy Finn, MD, FACP
Dhaval S. Kolte, MBBS, PhD, FACP
Jael D. Rodriguez, MD, FACP
Ammar Saati, MD, FACP
Rajesh Shrestha, MBBS, FACP
Karen H. Stevenson, MD, FACP


New Members in the Last 6 months

Rachael M. Biancuzzo, DO
Jeffrey Cumplido, MD
George J. Dekki, MD
Manoi Gurung, MBBS
Yayra Musabek, MD
Deepa Nankani, MBBS
Donald R. Price, Jr., MD
Jack C. Rusley, MD

Wishing you all an enjoyable summer – the best time to be in RI!


Audrey Kupchan, MD, FACP
Governor, ACP RI Chapter