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Michael M. Hawkins, MD, FACP, SFHM, ACP Governor
I am looking forward to representing our membership on the Board
of Governors and continuing to work with our council and membership
to produce robust educational opportunities in our state. The town
hall meeting elicited many concerns and ideas that will help our
chapter strategize to meet the needs of our membership and our
patients. Dr. Hawkins and I hope to develop a
strategic plan with our council over the next weeks to months to
take an indepth look at where we are and where we want to go. As we
transition our roles in governance, I will continue to work towards
completing and implementing that plan. I will hope to get input not
only from our council members but from the membership as well as it
regards recruitment, outreach to medical schools and residency
programs, better representation at the national level, and
modifying the current ABIM requirements for maintenancy of
certification, for example.
I look forward to working with all of you.
Patricia E. Sadler, MD, FACP
It was a great experience attending the Annual ACP Conference in
San Francisco. My first order of business is to thank, and to
congratulate Helen Stockinger, MD, from
Spartanburg, and Brad Keith, MD, from Charleston,
for having achieved FACP status in the college, and for attending
the Convocation for the induction of new Fellows.
Drs. Brad Keith and Helen Stockinger, new Fellows at
Convocation in San Francisco
Together, we listened to the moving keynote address delivered by
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. The theme of his talk was
that doctors, more than anyone else will shape the future of the
United States in general. In his presentation, Dr. Emanuel
presented data with regards to U.S. healthcare expenditures being
way out of control, and not sustainable. He pointed out that our
expenditures in healthcare "threatens everything that we care
about." He indicated that we as physicians must begin to take an
interest in healthcare costs, and that the key to healthcare reform
will be in our decision to transform the way we practice medicine.
He emphasized that we will need to practice with a cost value
focus, patient centric focus, and working together in medical
teams, as opposed to individuals practicing alone together. Success
will mean to develop far different delivery systems that we are
used to today. We will all need to pay close attention to costs,
processes standardization, and transparency. Healthcare delivery
systems will need to be reengineered, and to succeed all physicians
must work together to improve quality while at the same time
reducing costs. He presented data on the medical waste resulting
from physicians ordering excessive tests and procedures that are
not evidence based, and furthermore do not improve outcomes. My
initial reaction was that maybe we need to talk, then, about tort
reform in addition to evidence based medicine. As I was beginning
to feel somewhat depressed, Mr. Emmanuel uplifted the audience with
the idea that we as physicians are the ones who can solve this
problem. One example of how we can get this problem of excessive
spending under control is the ACP supported Choosing Wisely
The ACP has embarked on a program to educate providers on tests
and imaging studies that many routinely order, but are not
indicated under certain circumstances. I urge each of you to go to
the ACP web site to learn more about the Choosing Wisely Campaign.
Also, be reassured, that your ACP is working very hard on the tort
reform issue by recommending health courts, which will eliminate
the threat of frivolous lawsuits and attorneys playing the
healthcare lottery on behalf of their plaintiffs. As we walked away
from the Convocation Ceremony, I think that each physician in the
room felt the essence of the challenge that we are the ones who
will shape the future of America going forward. Our future
literally depends on getting healthcare costs under control, while
at the same time providing high quality care. I urge you to
consider attending the national Annual Session in the future. The
educational sessions there are phenomenal, and it is always held in
great cities so as to blend some down time with learning and
networking with other physicians and providers from all over the
world. I especially recommend that any new Fellows attend the
Convocation Ceremony, as you deserve the recognition, and it is a
special achievement in your professional career.
Caroline D. Brownlee, MD, FACP
Nathan A. Henderson, DO, FACP
William C. Logan, MD, FACP
Thomas M. Philip, MD, FACP
Brent M. Powers, MD, FACP
As my tenure as your state ACP Governor winds down, I want to
thank the membership for giving me the opportunity to serve in this
capacity. This experience has been a highlight of my career in
medicine, and I appreciate the help that I have received from many
of you along the way. I am confident that we are in very capable
hands as Patsy Sadler, MD takes the helm as your
new Governor. We are presently in the transition phase in which
Patsy is being trained so as to have a smooth handoff. She attended
her first Board of Governors' meeting with me prior to the national
meeting, where time was set aside for training new Governors. Any
suggestions for Patsy are welcome, and I am sure that she would
welcome anyone within the membership who expresses an interest in
getting involved on the committee level. I would also like to thank
my Council members for their service: James Adamson, MD,
FACP; Bill Boulware, MD, FACP; Mac Chapman, MD,
FACP; Dawn Clancy, MD, FACP; Anne Cook, MD, FACP; Kim Davis, MD,
FACP; Mary Beth Poston, MD, FACP; Shak Rehman, MD, FACP; Paul
Richardson, MD, FACP; Patsy Sadler, MD, FACP; Steve Saunders, MD,
Patsy Sadler, MD (Governor-elect for the SC ACP
Chapter) and I represented you in Washington, DC for Leadership Day
on Capitol Hill. We met with representatives of our SC legislative
delegation, including the offices of Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Tim
Scott, Rep. H. Thomas Rice, Rep. Trey Gowdy, Rep. James Clyburn,
Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, and Rep. Joe Wilson. We were
able to speak personally with Rep. Joe Wilson, and Sen. Tim Scott.
We were not able to get an appointment with Rep. Mark Sanford, but
we did leave materials at his office for his review.
Elimination of Medicare's SGR formula, and transition to better
Ensure full funding for essential health programs: National
Health Services Corps, Section 747-training in primary care
medicine, National Healthcare Workforce Commission, Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institutes of Health,
Health Resources and Services Administration, and Centers for
Authorize and fund a national pilot of no fault health
Reform and sustain GME financing and re-align GME with workforce
We found our leadership on the Hill to be very receptive to ACP
ideas and recommendations, and hopefully this effort will make a
For those of you that missed our Annual state Scientific Session
in Charleston, we missed you and hope that you will make plans to
join us at the October, 2014 meeting to be held in Hilton Head. We
had another successful meeting this year. The residents and
students from our teaching institutions presented posters as well
as oral presentations which were all superb. The winners of the
competition were as follows:
Overall Student Poster Winner: Sonia Bhandari,
MS, USC School of Medicine
Overall Oral Research Presentation Winner: Gabriel D.
McCoy, DO, Greenville Hospital System
Thank you to all of the students, residents and fellows who
participated, and to Mary Beth Poston, MD, for
organizing this extraordinary event. As I have expressed in
previous newsletters, this is a highlight of our state gathering.
We will have strong representation at the national meeting, and
hopefully will win the prize. We have won the national competition
in the past, and hopefully will repeat at the 2014 Annual Session
in Orlando. A magnanimous thanks also goes out to Anne
Cook, MD and Council members for organizing yet another
first class Annual Session. And finally, a huge thank you to
Debbie Shealy, our Executive Director who is the
glue that holds our state chapter together.
During the annual state meeting, we had a panel of expert
speakers, and all of them were excellent. All of us continued our
lifetime commitment to learning, and received a good bolus of CME
credits as well. I had many comments in the hallway that this was
one of the best panels yet. We also enjoyed time together at the
reception and town hall meeting, opportunities to share views on
healthcare and ACP topics or issues. We received great input which
will help make us stronger going forward. The awards reception was
held on Friday night. It was my pleasure to recognize some very
special physicians for their professionalism in medicine and for
their dedication to our patients, education, society, and medicine
Congratulations again to the following award recipients:
The Young Physicians Award: Caroline K. Powell, MD, FACP, MSCR,
USC School of Medicine
James A. McFarland, MD, FACP Award: Kimberly S. Davis, MD, FACP,
Medical University of South Carolina
The Laureate Award: Shakaib Rehman, MD, SCH, FACP, FAACH, Ralph
H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Dr. Rehman on left and Dr. Hawkins on right. Rehman received the
Dr. Hawkins receiving his certificate as outgoing Governor.
Dr. Kim Davis (McFarland Award Recipient), Dr. Mike Hawkins, and
Dr. Rehman (Laureate Award recipient).
Dr. Powell was not able to attend the awards ceremony to receive
her award. It was presented at a later date.
Governor's Council: As Patsy Sadler takes over;
we will be reshaping the Governor's Council Committees to serve
during her tenure as Governor, as well as doing some strategic
planning for the future. Please contact me if you have an interest
in serving, or perhaps chairing a committee, and I will get your
contact information to Patsy. Committees to choose from
Annual Symposium Committee
Diversity and Outreach Committee
Health and Public Policy Committee
Young Physicians Committee
The American College of Physicians and the South Carolina
Chapter encourages all members to help strengthen our chapter by
recommending ACP membership to colleagues. By joining the College,
your colleagues will enrich their clinical knowledge and skills and
have access to all of the ACP member benefits that you enjoy.
To thank you for your dedication to our organization, ACP offers
incentives to members and their chapters that recruit new members
through the Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter (RACC) Rewards Program.
As with the national Recruit-a-Colleague Program, the RACC
Program rewards successful individual recruiters with dues credits
for each new full Member or Physician Affiliate member recruited
and a chance to win a trip to the annual Internal Medicine meeting.
In addition, the RACC Program also provides rewards to the
recruiters' chapters, including funding for chapter activities and
complimentary registrations to the annual Internal Medicine
The Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter Rewards Program runs annually
from April 1 through March 15.
To participate, simply forward to your colleagues a membership
application. To qualify for the program, your name must be
listed on the recruiter line of the application, and the form must
include the code RACC.
Thank you for your help in strengthening our chapter!
Mike Hawkins, MD, FACP, SFHM