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February 2015 Patricia E. Sadler, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

 


 


 Patricia E. Sadler, MD, FACP

Dear Colleagues,

Please visit our Facebook page: South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Physicians. Give me feedback so that it fits your needs!

Below are five items for your perusal:

  1. The webinar may be of interest to our future leaders in medicine, our residents and fellows and our early career physicians.
  2. From the PLOS Medicine journal is data to show the merit of expedited partner therapy (EPT) in states that permit that strategy. South Carolina is one of the states that does permit EPT.
  3. ACP is collaborating with the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program with its "Docs for Socks" initiative. The ask is for men's or women's athletic socks or underwear to donate on site at Internal Medicine 2015 in Boston or a monetary contribution.
  4. The new requirement for SC physicians to obtain 2 hours CME related to the approved procedures of prescribing and monitoring controlled substances listed in Schedules II, III, and IV. The deadline for completion is June 30, 2015. The SCMA has a program available online and is free to all SC physicians.
  5. Thirty-seven ACP Members were recently bestowed the honor of Chapter Centennial Legacy Award. This award celebrates ACP's centennial by recognizing one seminal chapter member whose service to the chapter had a significant impact on the chapter's viability. These individuals exemplify ACP's core values including leadership, excellence, respect, compassion, professionalism, and responsibility.

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Centennial Legacy Award

South Carolina's Chapter Centennial Awardee, Dr. Charles Bryan, MD, MACP, FRCP from Columbia, SC will be giving our keynote address at our Chapter meeting in Charleston, October 30-November 1, 2015. Mark the dates on your calendar!

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ACP Leadership Academy Webinar: Personal Financial Planning for Physicians

News & Updates Posted on January 23, 2015

As a supplement to the ACP Leadership Academy, the College offers a series of free online webinars on leadership topics relevant to internal medicine. These webinars provide both an educational experience and a discussion forum so that ACP members can learn, pose questions, and share ideas with leaders in the internal medicine field.

Registration is now open for the next webinar in the series, "Personal Financial Planning for Physicians," which will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will be presented by Ralph L. Hibbs, Jr., MBA, CPA, Chief Financial Officer at American College of Physicians.

Register for the Personal Financial Planning for Physicians webinar and visit learn more about the ACP Leadership Academy.

Webinar Details:

Topic: Personal Financial Planning for Physicians
Date: March 17, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM EST
Presenter: Ralph L. Hibbs, Jr., MBA, CPA
Cost: FREE
Registration

We encourage you to reach out to your chapter members and promote this upcoming webinar and the entire series. For questions, please contact Susan Koger, Supervisor, Membership Programs.

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Study: EPT program remains underused despite endorsements, effectiveness.

The New York Times (2/3, Hoffman) reports that, in an effort to reduce rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia, at least 31 states "permit health care providers to treat patients' sexual partners without ever seeing them in person, a public health intervention known as 'expedited partner therapy,' or E.P.T." The journal PLOS Medicine just published a large study of Washington's E.P.T. program, suggesting that "the strategy lowered infection rates by 10 percent." However, the program remains underused, even though "many national health organizations have endorsed E.P.T., most prominently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," because "most states do not cover the medications' cost and many doctors are uncomfortable treating patients they have not evaluated."

From AMA Morning Rounds…SC permits EPT.

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Docs for Socks - ACP Collaboration with Boston Health Care for the Homeless

Internal Medicine Meeting News & Updates Posted on January 20, 2015

I am pleased to advise you that ACP's Centennial Task Force has selected the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) to benefit from a charitable activity in conjunction with ACP's 100th anniversary celebration at Internal Medicine 2015 in Boston. James O'Connell, MD, FACP, BHCHP's president, spoke eloquently about the program at the Board of Governors fall 2010 meeting in Boston. Visit the BHCHP website for additional information.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) was founded in 1985 as one of the first Health Care for the Homeless programs in the country. BHCHP strives to provide or assure access to high quality health care for homeless men, women, and children in the greater Boston area. BHCHP cares for more than 12,000 individuals each year by providing an integrated model of care that includes primary care, behavioral health care, and dental care.

BHCHP provides health care at over 80 locations in the greater Boston area: soup kitchens, family and domestic violence shelters, overnight and day shelters, and in two hospital-based clinics. BHCHP also operates a 104 bed medical respite care facility for patients too sick for life in shelter or on the street but not quite sick enough to occupy an acute care hospital room.

As part of the initiative, ACP will be collecting donations on behalf of BHCHP during Internal Medicine 2015 and will also be offering tours of the BHCHP to interested attendees. The theme for our initiative will be "Docs for Socks." (The Boston Red Sox baseball team has used "Sox for Socks" as its theme to benefit the BHCHP.)

In particular, a sock and underwear drive that will benefit the BHCHP's constituents will take place during Internal Medicine 2015. We are asking for new, unused white, cotton athletic socks and underwear for both men and women for donation. The breakdown of patients is about 80% men and 20% women. A variety of sizes are appreciated, although the organization tends to need more of the larger sizes. Diabetic socks would be appreciated, as well. Cash donations can also be accepted by BHCHP.

We would like to encourage chapters to organize their own effort to collect socks and underwear for the homeless, or cash contributions.

These contributions can then be brought to the IM meeting in Boston or sent to directly to ACP to the attention of the International Programs Department. Monetary contributions can be made via check payable to the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Donations should be shipped to ACP by no later than March 25, 2015, so that we have ample time to include them with our shipment to Boston.

We will recognize chapters that participate in this initiative for their efforts.

Please let us know if you have any questions or would like any information. Questions may be directed to Monica Lizarraga or Emily Seeling.

We appreciate your help to benefit the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program in conjunction with ACP's 100th anniversary.

James M. Ott
Senior Vice President, International Programs

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From the SCMA

UPDATE: New CME Requirement

Last week, the South Carolina Medical Association announced a new CME requirement for South Carolina physicians as mandated by the state legislature. Through the mandate, all South Carolina physicians are required to take two continuing medical education credit hours related to the approved procedures of prescribing and monitoring controlled substances listed in Schedules II, III, and IV. Last week, the SCMA announced this to our membership. All South Carolina physicians will receive information in the mail regarding the requirement. However, due to a positive and high-volume response rate, we would like to clarify that this course is being offered for free to all physicians. Your colleagues that are not members of the SCMA may use code "SCMD6207" to obtain the course for free. To take the course, go here and follow the prompts. Attached is a flyer that gives Helpful Hints to make the process go as smoothly as possible. All who pass the post-test may print a certificate. However as a convenience for our members, proof of completion of the course(s) is also automatically recorded in the MyCME tracking system and reported as necessary. The SCMA leadership feels it is important for all South Carolina physicians to be at the forefront of understanding the complexities of this law which is why it's being offered for free to all physicians. Learn more. Download Helpful Hints for MyCME.

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Internal Medicine 2015

Check out the Internal Medicine 2015!

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