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2015 has already been a whirlwind of activities for us in
Virginia for ACP and in healthcare in general! With the recent
changes in legislation regarding the SGR fix comes many
opportunities for us to delve into new issues concerning
reimbursement, payment reform, collaboration and quality reporting.
May 20-21, ACP descended upon Washington, DC for our annual
Leadership Day for lobbying and taking our voices up "the Hill". We
work to continue to move forward the agendas that will be of
benefit to all providers throughout the Commonwealth.
Leadership Day delegation with Cong. Robert Hurt
We began our year with our work in collaboration with the
Medical Society of Virginia and annual White Coats on Call at the
Capitol in Richmond. We had many in attendance including: ACP
members, MSV members from District 10 who are also ACP members, and
15 medical students and residents who were enrolled in a health
policy course from Georgetown. They lobbied delegates discussing
pertinent issues with our local/State representatives in the
Commonwealth government. Below is a picture of those people
participating on that day.
A huge thank you to Stuart Henochowitz, MD,
FACP for his organizational efforts.
White Coats On Call" delegation
In March, amidst the snowiest March day I can remember, we had a
combination of our ACP residency program/competition with our
Virginia Annual Meeting and Clinical Update at the Short Pump
Hilton in Richmond. We had five excellent residency programs
competing in a research and clinical vignette competition as well
as the infamous medical dilemma, (Medical Jeopardy). After much
fierce competition and numerous excellent presentations and
speakers, we announced our winners in both research and clinical
vignettes at the awards program that evening. The EVMS Medical
Jeopardy team will represent VA at the 2016 National ACP meeting in
Washington, DC along with the winners from the competition.
"Doctors Dilemma" (the national "Medical Jeopardy" competition) is
one of the most popular venues at the national annual conference
with great competition and attendance in each round of competition.
This year we had a team of residents from Portsmouth Naval in
Boston and we will be rooting for our team from EVMS next
The Resident Awards dinner included announcements of all of the
resident presenter winners and was hosted by the Governor's
Council. During the evening, academic teaching awards for
outstanding teachers from each Residency program were presented.
The residents chose and presented the awards to their respective
recipients. The awardees were:
Mark Flemmer, MBBcH, FACP -Eastern Virginia
Medical SchoolAmanda Brooke Hooper, MD -Naval Medical Center
PortsmouthMolly Hughes, MD, FACP University of
VirginiaAndy Pinson, MD, FACP -Virginia Commonwealth
UniversityMichael Berry MD, FACP -Virginia Tech Carilion
The winners of the abstract competition were also announced and
celebrated at the dinner.
Winners representing VA-ACP in Washington DC in 2016 will
First Place research- Sanah Christopher, MD
from VCU "Effects of Prolastin C (Plasma Derived Alpha-1
Antitrypsin) on the Acute Inflammatory Response in Patients with
ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (VCU-Alpha 1-RT Pilot
2nd Place Research- Andrew Ebers, MD from UVA
with "Preserving Integrase Inhibitors: Efficacy of Raltegravir,
Etravirine and Dartunavir/Ritonavir for Treatment-Experienced HIV
Patients from a Non-Urban Based Catchment Area in the United
First Place Room 1- Clinical Vignettes - David Klimp,l
MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School. "Nacho
Average Rash: Sweet's Syndrome Presenting with Oral and Cutaneous
Pathergy" and First Place Room 2- Clinical
Vignette-Bradley Icard, DO from Virginia Tech
Carilion, "Stroke in the Young: Homozygous C677T
Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Gene"
Winning cash prizes for the day of competition included:
3rd Place Research - Adrian Loffler, MD from
UVA, "Prevalence and Predictors of the Absence of Obstructive
Epicardial Coronary Artery Disease in Patients Referred for Index
2nd Place Clinical Vignettes- John McConnell,
MD from UVA, "Detecting Grimontia Hollisae as a
Causative Organism of Severe Gastroenteritis" and
Karen Coffey, MD from UVA, "When Cellulitis is
3rd Place Clinical Vignettes- Elise Siders, MD
from VCU, "Multicentric Castleman Disease: A Rare Complication
of HIV and HHV-8" and David Gibbons, MD from
VA Tech Carilion with "The Heart of Carcinoid".
The presentations were fantastic and our judges had a difficult
job choosing the top winners!
Resident Abstract Winners with Anke Hacker, MD, FACP and Lisa
Ellis, MD, FACP
Our Annual Meeting and Clinical Update was chaired by
Wendy Klein, MD, MACP (who also was honored with
our 2015 Virginia Laureate Award this year). We had an array of
fantastic topics and speakers giving us the opportunity to earn CME
locally with excellent presentations and plenty of networking. We
had over 210 in attendance despite the blizzard!
At our Annual Award Luncheon we presented the following awards
Virginia Laureate 2015- Wendy Klein, MD,
Young Internist - Anke Hacker, MD, FACP
Paul Florentino Volunteerism Award - Paul Dallas, MD,
Community Teaching Award - Anne Rose Eapen, MD,
In late April we descended upon Boston, MA for our ACP
Centennial Internal Medicine 2015 Scientific Program with the
largest attendance in the history of ACP scientific programs. I had
the distinct pleasure of chairing this meeting and was fortunate to
have an incredible planning staff and committee working on this
endeavor. While there are hundreds of speakers and presentations,
we enjoyed over 14 presentations involving our own Virginia
Commonwealth providers. Highly commendable was the honorary
"Massachusetts's Award Lectureship". This lectureship was
established in 1988 to honor a distinguished internist named by the
Internal Medicine Scientific Program Committee. Richard
Wenzel, MD, MACP from VA gave this honorary lecture on
"Evidence-based Physical Diagnosis" and provided a
During ACP convocation we had 25 of the 105 new Virginia Fellows
join us in Boston to march in full regalia. Virginia also had two
new Masters celebrated in Boston: Wendy Klein, MD,
MACP and Jerry Nadler, MD, MACP.
Jerry Nadler, MD, MACP and Wendy Klein, MD, MACP
New Fellows at Convocation 2015
Lisa Ellis, MD, FACP and Sen. Tom Daschle, Keynote speaker at
Opening Ceremony, Internal Medicine 2015
In celebration of the ACP Centennial we had the opportunity to
submit a candidate for the distinguished ACP Centennial Legacy
Award. This was bestowed upon our renowned leader, Jeffrey
P. Harris, MD, MACP. Dr. Harris joined the stage party for
Convocation and as always represented VA well.
Following convocation we joined the neighboring chapters of DC,
Delaware and Maryland for our ACP reception. We had excellent
attendance at a very fun upscale Mexican restaurant that evening
with over 170 attendees.
A fantastic highlight for VA during this meeting was having our
Virginia Chapter win a " John Tooker Evergreen Award" recognizing
the incredible effort in planning and organization of our state
student ACP Program day held in collaboration of our state annual
meeting. The John Tooker Evergreen Awards provide an opportunity to
recognize the valuable contributions of individual chapters as they
strive to enrich, educate, and engage membership. Sixteen
nominations were submitted this past year with two awards given in
the category of Student Programming. Vignettes of all nominations
will be posted on ACP's website over the next few weeks.
The goals of this program are to:
Well done Shaneke Weerakoon, Virginia Tech
Carilion and Alan Dow, MD, FACP, Student rep
Ann Tennett, Executive Director, and Lisa Ellis, MD, FACP with the
coveted Evergreen Award
Our medical students went on to shine at the recent "Steps to
Success" program at Washington Hospital Center. This program is
sponsored by the Virginia Chapter along with the Army, Navy, Air
Force, District of Columbia and Maryland ACP Chapters. It is a full
day of educational activities including SIMS labs, "Iron Man" and
abstract competitions, residency panels, lectures and culminating
with a "Medical Jeopardy" competition. This year, the team from
EVMS under the coaching expertise of Ronald Flenner, MD,
FACP won the competition. The team included Kelly
Johnson, Austin Baraki, Hitesh Patel, and Rollin
Now we return after much pomp and circumstance from Boston to
dig into our summer and fall work. Led by our national ACP efforts
we spread the word to our members that MOC will continue to be a
top initiative as our ACP leaders work tirelessly to make
substantial changes with ABIM. We are also rolling out new programs
to help providers enhance their professional satisfaction and
decrease the national trend of increased "burn-out" factor in our
work force. ACP also will be focusing on initiatives to facilitate
the production of quality reporting as well as initiatives
targeting the needs of hospitalists and early career physicians.
More to come on each of these in the upcoming months.
The Governors Council will continue to meet twice a year and
determine goals and projects that target your needs as an ACP
provider in Virginia.
In May 2016, we will transition to a new Governor as
Bill Fox, MD, FACP of Charlottesville takes the
lead in Virginia. Bill will join me in this year of transition and
learn the ropes to take over as Governor in May in Washington, DC.
Dr Fox will do a fantastic job of leading us in Virginia from
2016-2020 and keep us abreast and afloat in this ever changing
world of healthcare.
Governor Lisa Ellis, MD, FACP and Governor-Elect William Fox, MD,
As always, please feel free to contact me with issues, comments
or concerns. Mark your calendars for March 3, 2016 for our Resident
ACP day and March 4-5 for our annual meeting in Charlottesville,
VA. Also save the date for the National ACP Scientific
Program-2016 in Washington, DC May 5-7, 2016. Enjoy your
summer and watch for email blasts about new initiatives!