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*Governor's Corner * Washington June 2014

June 2014
Governor's Corner
New Chapter Executive
WA-ACP 2014 Annual Meeting - Speaker and Program Highlights
Chapter Receives John Tooker Evergreen Award
Honors/Special Awards received by Washington Chapter members
Call for Internist Award Nominations
ACP Leadership Day - May 21 & 22
Early Career Physician News
Women in Medicine News
What's New in Medicine 2014 - September 12 & 13
Hospitalist Medicine Interest Group
Membership Committee Report
Welcome New Fellows
Welcome New Members
2014 Calendar of Events
Contact Us

Joyce E. WIpf, MD 


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Lisa Hager 

Chapter Executive
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2001 6th Ave Ste 2700

Seattle, WA 98121

Ph: 206.956.3635

F: 206.441.5863



By Joyce E. Wipf MD, FACP - WA-ACP Governor

Hello everyone,

Sixty days into my term! Our recent chapter and national events have convinced me more than ever that what ACP does matters, both at the chapter and national level. DC Leadership Days are eloquently described by Mark Beiter in the newsletter. The energy, passion and innate leadership talents of our cadre of residents and students show that our future will be in great hands!  

Why do professional organizations matter? I've been reflecting on why it was so invigorating to "have a voice" and go on Capitol Hill as representatives of ACP. Two weeks later it seemed like my thoughts were in print, reading JAMA Viewpoint by Leah Marcotte, MD, and colleagues who describe the importance of professional organizations supporting physicians to improve health care value. This was work borne after participation by Leah in a 2013 ABIM Foundation Forum, and she now is completing her second year in the UW Medicine Residency Primary Care Track and VA Center of Excellence/ Medical Home pathway. Read this when you can! (JAMA June 5, 2014 on-line).

At the Orlando national meeting, our chapter was thrilled to receive the John Tooker Evergreen Award for innovative Women in Medicine activities. The Board of Governors' discussions and resolutions covered many issues, including members' concerns about MOC. This is moving forward with ACP Regents and Executive Council in discussions with ABIM.

Our Council Strategic Planning Day was busy, productive and fun, and a special opportunity to look forward with the ever-changing landscape of health care, education and members' needs. I appreciated participants' thoughtful analysis of our chapter data and members survey (thanks to so many of you who completed it!); and reflections from committee chairs on accomplishments, challenges and goals for new directions (click here for committee summaries).


Results of Strategic Planning: 

  • Overview impressions:
    • We are in good shape, well-funded and have large membership. Our Council is dedicated, and committees are structured and active. The annual meeting is successful and popular (ratings among the highest of any chapter per national ACP).  Regional activities are expanding state-wide participation.
  • We will continue efforts to increase the diversity of our chapter members and council  
  • Annual meeting:
    • Need some changes each year, yet preserve the great sessions, renowned speakers
    • Increase diversity in speakers and program, less "Seattle-centric"
    • Encourage more scientific abstracts/ presentation of research and QI studies
    • Add Spring Scientific Abstracts Day for residents, students, fellows in training (will convene Task Force for 2015 event)
  • Expand Advocacy, social justice work: issues so important to our members:
    • Increase Executive Director time for administrative support, constancy in work on state issues, tracking key measures (some with WSMA)
  • How can we further support our members' needs and engagement?
    • Support growth and activities of our committees
    • Expand support of early career physicians, students, residents; enhance mentoring, opportunities to present research
    • Better inclusion of "late career" physicians, utilizing their experience, mentorship, and time! Establish formal committee
    • Increase regional events
  • Expand collaboration with other regional chapters (other governors encouraging this also)
    • Could invite associates to submit work at scientific abstracts spring meeting, potential future shared venue
    • Create shared regional activities (potential Vancouver WA with Oregon chapter)

I look forward to continuing to work with you in our exceptional chapter! Thanks for all you do.

Best regards,

biosNew Chapter Executive
Lisa Hager MHA, WA-ACP Executive Director

In April I joined WA-ACP as the new chapter Executive Director.  Since then I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you at our Strategic Planning meeting.  Previously, I launched and managed a professional resource center for immigrant physicians and nurses, evaluated health programs and grantmaking activities for foundations and public service organizations, and spent twelve years in medical education including student career counseling and residency administration.

I look forward to working with you all in the future.  Contact me at or 206.956.3635
biosWA-ACP 2014 Annual Meeting - Speaker and Program Highlights
Kim O'Connor MD FACP and Jennifer Mills MD FACP, Planning Committee Co-Chairs

This year's Washington State ACP meeting will be held November 6-8, 2014 at Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle.  We are thrilled to have an exciting mix of previous invigorating speakers as well as new speakers and topics that are sure to interest internists in all areas of practice.  We will offer the MOC course again, as well as pre-courses in both hospital medicine and women's health.  The meeting will include a variety of workshops, including orthopedic exam and injections techniques for common shoulder conditions, physicians and social media, and dermatologic conditions and skin biopsy techniques.  Plenary sessions are of wide ranging topics including use of new diabetes drugs, chronic pain management, and rheumatologic diseases.   Please mark your calendars and be on the watch for registration information!  We look forward to seeing you there!
Chapter Receives John Tooker Evergreen Award

by Carrie Horwitch MD FACP, Past Governor

The Washington State Chapter of ACP received a John Tooker Evergreen Award at the National ACP meeting in Orlando, FL in April 2014.

Pictured: Kemi Nakabayashi MD, FACP, Carrie Horwitch MD FACP

The award recognized the Washington chapter Women in Medicine activities including Dim Sum Around the Sound.

The John Tooker Evergreen Awards Program provides recognition and visibility to chapters that have successfully implemented programs to increase membership, improve communication, increase member involvement, enhance diversity, foster careers in internal medicine and improve management of the chapter.    

Honors/Special Awards received by Washington Chapter members
Several WA-ACP members have been recipients of special awards/honors:
  • David Dale MD, MACP
    ACP Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine
  • Carrie Horwitch MD, FACP
    Member, ACP Board of Regents
  • Doug Paauw MD, MACP
    President- elect, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Call for Internist Award Nominations
To recognize the outstanding efforts of internists in our state, we need your nominations for the following awards:
  • Washington ACP Internist of the Year
  • ACP Community Service Award
  • ACP Golden Apple Award
Please take a few minutes to tell whom you think is deserving of recognition from their colleagues and chapter. Click here to submit the name of your nominee(s), along with a brief statement about why this person should be considered for the chosen award.  You may also submit nominations and comments to Lisa Hager at
The deadline is September 30, 2014. Awards will be presented at the Washington Chapter ACP Annual Meeting, November 6-8, 2014 in Seattle.
ACP Leadership Day - May 21 & 22

Joyce Wipf, MD, FACP, WA-ACP Governor and Mark Beiter, DO, FACP led a group of medical students and residents to the 21st annual ACP Leadership Day on Capitol Hill May 21-22.  Leadership Day enables the College to increase its presence on Capitol Hill and bring our issues to the attention of U.S. lawmakers.
The two-day event provided ACP members with advocacy and media training, an update on the College's priority legislative issues; briefings by members of Congress, administration officials and key Capitol Hill staffers; and an opportunity to meet with our state's elected officials. Click here for the ACP report

WA Chapter delegation with Sen. Maria Cantwell

  The 2014 WA-ACP Leadership Day delegation included:
  • Alex Ajeto (MS2) - Seattle
  • Mark Beiter DO, FACP - Seattle
  • Lauren Benson (MS2) - Spokane
  • Katherine Grette (MS2) - Spokane
  • Fonda Jiang, MD (R2) - Seattle
  • Sophie Cain Miller (MS1) - Seattle
  • Rachel Safran, MD (R2) - Seattle
  • Joyce Wipf MD, FACP - Edmonds
  • Anna Xue (MS1) - Seattle
  • Hilary Zetlen (MS2) - Seattle

Reflections on Leadership Day
By Mark Beiter, DO, FACP

If you have never been to Leadership Day, you are really missing an incredible experience.  If you, like me, never thought you could be an advocate, you are wrong.  As Internists, we take care of patients every day, and after attending Leadership Day, I now understand it is to preserve or improve this very experience that we are fighting for.  

ACP Leadership Day was an incredible experience, and my fears that "being political" is a waste of my time as a physician were grossly unfounded.  Don't let your fear of not being well-versed in political matters keep you from speaking out.  And certainly don't feel your time spent as a political advocate is time wasted. Your role as a physician is not only about the one-on-one interaction with your individual patients, but also about maintaining the access to care that allows you to be that physician in the first place. Click here for full article
Early Career Physician News
Mark Beiter, DO FACP - ECP Committee Chair
The Early Career Physicians group is for physicians in their first 16 years of practice.  We are looking for people and ideas for how to get early career physicians more involved and we would love to hear your thoughts.  Join us on Facebook at ACP Early Career Physicians - Washington Chapter to share your voice and hear about our upcoming events.  We are tentatively planning a summer event TBD and another dinner event at the November 6-8 Annual Meeting in Seattle.
Women in Medicine News
Linda Pourmassina MD and Cathrine Wheeler, WIM Co-Chairs

On Saturday May 31, 2014, the ACP Washing Chapter Women in Medicine (WIM) Interest Group hosted a Thai food cooking class. The recipes were demonstrated by pediatrician Karen Fukui, MD, who has had 2 recipes published in Sunset Magazine.  Outside of our usual speaker/dinner format, this event encouraged socializing and varied topics for discussion, including the challenges of encouraging patients to eat healthy at any budget.

The WA chapter ACP WIM "Dim Sum around the Sound" continued, with the most recent held in Bellevue, WA on June 7th. Our next relaxed and informal get-together will be Indian buffet. Save the date: Saturday, July 19th. Details will be communicated via Washington ACP e-blast (email).  Direct further inquiries regarding Dim Sum around the Sound or the upcoming Indian buffet to Kemi Nakabayashi at

(Pictured: Carletta Vanderbilt, MD FACP; Jasmine Zhai, MD FACP (hostess); and Karen Fukui, MD)
What's New in Medicine 2014 - September 12 & 13
Save the date for the 2014 "What's New in Medicine" Infectious Diseases CME Workshop.  This program takes place September 12 & 13 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA.  Once again, the program offers an impressive array of workshops from a group of highly-skilled and dedicated speakers. Click here to view brochure.
Hospitalist Medicine Interest Group
by Lisa Chiou MD, FACP

The WA-ACP hospitalist committee held its first event of 2014 on March 31 at Tutta Bella Pizzeria in Seattle.  Over 40 physicians, mid-level providers, residents, and students attended this evening of lively discussion and great food.  In this casual setting, five hospitalist-oriented topics were discussed, including the use of ERCP in gallstone pancreatitis, the optimal length of corticosteroid use in COPD exacerbations, a tool for predicting neurologic recovery after cardiac arrest, and the novel anticoagulants.

Another hospitalist event is in the planning stages for later this year in Central Washington.  We are actively looking for ways to expand the hospitalist committee.  If you have ideas for future events or have an interest in organizing an event, please contact Lisa Chiou (
Membership Committee Report
By Kemi Nakabayashi MD FACP, Membership Chair
Thank you to Washington Chapter ACP members who have already renewed your membership dues for the 2014-2015 year.  Our membership is our greatest asset and contributes to our chapter excellence.  
As a Council, we recently reviewed the membership trends and are gratified to see a steady increase.  We also have acknowledged the information from survey respondents and continue to seek ways to communicate better and to provide meaningful chapter events outside of greater Seattle.  Having additional key regional contacts would certainly help in this endeavor.  
The goal this year is to rebuild the membership committee with additional members who are not currently on the chapter council.  Please consider joining the Membership Committee, particularly if you reside outside of greater Seattle, to help us build our grassroots network.  Participation on any interest group committee would also be great, as we are attempting more telephonic meetings to accommodate interested members.
To renew your annual membership if you have not already done so, please go to and click on the Manage My Membership link under Current Members.
Welcome New Fellows

We are pleased to welcome the following new fellows:          
Mahmoud N. Al-Hawamdeh, MD FACP
Jennifer C. Balde, MD FACP    Pasco
Dhananjay V. Deo, MD FACP     Kennewick
Eric O. Gamboa, MD FACP Kennewick
Sheik N. Khan, MA FACP Olympia
Jennifer R. Mills, MD FACP  Bellevue
John Y. Peng, MD FACP Seattle
Peter Shalit, MD FACP Seattle
David J. Tauben, MD FACP   Seattle    

Pictured: Laine Gawthorp, Mark Micek, Pedro Trujillo, Mary Curtis, Eric Gamboa, Zhimin (Jasmine) Zhai, Joyce Wipf and Carrie Horwitch at ACP convocation.
Welcome New Members 
We are pleased to welcome the following new members since January 2014:
Barbara Atwood, MD
Mandeep Brar, MD Ruston
Denise A. Hastings, MD Shoreline
Danh Ngo, MD Seattle
Cuong Nguyen, MD Federal Way
Alexander J. Park, MD Seattle
Vijaya K. Reddy, MD Spokane
Julie Robertson Zivin, MD Seattle
Nirmalya Roychowdhury, MD Des Moines
Bryan Santiago, MD    Sunnyside
Bob Thong, MD Seattle
Pandora L Wander, MD Seattle
Daniel R. Williams, MD    Lacey
2014 Calendar of Events
July 19
Women in Medicine - Spice Route Indian buffet lunch in Bellevue
July 22-26 ACP IM Board Review Course - Seattle
Sept. 12-13 What's New In Medicine - Kennewick
Sept. 30 Deadline for Internist Awards Nominations
Oct. 4 WIM's Dim Sum Around the Sound - TBD
Nov 6 MOC Modules and Pre-courses - Seattle
Nov 7 & 8 WA-ACP 2014 Annual Meeting - Seattle
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