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Greetings from San Antonio!
The Air Force chapter of the ACP has had a very productive
Winter, but I am looking forward to the Spring and Internal
Medicine Week 2014 in Orlando. I hope many of you will be able to
make it to the National meeting April 10-12, 2014.
As many of you are aware, the new Air Force travel restrictions
coupled with the non-federal entity (NFE) conference policy did not
allow us to hold an independent Air Force Chapter meeting.
Nevertheless, we were able to partner with the Texas Chapter and
hold our own breakout session and enjoy the exceptional educational
sessions and venue in November in San Antonio. I see our chapter
partnering with other chapters in the future in such locations as
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Ohio in addition to Texas to afford our
members the same great benefits of our own chapter meeting.
At the same time, we were able to host our first-ever Early
Career Physicians dinner program and highlight a session on High
Value Care. Special kudos goes to Lavanya
Viswanthan for arranging and planning this hugely
successful event. I am hopeful we can have similar events in Dayton
and Biloxi in the coming months to concentrate on our early career
physicians in the chapter outside of San Antonio.
Many of our chapter activities which could not be handled
through a meeting were accomplished on line. I am pleased to
announce our 2 chapter award winners who will represent us at the
national ACP meeting: Dr. Blair Laufer (clinical
vignette) and Dr. Spencer Motley (clinical
research). I can assure you of the quality of the competition, and
I am certain we will be well represented in Orlando.
The SAUSHEC trivia team won the Doctor's Dilemma competition at
the Texas ACP meting. As a result of their efforts, the team will
represent both the Texas and Air Force chapters. The team is
composed of: David Anderson, Paul Hiles, and
Lastly, but certainly not least, I am honored to announce our
2013 ACP Laureate Awardee, Dr. Tom Grau. Please
take the opportunity to read his bio sketch and forward your
congratulations to him. I plan to see him at the national meeting
and officially present his award at that time.
I wish the best to everyone in the coming months and hope to see
you in Orlando.
Thomas C. Grau, MD, FACP is a native of
Oakhurst, New Jersey where he graduated from Ocean Township High
School. He then attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown,
Pennsylvania graduating with a BS in Chemistry in 1982. Dr. Grau
attended UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School where he earned his doctor of
medicine degree. He was commissioned in the Air Force under the
Health Professions Scholarship Program in 1983. He completed his
residency in Internal Medicine at Presbyterian- University of
Pennsylvania Medical Center in 1989 and stayed an additional year
to serve as Chief Medical Resident.
After completing his year as Chief Resident, Dr. Grau entered
active duty as an Air Force physician. He spent three years as a
general internist at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona. During
that time, he also served a teaching faculty for the University of
Arizona College of Medicine. In 1993, Dr. Grau was assigned to
Andrews AFB, where he served as Chief of General Internal Medicine.
He was an active teacher, instructing students from the Uniformed
Services University (USU) and Family Medicine residents at Malcolm
Grow Medical Center. In 1997, Dr. Grau was transferred to Wilford
Hall Medical Center (WHMC) in San Antonio, Texas where he stayed
for the next 11 years. Dr. Grau served in a number of academic
leadership positions at WHMC including Site Director for the USU
clerkship, Chair of the Internal Medicine residency education
committee and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine.
From 2004 to 2008, he served as the Internal Medicine Residency
Program Director overseeing a program of 57 residents. During his
tenure at WHMC, Dr Grau was deployed to Balad, Iraq where he served
as the Chief of the Medical Staff at for the 332nd Expeditionary
Medical Group from May to September of 2007. Dr. Grau completed his
Air Force career by serving as the Chief of Air Force Physician
Education from 2008 to 2012. In that position, he oversaw 53
graduate medical education programs at eight Air Force bases.
After retiring from the Air Force in 2012, Dr. Grau joined the
faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is
an Associate Program Director for the UPMC Internal Medicine
residency, overseeing the residency track at UPMC Shadyside.
Dr. Grau became a Fellow in the American College of Physicians
in 2001 and was very active in the Air Force ACP chapter throughout
his career. He served on the Air Force ACP Board of Governors from
2001 to 2007. He was a member of the planning committees for Air
Force regional ACP meetings in 2000, 2002 and 2004 and served as
the Program Chair of the 2006 meeting. Since retiring from the Air
Force, Dr. Grau has continued his involvement with the ACP, serving
as Program Chair for the Western Pennsylvania ACP regional poster
competition in 2013.
Dr. Grau has won numerous teaching awards throughout his career.
He is a trained facilitator of the Stanford University Faculty
Development Program and has given faculty development workshops at
numerous military and civilian medical centers. He is a member of
the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine and the
American College of Physicians. Dr. Grau is married to Anne Marie
Grau and they have three children, Matthew (25), Joseph (24) and
On behalf of ACP and the Council of Early Career Physicians, I
hope this finds you all in good health and good spirits. This past
quarter has been extremely busy and productive. The Air Force
chapter of Early Career Physicians hosted its first High Value Care
event in November, with the focus on educating our young physicians
more about the topic. Dr. Hannah was instrumental in procuring
funding for this event, which was held at Perry's Steakhouse and
attended by over 70 members! Our speakers included John
Hornbeak, retired CEO of Methodist Healthcare System and
current faculty at Trinity College, and Bill Connolly, COO of
WellMed Management, Inc. I would like to thank the University of
Texas San Antonio and WellMed staff who added to our robust
discussion. Our residents found this program especially useful in
directing them to helpful resources to help implement high value
cost conscious measures in their daily medical practice. It's hard
not to smile when overhearing statements like, "Do we really
need that CT scan?" while walking through our residency
program. I encourage my fellow Air Force physicians to continue
being health care leaders and lead by example by adopting this
important concept. We hope to continue this discussion and host
similar high value care programs in the future.
With the new year comes new innovative ACP Webinar programs.
Please join us in our Early Career Physician Leadership Webinar on
February 4, 2014 from 7-8pm EST. This will be moderated by
Dr. Angela Johnson, Chair, CECP, along with
various chapter leaders who will discuss successful programs for
Early Career Physicians as well as direct our members to useful
resources. Please sign up by January 30, 2014.
Lavanya Viswanathan and Rechell Rodriguez
Rechell Rodriguez, Regina Cerna, Lavanya Viswanathan and Bo
Dianne Frankel and Lorena Rodriguez
The American College of Physicians has released ACP Smart
Medicine, a web-based clinical decision support tool developed
specifically for internal medicine physicians containing 500
modules that provide guidance and information on a broad range of
diseases and conditions.
Integrated with content from Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP
JournalWise, and ACP's clinical practice guidelines with a display
that automatically adjusts to desktops, smartphones, and tablets,
the clinical recommendations in ACP Smart Medicine are
evidence-based and rated based on the quality of the underlying
evidence. Information is continually updated through triggered
updates with new, relevant content and guidelines. Additionally,
ACP High Value Care recommendations identify care activities that
offer little benefit to patients.
ACP Smart Medicine also offers easy access to submit for CME
credit. Physicians can select modules from the list of content
areas they have reviewed, answer a question, and submit for CME
ACP Smart Medicine is available as a free benefit to ACP members
and can be purchased by non-members.
ACP has released a new version of its High Value Care
Curriculum, an instructional program jointly developed by ACP and
the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine to train physicians to
be good stewards of limited healthcare resources.
The original 10-hour program, released in July 2012, has been
updated and condensed into a 6- hour program, based on user
feedback. The new version includes multimedia content and a toolbox
for program directors so they can measure curricular impact and
individual resident performance in high value care. The six 1-hour
Eliminating Healthcare Waste and Over-ordering of Tests
Healthcare Costs and Payment Models
Utilizing Biostatistics in Diagnosis, Screening and
High Value Medication Prescribing
Overcoming Barriers to High Value Care
High Value Quality Improvement
The curriculum is
In October 2013, ACP launched the ACP Leadership Academy to
provide internists with training and resources specific to
leadership in a healthcare setting. The Academy mainly focuses on
preparing early career internists for leadership roles, however it
also offers opportunities for existing leaders to enhance their
skills or refresh their knowledge.
The primary component of the ACP Leadership Academy is formal
education offered in partnership with the American College of
Physician Executives (ACPE). Steep discounts are provided to ACP
members on select courses, including strategic thinking, financial
decisionmaking, managing physician performance, and more. Offered
in a variety of formats, these courses offer opportunities to build
your CV, earn CME, and even roll coursework into either a
certificate program or a master's degree. To learn more or to register.
An additional component of the Academy is the ACP pre-course
offered during Internal Medicine 2014, "The Art of
Leadership". Focusing specifically on leadership within
internal medicine, precourse topics include management skills,
building effective work teams, and more.
Moreover, ACP is working on additional programs and resources,
including live local workshops and online modules.
Don't forget - you can always hone your leadership skills
further by participating in and leading local chapter committees.
Contact us if you are interested: William N. Hannah, Jr, MC USAF,
FACP Governor, ACP Air Force Chapter.
For more details about the ACP Leadership
Academy, including updates to program offerings
Internal Medicine 2014 will be held April 10-12 in Orlando,
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