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Travel Grants Program Grantees

Internal Medicine 2018

I felt truly honored to receive an ACP Travel Grant. I became a Fellow of the ACP in 2017 and therefore wanted to attend Convocation. The grant made it possible for me to attend Internal Medicine 2018, which was my first time. It was an invaluable opportunity to attend the Convocation ceremony, learn about current treatments, brush up on my clinical skills, and reconnect with colleagues, mentors, friends and a few of my former trainees. It was also an opportunity to form new acquaintances. I felt reinvigorated after the meeting!
Thank you.

Sincerely,
Ohenewaa Larbi Ahima, MD, FACP

First, I would like to thank the leadership for this program. I enjoyed every aspect of the conference. Aside from the wonderful didactic program, I would like to share one specific aspect of the conference that was inspirational to me as a public health officer for White Pine County. Listening to Keynote Speaker Karen DeSalvo share the struggles and accomplishments of a post-Katrina New Orleans was instrumental in renewing my dedication for my county residents. I was at ease knowing that those serving in public health have the willingness to share knowledge and experiences that could be applied to their own jurisdictions. For that, I thank the Travel Grants Program for the opportunity to attend my first ACP conference, which I have benefited from as a hospitalist and a public health officer.

David J Byun, DO

My experience attending ACP’s Internal Medicine 2018 was marvelous and heartwarming. Receiving a 2018 Travel Grant made me feel like I truly belong to the ACP family. My loyalty and advocacy for ACP peaked this year—I have shared with my residents and students the opportunities and benefits of becoming an ACP member. I used myself as an example, and I felt they were inspired. This year, more than 50% of my senior residents applied for the regional ACP abstract competition (hosted by my residency program and I will be the meeting chair), 7 participated in ACP Leadership Day in Washington, DC, and 30% hope to be part of the Doctor’s Dilemma knowledge competition. I am very grateful for your support.

All the best
Bojana Milekic, MD, FACP

Internal Medicine 2017

After not being able to attend ACP's Internal Medicine meeting due to residency and deployment, thanks to the Travel Grant I was finally able to attend IM17! It was an amazing experience, and I was able to network with many women in medicine as well as travel medicine doctors. I have brought back what I learned to start implementing a global health curriculum at our medical school as well as developing a global health residency track. As I do a lot of global health, many of my funds go to the costs of those trips. Because of the Travel Grant, I did not have to worry about redirecting my funds to attend IM17. Thank you!!!

Pamela Tipler, DO, FACP

I am very thankful for the opportunity to have attended Internal Medicine 17 with the support of the Travel Grant Program. I had never attended the meeting before, and the Travel Grant gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of medicine as well as improve my well-being. I am a relatively new physician and prior to attending the meeting I was on the path to burnout. Although I enjoyed medicine, I found myself overwhelmed with the current medical system (mainly paperwork/computer/EMR overload without enough time with patients). The conference allowed me to meet wonderful mentors, such as Dr. Mire. I am happy to say that I no longer feel overburdened and am working toward helping to make organizational change within my employment group to help prevent burnout in other physicians. All of this was possible as a result of the Travel Grant. I am so thankful to have been a recipient for 2017, and I hope the program continues for 2018.

Patress Persons, MD

The Travel Grant and Young Achievers Program from the American College of Physicians allowed me to attend Internal Medicine 2017 as my first ACP event. As an osteopathic physician who completed an osteopathic internal medicine residency program, my exposure to the ACP was limited throughout my training; and working in an underserved area in rural Mississippi, there simply aren’t many ACP members or events close enough. The travel stipend encouraged me to experience a new way of networking, new approach to educational topics, and generally broaden my view of the medical profession and how to best care for my patients. As a core faculty member of our small internal medicine residency program, this experience led me to encourage program sponsorship of ACP membership for our 18 residents. To put it simply, thanks to the Travel Grant and Young Achievers program, I will be an ACP member for life!

Seger Morris, DO, MBA