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January 2013 Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP, ACP Governor

Message from the Governor

Dr. Lopez

Dear Colleagues,

How appropriate that our meeting landed just before Thanksgiving 2012. It has definitely been a time of gratitude and appreciation!

Nearly four years have passed since I began my term as Governor. As I reflect on this experience, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve and to contribute. Together, we have created an amazing tapestry of memories!

The Chapter has earned an annual Chapter Excellence Award each year. The Chapter has been honored with 2 Evergreen Awards (Strategic Plan and Statewide Medical Student Journal Club) and 1 Honorable Mention (Doctors’ Day at the State Capitol). The Chapter has successfully competed for 4 Chapter Development Awards: Doctors’ Day at the State Capitol (Advocacy Committee), ˇAdelante! an Educational Series for Associates and Early Career Internists (Young Physicians and Associates Committees), Education by Simulation (Fellows-in-Training Committee), and The 3 Rs: Retirement, ContRibution and Re-engagement—exploring the role of the retired physician; and has created new committees (Hospitalists, Medical Students, and Fellows-in-Training) to facilitate your voice being heard at the national level. You have effectively developed Resolutions that have impacted policy development: The International Medical Graduate (IMG) Committee has brought abuses in the Conrad-30 Program to light, and ACP has worked to bring this information to the AMA for action beyond internal medicine. Your concern regarding the Health Impact of Legislation Targeting Undocumented Immigrants resulted in a College position paper. Your concern regarding non-scientifically based health policy coincided with the College working on a position paper. An annual Mentorship and International Medical Graduate Recognition dinner has been established. ACP Arizona’s GME Consortium initiated its statewide Grand Rounds. The Chapter is now guided by a standing Finance Committee. Membership has increased by 10%. All GME programs support resident’s Associate membership. The Chapter has entered the world of social media with a presence on Facebook and Twitter. New awards for member recognition have been developed and more members are active at the leadership level. Each year, more of us have come together for ACP Arizona’s state meeting and supported the residents and students who presented. It has been a joyous time!

It has been a time of strain with ongoing SGR frustrations, state cuts in GME funding and uncertainty regarding the new health care law. Undaunted, ACP has remained at the forefront of developing policy that protects our patients and our ability to care for them. Along with educational products that help support clinical practice, the College has been steadfast in its focus on “what matters”.

With the holidays upon us, we are often called to remember “what matters”. What matters most for ACP Arizona, our most critical resource, is the strength of our members. You steadfastly demonstrate commitment, insight, thoughtfulness and creativity. Your voice is strong. Your ability to engage partners, to identify collaborative opportunities and ultimately to make a difference is inspiring. The last 4 years have been an inspiration. I am grateful.

Best wishes,

Ana Maria

Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP
Governor, ACP Arizona


2012 ACP Arizona Chapter Scientific Meeting

The ACP Arizona Chapter 2012 Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions meeting, “Update, Innovate, Advocate, Celebrate!” was held at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona on November 16-18. On that handsome campus, the varied opportunities for connection, education and fellowship were explored and enjoyed by the house of internal medicine: specialists, hospitalists; subspecialists; medical home partners, physician assistants and nurse practitioners; medical students, residents and subspecialty fellows in training.

Friday’s program included Maintenance of Certification ABIM SEP Modules on 2012 Updates on Critical Care, Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, as well as a discussion of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Friday’s Faculty Development sessions were presented by William Iobst, MD, Vice President of Academic Affairs, American Board of Internal Medicine; and addressed Competency-Based Education Training and Milestones Framework in the morning, and Working with Problem and Marginal Residents in the afternoon. Dr. Grossman, MD, MACP, University of Arizona College of Medicine and Howard M. Shulman, DO, FACP, FACOI, Midwestern University prepared an overview of GME in Arizona for the Faculty Medical Education Consortium Luncheon. Afternoon breakout sessions for faculty development, medical students and for associates, and Poster Session I for associates and medical students followed. The Governor’s Dinner and Town Hall Meeting was held that evening at the Arrowhead Country Club. Attendees participated in an animated discussion guiding ACP Arizona’s strategic planning priorities.

On Saturday, the General Sessions covered anticoagulation management, cancer prevention guidelines and a discussion of depression management. There was an important Advocacy workshop, moderated by Anita Murcko, MD, FACP in the later morning. Medical students met with physician mentors during lunch time, and Yul D. Ejnes, MD, MACP discussed fostering excellence in internal medicine. Chapter Awards were presented by the Awards Committee Chair, Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, FACP. Most of those awards will be highlighted later in this Newsletter. Once again, ACP Arizona Chapter received the Arizona Chapter Excellence Award. Congratulations to all ACP Chapter Members!!!

Saturday afternoon included the preliminary round of Doctor’s Dilemma™ Competition and Breakout Sessions included an opportunity to Meet the Masters, as well as sessions for Hospitalists, leadership development and care of special populations. Poster Session II for associates and medical students followed. Thanks to all speakers and participants!

Sunday, after Breakfast Roundtable discussions, the Chapter Meeting convened for an update on Medication Management, moderated by James Felicetta, MD, FACP, followed by a rousing series of Oral Vignette Presentations, and the final round of the Doctor’s Dilemma™ Competition. Final awards were presented and the 2012 Chapter Scientific Meeting was over!

Thank you to Dr. Jayne M. Peterson and to all committee members and attendees for a wonderful meeting!

Dr. Peterson
Jayne M. Peterson, MD, FACP, 2012 ACP-AZ Chapter Meeting Program Chair

Congratulations to the Raffle Winners!!

With the help of Maura (8) and Hogan (5) O’Malley, Dr. Ana Maria Lopez and Medical Student Salma Patel award Raffle Prizes of Gift Certificates and a copy of the handsome New Mayo Clinic Cookbook.


Arizona Chapter Honors and Awards

2012 ACP Arizona Chapter Scientific Meeting

On Saturday, November 17, 2012, the Arizona Chapter presented the following Chapter honors and awards. Please join us in congratulating these members on their contributions and accomplishments.

Laureate Award – Eric P. Gall, MD, MACP, MACR
(University of Arizona Arthritis Center of Excellence, University of Arizona College of Medicine)

Dr. Gall has become the newest Laureate of the AZ Chapter of the ACP. Dr. Gall has a distinguished career, which includes many professional honors, including a Laureate from Illinois. Dr. Gall is an internationally recognized rheumatologist, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University Of Arizona College of Medicine and, from the nomination letter, is: “…the most outstanding physician between Tucson and Flam, Norway…” and “…an outstanding clinician, teacher, advocate for the profession and human being.” High praise indeed!

Dr. Gall
Dr. and Mrs. Eric P. Gall at the Governor’s Banquet

Previous Chapter Laureate recipients include: John Hensing, MD, FACP; Bruce Bethancourt, MD, FACP; Anita Murcko, MD, FACP; Robert Aaronson, MD, FACP; Richard Carlson, MD, PhD, FACP; Thomas Disney, MD, FACP; Morton Fuchs, MD, FACP; Michael Grossman, MD, MACP; David Gullen, MD, MACP; Pasquale Palumbo, MD, MACP; John Carl Pierce, MD, FACP; David Sanderson, MD, FACP; Jayendra Shah, MD, FACP; Lawrence Shapiro, MD, FACP; Jay Smith, MD, FACP; and Edward Waldmann, MD, FACP.

Volunteerism and Community Service Award – William Firth, MD

Dr. Firth has a longstanding commitment to community service. In his nomination letter, Dr. Firth is recognized as “…an exemplary human being who has devoted his career to working for underserved populations and to educating medical students in a community based practice… I can think of no worthier candidate than the soft spoken, steadfast and brilliant Dr. William Firth!” Well deserved!!

Drs. Firth and Lopez
Governor Ana Maria Lopez congratulates Dr. William Firth as he receives the Volunteerism and Community Services Award

ACP Arizona Chapter Educator of the Year honors an ACP Arizona Chapter Member, Fellow or Master who has an exemplary record in education. This year’s awardee, Jaya M. Raj, MD, FACP (St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center), had a nominating letter that cited a long list of Dr. Raj’s accomplishments, presentations, innovations and activities, ending with the comment: “Without exception, Dr. Raj is an excellent attending and medical educator as she is a local, regional and national leader in medical education.” Congratulations!

ACP Arizona Chapter Internist of the Year award honors an ACP Arizona Chapter Member, Fellow or Master who demonstrates longtime excellence in clinical practice, patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, and service to the community. This year’s awardee, Alan K. Rogers, MD, FACP (Internist in Private Practice, Arizona Community Physicians,Tucson, Arizona) has 32 years of clinical experience and was noted to be “…an outstanding Internist and teacher” in his nomination letter.

Dr. Rogers
Dr. Rogers receiving the Internist of the Year award from Dr. Lopez

ACP Arizona Chapter Leader of the Year Award honors an ACP Arizona Chapter Member, Fellow or Master who is a recognized and respected leader in Arizona medicine. This year’s awardee, Eladio Pereira, MD, MBA, FACP (Medical Director, Mariposa Community Health Center, Nogales, Arizona) is a longstanding member and fellow of the College whose “…leadership and vision has had far reaching influence on the health and well being of southern Arizona.

Dr. Pereira
Dr. Pereira – ACP Arizona Chapter Leader of the Year, and Dr. Lopez

ACP Arizona Chapter Associate of the Year honors an ACP Arizona Chapter Associate Member who demonstrates professionalism and leadership in her/his residency program, the medical profession and the community. This year’s awardee, Juliana (Jewel) M. Kling, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona), is noted for her “enthusiastic and infectious leadership.” Dr. Kling has served as editor of Transitions newsletter, and has been selected to serve as Chief Resident next year.

ACP Arizona Chapter Medical Student of the Year honors an ACP Arizona Chapter Student Member who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship, interest in Internal Medicine, community service and outreach, and who has participated in ACP AZ Chapter and other Internal Medicine-related activities. This year’s awardee, Shreya Patel (University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson), is described as “a consummate internist at heart” and as an outstanding student. Kudos!

The Morton Fuchs Community-Based Education Memorial Award recognizes Rural Health Professions Program (RHPP) preceptors and students supported by ACP Arizona. Dr. Morton Fuchs, former ACP-AZ Governor, was pivotal in the founding of ACP Arizona’s relationship with RHPP, a program of the University of Arizona College Of Medicine which matches medical students with physician mentors, provides opportunities for students to experience both the challenges and gratification of rural medical practice, and strives to establish working and learning partnerships among rural physicians, College of Medicine faculty and students.

Preceptorship participates
2012 Rural Health Professional Program Preceptors and Preceptorship Participants, with Dr. Lopez: Devin A. Mikles, MD, FACP (Choices Integrative Healthcare of Sedona) - Amber Bellafiore, Catherine O. Taylor, MD (North County Health Care, Springerville) - Blake Gibson, Cynthia E. Martin, MD (Flagstaff Family Care Clinic) - Colin Little


Chapter Excellence Award

ACP Arizona has been honored with a 2012 Chapter Excellence Award. The Chapter Excellence Award recognizes those chapters that excel in reaching the standards for managing a chapter, such as communicating to members, instituting Medical Students' and Associates' activities and advancing and recruiting members.


John Tooker Evergreen Award

The Evergreen Program was created in 1993 by the College to recognize and reward outstanding chapter efforts. The Evergreen Program provides visibility to those chapters that have been successful in implementing programs that increase member communication and involvement.

Each year all chapters are invited to nominate their own programs and to provide details on the goals of the program, how it was implemented, and what the results were. The Chapters Subcommittee has the difficult task of selecting a small group of chapters, which are recognized nationally and locally for their achievements. ACP Arizona earned a 2012 John Tooker Evergreen Award for its Statewide Medical Student Journal Club.


Thanks, Dr. Lopez!

Dr. Lopez, thank you

The final recognition of the Chapter Meeting was a sincere thank you to Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, ACP Arizona outgoing Governor. Incoming Governor, Dr. James V. Felicetta, read a letter of recognition from David L. Bronson, MD, FACP, President, ACP and Phyllis Guze, MD, FACP, Chair, Board of Regents, ACP.


2012 ACP Arizona Chapter Medical Student and Associate Competitions

A record number of ACP Arizona Chapter medical student and associate members competed with a poster, a clinical vignette or in medical jeopardy. All abstracts will be published in the Chapter’s e-publication ˇSalud! Look for the weblink soon! Bravo!!

Doctor’s Dilemma™ Competition is held annually as a medical jeopardy competition and this year featured 12 teams and 36 players. First Place Winner: Mayo Clinic Arizona

competition 1
Left to Right: Andrew Chung, MD, Christine Klassem, MD and Sohail Abdi-Moradi, MD

competition 2
Harold M. Szerlip, MD, FACP, FCCP, FASN, Dr.'s Dilemma Co-Chair, presents the Doctor’s Dilemma™ First Place Plaque to Janis E. Blair, MD, Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Mayo Clinic Arizona.


Oral Clinical Vignette Participants

From left to right: Divya Pati, MBBS, UACOM at South Campus; James Gee, MD, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center; Andrew Sacks, DO, Verde Valley Medical Center; Nickey O’Coyne, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona; Rahul Rishi, DO, Sierra Vista Regional Health Center; Jonathan Olsen, DO, Banner Good Samaritan; Mohammad Abu Zaid, MD, UACOM at University Campus; Hossein Ghofrani, MD, Maricopa Medical Center

Oral Clinical Vignette Winners

First Place: Jonathan R. Olsen, DO, Banner Good Samaritan, “Bamboozled by Syncope
Second Place: Nickey O’Coyne, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona, “A Child’s Rash Causing an Adult Chest Pain
Third Place: Divya R. Pati, MBBS, University of Arizona College of Medicine, South Campus, “Mystery of the Unconscious Patient


Poster Presentations


Medical Student Winners

First Place: Megan Hamre, Creighton College of Medicine, “Adrenocortical Carcinoma, A Unique Presentation and Metastasis: A Case Report

Second Place: Jonathan Kang, Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, “The Ob/Ob Mouse Jejunum has Distinctly Different Characteristics than its Lean Counterparts

Third Place: Salma Patel, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, “Sudden Cardiac Death and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

PGY-1 Poster Winners

First Place: Colin Fitterer, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona, “Pancreatitis and a Renal Incidentaloma: Big and Benign

Second Place: Qi Yu, DO, University of Arizona College of Medicine, South Campus, “An Interesting Case of Hiccups and the Blues

Third Place: Aaron Fernandes, MD, University of Arizona College of Medicine, South Campus, “Tachycardia Induced Cardiomyopathy

Associate Research Poster Winners

First Place: Robyn Emanuel, MD, MPH, Mayo Clinic Arizona, “Essential Thrombocythemia (ET) and Polycythemia Vera (PV) Symptom Burden: Phenotypic Cluster Analysis Among an International Sample of 1,141 Persons with ET and PV

Second Place: Andrew Chung, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona, “Predictive Value of Nasal Methicillin-Resistant Straphyloccoccus Aureus PCR Swab for MRSA Pneumonia”

Third Place: Natalya Azadeh, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona, “The Impact of Early and Short-Term Corticosteroids on the Clinical Course of Patients with Primary Pulmonary Coccidioidomycosis – A Retrospective Case Control Study

Associate Case Report Poster Winners

First Place: Mohan Ashok Kumar, MD, St Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center, “An Uncommon Cause of Cholestatic Hepatitis – Epstein Barr Virus

Second Place: Anju Nair, MD, University of Arizona College of Medicine, South Campus, “A Rare Intestinal Transformation

Third Place: Preethi William, MBBS, University of Arizona College of Medicine, University Campus, “Calcific Uremic Arteriolopathy – an Antherosclerotic Masquerade

Associate Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Poster Winners

First Place: Jonathan Olsen, DO, Banner Good Samaritan regional Medical Center, “The Provider Approval Queue and Patient Diagnostic Data: How Residents Communicate Important Patient Information

Second Place: Juliana (Jewel) Kling, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona, “Does the Adage ‘You Can Lead a Horse to Water…’ Apply to Post-Hospitalization Primary Care Follow-up?

Third Place: Heather Fields, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona, “A Retrospective Descriptive Review of a Pilot Elective in Bedside Ultrasound in Emergency Department Patients

Subspecialty Fellow Poster Recognition:

Bijin Thajudeen, MD, University of Arizona College of Medicine, University Campus, “Morbidity and Mortality in Non Proteinuric Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease-a Retrospective Study

ACP Arizona is proud of all its awardees and honored to support Jonathan R. Olsen, DO, Banner Good Samaritan, First Place Oral Vignette Winner; Robyn Emanuel, MD, MPH, Mayo Clinic Arizona, First Place Research Poster, and the 1st Place Doctor’s Dilemma™ Competition Team from Mayo Clinic Arizona, Andrew Chung, MD, Christine Klassem, MD and Sohail Abdi-Moradi, MD.

They will represent the Chapter at the ACP 2013 IM National Meeting in San Francisco!

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2012 ACP Arizona Chapter Breakfast Roundtables


Nothing like breakfast to encourage discussion and exploration! ACP Arizona Breakfast Roundtables welcomed members to share ideas and contribute to the work plan for the upcoming year! Please be in touch with Dixie Swan to become engaged.

Advocacy: Dr. Anita Murcko

The Advocacy Committee welcomed Don Hughes, Governor Brewer’s Health Policy Advisor; past Laureate John Hensing MD, FACP; AMA RUC representative Joel Brill, MD, AGAF CHCQM; AHCCCS CMO, Marc Leib, MD, JD and ACP representative Yul Ejnes, MD, FACP to this year’s ACP Arizona’s Annual Meeting public policy segment. Patient Centered Medical Home and Accountable Care Organizations successfully set the stage for integrating national ACP policy into local advocacy efforts to increase funding for graduate medical education, improve transitions of care, and strengthen the State’s e-health infrastructure. Plans are underway for 2013 ACP Doctor’s Day at the Arizona Capitol and Leadership Day in DC.

Associates: Dr. Mohan Ashok Kumar

The Associates discussed collaborations and successes. The Transitions newsletter has a new editor, Juliana Kling, M.D., PGY3--Mayo Clinic Arizona. It will be electronically published twice a year with input from all internal medicine residency programs in Arizona. The Committee successfully lobbied for all internal medicine residency programs (M.D. and D.O.) to support their residents’ Associate Membership! They have decided to focus on developing a statewide journal club for residents, working with the Young Physicians to congratulate and facilitate ACP connections for the graduating residents, and with the International Medical Graduates (IMG) Committee to develop an orientation and welcome for new IMG residents.

Fellows in Training: Drs. Vijay Doraiswamy and Bijin Thajudeen, co-chairs

The Fellows in Training Committee has successfully developed and hosted 3 Education by Simulation sessions (funded ACP Chapter Development Funds) and looks forward to a session in the Spring. They will be focusing on these ongoing educational sessions, on engaging the subspecialty program directors to discuss the benefits of ACP membership for their subspecialty fellows, collaborating with the International Medical Graduates (IMG) Committee to develop an orientation and welcome for new IMG residents, and with the Medical Student Committee to develop and support mentorship and shadowing opportunities.

Hospitalists: Dr. Ismail Jibrin

The Hospitalist Committee has focused on a topic critical to health care today: Transitions of Care. Working in partnership with the Young Physicians Committee and the Pima County Medical Society, the Hospitalists are focusing on the critical need for effective communication as the patient enters and leaves the hospital. This document is being reviewed by other state medical organizations. The Committee is focused on bringing education on Transitions of Care forward to communities throughout Arizona, reaching all hospitalist groups in the Arizona, and on working in synergy with national efforts.

International Medical Graduates: Drs. Muhammad Khan and Mohan Ashok Kumar, co-chairs

The International Medical Graduates (IMG) Committee successfully contributed an ACP resolution regarding the abuses experienced by IMGs. The resolution has been moved forward as a resolution at the American Medical Association meeting to bring these concerns to a broader audience. The Committee is preparing for its annual Spring IMG Recognition and Mentorship event, is collaborating with the Associates Committee and the Fellows in Training Committee to develop an orientation and welcome for new IMG residents and is actively nurturing members for FACP and the LEAD certificate.

Medical Students: Salma Patel, MS IV, UACOM-P

The Medical Students Committee, composed of students from each college of medicine, hosted a well attended statewide pulmonary function studies workshop. The Committee is preparing for a statewide journal club presentation in the Spring. The individual Internal Medicine Interest Groups are emphasizing membership, mentorship, and shadowing experiences. They have initiated a series of You Tube-like videos expressing their interest in internal medicine and part of the doctor shortage solution, “We are the 100,000 doctor solution!” The students enjoyed a lively conversation with the Internal Medicine Residency Program Directors at ACP Arizona and will be facilitating graduating students’ connection with the Chapter that they will join as residents.

Medical Students
Mentoring Event at Chapter Scientific Meeting with, from Left (Back to camera) UACOM-P student Anna Lise Koenig, Dr. Caroline Johnson, Banner Gateway Medical Center; Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University student-Leslie Tamura, Dr. Julie Crawford, Phoenix VA Health Care System

Membership: Dr. Howard Shulman

ACP Arizona membership is on the rise! And the Membership Committee is actively outlining a plan for sustaining and supporting this trend. Please see ACP Membership Recruitment Opportunities below. From reaching out to new members in new venues to personal outreach to lapsed members, the Committee is developing goals and paths to attain these goals. Focusing on both recruitment and retention, the Committee is fostering the member’s own growth within ACP and supporting them during transition points e.g. from medical student to resident, to fellow-in-training or to young physician, and on to FACP or fellowship. The Committee is looking for your input and may call on you to share your answer to, “What does ACP membership mean to me?

Young Physicians: Drs. Shaghayegh Abdollahi and Shireen Jindani, co-chairs

After a successful ˇAdelante! educational session on Transitions of Care, the Young Physicians Committee identified this topic as a focus of action. Working with the Hospitalist Committee, they have developed a document to facilitate effective communication as the patient enters and leaves the hospital. The 2 committees collaborated on a video submitted to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on "Transitions of Care”. The Committee remains focused on educational efforts through the ˇAdelante! series and is considering the webinar format to provide ACP Arizona with education “when you need it”.


ACP Arizona Post Course

The Fellows-in-Training Committee hosted an Education by Simulation session at the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona. Twenty medical students practiced a mock code, central line insertions, ultrasound and a discussion at the end of life. Appreciation to University of Arizona faculty: Kwan S. Lee, MD, Vijay Doraiswamy, MD and Mayo faculty: F. David Fortuin, MD, Christopher P. Appleton, MD, Gina Long RN, FACC, Bhavash M. Patel, MD, Kenneth K. Sakata, MD, Stefano B. Walczyk, Jeffrey Wiswell, Jr. MD, Joseph Woods MD


Post course 1
Medical students Aman Verma (Midwestern), Jordan Roberts (Midwestern), Anna Lise Koenig (UACOM-P), Jeremy Berger (A.T.Still) and Salma Patel (UACOM-P) listen intently to Dr. Kwan Lee (University of Arizona) at Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center.

post course 2
Medical Students Anna Lise Koenig (UACOM-P) and Jeremy Berger, (A. T. Still) enjoy learning from Kenneth Sakata, MD, F. David Fortuin, MD, and Gina Long, RN, DNSc at Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center.


Congratulations to the newest ACP-AZ Fellows

If you meet any of these distinguished doctors, remember to congratulate them for earning FACP: Faiz Anwer, MD, FACP, Christina MB Chong, MD, FACP, Lee D. Cranmer, MD, FACP, Abhijeet Dhoble, MBBS, FACP, Binh T. Duong, DO, FACP, Mindy J. Fain, MD, FACP, Robert J. Hamburg, MD, FACP, Moustafa Hazin, DO, FACP, Milan Jansky, MD, FACP, Muhammad F. Khan, MD, FACP, Masood A. Kisana, MD, FACP, Eric A. Peters, MD, FACP, Ching Wang, MD, FACP, and Alvin G. Wong, DO, FACP.

If you are interested in becoming a Fellow, please contact Dr. Alan Rogers, Dr. Lopez at azacpgov@gmail.com or visit the ACP website for more information.


Join ACP Advocates in IM Network - AIMn!

If you don’t speak for Internal Medicine, who will? ACP’s continued success on Capitol Hill greatly depends upon year-round grassroots support from the College’s more than 8,000 participants in the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (formerly known as the “Key Contact Program”). Advocates e-mail, call and meet with their members of Congress on issues of importance to medical students, internists and their patients; and report the results back to ACP.

Do not be concerned if you do not have an existing relationship with your member of Congress, ACP can give you the tools for that. No matter your membership class, enroll in the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network.


ACP Supports Quality Network Program to Improve Adult Immunization Rates

The Center for Quality, a new department at ACP, is partnering with CDC on a 3-year cooperative agreement to increase adult immunization rates. Six ACP chapters across the country are working with national ACP to implement innovative and evidence-based practices that will increase adult immunization in the primary care setting. ACP Arizona is one of those chapters.

This program is free and will consist of a live regional education program where an expert in adult immunization will present the latest recommendations in adult immunization followed by interactive and facilitated small-group discussion on what would work in your practice to increase uptake of immunization. Then a practice facilitator will be made available for ongoing individualized practice support to help implement any strategies in your clinical setting. Understanding that team-based care is essential for quality care, both physicians and non-physician clinicians are encouraged to participate.

Other benefits of participation include:

Free access to MedConcert, a cloud-based technology platform that permits secure and HIPPA-compliant communication among your colleagues, a collection of educational resources, and data registries that can be used for Meaningful Use, PQRS, and Maintenance of Certification Part IV Credit.

Free access to ACP’s Medical Home Builder, an online practice management tool to aid in building a Patient-Centered Medical Home as well as other ACP immunization resources; and
Inclusion in ACP’s Quality Network with first access to new ACP quality improvement tools and resources.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Lopez.


Updates on CMS EHR Incentive Programs

ACP is your partner in staying up-to-date! For more information about the emerging and changing challenges of modern medicine, including information on payment adjustment exemptions for the 2013 e-Prescribing (eRx) program.


ACP Membership Recruitment Opportunities for YOU!

ACP's Recruit-a-Colleague Program

Help strengthen the voice of internal medicine - recommend ACP Membership to your colleagues!

The need for a strong voice to speak on behalf of medicine and, in particular, internal medicine has never been greater than it is today. It is critically important that we unify to address the specific needs of our medical specialty. There are advocacy efforts to champion, practice management issues to simplify, and a time-honored profession to foster. There is strength in numbers. Together, we can change the direction of internal medicine.

Ask your colleagues to join ACP today. To thank you for your time and effort, we offer the following recruitment program. Between now and March 15, 2013:

  • Recruit one colleague and receive a $100 credit toward your 2013-14 annual dues
  • Recruit two colleagues and receive a $200 credit toward your 2013-14 annual dues
  • Recruit three colleagues and receive a $300 credit toward your 2013-14 annual dues
  • Recruit four colleagues and enjoy free annual dues in 2013-14. Plus, for every Member recruited within the promotional period, you will receive an entry into a grand-prize drawing for a trip to Internal Medicine 2014 in Orlando, Florida that includes registration, airfare (up to $500), and four days of hotel accommodations.
  • To be considered a "recruited" Member, your colleague must:

  • Be a nonmember who is eligible for the "full" ACP Member category and pay $100 or more in dues.
  • Submit a Membership application, along with his or her dues payment, between April 1, 2012 and March 15, 2013.
  • Write your name in the recruiter box on the top of the Membership application.**

Send a recruitment e-mail to a colleague today, or download and print an application to personally deliver. You may also request a Membership Inquiry Kit from Member and Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, (M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET).

It is the collective effort that makes a difference. Call on the support of your colleagues today.

One-Member-A Month

This successful program continues with the news that chapters have now recruited 60 new “Big M” Members to the College, 20 in October alone! The best way to recruit members is for current members to actively invite their colleagues and friends, so every member is encouraged to do just that! There is no need to enroll in the program, just extend an invitation! Everything you need to know about membership in ACP.


The Arizona Chapter Scientific Meeting -- ACP Arizona Thanks!

We want to recognize the tireless efforts of Jayne M. Peterson, MD, FACP, 2012 Program Chair who led the following committees and subcommittees to design our wonderful program.

Thanks to Chairs and Co-chairs of each Subcommittee.

Program Planning Committee Members

Jayne M. Peterson, MD, FACP, 2012 Program Chair
Neil M. Ampel, MD, FACP
John G. Bergstrom, MD, FACP, Retired Physician, Phoenix
Julie Q. Crawford, MD
Timothy C. Fagan, MD, FACP, 2011 Program Chair
James V. Felicetta, MD, FACP, Governor-Elect
Kathleen Gibson, MD, FACP
Ismail M. Jibrin, MD, FACP, FSHM
James F. Keane, DO
Mohan Ashok Kumar, MBBS

Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP, Governor, Arizona Chapter 2009 - 2013
Kevin F. Moynahan, MD, FACP, 2009 Program Chair
Anita C. Murcko, MD, FACP, Advocacy Chair
Salma Patel, MD/MPH Candidate, Medical Student
Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, FACP
Howard M. Shulman, DO, FACP, FACOI, 2010 Program Chair
Harold M. Szerlip, MD, FACP, FCCP, FASN, 2013 Program Chair
Rupal S. Vora, MD, FACP


Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, FACP, Chair
Timothy C. Fagan, MD, FACP
James V. Felicetta, MD, FACP
Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP
Kevin F. Moynahan, MD, FACP
Howard M. Shulman, DO, FACP, FACOI

Doctor’s Dilemma™

Harold M. Szerlip, MD, FACP, FCCP, FASN, Co-Chair
Rupal S. Vora, MD, FACP, Co-Chair
Timothy C. Fagan, MD, FACP
James V. Felicetta, MD, FACP
Helene LaBonte, DO, FACP
Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP
Laura Meinke, MD, FACP, FCCP
Ariana L. Peters, DO, FACOI
Jayne M. Peterson, MD, FACP
Howard M. Shulman, DO, FACP, FACOI

Posters/Abstracts/Oral Vignettes

Harold M. Szerlip, MD, FACP, FCCP, FASN, Chair
Rosemary Browne, MD, FACP
Timothy C. Fagan, MD, FACP
James V. Felicetta, MD, FACP
Richard Gerkin, MD, MS, FACP, FACMT
Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP
Emily A. Mallin, MD
Laura Meinke, MD, FACP, FCCP
Jayne M. Peterson, MD, FACP
Avisheh Riahi, MD
Howard M. Shulman, DO, FACP, FACOI
Bridget Stiegler, DO

Public Relations/Marketing

James Keane, DO, Chair
Ibrahim Elali, MD, FACP
William G. Elliott, DO, FACC, FACOI
Timothy C. Fagan, MD, FACP
James V. Felicetta, MD, FACP
Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP
Anita C. Murcko, MD, FACP
Salma Patel, MD
/MPH Candidate
Jayne M. Peterson, MD, FACP
Howard M. Shulman, DO, FACP, FACOI

We want to also recognize our poster judges and oral vignette judges who helped determine our outstanding winners

Hamed Abbaszadegan, MD
Shaghayegh Hakemi Abdollahi, MD, FACP, FAAP
Anthony Aghenta, MD, MS, IPC
Kamal Eldin Ahmed, MD, FASN, FACP
Bujji Ainapurapu MD
Neil M. Ampel, MD, FACP
Janis Blair, MD, FACP
Jeanette Boohene, MD
Richard W. Carlson, MD, PhD, FACP
Gordon E. Carr MD
Julie Q. Crawford, MD, FACP
Vijay A Doraiswamy MD
Leonar Echevarria, MD, FACP
Yul D. Ejnes, MD, MACP
Timothy C. Fagan, MD, FACP
James V. Felicetta, MD, FACP
Rakshith Gadam, MD
Eric P. Gall, MD, MACP, MACR
Richard D. Gerkin, MD, FACP
John Santhosh Gheevarghese, MD
Harvey Hsu, MD
William F. Iobst, MD, ABIM
Ann Julie Impens, PhD, MPH
Shubh Preet Kaur, MD
Ismail Jibrin MD, FACP, FSHM
Sathish Karmegam, MD
Erum Jadoon Khamash, MD
Muhammad F Khan, MD, FACP
Helene Labonte, DO, FACP
Kwan S. Lee MD FACC
Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP
Emily A. Mallin, MD
Laura Meinke, MD, FACP
Kevin F. Moynahan, MD, FACP
Anita C. Murcko, MD, FACP
Rakesh Nanda, MD, FACP
Kevin Olden, MD
Cheryl O’Malley, MD, FACP
Laura O'Malley, MD
Mansoor Mirza MD, FACP
Jayne M. Peterson, MD, FACP
Jaya Raj, MD, FACP
Alan K. Rogers, MD, FACP
Pina Shah MD FACP
Howard M. Shulman, DO, FACP, FACOI
Shannon E. Skinner, MD, FACP
David Steinway, DO
Bridget Stiegler, DO
Harold M. Szerlip, MD, FACP
Catherine O. Taylor MD
Chanchal Yadav, MD
Ching Wang, MD, FACP
Kevin Wilson DO, FACOI, FACP


Contact Information

Robert M. Aaronson, MD, FACP
Governor, Arizona Chapter

Dixie Swan, MA
Executive Director

Chapter Address:
810 W. Bethany Home Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013

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