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July 2012 Soma Wali, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Letter from the Governor

Dr. Wali

I am honored to start my term as the new ACP Governor for Southern California Region I. I would like to thank Dr. Dennis Cope, the former Region 1 Governor for his contributions and leadership, as well as his mentorship. I also would like to thank previous Governors, Drs. Phyllis Guze and Chester Choi, for their dedication and contribution to ACP, to our region, and for being wonderful mentors to me.

My goal as the new Governor is to continue the work and accomplishments established by the former Governors, and to build on that in order to offer more to our members. I would like to be in touch with all members and to create subcommittees for Masters, Fellows, Young Physicians, Associates and Medical Students. Each group has a different need and I am hoping to reach out to all of you, get you more involved with ACP, and find out what ACP can offer you. I would love to hear from you. I will be sending out a survey to all members in the near future asking what you would like your ACP chapter to offer. ACP has great educational resources as well as excellent Advocacy programs. One of my goals is to make sure our members are aware of all that ACP offers. I would like to increase the number of members in our region, help members transition to Fellows, and offer activities that will meet the needs of all members in our Chapter.

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Dr. Dennis W. Cope presents Dr. Wali with gavel in recognition of her new role as ACP Governor for S. California for Region I

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Dr. Soma Wali presents Dr. Dennis W. Cope with ACP Award in appreciation for his leadership and service

Dr. Wali presenting award
ACP S. California Region I Advisory Council (From Left to Right) Neil Paige, MD, Daniel Kang, MD, Chester Choi, MD, Ronald Oudiz, MD, Mark Richman, MD, Caroline Goldzweig, MD, Soma Wali, MD, Dennis W. Cope, MD, Donald Feinstein, MD, Mark Noah, MD, Kouichi “Corky” Tanaka, MD, and Carole Warde, MD. Members not present: Ron Ben-Ari, MD, Victor Ettinger, Phyllis Guze, MD, Mark Hyman, MD, Barbara Levey, MD, Glenn Littenberg, MD, Maureen Spell, MD, and Susan Sprau, MD


ACP IM 2012 Annual Meeting in New Orleans

This year’s ACP 2012 Annual Meeting took place in New Orleans. Southern California Region I was well represented. The following people were recognized and elevated to Fellowship status: We would like to congratulate the new Fellows and hope to add many more to the list next year. If you are interested in becoming a Fellow in ACP, please contact Gus Chavez, our executive director at gchavez@ucla.edu.

Gregory A. Brent, MD, FACP
Neil Kaplowitz, MD, FACP
Catherine H. MacLean, MD ,PhD, FACP
Katayoun K. Mostafaie, MD, FACP
David Q. Shih, MD, FACP
Raymond P. Sims, MD, FACP
William Stohl, MD, FACP
Dennis Y. Wong, MD, FACP
Stephanie Knabe Bui, MD, FACP
Arthur G. Gomez, MD, FACP
Pawan K. Juneja, MBBS, FACP
Chinyere A Nyenke, MBBS, FACP
Charles M. Lim, MBBS, FACP
Frederick H. Rundall, MD, FACP

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Drs. Dennis Cope and Soma Wali with some ACP Southern California Region Fellows

Two of our chapter members, David L. Rimoin, MD and Susan Sprau, MD, were also recognized by being elevated to Masters of ACP.

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David L. Rimoin, MD, MACP

It is with great sadness that we report that Dr. Rimoin passed away in May, shortly after receiving this special recognition. He will always be remembered for his extensive body of work, excellence in medicine, and his humanism.

Dr. Cope, Regent
Dr. Dennis W. Cope, MD, FACP

Finally, we are happy to announce that Dr. Dennis W. Cope, past Governor for ACP S. California Region I, has been elected to ACP’s Board of Regents.

As a Regent, Dr. Cope will continue his representation of our interests at the national level.



In June, our Chapter recognized two outstanding medical students who are pursuing careers in Internal Medicine: Shira Miriam Frankel, MD, from the Keck School of Medicine at USC, and Olga Levin, MD from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Frankel is headed to Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York for her residency training, while Dr. Levin will be staying at UCLA. On behalf of ACP Southern California Region I, we congratulate them both and wish them the best.

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Dr. Soma Wali presents ACP Student Internist Award to Shira Miriam Frankel, MD from USC

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Dr. Soma Wali presents ACP Student Internist Award to Olga Levin, MD from UCLA


CCSM Update

By: Mark Richman, MD, MPH, FACP

This past April, the UCLA and USC Internal Medicine Interest Groups' student leaders organized an excellent USMLE Step I Pearls Board Review, which was sponsored by the Southern California Region 1 Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Held on the campus of USC's School of Medicine, the event attracted over 100 students from both schools.

Participants were treated to the following topics and speakers:

Embryology - Dr. Jonathan Wisco, UCLA
Neurology - Dr. Carolyn Houser, UCLA
Nephrology - Drs. Mitra Nadim and Alicia McDonough, USC

The student leaders organized the entire event, securing the venue, choosing topics and speakers, and arranging the audiovisual (which this year included a podcast available to students unable to attend).



ACP Advocacy Update

By: Rick Tennant, MD

2012 was a full year for advocacy for ACP Southern California Region I, with the Sacramento Leadership Day in late February and Leadership Day on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C on June 6th and 7th. Both sessions were well attended by physicians, residents and medical students from Southern California Region I.

Sacramento Leadership Day was focused on preserving access to primary care in light of the state’s current financial difficulties and maintaining the funding that does exist. Further efforts were devoted to the issues of preparing for the full enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in 2014, with discussions of the patient centered medical home and encouraging funding for primary care directed medical education. Additionally, continued support for the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) was emphasized, along with the need for revival of funding for the CURES program for scheduled drug prescription monitoring. It was a busy but thorough day of meetings with legislators on Capitol Hill, highlighted by a group meeting with State Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D.

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From left to right: Rick Tennant, MD, Dennis W. Cope, MD, FACP and Matthew Hanchett, MD

The ACP Leadership Day on Capitol Hill turned toward other important issues in light of the unclear future surrounding the Affordable Care Act at that time. Excellent talks from Bob Doherty from Government Affairs and Public Policy and Representative Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), among many others, prepared us for a full day of meeting with legislators and their staffers. As a group we pushed for bipartisan support of such issues as reform of Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and Medical Liability through enactment of the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act and pilot health courts. Additionally, general support was placed on maintaining the current funding to essential health programs such as the National Health Service Corps and Training in Primary Care Medicine despite government consideration of across-the-board sequestration cuts.

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USC Medical Student Mike Directo with Congressman Elton Gallegl

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Mike Directo, Aarya Kafi, MD, Congressman Elton Gallegly, Dennis W. Cope, MD, and Nancy Lee, MD

Both sessions were educational, fun and fruitful and we look forward to another year of continued successful advocacy in 2013.


Mark Your Calendars!

Southern California Regions I, II & III Scientific Meeting

We are happy to announce that this year’s ACP Regions I, II and III Scientific Meeting will take place on October 27-28, 2012 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California. We have an outstanding program that includes experts from throughout the region speaking on topics including diabetes, infectious diseases, sepsis and cardiology. In addition, the meeting will include a poster competition and a medical jeopardy competition. Registration and lodging information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. We hope to see you there!

I hope to meet all of you in the upcoming years, and be able to advocate for your needs.


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