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November 2013 Ross D. Feldman, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Dr. Ross Feldman
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Ontario Chapter will Receive a 2013 Chapter Excellence Award

Chapter Excellence Award

I am pleased to announce that our Chapter is in receipt of the 2013 Chapter Excellence Award. The award recognizes chapters which successfully meet the standards for managing a chapter. In order to achieve the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet all basic criteria and seven optional criteria. Criteria include such activities as formulating an effective Governor’s Council and committees, communicating frequently with membership, providing educational opportunities, recruiting and advancing members and celebrating membership through local awards. I would like to extend a special thanks to those chapter members who assisted me in all of these endeavors! It was based on their hard work and dedication, that we received this award.


Gubernatorial Election Results

Dr. Ross Morton

Dr. Ross Morton, FRCP, FACP, Professor of Medicine at Queen’s University, Kingston, has been elected as the next Governor of the ACP Ontario Chapter. Congratulations Ross (what is the probability that a single chapter would have back to back Ross’s as Governors?)


Associate Member Report

Dr. Hassan Mir

There has been significant expansion of ACP Chapters throughout schools in Ontario over the past year, which has linked medical student, associate, and Physician members. We developed an Associates Council of Ontario with representation from McMaster University, Western University, University of Toronto, and Queens University and had our inaugural meeting at the recent ACP-CSIM annual meeting. We hope to meet twice yearly to expand the scope and membership of the ACP at residency programs and medical schools throughout Ontario.

Over the past year, we have hosted a number of events including social dinners aimed at developing networking opportunities, large-group sessions informing our peers about the benefits of joining the ACP, and Journal Clubs to improve knowledge and its translation among healthcare professionals. We have also hosted one of the largest Doctor's Dilemma™ competitions in the history of the Ontario Chapter at the ACP-CSIM Ontario meeting with participants from schools across all of Canada! We plan on hosting local Doctor's Dilemma ™ competition at each Chapter to garner a greater level of interest and competition for our upcoming ACP Ontario Meeting in 2014.

We have also worked with our Governor, Dr. Ross Feldman, to develop a sponsorship program for new and innovative ideas in medical education. Our first collaboration was with a team at Western University (2012) who developed a unique workshop aimed at improving communication and teaching skills among senior medical students. This year, we will be collaborating with a group at McMaster University (2013) and their workshop "Books2Bedside" aimed at improving medical knowledge and translation among medical student with the use of simulation and unique educational tools. We hope to formalize this sponsorship program in the years ahead to bring greater attention and interest towards the opportunities provided by the ACP to members across Ontario.


Medical Student ACP Report

Samantha Feldman

We currently have medical student ACP chapters operational at Western, Queen’s, McMaster, University of Toronto and NOSM. Each chapter is associated with that school’s internal medicine interest group. Through this connection, the ACP has helped to sponsor events for medical students where the ACP has been highlighted and opportunities have been provided for students to join the ACP at the events. For example, the ACP is sponsoring the Annual McMaster University Book to Bedside Conference, the Western ACP chapter regularly invites medical students to participate in ACP sponsored dinners, and the University of Toronto hosted a recent event to promote educational opportunities provided by the ACP to members of the school’s IMIG.

The ACP-Ontario Council of Medical Students has met twice this year. We organized a social event at the 2013 CSIM/ACP Annual Meeting. This event was very successful and had an attendance of almost 60 people. The council is working on supporting the local ACP chapters to host events such as Doctor’s Dilemma™ competitions and to solicit mentorship for students from current resident and staff ACP physicians. The Council has proposed inter-university educational opportunities for students and such events are in the process of being organized.


ACP-Ontario CSIM Joint Meeting

Our annual chapter scientific session was held in conjunction with The Canadian Society of Internal Medicine October 2-5, 2013 in Toronto. The theme of this year's meeting was "General Internal Medicine: Leading Quality Improvement." The meeting offered a diverse program of interactive workshops, symposia, and plenary sessions that cover current topics and issues relevant to General Internists. Clinical vignettes and research presentations rounded out the program. There were approximately 600 attendees at the meeting. I presented two Laureate awards during the chapter portion of the meeting to Brian Haynes, MD, MACP and former chapter Governor, Janet Roscoe, MD, FACP. Dr. Roscoe’s award cited her contributions to the ACP as well as her outreach efforts in Mongolia. Dr. Haynes’ award cited his lifetime achievement in Knowledge Translation efforts. Brian also delivered this year’s Governor’s Lecture on “Closing the Loop on Scientific Discovery: Knowledge translation research and implementation science”.

One of the highlights of the meeting was the national Doctor’s Dilemma™ competition. Coming through both as the chapter champion and Canadian national Doctor’s Dilemma™ champion was the team from University of Ottawa consisting of Thomas Tran, Christopher Tran, Kajenny Srivaratharajah and Babak Rashidi. The GG’s were a late entry to the competition but bested teams from across province and across the country. We look forward to their participation in the Doctor’s Dilemma™ competition in Orlando in April.

We especially appreciated the attendance of Jim Ott, Senior Vice President of ACP’s International Programs, to the meeting who set up an ACP exhibit which attracted significant interest especially related to Smart Medicine, ACP's new clinical decision support tool, and the Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program (MKSAP).

Laureate Awardees

From left to right: Jim Ott, Dr. Janet Roscoe, Dr. Brian Haynes, Dr. Ross Feldman

Doctor's Dilemma winners

Doctor’s Dilemma™ champs from left to right: The University of Ottawa team, Hassan Mir, Pearl Behl