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February 2013 Donald Echenberg, MD, FRCPC, FACP, ACP Governor

Governor's Message

Dr. Echenberg

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I begin another year as your Chapter Governor. I have been representing your chapter since April 2011 and my term extends until April 2015.

Highlights from the previous year:

The joint American College of Physicians, Canadian Society of Internal Medicine (CSIM) and Association des spécialistes en médecine interne du Québec (ASMIQ) annual meeting, held in Quebec City in October 2012, covered many aspects of internal medicine over a four day period, offering a mixture of plenary sessions, symposia and workshops. The topics ranged from diabetes screening to symptom control in palliative care to the use of newer anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation.

Some of the highlights of the program:

An opening symposia on health promotion at the individual, community and population levels. Amongst the speakers: Dr. Jacques Bédard (ACP Fellow) speaking on motivational interviewing and Dr. Berg Govig (ACP Fellow), on the ecological approach, and Dr. Norman Campbell (CSIM member from Calgary) on the population-based approach.

Dr. Luc Lanthier, ACP Fellow and author of A Practical Guide to Internal Medicine, gave a presentation on the top 5 papers that have most influenced our practice in 2012.

One of my favourite sessions was the Ted Giles clinical vignettes session in which residents from all over the country presented their best cases. Prizes were awarded to the three top presentations by a panel of judges.

Finally the ACP lecture was given by none other than former McGill professors, Drs. Suzanne and Robert Fletcher on the overuse, underuse and disuse of modern medical technology.

For those interested a copy of these presentations can be found on the CSIM Website.

There was a record turnout of over 600 registrants at the meeting.


Membership Statistics for the Quebec Chapter

As of this month, the chapter’s membership was as follows:

Masters - 4
Fellows - 88
Honorary - Fellow - 1
Members - 128
Associate Members - 150
Medical Student Members - 47
Total: 418.

This represents a 6.4% increase since Oct 2012 with the most significant increase coming from associates and students.

We continue to work on recruitment and expanding our membership. I have a fairly long list of ACP members who would be eligible for Fellowship. Over the next few months I will be contacting you by e-mail with details on how to apply for ACP Fellowship.

New Members:

I would like to welcome and congratulate the following members who have been promoted to the rank of Fellowship in 2012:

Dr. Jacques Bédard, Sherbrooke, Quebec
Dre. Martine Chamberland, Sherbrooke, Quebec
Dr. Patrick Engina, Montréal, Quebec
Dre. Susan Gold, Montréal, Quebec
(The last two are husband and wife).

I would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new ACP members who joined us in 2012 and early 2013:

Dre. Renée Leclerc, Quebec
Dr. Jean-Nicholas Dubé, Trois-Rivières
Dr. Martin Leblond, Québec
Dre. Julie Émond, Ste-Anne des Monts
Dre. Alexandra Zarruck, Montréal
Dr. Pierre Chevalier, Rosemere
Dre. Brenda Gentile, Montréal
Dr. Patrick Dubé, Chicoutimi

And finally I am especially pleased to welcome the 69 associates and 15 medical students who joined us in 2012 and early 2013. I hope that this will begin a long and fruitful association with the American College of Physician for all of you.


ACP Quebec Chapter Council

Our last Council meeting was held during the conjoint ACP/ASMIQ/CSIM annual meeting in October. We discussed future directions of your chapter.

The following members represent you on council:

Dr. Luc Lanthier, FACP, Sherbooke
Dr. Catherine Hogan, resident member of Council and internal medical resident in Sherbrooke. Quebec, presently on sabbatical leave in London, England working towards a Masters Degree.
Dr. Bert Govig, FACP, Amos
Dr. Nadine Lahoud, FACP, Montreal
Dr. Jacques Bédard, Sherbrooke
Dr. Linda Snell, Montreal

Please let me know if any of you are interested in getting involved either as Council member or in any other function. I am still in search of another Council member from the Quebec City region or further east.



My objectives as Governor remain to increase the relevance of the ACP to Quebec members, to recruit new associates, members and fellows and to create the first fully bilingual (English/French) ACP chapter.

What to look forward to in 2013:

Internal Medicine 2013, the annual ACP scientific meeting to be held in San Francisco on April 11-13. Please check the ACP Website for details. Hope to see you in “Frisco” in April. Plan to rent or bring your bikes. I have inside information that the cycling could be fairly good in April but fenders might be useful.

The 15’th annual ASMIQ conference to be held in l’Esterel, Quebec on May 23-25 the theme of which will be nephrology. This will be preceded on Friday May 23 by the Annual Interuniversity Day presentation of clinical vignettes wherein –General Internal Medical residents from all four Quebec medical schools will be invited to present their most interesting cases. Our next Quebec ACP Chapter meeting will be held at this time. Council members and all general ACP Chapter members will be invited to attend. Don’t miss this occasion to help shape the direction of your Chapter.

The joint CSIM/Ontario Chapter ACP annual meeting to be held in Toronto from October 2-5 2013.


It is already time to start thinking about my replacement. All members will shortly be receiving a solicitation letter asking for names of potential candidates to take over the position of Governor of the Quebec ACP chapter in April 2015. However I invite you to take this into consideration and communicate with me at any time if you can think of any interested members. The members of council will serve as the nominating committee.

Members’ accomplishments:

If you have any current news to share about yourself or a colleague that we can celebrate, please email it the undersigned and specify that it is for the Member Accomplishments section of the Chapter Web site.

I wish you all the best for 2013. Peace, serenity and good health.

Donald Echenberg, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Governor, ACP Quebec Chapter