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November 10, 2011

Dear Members,

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some recent activities that the Maryland Chapter has undertaken and send some congratulations to the following:

Program Committee chaired by Drs. Ali Afrookteh and Stephen Sisson have developed a very exciting and interesting program for our upcoming Chapter meeting scheduled to begin on Noon, Friday, February 3, 2012 at Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center. A copy of the entire brochure can be found on our Chapter Web site. We look forward to your participation and hope to see as many members as possible in attendance. The program theme is a “New Look at Old Problems” with presentations on Bad Bugs to the Treatment of Sudden Death as well as our always very well rated clinical problem solving, and Dermatology updates.

Pri-Med Meeting at the Convention Center will begin on Tuesday, November 15 at the Convention Center. Our very own Dr. Norman Dy will be our ACP Maryland Chapter speaker and his presentation on Dabigatran and Other Oral DTIs: Practice-Changing Discoveries is scheduled for 2:30–3:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. I will also be present to discuss some ACP Maryland Chapter activities with the attendees. If you have the chance, you might want to look at the entire program and join us if you are available.

Society of Hospitalist Medicine chaired by Dr. Robert Habicht recently presented a “Transitions of Care” dinner meeting. Dr. Eric Howell, Associate Professor of Medicine at Bayview Medical Center, and a well-known presenter on this topic and Better Outcomes for Older Adults Through Safe Transitions (BOOST) both locally and nationally was the speaker for the evening. We were pleased to have an opportunity for our Maryland members and the hospitalists in our locale to discuss several concerns that both groups see occurring especially in the area of communication. Copies of the slides from this meeting can be found on our MD ACP website and we asked that you take the opportunity to review them. Plans are to form a joint committee under the auspices of our Health & Public Policy committee chaired by Dr. Steve Kravet to discuss the development of guides to assist with resolving transition of care problems.

Women in Medicine Committee chaired by Dr. Claudia Kroker sponsored a Saturday morning workshop on the Ever Changing Career Choices as well as information on how to achieve the most effective contract for your career. The students, residents and practicing physicians who attended this morning workshop were very impressed with the panelists who discussed lifestyle choices as well as the presenter on contract negotiations. We were delighted to see so many of the attendees asking questions that made for some very interesting discussions. Pictures of the workshop provided by Dr. Saeed Khan, our photographer extraordinaire, can also be found on our Web site.

Student Committee chaired by Melissa Schmidt, Eugene Shenderov and advisor Dr. April Fitzgerald developed and implemented a student survey that provided definitive information from students including projects they would like to see implemented. Due to some unique enticements such as free books and making sure that completion of the survey was initiated in the spirit of competition, almost 500 students responded to this survey.

Chief Residents Association of Baltimore chaired by Drs. Mohit Girotra (Sinai/JHU), Raman Palabindala (GBMC) and Alireza Zarrabi (Harbor Hospital) are sponsoring the 1st International Pot Luck Dinner this week. Residents from across the metropolitan area were invited to attend. Dr. Richard Pomerantz, Chair of Medicine at St. Agnes Hospital will be presenting at this meeting, and residents are being asked to make donations to a local school in need of funding for books and supplies. We are very happy to see this group reaching out to our Maryland community.

Information about the recent meeting of the Highmark Carrier Advisory Committee provided by Dr. Saba Sheikh can also be found on our website. The website also includes other information about upcoming events and activities that are important to our practicing physicians.

The website address is: www.acponline.org/about_acp/chapters/md/ and we hope that you will take the opportunity to review some of our activities at this website. We are fortunate in Maryland to have so many committees who are actively involved in ensuring that our members' concerns and needs are met, and we congratulate them for their efforts!

R. Dobbin Chow, MD, FACP
Maryellen Woodward, Chapter Staff

Page updated: 11/10/11

Contact Information

Stephen D. Sisson, MD, FACP,
Governor, Maryland Chapter

Maryellen Woodward
920 Trinity Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Chapter Administrator
Office: 410-332-8444
E-mail: mew4work@aol.com