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November 21, 2013

Dear Members,

The ACP Maryland Chapter is pleased to provide you with the following “Updates.”

The Early Career Physicians group has gotten off to a wonderful start under the direction of our new co-chairs, Drs. Sanjay Desai, Maria del Pilar Morales, and Evelyn Gathecha. The first workshop hosted in mid-September was a resounding success with 35 members in attendance. The meeting provided information on Maintenance of Certification requirements. We thank Dr. David Hellmann, Aliki Perroti Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview for presenting this information to our group. Take a few minutes to view pictures and slides from this meeting on the Chapter Web site.

The Health & Public Policy Committee chaired by Dr. Steve Kravet meets on a regular basis and includes among its activities contacting and developing the list of Maryland members for participation in the annual national ACP Leadership Day. This group is looking for individuals who might be interested in assisting with several in-state programs. We have been asked on several occasions to provide the names of individuals who would be interested in serving on state advisory groups. If we had a “pool” of members who would be interested in such an activity, we could then utilize their talents when needed. The first area that the HPC is asking for assistance would be in serving as the Maryland ACP representative to the Med Chi Legislative Committee. Drs. Saba Sheikh and Mary Newman have served in this capacity for several years, but with Dr. Newman’s new duties with the national ACP offices, we really need another member to assist Dr. Sheikh with this activity. The Legislative Committee meets every Monday night during the Maryland legislative session. Emails are also used as a communication tool for this committee. If you are interested, please contact Maryellen Woodward.

Our Volunteerism group chaired by Drs. Chimene Liburd and Andriana Andrade continues to add informational items to the Maryland Chapter Web site. During the summer months, several new initiatives were implemented that relate to the Hopkins Organization for Latino Awareness. Please be sure to read these articles at our Volunteerism webpage ... and if you are interested in adding your own volunteer activities to the list, please contact Drs. Liburd and Andrade as they will be happy to include these in our growing list.

The Chief Residents Association of Baltimore (CRAB) continues to be one of our most active groups. Plans are underway to host a number of new initiatives including a workshop on abstract and poster development in January. ANY MEMBER interested in attending the IMG/CRAB Pot Luck dinner scheduled for Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Baum Conference Center at Harbor Hospital, should contact Maryellen about attendance. This will be a unique opportunity to hear Dr. Eric Howell, the current President of the National Society of Hospitalist Medicine present on “Conflict and Negotiation.” We are pleased that our Hospitalist members, both locally and nationally, are able to be part of the ACP MD chapter.

One last reminder, please be sure register for our upcoming Chapter meeting beginning at Noon on Friday, January 31, 2014. For more information and to register, please view the brochure.

Looking forward to 2014!

R. Dobbin Chow, MD, MBA, FACP
Governor, ACP Maryland Chapter

Stephen Sisson, MD, FACP
Governor-elect, ACP Maryland Chapter

Page updated: 12/20/13

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