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Governor's Newsletter, June 2001

Joe C. Files, MD, FACP
Governor, Mississippi Chapter

Governor's Message

On the 29th of March, 2001, in Atlanta, Georgia, I was inducted as the Governor of the ACP-ASIM for the state of Mississippi. I look forward to serving you in this position for the next four years. Our chapter owes a significant amount of gratitude to Van Lackey for his service during the past four years. He has improved local structure. His service at the national level on the Reference (resolution) Committee, which he chaired the last year, was outstanding. We certainly appreciate Van's efforts and look forward to him serving on the Advisory Council during my term.

The Louisiana/Mississippi chapters regional meeting was held at Windsor Court in New Orleans from March 1-3, 2001. This was an excellent meeting, which focused on new therapies for the new millennium. Members of the Louisiana/Mississippi chapters presented sessions on hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and AIDS. Dr. Sandra Fryhofer, President of the ACP-ASIM, chaired our town meeting. Her talk on post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy was extremely informative.

On March 27-29, 2001, the national meeting was preceded by the Board of Governors and Board of Regents meetings, which were followed by the Educational Sessions held from March 30-April 1. Dr. William Hall, a geriatrician and Chief of General Medicine from the University of Rochester, New York, was installed as the new President of the ACP-ASIM during the Convocation ceremony.

There are two major issues that were brought up and are going to be pushed and supported out of the Board of Governors and Board of Regents for the coming year:

1. The ACP-ASIM announced its endorsement of the Medicare Education and Regulatory Fairness Act (MERFA). This directly addresses internists concerns with Medicare red tape and hassles. It suggests the following reforms:

  • Medicare rules and polices and answers to "frequently asked questions" would be made more accessible, and physicians would be given advance notice about changes in rules.
  • Medicare would be required to pay its claims, without demanding more paperwork, unless there is evidence that the bill is incorrect.
  • Medicare would be required to actually examine the records, rather than using a statistical sample, to determine that some claims were billed incorrectly.
  • Medicare's ability to investigate fraudulent claims would be preserved, while also educating physicians on how to prevent inadvertent billing mistakes that result in overpayments.

2. Another issue that is continuing to be addressed is ABIM re-certification and the continuing professional development program. The majority of the Board of Governors feels the program as proposed is erroneous, expensive, and duplicative. This issue is clearly not resolved to the satisfaction of the Board of Governors. This negotiation is still in Committee, but will be an ongoing discussion, I am sure, for quite some time. Confusion regarding the association between the ACP-ASIM and ABIM is prevalent throughout the membership. The ABIM is an independent organization charged with certification of internists and is not directly linked with the ACP-ASIM.

My proposed goals for our chapter during the next years are basically:

1. Continue the excellent student and resident involvement in the ACP-ASIM at the University Medical Center.

2. Improve notification and hopefully participation of our chapter members in the Associate's meeting on November 16, 2001 and the MS/LA combined meeting at the Beau Rivage on March 7-9, 2002, in Biloxi.

3. Increase local membership.

4. Identify members who are eligible to apply for Fellowship status and encourage application for advancement.

SIMS at the University of Mississippi Medical Center

By: Mark Meredith, M3; President, SIMS

The Student Internal Medicine Society got off to a great start in our first full year as an organization. What started as a hope by a few residents came to fruition this year as the Society got under way. After the initial interest meeting and election of officers, we began meeting in October of 2000, with an average attendance of fifty students per meeting. Students have learned about what it's like to be a resident at UMC and the many options open to internists after graduation. This has given the first and second year medical students the chance to learn about the different specialties that are available and what a typical week is like for these specialists. With talks from cardiologists, pulmonologists, and nephrologists, we have learned about the procedures that can be done, the patient load in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, and the interesting cases that these specialists encounter.

As we look to the next year, we hope to expand our membership base and the interest in Internal Medicine through interesting meetings, mentoring programs for the first and second year students by third and fourth year students, and programs that meet the organization's needs.

Thomas M. (Peter) Blake, MD, Promoted to Mastership at the 2001 Annual Session

Dr. Peter Blake is a member of the original faculty of the Department of Medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He has contributed to the education of a large percentage of the doctors in the state, having taught mostly physical diagnosis, cardiology, and especially electrocardiography. His efforts have been dominated by the conviction that interpretation of electrocardiograms is the practice of medicine, requiring awareness of the fundamental principles upon which it must be based, and of the potential hazards to the patient it entails. This has led to five editions of a textbook on the subject, and, more recently, an atlas. After 45 years, at age 80, he is still active in his teaching role as Professor Emeritus. His students seem to remember him best for the admonition that they must do the right thing for the patient, even when what is right is not clear, and the data on which decisions must be based are inadequate. In addition, he has been an unofficial historian of his institution.

Dr. Blake has been very active in the ACP-ASIM. He served as Governor of the Mississippi Chapter (1976-1981) and was presented its Laureate Award in 1988. We congratulate Dr. Blake on his Mastership and his distinguished career.

Kenneth R. Bennett, MD, Recipient of the 2001 Laureate Award at the LA/MS Chapter Meeting

Dr. Ken Bennett received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1960 from Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport and then attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas where he received his MD in 1962. Dr. Bennett completed his internship at Confederate Memorial Medical Center in Shreveport and attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, where he began his residency in internal medicine. Dr. Bennett went into general practice in Nacagdoches, Texas, for two years, but returned to the University of Mississippi School of Medicine to complete his residency in internal medicine. There he completed a cardiology fellowship in 1969. Dr. Bennett remained at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, where he was also an instructor in medicine. He served as Director of the Coronary Care Unit at the University Hospital from 1970-1977. During this time, he skillfully taught the art of physical diagnosis to many students, interns, and residents.

Dr. Bennett belongs to several societies. He is a Fellow of the ACP-ASIM; a Fellow in the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions; and a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology, serving as Governor of Mississippi from 1975-1978 and again from 1990-1993. He is also a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association and the American Medical Association.

After ten years in private practice, Dr. Bennett returned to the University Medical Center in the Division of Cardiology where he teaches physical diagnosis and cardiology to the students, residents, and fellows. We congratulate Dr. Bennett as the recipient of the 2001 Laureate Award for the Mississippi Chapter of the ACP-ASIM.

What ACP-ASIM is Doing for You Today

"What have you done for me lately?" is a question that ACP-ASIM strives to answer before it is asked, by making membership needs an integral part of its strategic planning process.

As such, the following is a comprehensive list of products and services that ACP-ASIM offers to its members, which was compiled by the Board of Regents. Since the College leadership realizes the needs of it membership are ever-changing, they will continue to re-evaluate this list and add new products and services when appropriate. In addition, the College encourages you, the members, to submit your ideas for changes/additions to Dr. Files at jfiles@medicine.umsmed.edu.

Fellowship Advancement Made Easy (FAME)

By Marc Shabot, Texas Southern Governor


  1. ABIM, RCPSC, or AOBIM certified
  2. Licensed practitioner
  3. Formal training completed, Member at least 2 years, in practice or teaching for at least 2 years
  4. Proposed/seconded by 2 Masters/Fellows
  5. Commitment to lifelong learning and professional development

May be waived in extraordinary circumstances

Then, Qualify by 1 of the 4 Pathways*

Pathway 1 — Academician

  • Holds academic appointment as teacher, researcher, administrator, writes scientific papers, scholarly reviews, book chapters, etc.

Pathway 2 — The Scholar/Teacher/ Multiple Certification

  • Active in community as teacher in Continuing Education and Professional Development activities
  • Re-certified or dual boarded, or MKSAP for score

Pathway 3 — The Active ACP-ASIM Member

  • 10 years membership in the ACP-ASIM
  • Active in ACP-ASIM meetings and Committees at local and national level

Pathway 4 — The Senior Physician

  • May have been a longstanding Member or have joined ACP-ASIM later in life
  • Has demonstrated longstanding professional activity in the community, in teaching, in patient care or in service; acts as a role model for other physicians and health professionals

Note: Community service, especially the voluntary provision of medical care, and ACP-ASIM activities significantly enhance the likelihood of advancement, under all four pathways.

*Pathways are not mutually exclusive; "combinations" are permissible.


Annual Session
Chapter/regional meetings
Clinical skills teaching modules
In-training examination
Post-graduate review courses
Recertification courses
Programs for community-based teachers


Internal medicine board review course (audio and video versions)
Internal medicine recertification preparation course (audio and video versions)
MKSAP 12 update
Annual session audiocassettes
Best Evidence (CD-ROM)
Bioterrorism resource center online
Clinical practice guidelines
Clinical problem-solving cases
Clinical skills videotapes
Firearm injury prevention resource center
MKSAP for students
MKSAP Prep for Boards
Subspecialty MKSAPs
Telemedicine resource center
Virtual Annual Session

Practice Assistance

Professional liability insurance
Center for a Competitive Advantage
Medical informatics program (Annual Session)
Medical Laboratory Evaluation Proficiency Testing Program
Quality 101


Annals of Internal Medicine
ACP Journal Club
Effective Clinical Practice
ACP-ASIM Observer
Books and expert guides

Advocacy and Professionalism

Online membership directory
Grassroots hotline
Career opportunities
Decision 2000 campaign
Doctors for Adults public awareness campaign
Ethics case studies
ACP Ethics Manual
Legislative Action Center
Access to legislative and regulatory information, national and state
"Membership Enhancement" programs
Position and policy papers
Volunteerism project

For Associates and Medical Student Members

Residency information
Career counseling information and Web links
Career counseling brochures
Community-based teaching program support
Impact newsletter
Mentoring database
MKSAP for students
Representation through Council of Associates and Council of Student Members
Video and slides about internal medicine careers
Support for internal medicine clubs
Annual Session workshops

International Programs

Clinical skills teaching modules
Internal medicine overseas
Action in internal medicine
International speakers program
Eurasian Medical Education Project
Annual Session workshops
Representation in the International Society of Internal Medicine

Recognition Program

Fellowship credentialing process
Associate and Medical Student competitions
Chapter awards program
Laureate awards
Mastership awards
Community-based teaching awards

Personal Benefits

College accessories and gifts
Doctors for Adults accessories and gifts
Affinity credit card
Car rental discounts
Financial planning service
Group insurance plans
Loan programs

How to Contact Us

Joe C. Files, MD, FACP
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Division of Hematology
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: (601) 984-5626
Fax: (601) 984-5689
E-mail: jfiles@medicine.umsmed.edu


Debbie Kuriger
Phone: (601) 984-5626
E-mail: dkuriger@medicine.umsmed.edu

Contact Information

Mississippi Chapter Governor: Dan M Woodliff, MD, FACP

Chapter Staff:
Nancy Youngblood
Executive Director
Telephone: 601-519-6877
Fax: 601-372-1678
E-mail : anyoungblood@att.net