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October 2013 Dan M. Woodliff, MD, FACP, Governor

Mississippi Chapter E-Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 2

Board of Governors Meeting

The 2013 Board of Governors meeting took place in Savannah, Georgia, in September. The agenda was packed with exciting innovations and engaging speakers. Most prominent among the week’s information was the formal introduction to the board of ACP Smart Medicine.

Smart Medicine Logo

ACP Smart Medicine is a free tool available to ACP members for looking up valuable clinical information on a very broad array of internal medicine topics, listed from A-Z or as collections by subspecialty category. Every member should log in and use the tool to see just how much more user friendly it is than many online tools for identifying important evidence based clinical information. The tool is available for smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. Additionally, you can earn CME credits and submit them online.

Also occurring at the meeting was a talk by Christine Sinsky on Finding Joy in Primary Care: Practice Innovations to Improve Efficiency and Appeal of Practice. Dr. Sinsky shared numerous suggestions on making practice in the age of the electronic medical record a true pleasure. Her article in The Annals of Family Medicine, contains many of these suggestions gathered from 23 high performing primary care settings.

We strongly encourage you to take the time to read this, as several of her observations and practical tips are ready for implementation. If you’d rather watch than read, excerpts from a previous talk of hers are available at the ABIM website.

Christine Laine, Editor in Chief of The Annals of Internal Medicine also provided an update on the many tools available in the online version of the College’s journal, including Virtual Diagnosis, In the Clinic, Tools for Patient Care, Consult Guys, and Journal Wise. Visit the journals website.

Finally, the meeting provided an update on ACP’s ongoing discussion with the ABIM regarding ways to make Maintenance of Certification an easier and less expensive process, as well as an update on the ACP’s High Value Cost Conscious curriculum.


UMMC ACP Abstract Day

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, UMMC will be hosting its annual ACP Associates’ Abstract Day. This year’s Council of Associates and Students (CAS), led by President Claire Brabec and President-Elect Avnish Tripathi, has put in a tremendous effort to make next month’s event equal to or better than the fantastic showing the last two years. Highlighting the event are the presentation of 44 posters and 6 oral presentations on an impressive array of patient presentations, diagnostic investigations, and disease processes and therapies by students, residents, and fellows. This year’s abstracts are of a very high quality and feature entries in each of four categories – clinical vignettes, clinical research, basic science research, and quality improvement. Winners will enter the ACP National Associate Abstract Competition at IM 2014 in Orlando, Florida, in April. Dr. Sam Peeples, former Governor of the Mississippi Chapter, is the keynote speaker prior to the awards presentation. We encourage all members of the chapter to attend if possible.


Fellowship Workshops

Governor Dan Woodliff and Executive Director Nancy Youngblood have held two Friday afternoon workshops on the UMMC campus to walk members through the fellowship application process. They plan to repeat this workshop on a quarterly basis and welcome anyone who is interested in applying to fellowship to contact them.


MSMA Representation

At the Mississippi State Medical Association’s business meeting held at the UMMC student union in August, Mississippi ACP representative John Cross, a general internist at UMMC, was elected to the Council on Constitution and Bylaws. Chapter member and 2012 Laureate award winner Rick deShazo will continue as Associate Editor of the Journal of the MSMA.


Student Engagement

For the past several years, the Mississippi Chapter has enjoyed one of the highest levels of participation among all chapters by its students, and this year is no exception. Earlier in this academic year, Governor Dan Woodliff and CAS President Claire Brabec spoke about the ACP and the practice of internal medicine to the Internal Medicine Interest Group – Club Med – led by senior student David Steele. Additionally, the CAS remains involved in the student led Jackson Free Clinic; and student presentations at this year’s Abstract Day will be at an all-time high for our chapter. All of this provides ample reason to be excited about the future of internal medicine in our state.


IM 2014 and MS/LA Educational Meeting 2014

We close by encouraging all of our members to attend IM 2014 in Orlando in April. You can begin the registration process clicking the picture below.

Orlando Logo

Also, our next Mississippi/Louisiana regional meeting will take place in Point Clear, Alabama, at The Grand Hotel & Resort September 4-7, 2014. Already we have confirmed ACP Senior Vice President for Medical Education Patrick Alguire, MD and Board of Regents Member Bob Centor, MD as speakers. Additionally, we plan to have a course on handheld ultrasound use as well as several other educational speakers and an Associates abstract competition. Mark your calendars and make plans now to attend!


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