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January 2014

ACP Leaders on the Road: Taiwan

Thomas G. Cooney, MD, MACP, Governor, ACP Oregon Chapter
Taiwan Society of Internal Medicine Meeting – November 23-24, 2013

Dr. Cooney addressing the Taiwan Society of Internal Medicine

In November I had the opportunity to attend the 2013 Taiwan Society of Internal Medicine (TSIM) meeting in Taipei City, Taiwan. Taiwan is a vibrant, progressive country with exceptional public infrastructure (schools, parks, roads, public transportation, including very high speed rail) set on a beautiful island, which is the origin of its original Portuguese name, ‘Formosa’, meaning beautiful island.

The TSIM hosted a gala dinner on Saturday evening November 23 and I was fortunate to be seated with current and past TSIM leaders and my fellow guest, former ACP Japan chapter Governor Kiyoshi Kurokawa, MD, MACP. Professor Kurokawa recently led the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission in Japan, which received extensive attention and commentary in the media worldwide. Not surprisingly, the discussion at dinner was delightful and wide-ranging, from health policy to education to nuclear energy.

On Sunday morning, Dr. Kurokawa and I presented lectures during a session that focused on global trends and challenges in health and the current status of internal medicine GME in the United States. In keeping with his designation by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers, Dr. Kurokawa provided a thought provoking presentation on the major changes and threats facing the world and their implications for health and health care. I focused my presentation on the current structure and output of US internal medicine GME, highlighting a challenge we share with Taiwan, namely producing new primary care internists, while discussing the broader educational principles that define our current GME structure. This served as an excellent platform to highlight the ACP’s recent statement on Dynamic Clinical Care Teams and to discuss changes driven by implementation of the NAS (Next Accreditation System). A great large group discussion followed and attendees were particularly interested in discussing changes to US healthcare with implementation of the ACA and to GME with the NAS.

My wife Barbara and I also had the chance to explore Taipei and northern Taiwan. It is indeed a beautiful island and country that is thoroughly modern yet aware and respectful of its cultural heritage, including its architecture and arts. A particular highlight was the National Palace Museum, which is an internationally renowned-and massive- collection spanning the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Ju Ming sculpture museum, with Ju Ming’s monumental tai chi stone sculptures and panoramic views of the South China Sea was also a favorite.

I am deeply grateful to the TSIM for the opportunity to visit Taiwan and participate in the 2013 Taiwan Society of Internal Medicine meeting. I learned a great deal about healthcare in Taiwan and their system of UGME and GME. I want to extend special thanks to the TSIM President Pei-Ming Yang, MD, PhD, FACP and Ms. Lin, of the TSIM Secretariat for their generous and kind hospitality.

President, TSIM, Pei-Ming Yang, MD, PhD, FACP (fourth from left), Kiyoshi Kurokawa, MD, MACP (center), Dr. Cooney and other leaders, current and past, TSIM


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Update Your Knowledge with MKSAP 16 Q & A

The new Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program® (MKSAP® 16) provides you with the most current and critical information in the core of internal medicine and its subspecialties so you can stay aware of what you need to know as a practicing physician in internal medicine today.

For more information on MKSAP 16, or to order your copy, visit http://www.acponline.org/products_services/mksap/16/

MKSAP 16 Q & A

A 46-year-old man is evaluated for dull, aching, right groin pain. He says it has been present for the past 3 months. The pain was initially severe, improved for a few weeks, but slowly has been worsening since that time. He is now walking with a limp. He has no history of trauma. He drinks six beers a day and has done so for the past 25 years. He is a current smoker, with a 30-pack-year history.

On physical examination, vital signs are normal. He has limited internal and external rotation of the right hip. Internal rotation is limited to a greater degree than external rotation and pain is present with rotating the thigh medially and laterally (log-rolling). Radiographs of the right hip are normal.

Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?

A. Hip osteoarthritis
B. L1 radiculopathy
C. Osteonecrosis of the hip
D. Septic arthritis of the hip

Click here for the answer and critique.


Save the Date: ACP's First National Conference in India - September 2014

ACP will be holding its first national conference in India September 5-6, 2014 at the Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi. Members of the Scientific Program Committee include: Tanveer Mir, MD, MACP (Committee Chair); Patrick Alguire, MD, FACP; Jack Ende, MD, MACP; Shashi Gupta, MD, FACP (Hon) (Committee Co-Chair), Mumbai, Past President of The Association of Physicians of India (API); Sarma Rachakonda, MD, FACP, Chennai, Professor, Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University; and Suneela Garg, MD, Delhi, Former Head of Delhi University.

The national conference will include a focus on non-communicable diseases, and update sessions on hypertension, diabetes, gastroenterology & hepatology, oncology, infectious disease, and cardiology. A one day pre-session in collaboration with Fortis Hospital is planned for September 4 and will focus on Gerontology issues.

More information will be announced in the coming weeks.


International Meetings Update

35th Annual Meeting of the Peruvian Society of Internal Medicine
October 31-November 3, 2013

The 35th Annual Meeting of the Peruvian Society of Internal Medicine was held October 31 - November 3, 2013 in Lima, Peru. The meeting was attended by over 600 physicians from all Peru. Alejandro Gonzalez, MD, FACP, was invited to serve as the ACP International Ambassador to this meeting by Dr. Fernando Carballo Ordonez, President of the Peruvian Society of Internal Medicine.

II Congreso Internacional de Clinica Medica y Medicina Interna
November 5-8, 2013

The II Congreso Internacional de Clinica Medica y Medicina Interna was held from November 5-8, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The meeting was hosted by the Sociedad de Medicina Interna de Buenos Aires and the Sociedad Argentina de Medicina. There were over 6,000 physicians in attendance at the meeting. While many were from Argentina, there were also attendees from Chile, Uruguay, and Paraguay.

Alejandro Gonzalez, MD, FACP, was invited to serve as the ACP International Ambassador to this meeting by Miguel Angel Falasco, MD, FACP (Hon.), Congress President and Past President of the Buenos Aires Society of Internal Medicine. Dr. Gonzalez spoke on several topics related to nephrology. There was also an ACP exhibit booth at this meeting

Annual Meeting of the Mexican College of Internal Medicine
October 2-5, 2013

The Mexican College of Internal Medicine held its 36th National Meeting from November 13-16, 2013 in Villahermosa Mexico. There were over 2,000 attendees at the meeting. The ACP Mexico Chapter was well represented at the meeting and the Chapter Governor, Martin Herrera Cornejo, MD, FACP, was part of the stage party at the opening ceremony and gave scientific talks. There was an ACP exhibit booth at this meeting.

Left: Dr. Herrera at the ACP exhibit booth


New International Fellows

ACP is pleased to announce the following newly elected International Fellows, who were recommended by the Credentials Committee and approved for election by the Board of Regents as of January 1, 2014. They are listed by current location and may have been credentialed through a different Chapter.


  • Paulo Camiz de Fonseca Filho, MD, FACP - Sao Paulo

  • Albert Iksang Ko, MD, FACP - New Haven


  • Santhosh K. Narayanan Lakshmi, MD, FACP - Summerside

  • Dina Reiss, MD, FACP - Thornhill
  • Maria Valois, MD, FACP - Thornhill

Costa Rica

  • Ibrahim Barguil Meza, MD, FACP - Miami


  • Amir Waheed, MBBS, FACP - North Lincolnshire


  • Yasmeen J. Bhat, MD, FACP - Anantag

  • O. P. Kalra, MD, FACP - Delhi
  • Sarosh A. Khan, MD, FACP - Srinagar
  • Mehrajudin Khan, MD, FACP - Srinagar


  • Hassan A. Al-Jafar, MBChB, FACP - Mubark Al-Kabeer


  • Araceli Alvarado Delgadillo, MD, FACP - Tula de Allende

New Zealand

  • Olatunji O. Odumosu, MBBS, FACP - Dunedin


  • Jose Bernardo Moreno, MD, FACP - Panama City


  • Gary A. Lopez, MD, FACP - Makati City

Saudi Arabia

  • Ibrahim Abdulrazag Alhomood, MD, FACP - Riyadh

  • Nezar M. Bahabri, MD, FACP - Jeddah


Future Worldwide Internal Medicine Meetings

Upcoming meetings will be held in Panama, Guatemala, and Bangladesh.

A complete list of other Future Worldwide Internal Medicine Meetings is available here.


Highlights from ACP Internist and
ACP Hospitalist

ACP Internist November/December 2013

  • Patients increasingly checking 'Dr. Google'
    More than a third of patients have gone online to identify a medical condition, raising concerns about “cyberchondria” and requiring physicians to adapt to help patients differentiate the helpful websites from the misleading ones.

  • Coping skills, counseling best for low back pain
    Despite all the best evidence and guidelines, patients with low back pain are still spending time, effort and money on things that aren’t helping them in the long run.

  • One doctor trying to cure a country
    Aziz Kamali, MD, FACP, seeks to rebuild his homeland of Afghanistan by restoring medical care.

ACP Hospitalist November 2013


College Corner

Tanveer Mir, MD, MACP, elected to serve as the Chair of the ACP Board of Regents in 2015

ACP extends congratulations to Tanveer Mir, MD, MACP, who has been elected to serve as the Chair of the ACP Board of Regents in 2015. Dr. Mir is a Master of the the ACP. She served as Governor of the ACP Downstate III Region (New York) and served as Chairperson of the International Medical Graduate subcommittee of the ACP New York Chapter. She received the Laureate Award from the ACP NY Chapter in 2001. She chaired the ACP Awards Committee from 2010 to 2012 and currently serves as Chair of the International Council. She is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics and hospice and palliative medicine.

Dr. Mir earned her medical degree from the Medical College of the University of Kashmir in India. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center where she was chief resident. After completing her residency, Dr. Mir became a member of the faculty at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She was the Associate Program Director in Medicine at the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York from 1989-1999. Dr. Mir was a member of the geriatrics faculty at the North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York from 2001-2006. She served as Senior Medical Director of the Hospice Care Network in North Shore, Long Island from 2006-2009, an affiliate of North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Care System.

Currently, Dr. Mir is Associate Chief, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She is also a member of the medical faculty at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at the Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

A full list of new ACP officers for the 2014-2015 year will be posted in the April edition of this newsletter

ACP Ethics Manual in Spanish

The College's Ethics Manual (Sixth Edition) is now available in Spanish. The ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee and the Center for Ethics and Professionalism, which oversaw the translation, hope that the Spanish version of the Ethics Manual will increase its accessibility.

Both English and Spanish versions are available on the College's Web page at www.acponline.org/running_practice/ethics/manual/.

For more information, contact Kathy Wynkoop, Administrator for the Center for Ethics and Professionalism via e-mail at kwynkoop@acponline.org.


MKSAP 16 Answer & Critique

Answer: C, Osteonecrosis of the hip

Educational Objective: Diagnose osteonecrosis of the hip.

Critique: This patient's presentation is most consistent with osteonecrosis of the hip. Osteonecrosis of the hip commonly presents with dull, aching groin pain (most commonly) or thigh or buttock pain that is indolent in onset. Occasionally, as is the case in this patient, severe pain may be reported in the early stages as bone death is occurring. Corticosteroid use and excessive use of alcohol account for more than 90% of hip osteonecrosis cases. On examination, patients have limited range of motion of the hip. During the early stages of this disease, radiographic imaging may be normal. Eventually, patchy areas of sclerosis and lucency may be seen. Hip MRI is the most sensitive imaging test for osteonecrosis and is typically positive early in the course of the disease.

Osteoarthritis of the hip can be established in patients with a history of chronic pain in the groin and medial thigh that worsens with activity and is relieved by rest. Although osteoarthritis of the hip can present with slowly progressive hip pain, severe pain at the onset of symptoms does not usually occur. Radiographs in patients with osteoarthritis may show joint-space narrowing, subchondral sclerosis, and osteophyte formation. Although there is a poor correlation between radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis and symptoms, it would be unusual for a patient with osteoarthritis of the hip to have a normal radiographic series.

L1 radiculopathy is rare. Symptoms include pain, paresthesia, and sensory loss in the groin. On examination, this patient has limited internal and external range of motion and pain with log-rolling of the hip. Each of these findings supports a joint etiology of this patient's hip pain and argues against lumbar disk disease at the L1 level.

Septic arthritis would be expected to present acutely with fever and limited range of motion. This patient's slow onset of symptoms and prolonged course are not consistent with septic arthritis.

Key Point: Osteonecrosis of the hip commonly presents with dull, aching groin pain that is indolent in onset; risk factors include corticosteroid use and excessive alcohol use.


Amanatullah DF, Strauss EJ, Di Cesare PE. Current management options for osteonecrosis of the femoral head: part 1, diagnosis and nonoperative management. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2011;40(9):E186-92. [PMID: 22022684]


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