Canada British Columbia Governor's Newsletter December 2016

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Michael R. Kenyon, MBBCh, FRCPC, FACP, Governor

Michael R. Kenyon, MBBCh, FCP(SA), FRCPC, FACP, Governor



Greetings, ACP British Columbia Chapter Members!

Thank you for the opportunity to represent and work with you as a member of this diverse and dynamic organization. The ACP is the largest medical specialty organization, and second largest physician group, in the USA. Although the role of internist in Canada is not as focused on primary care as it is in the USA, the depth and breadth of this organization certainly covers our full range of practice. The ACP's educational resources and knowledge-translation/clinical resource capabilities are comprehensive, high-calibre, and easily accessible to members in multiple formats to adapt to a variety of learning and practice styles.

Internal Medicine is a calling; it is the backbone and frontline of medical specialty services. The leadership of the ACP recognizes the shortage of internists in the USA and has been doing an excellent job of advocating for internists and their patients.

Our US colleagues face similar challenges, and have much to teach us. Electronic health records (EHRs) are a timely example. Difficulties they have encountered include: loss of efficiency, loss of narrative, decreased quality of practice, failure to deliver expected benefits and recognition that, “According to data from AMA and Mayo Clinic, computerized order entry is the electronic function driving burnout the most.” Implementation of the EHR has been cited by the AMA as “the biggest driver of physician job dissatisfaction” (and we do not even have “scribes” in current or planned BC implementations – doctors are expected to do data entry). The benefit/expense ratio seems poor so far. In turn, our US colleagues are feeling the pressure of public and legislative demand for physician–assisted death and are looking to learn from our experience. This is a good time to remember that “we are all in this together.”

I was inducted as BC Chapter Governor at the Board of Governors Meeting in Austin, Texas in September. I was impressed by the collegiality, energy and capability of the individuals in the organization as well as the flexibility and efficiency of the organization itself. They are strong on education, advocacy and growth and are refreshingly open-minded and adaptable.

I wish to thank Dr. Barry Kassen, MACP for stepping in as Interim Governor with the departure of Dr. Dawn Dewitt; Dr. Graydon Meneilly, MACP for continuing as Treasurer; Ms. Domenica Utano and Ms. Donna Combs for administrative assistance; and thank you to Dr. S.F. Paul Man for getting me involved in ACP.

We have strong links with the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine at multiple levels and I was greatly encouraged to see our specialty flourishing with a crop of great new minds at the CSIM/ACP Quebec Chapter Annual Meeting this October in Montreal and at the Rocky Mountain/ACP Western Chapters Meeting this November. And for the first time UBC Residents won the hallowed trophy at the ACP medical jeopardy competition!

Please feel free to contact me . Happy holidays and best wishes for 2017




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The ACP Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting 2017 will be held during the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine

November 1-4, 2017

Hyatt Hotel – Toronto, ON

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March 30-April 1, 2017 in San Diego, CA

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Cheer on the Canadian teams who will be competing in the Doctor's Dilemma competition!




Richard Bebb, MD
Kristyn Campbell, MD
Rosane J. Fernandez, MD
Paul C. Hertz, MD
Agoston Kecskes, MD
Jasmine A. Kler, MD
Frederick Rydz, MD
Sigrid Svarta, MD
Darwin Yeung




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