Governor’s Corner
Chris Knight, MD FACP

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! As I write, a blizzard warning hangs over the Cascades, reminding us that although the days are getting longer, winter has only just begun. I hope that those in the path of the storm stay safe, and that the snow can stick to the mountains and be cleared from the roads! Meanwhile, in Olympia, a brief two month legislative session has begun. Our colleagues at WSMA have focused their efforts on improving Medicaid reimbursement and have asked internal medicine physicians to share their stories about how low reimbursement rates impact their practices and their patients’ access to care. Please visit their website if you want more information or would like to participate.

We continue to look for the best venue to host our 2024 Scientific Meeting this fall. In an unexpected turn, Bell Harbor Conference Center has offered a less expensive package for smaller attendance, so they remain in play as we look at our options. Liz is doing a ton of legwork to research possible locations–the Council and I are grateful for her efforts and plan to review what she’s learned when we meet on January 22nd. If you have suggestions or ideas, for where to host the meeting, please email me (governor@washingtonacp.org)!

At the national level, ACP is introducing an incredibly convenient auto-renewal system for dues payments, in which they will keep our credit card on file rather than forcing us to pay manually every year. As someone who routinely auto-pays everything from utility bills to my kid’s Dr. Panda subscription, I have to say I’m glad ACP is getting with the program. For more information, see the ACP FAQ here; to sign up, go to your ACP MyAccount page, add a credit card, and check the “I want to auto-renew my membership annually” box. Maybe by the end of my term as Governor they’ll figure out monthly dues payments like everybody else.

Finally, I wanted to extend grateful shout-outs to two Chapter members who have been working above and beyond to create and reinvigorate Chapter programs. The unstoppable Anita Chopra, MD, FACP has recently created a Long Covid Interest Group that hosted their first webinar on January 5th–a fascinating session with Eric James Chow,MD, MS, MPH of King County Public Health. Many thanks to Drs. Chopra and Chow for getting the Interest Group off to a great start. Also, a shout-out to Antonio Guadamuz and the work he has done organizing a Council of Student Members with participants from all three medical schools in Washington State–thanks, Antonio!

That’s all for now. For those who are able to go to the national meeting in Boston (April 18–20, mark your calendars!) I hope to see you there!

Chris Knight, Governor || Washington Chapter – American College of Physicians
clknightfacp@fastmail.com

Save the Date! 2024 Annual Chapter Meeting

November 8th & 9th, 2024

Our 2024 Annual Meeting Co-Chairs Douglas Hayes, DO and Prachi Munshi, MBBS are excited to welcome you back to Bell Harbor for our 2024 annual meeting! Please note the date is for the 2nd weekend in November which is different than what it has historically been. 

2023 Annual Chapter Meeting Highlights

2023 Doctors Dilemma & Abstract Competition Winners

 

2023 Doctors Dilemma Winner: Spokane Internal Medicine Residency (Laura DeWald, Alex Crist, Jacob Straus)

  • Medical Student Poster
    • Miriam Al-Saedy, Elson Floyd School of Medicine (Vemurafenib- and Cobimetinib-Associated Drug Reaction With Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms in a Patient With Metastatic Melanoma)
  • ACP Resident Poster
    • Aysha Ayub, St Joseph Medical Center (Avoidable Case Of Myxedema Psychosis Without Coma)
  • SHM Resident Poster
    • Benjamin Duong, Madigan Army Medical Center (Fungus Among Us: A Case of Chronic Cavitary Pulmonary Coccidioidomycosis)
  • ACP Resident Oral Presentation
      • Analise Zapadka, St. Joseph Medical Center (Uninvited Guests: Gastric Anisakiasis Discovered During EGD)
  • SHM Resident Oral Presentation
    • Vicki Tang, University of Washington (A Dangerous Duo: HIV and Syphilis Co-infection)

Thank you to all our participating medical students and residents and the mentors who support them and to our judges and ACP staff for helping make the competition a success! We are looking forward to seeing you at our Spring Scientific Day in the spring.

We will look forward to cheering on our Doctors Dilemma and Resident Oral Presentation at National IM2024 in Boston!

 

2023 Washington Chapter Awards

We have so many amazing Chapter members – in this unprecedented and historically challenging year we celebrate the following individuals:

Stephanie Fosback, MD FACP

Stephanie Fosback, MD FACP

Alvin J. Thompson Internist of the Year

Jimmy Chua, MD FACP

Jimmy Chua, MD FACP

Washington Chapter Laureate Award

Rebecca Ruud, MD MACP

Rebecca Ruud, MD MACP

Kemi Nakabayashi Chapter Service Award

Laura Quinnan, MD

Laura Quinnan, MD

Hospitalist of the Year

Laxminarsimha Reddy MD

Laxminarsimha Reddy MD

Community Service Award

Yihan Yang, MD

Yihan Yang, MD

Clinician - Educator of the Year

Anita Chopra, MD FACP

Anita Chopra, MD FACP

Golden Apple Award

Michael Stewart, DO

Michael Stewart, DO

Clinician - Educator of the Year

Jennifer Wong

Jennifer Wong

Douglas S. Paauw MD Outstanding Student in Internal Medicine Award

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

Antonio Guadamuz

Antonio Guadamuz

Douglas S. Paauw MD Outstanding Student in Internal Medicine Award

University of Washington School of Medicine

Pierce L. Classeen

Pierce L. Classeen

Douglas S. Paauw MD Outstanding Student in Internal Medicine Award

Elson S Floyd College of Medicine

2024 Annual Spring Scientific Day – Abstract Submissions Open!

Abstracts Due: March 18th, 2024
Spring Scientific Day: Monday, May 20th, 2024

Invitation to students, residents, chief residents, fellows-in-training, and early career physicians as well as their mentors and program directors. Open to training programs within the Washington ACP Chapter (including Armed Services Chapter members stationed in Washington State)

Objectives:
To promote Research, Quality Improvement and Scholarship activities during training and provide opportunities to present your work.
We encourage all abstracts relevant to the field of Internal Medicine. Please note, however, that while most abstracts at our fall meeting are Clinical Vignettes, for our SPRING SCIENTIFIC session, we only accept abstracts in the following categories:
-Scientific research: Scholarship that advances medical knowledge; can include basic science or clinical research.
-Quality improvement / High value care: Scholarship that improves care delivery by increasing quality of care or reducing unnecessary costs.
-Medical education: Scholarship that describes an innovation or improvement in how we teach the practice of medicine.

Format:
Virtual conference with pre-recorded posters and live oral abstract presentations.
The top 9 submissions will be selected for live oral abstract presentation, and then a selection will be made for poster presentations. The top three posters will also be featured during the live conference.
The top abstracts will be selected based on the logic of the project design, how clearly and succinctly it is explained and the significance to the fields of general internal medicine and medical education.
Featured topics:
Expert Panel: Career Paths in Medicine and Scholarship

Awards:
•The Top Place Medical Student and Resident Poster awardees will win $150!

•The Top Place Resident Oral Presentation awardee wins attendance to the National ACP Conference in 2025 in New Orleans, LA!

Council of Student Members: Seeking Mentors and Mentees for our Mentorship Program!

 

Hello from the Council of Student Members! The council represents students from three medical schools: Washington State University, Pacific Northwest University and the University of Washington. We have received interest in a mentorship program, where students can connect with physicians to gain insight into potential career trajectories and receive guidance throughout their education. To address this need, we have partnered with the membership committee to start a program that connects mentors and mentees. If you are a physician looking to work with medical students on a one-on-one basis or in a small group format, please sign up! Since the needs of our student members are diverse, we are also looking for a diverse cross section of practicing physicians from academia to community practice. The time commitment is flexible and established by mentors and mentees (may range from exchanging emails, scheduling a phone call, to providing a shadowing opportunity, for example). Ongoing plans to support the mentorship relationship include monthly prompts for one-on-ones and opportunities for large group gatherings.

Joey Parker’s Teaching Corner

 

I’ve probably read close to 500 leadership books over the last 10 years, and one principle that sticks with me when I teach a struggling learner is called, “Make her a Star.” Residents have, for the most part, an innate desire to impress supervising providers and live up to expectations. When I see a resident struggle with a specific task, I call on that same resident to teach another learner that same task. And I build the struggling resident up. Let’s pretend our struggling resident uses too much medical jargon and needs to work on bedside manner. I’ve already taught this resident how to improve, and chances are this resident knows what to do, even if the resident hasn’t yet mastered it. I’ll start by bringing in a medical student or lower-level learner and say, “I want you to watch how this resident has a bedside conversation with the patient. Watch the non-medical language this resident uses. You’re going to learn a lot here.” What I’ve done is I’ve built this resident up and made her a star. She knows I have confidence in her. She now really wants to impress both the medical student and me. Use this simple trick when you’re working with a resident on a task for which improvement is needed.

WA ACP Hospitalist Council Presents: Clinical Ethics for Inpatient Medicine

Thursday, February 22nd from 4:00PM – 5:00PM 

 

The WA ACP Hospitalist Council would like to invite you to a webinar on “Clinical Ethics for Inpatient Medicine” on Thursday Feb 22nd 2024, from 4 pm – 5pm. The presenter is a hospitalist from UW medicine: Dr. Jay Brahmbhatt. He will share with us some interesting ethical cases seen on Harborview inpatient wards, considering critical questions about withholding and withdrawing therapy, surrogate decision making, and more.  We hope for an engaging session with a lively discussion and audience participation. Please register in advance and join us!

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