Annual NC Chapter Meeting for American College of Physicians Hosted By UNC’s Department of Medicine

Every year the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Meeting brings residents, researchers and physician educators together to share internal medicine advances and connect with colleagues. This year it was UNC’s turn to showcase exceptional faculty and excellence in medical education. The theme of the event was meeting the Quadruple Aim in modern health care.

By Kim Morris, UNC Department of Medicine

Every year the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Meeting brings residents, researchers and physician educators together to share internal medicine advances and connect with colleagues.  This year it was UNC’s turn to showcase exceptional faculty and excellence in medical education.

The two-day conference took place at the Durham Sheraton February 24-26, 2017, hosted by Co-chairs Debra Bynum, MD, MMEL, Program Director for the Medicine Residency Program and Richard Wardrop, MD, PhD, Program Director for the Combined Medicine and Pediatrics Program. For attendees who come from all over the state, the meeting provides a unique opportunity to earn continuing medical education (CME) credits and ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits. For students and residents, participants can present research in a scientific competition and sharpen mental skills with a game of medical jeopardy.

This year co-chairs adopted the Quadruple Aim theme and applied it to learning. “We designed a robust program that embraced CME and growing interest in interactive sessions,” said Dr. Wardrop who is an ACP Wellness Champion, serving on the Governor’s Council for the ACP’s NC Chapter.

The Department of Medicine recognizes students and residents have a lot to gain from networking with internists who are committed to scholarship and education.

“This helps our residents see that we continue to learn for our patients throughout our professional lives,” said Dr. Bynum. “This is a core value of UNC’s Medicine Residency Program and its reinforced when students and residents see physicians who supervise them continuing to learn for their patients.”

Team UNC also won the Doctor’s Dilemma competition for the second straight year, a friendly, but highly competitive, jeopardy style game that covers topics ranging from simple medicine trivia to complex diagnosis and treatment questions. Team members included Evan Zeitler, MD, Roman Bonakdar, MD, and Michael Massaro, MD.

“We are extremely proud of the team,” said Dr. Bynum. “For anyone who wants to compete next year, be sure to revisit Harrison’s Principals of Internal Medicine.”

Workshop and Speaker Highlights:

Following are a few highlights. A complete list of participating faculty, along with the event schedule, is available here.

Cristin Colford, MD, and Elizabeth Greig, MD, presented updates on screening guidelines for cervical and colon cancer. They also reported on lessons learned in screening, referencing primary care improvement collaboration.

Ria Dancel, MD, Jay Lamda, MD, and Michael Gilchrist, MD, led a simulation-training workshop on the basics of ultrasound, emphasizing how diagnostic acumen can be improved by using ultrasound at the bedside. A simulation lab featured hands-on learning, including practice on phantoms and computer-based simulations.

Timothy Ives, PharmD, reviewed opioid prescription guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The safe prescription of opioids is emerging as a major clinical challenge as physician aim to ensure patients have appropriate pain control without overprescribing and contributing to opioid overdose.

Ravi Jhaveri, MD, provided updates on the Zika virus and other emerging diseases while

Brad Carlson, MD, and Amy Shaheen, MD, introduced a toolbox showcase for value-based care. This focused on inpatient care models to improve quality, metrics to improve resident knowledge, as well as incorporating medical students into community practices.

Resident Chief Austin Howard, MD, presented “Sudden Respiratory Failure in a Young, Healthy Inpatient.”

Selected Participants in the 2017 Annual Scientific Poster Session

Sharanya Rajendra, MSc, Sophia Paraschos, MD, and Beth Ann Brubaker, MD

Poster: An Unusual DVT Threatens Life and Limb

Mark W. Chandler, MD, John P. Downs, MD, MBA, and Richard M. Wardrop, MD, PhD

Poster:  Comparison of Patient Outcomes Between General Medicine Services: 

 The Effects of an Advanced Practice Practitioner on Key Outcomes.

Michael Massaro, MD, Christopher A. Caulfield, MD, and Julia Hughes, MD

Poster: A Marrowing Case of Portal Hypertension

Katherine (Alex) Despotes, MD, Emily J. Ciccone, MD, and Richard M. Wardrop III, MD, PhD

Poster: Spicing Up the Differential for Diffuse Alveolar Hemorrhage