Annual Meeting WORKING – Pennsylvania American College of Physicians

Join us for the PA-ACP Annual Scientific Meeting & Awards Dinner where you will experience a keynote presentation from Robert Arnold, MD, FAAHPM, hear updates in general medicine for inpatients and outpatients, watch the state finals of Doctor’s Dilemma®, and so much more! Don’t miss this exceptional educational opportunity for CME credits and networking with colleagues! 

This educational activity has been designated for 5 CME credits and 5 MOC points.​

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8:45 am – 10:30 am: PA-ACP Council Meeting
10:30 am – 11:00 am: Welcome & 2020 ACP Vision – ​A Summary of ACPs new Vision for American Healthcare.
11:00 am – 11:30 am: Breakout Sessions
Darren Taichman, MD, PHD
Preventing Firearm-related Injury: What Can I Really Do?
Session Description: Despite calls for by professional organizations, including the ACP, that a public health approach be taken to address firearm-related injury, practicing physicians frequently do not know how they can help individual patients.  This presentation will discuss how practicing physicians can aim to reduce the risk for firearm injury to patients and their families by identifying which patients are at heightened risk, learning what issues related to safety should be discussed with these patients, and how.     
Casey McQuade, MD
#FirstWorldProblems: Should I Use Social Media for Medical Education?
Social media is a pervasive and oftentimes provocative part of modern society. Traditionally, it has been used for entertainment, news dissemination, and event planning. More recently, physicians and other health professional have begun using social media to supplement their learning environments, network with far off colleagues, and advocate for issues about which they are passionate. Most medical social media is generated on the microblogging platform Twitter (#MedTwitter), although not all specialties have significant representation on #MedTwitter. In this session, we will discuss the educational underpinnings of social media, ​literature describing the efficacy of social media for education, and a step-wise pathway for aspiring Twitter medical educators to join the #MedTwitter community.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m: ​The Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis
Rachel Levine, MD
Dr. Rachel Levine will provide an overview of the state’s efforts to fight the ongoing prescription opioid and heroin crisis. This includes the three pillars of the department’s work; rescue, recovery, and prevention.

​12:00 pm – 12:45 pm: Networking Lunch
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm: Doctor’s Dilemma State Finals
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm: Breakouts
Melissa McNeil, MD, FACP
Breast Disease for the Internist
Internists increasingly are expected to manage breast health in their patients.  With cervical cancer screening moving to every 5 years, fewer and fewer women see gynecologists regularly.  This session will highlight current recommendations for breast cancer screening and emphasize the importance of identifying women at increased risk for breast cancer in order to offer them the option of primary prevention using chemoprevention.
Christine Lane, MD, MPH
Turning a Case Report into Scholarly Work
In this session, learners will gain knowledge that will assist them in developing case reports for publication. Topics covered will include determining whether a case report is suitable for publication, identifying a target journal, and preparing high quality case reports. It will also discuss common pitfalls that case reports authors encounter.

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm: Early Career Physician e-Poster Competition
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m: The Art of Observation & the Observation of Art
Salvatore Mangione, MD
Astute observation is a fundamental skill in medicine since it’s not only important for diagnosis but also crucial for empathetic connection. William Osler once remarked that, “the whole art of medicine is in observation”, yet he also warned us that “there is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation.” In fact, observation is not necessarily taught during medical school or residency training and may even be hindered by a curriculum heavily skewed towards the sciences.  Hence, to rekindle this skill we shall review how we see, how we observe, why we miss so much, and then use the Method of Zadig taught by Osler to decode a series of artworks chockfull of physical findings.

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m: ​Med Talks
Sarah Merriam, MD, MS
Update in General Medicine – Outpatient
This session will summarize some of the most influential, practice-changing articles published in general internal medicine over the past year.
Gaetan Sgro, MD
Update in General Medicine – Inpatient

This session will provide an overview of high-impact publications relevant to general internists in the past year.​

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m: Keynote Presentation
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m: Cocktail Reception
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m: Dinner
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m: Welcome & Awards

​Any questions/concerns/issues regarding registrations should be directed to the ACP Member and Product Services Department.  Please contact them directly at
​800-ACP-1915, or 215-351-2600.  

Book Your Room Today! 

For the second year in a row, the Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner will be held at the Best Western Premier in Harrisburg. We’ve secured a discounted room block for those interested in staying over. Please be sure to book your room(s) by October 18 to secure the discounted rates.

Room rate: $90.95 per night 

Book your hotel today! Click the link to reserve online or call 717-561-2800.