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2013 SCMS Mini Internship Program
Mini Internship Participating Physicians and Interns
Front Row: L to R - Dr. Steven O'Marro, Dr. Thomas Ala, Chris Smith, Kathy Kincaid, LuAnn Kelker, William Grove, Sister Kathleen Kenny, Dr. Amber Barnhart, and Melanie Loulousis
Back Row: L to R - Steward Sandstrom, Brooks Wilson, Dr. Satchivi, Dr. Murphy, Nathan Mihelich, Dr. Stevens, Dr. Freitag, Dr. Goldstein, Senator Sam McCann, John Stremsterfer, Alderman Joe McMenamin, Dr. Oreshkov, and Dr. Graham
Top left photo: LuAnn Kelker and Dr. Per Freitag; top right, Melanie Loulousis. Bottom picture: LuAnn Kelker and Dr. Per Freitag
The 2013 Sangamon County Medical Society Mini Internship Program was hosted by St. John's Hospital in the WCC Tea Rose Room.
A special thank you to our participating physicians:
Dr. Leslie Satchivi at Springfield Clinic, Dr. Thomas Ala at SIU HealthCare, Dr. Amber Barnhart at SIU HealthCare, Dr. Per Freitag at SIU HealthCare, Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein at Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, Dr. Donald Graham at Springfield Clinic, Dr. Todd Knox at Associated Anesthesiologists, Dr. Michael Murphy at Central Counties Health Center, Dr. Michael Neumeister at SIU HealthCare, Dr. Steven O'Marro at Springfield Clinic, Dr. Vesselin Oreshkov at Sangamon Associated Anesthesiologists, and Dr. Benjamin Stevens from Springfield Clinic.
We had a wonderful group of Interns this year:
LuAnn Kelker - Private Banking Officer at US Bank, Brooks Wilson - Minister at Southside Christian Church, William Grove from the IL National Guard, Kathy Kincaid - Treasury Management Officer/Vice President at Carrollton Bank, Sister Kathleen Kenny from Sacred Heart Convent, Senator Sam McCann, Springfield Alderman Joe McMenamin, Nathan Mihelich - Springfield's City Director of Communications, Chris Smith - Clinical Marketing Director at SIU HealthCare, Steward Sandstrom - President and CEO at The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Melanie Loulousis - High School Biology Teacher at New Berlin High School, and John Stremsterfer, President and CEO for the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln. ISMS News Dangerous Scope Expansion Bill Loses Steam... For Now
A scope expansion (S.B. 2187) that would allow psychologists to prescribe psychotropic drugs for patients suffering from mental, emotional and psychological illnesses was expected to be heard in the Illinois House Executive Committee a few days ago.
But proponents of S.B. 2187 chose not to call this bill for consideration. The likely reason: the measure did not have the votes to clear the committee and proceed to the full House.
It's not clear what steps the proponents will take next. However, time is running out for this legislation — the General Assembly adjourns on May 31.
It is very important that ISMS members keep their legislators informed about the dangers of this bill and urge opposition to S.B. 2187 or any other legislation that allows prescriptive authority for psychologists without proper biomedical education and clinical training.
Patient care requires collaboration among many members of the health care team. While Illinois physicians value the role of psychologists, patients cannot be put at risk through prescriptive authority granted to psychologists through legislation versus education.
Thank you to all physicians who are making their voices heard to help push back the psychologists' bill!
ISMS will keep you apprised about any new developments; stay informed on all bills by visiting ISMS' Legislative Action Hub.
5 HIPAA Violations You Need to Know
Doctors do not plan ahead to violate HIPAA, but in this digital age they may be unknowingly violating these regulations. Here, we outline five common ways you may be breaking HIPAA privacy and security rules accidently.
1.) Texting PHI to members of your care team. It's a simple scenario: you've just left the office, and your nurse texts you that Mrs. Smith is having a reaction to the medication you prescribed. She has given you her information to return the call. You may know this is illegal, but feel justified because it is a serious case. In reality, this information has just passed from your nurse's phone, through her phone carrier, to your phone carrier, and then to you — four potential areas where this unsecure message could be intercepted or breached.
2.) Taking a photo of a patient on your mobile phone. To some this will sound silly, to others, it is as common as verifying a rash with a colleague. Simple enough, but if these photos are viewed by eyes they are not intended for, you may be in violation.
3.) Receiving text messages from your answering service. Many physicians believe that if they receive a message from a third party, then they are not responsible for any violation of HIPAA. They may verify it is encrypted on their end, but if it pops onto your screen, it is certainly not secure on your end — and this is where your responsibility lies.
4.) Allowing your child to borrow your phone that contains PHI. Many folks allow their kids to play with their phones. If your phone has an app that can access PHI, then you may be guilty of a HIPAA breach if anyone views this information that is not you.
5.) Not reporting a lost or stolen device that contains PHI. Losing your smartphone or tablet is a total pain, but many do not realize that if you have patient information in that device, you could be held responsible for a HIPAA breach.
Springfield Physician Elected Vice-Speaker
Of the House of Delegates, Illinois State Medical Society
Howard B. Chodash, M.D., of Springfield was elected Vice-Speaker of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) during its recent annual meeting.
Dr. Chodash practices gastroenterology with Physicians Group Associates in Springfield. He has duel board certification in internal medicine and gastroenterology and is on staff at St. John's Hospital and Memorial Medical Center.
As a longtime member of ISMS he has served on numerous councils and committees including the Council on Education and Health Workforce, the Council on Communications, and is a Delegate to the ISMS House of Delegates. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, numerous specialty societies, and is a fellow with the American College of Physicians and the American Gastroenterological Association. Locally he is a past president and trustee of the Sangamon County Medical Society. Dr. Chodash is also the president of the Jewish Federation of Springfield.
Dr. Chodash received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota and fellowship in gastroenterology at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.
SIU Med School Seniors and
Residency Programs Get Match News
Senior medical students in the graduating Class of 2013 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine were given results from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) on Friday, March 15, at the same time other U.S. medical students learned their matches to postgraduate training programs. Sixty-eight SIU seniors have secured residency positions.
Nine SIU seniors (13%) selected family medicine residencies, eight (12%) chose internal medicine and eight (12%) selected pediatrics. Six students (9%) matched in radiology, five (7%) in preliminary surgery, four (6%) in emergency medicine, four (6%) in medicine-pediatrics, three each (4%) in general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology and orthopaedic surgery.
"I am pleased that so many of our students have chosen primary care specialties for their residency training," said Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, Ph.D., dean and provost. "With so many of our graduates staying in the region, we can continue to strengthen the health-care services for our citizens."
Other match results for SIU seniors were two each (3%) in anesthesiology, otolaryngology and plastic surgery. Internal medicine/primary care, neurological surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, pathology, psychiatry, radiation oncology, urology and vascular surgery attracted one (1%) student each.
Thirty SIU medical students (44%) will train in the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. If the three student matches in obstetrics/gynecology are included, the total rises to 49 percent.
SIU and its affiliated hospitals attracted 16 (24%) SIU seniors for residency training. Another 12 seniors picked other Illinois programs and 26 seniors selected Midwest programs, making a total of 54 SIU medical students (79%) who will begin training in the Midwest.
The Class of 2013 at SIU School of Medicine will graduate Saturday, May 18. New physicians begin their residency training in July 2013.
Match results also were announced Friday for SIU's residency programs in Springfield, based at the School's two affiliated hospitals — Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital. Seventy-two starting positions in Springfield were filled. The first-year residents will join 210 senior residents and fellows already in training at SIU programs in Springfield.
Thirty-five first-year positions were filled in primary care programs — general internal medicine (14), family medicine (10), general pediatrics (7) and obstetrics/gynecology (4). Twenty positions were filled in the seven surgical programs — emergency medicine (6), general surgery (4), orthopaedic surgery (3), otolaryngology (2), plastic surgery (2), urology (2) and vascular surgery (1). Seventeen total positions were filled in other specialties — preliminary medicine (4), psychiatry (4), radiology (3), dermatology (2), medicine-psychiatry combined (2) and neurology (2).
"SIU and its affiliated hospitals have positioned themselves to attract highly qualified residents as indicated by our strong match results again this year," said Dr. Karen Broquet, associate dean for graduate medical education. "SIU residents are integral members of the health-care teams that provide quality care to patients from central and southern Illinois. We are pleased to welcome such a talented and diverse group of residents starting in June who will help fulfill the mission of SIU and its affiliated hospitals."
SIU also has affiliated family medicine residency programs in Carbondale, Decatur and Quincy, each three years in length. Seventeen first-year positions have been filled for next year through the NRMP match and a similar program held last month for osteopathic physicians. These residents will join 35 senior family medicine residents and fellows at SIU's affiliated hospitals — Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur and Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
Established in 1970, the mission of SIU School of Medicine is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, patient care, research and community service. An international leader in medical education, the School is based in Carbondale and Springfield and is specifically oriented to educating new physicians prepared to practice in Illinois. Since opening, 2,472 physicians have graduated from its program. For information, call SIU's main number, 217-545-8000, or go online, www.siumed.edu.
NOTE: The National Resident Matching Program no longer provides what percentage of medical students received their first, second or third choice of programs.
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Eleven Medical Professionals
Honored at Medical Innovators Program
A selection of innovative medical professionals working in Sangamon County presented their achievements in medical treatments, research and community service at the 2013 Medical Innovators Program on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the James T. Dove M.D. Conference Center at Prairie Heart Institute in Springfield. The Sangamon County Medical Society, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, sponsored by The Illinois State Medical Society.
Springfield Mayor J. Michael Houston presented the Mayor's Medical Innovation Award and issued a proclamation at the event.
The 11 professionals recognized include physicians, surgeons and researchers working in Sangamon County on a variety of projects to improve the health care of the community. Their innovations include basic science research findings, leading-edge clinical trials, new patient care treatments, and community service projects. This year, the event also recognizes "Young Innovators," individuals aged 21-40.
The medical professionals recognized were:
Jeffrey L. Bennett, M.D., SIU School of Medicine, for his development of neurostimulatory treatments for mental disorders
Michael Brenner, M.D., SIU School of Medicine, for his hearing loss research
Kathleen Campbell, Ph.D., SIU School of Medicine, for her research in prevention of noise-induced hearing loss
Stephen Hazelrigg, M.D., SIU School of Medicine, for his advances in the surgical treatment of emphysema
Judith Knox, M.D., Springfield Clinic, for her efforts to educate the public about the dangers of indoor tanning
Gregory J. Mishkel, M.D., St. John's Hospital, for his treatment for patients with critical aortic stenosis
Ayman Omar, M.D., Ph.D., SIU School of Medicine, for his novel approaches to treat brain and spinal cord tumors
Steven D. O'Marro, M.D., Springfield Clinic, for his clinical trials of Hepatitis C
Khaled J. Saleh, M.D., SIU School of Medicine, for his clinical trial of pain coping interventions to improve outcomes following knee arthroplasty
Christina M. Vassileva, M.D., SIU School of Medicine, for her studies of ischemic mitral valve surgery
Andrew C. Wilber, Ph.D., SIU School of Medicine, for his research into gene therapy for severe hemoglobin disorders
"Cutting-edge medical research and technology development are key determinants of the potential for economic benefits to accrue to the central Illinois community and to enable the Medical District to fulfill its mission," said Michael Boer, president of the Mid-Illinois Medical District.
"There is a tendency to look for excellence from the ivory towers or big cities, and discount what is being accomplished in our own backyard," said Gayle E. Woodson, M.D., chair of the Medical Innovators peer-review panel. "This event was to raise awareness of the amazing advances being generated in our own medical community."
The Medical Innovators program first began in 2006 as "Medical Miracles" and again in 2009 as "Medical Innovators." Additional information on the program can be found here on the website at Medical Innovators.
A Special Thank You
A special thank you to our Physician Wellness Conference exhibitors and presenters.
Gold Level: Physicians Benefits Trust
Silver Level: ISMIE and St. John's Hospital
Bronze Level: Affordable Shred, Gateway Foundation and Kerber, Eck and Braeckel
Springfield Health Check provided Blood Press and Glucose screening through the support of Advanced Health Care Services, LLC, Massages through the support of Massage Club, Derma Scan/Sun Exposure through the support of Interim Healthcare of Central Illinois, and Cancer Prevention information through the support of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine - Department of Family and Community Medicine/Medical Students
Dr. Paul Savage, Keynote Speaker: Physicians Guide to Age Management Medicine
Dr. Brian Moore: What is Fitness?
Dr. Karen Broquet: Wellness and Woe - Strategies for Physicians to Optimize Physician Well-being
Dr. Andrea Stonecipher: Mental Wellness - Keeping the Brain Fit
Lin Vautrain: Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Kathy Pearson: Relationship Wellness - Food, Money and Sexuality
Eric Huber: Work-Life Balance - Finding Your Zone
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Sangamon County Medical Society
A special thank you to our participating physicians and mini-internship participants:
Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, Dr. Dareen Siri, Dr. Steven O'Marro, Dr. Gayle Woodson, Dr. Donald Graham, Dr. Per Freitag, Dr. Stuart Hohm, Dr. Eswara Kakarala, Dr. Benjamin Stevens, and Dr. Brian Moore, Fred Lamkey, Nicole Selinger, Megan Doerfler, Gus Gordon, Gail Simpson, Stacey Binegar, Mary Bloxdorf, Tom Gihl, Andy VanMeter, and Emily Rabin
Memorial Medical Center and ISMIE helped make this event possible through their wonderful support.
Thanks to Our Members!
Thank you to the Sangamon County Medical Society Members that participated in our latest "Spring Cleaning Day". Affordable Shred and Habitat For Humanity helped make our "Spring Cleaning Day" a success. Thank you!
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