2021 CTACP Virtual Scientific Meeting

Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 continues to disrupt our lives, and we are constantly adapting to meet the new challenges that it puts before us. Remember that as your professional home CT ACP is here to support you as you do what you do best, take care of patients. That is one thing that has not been disrupted.

We are also not letting the pandemic disrupt our 2021 Scientific Meeting, so that is why, once again, we will be coming to you virtually. I invite you to join me and your colleagues in Internal Medicine at this year’s conference. We are committed to providing cutting-edge, clinical information and highlighting the work of our residents and students through our abstract competition. And it is our sincere hope that we will be able to do this live at the Connecticut Convention Center in 2022.


Ruth Weissberger, MD, FACP
Governor, Connecticut Chapter



The American College of Physicians (ACP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACP designates this live activity for a maximum 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14.5 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Friday, October 15, 2021

8:00 - 9:30am MKSAP Learning Session Stephen Atlas, MD, FACP
Barry Wu, MD, FACP
8:45 - 10:00am Welcome from Governor and Conference Chairs Ruth Weissberger MD, FACP
Naseema Merchant, MD, FACP
Diana Sewell, MD, FACP
10:00 - 11:00am What Non-COVID Outpatient Medical Literature Did I Miss During the Pandemic? Medhat Ghaly, MD
Julie Oyler, MD, FACP
Track 1
10:00 - 11:00am How to be an Expert Witness Rebecca Andrews, MD, FACP
Daniel G. Tobin, MD, FACP
Track 2
10:00 - 11:00am Best Practices in Telemedicine- What the Pandemic Has Taught Us Heather Nisbeth, MD, FACP
Jadwiga Stepczynski, MD, FACP
Amerisa Tarabar, MD
Track 3
11:00 am - 12:00pm Update in the Drug Treatment of Diabetes Faryal Mirza, MD, FACP Track 1
11:00 am - 12:00pm Clinicopathologic Conference (CPC) ): AKI in a Diabetic, Hypertensive Patient with COVID-19 Alan Kliger, MD
Mathew Lempel, MD
Track 2
11:00 am - 12:00pm Gender Inequities in Careers in Medicine Nina Pirrotti, Esq.
Heather Gantzer, MD, MACP
Track 3
12:00 - 12:15pm Break
12:15 - 1:15pm Poster Presentations Shaheena Shan, MD, FACP All
1:15 - 1:30pm Break
1:30 - 2:30pm Transgender Medicine Pooja Luthra, MD, FACE Track 1
1:30 - 2:30pm Polypharmacy and Deprescribing in Geriatrics Marcia Mecca, MD
Kristina Niehoff, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP
Track 2
1:30 - 2:30pm What the RUC? Coding and Payment Changes for 2021 William Fox, MD, FACP Track 3
2:30 - 3:30pm The Long Road Ahead: Caring for Patients with Persistent Symptoms Post COVID-19 Infection Denyse Lutchmansingh, MD
Arman Fesharaki, MD, PhD
Track 1
2:30 - 3:30pm What Non-COVID Inpatient Medical Literature did I Miss During the Pandemic? Andre Sofair, MD
Chris Song, MD
Track 2
2:30 - 3:30pm How Did Our Healthcare Payment System Get So Dysfunctional, and What is the Way Forward? Robert McLean, MD, MACP Track 3

Saturday, October 16, 2021

8:15 - 9:30am Women in Medicine Networking Breakfast
Guest: Heather Gantzer, MD, MACP
Track 1
8:15 - 9:30am Yes, You Can! How to be an Ally for Women Physicians Nina Pirrotti, Esq.
Robert Nardino, MD, MACP
Track 2
9:30 - 9:45am Break
9:45 - 10:45am Business Meeting | Chapter Awards Ruth Weissberger, MD, FACP All
10:45 - 11:45am Keynote: The Value of the Internist Heather Gantzer, MD, MACP All
11:45am - 12:00pm Closing Remarks Naseema Merchant, MD, FACP
Diana Sewell, MD, FACP
12:00pm Meeting Ends