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For some of this year's new Fellows, Convocation will be a family affair

From the March 2000 ACP–ASIM Observer, copyright © 2000 by the American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine.

By Christine Kuehn Kelly

A father and his two sons. A husband and wife. They are among the nearly 600 College members who will be inducted as Fellows at this year's Annual Session in Philadelphia, making this year's Convocation Ceremony something of a family affair.

Consider the medical careers of the Raines family. Dale S. Raines, FACP, practices alongside the younger of his two physician-sons, Robert A. Raines, FACP, in Oak Lawn, Ill. His other son, John R. Raines, FACP, who practices in Shoreview, Minn., will also be inducted into Fellowship this year.

One of the main reasons that the three are being inducted as new Fellows together is because of the elder Dr. Raines. "My dad has been a member of the College since the 1970s, and I started as a resident," said Dr. Robert Raines. "This year we were all encouraged to apply for Fellowship. My father was approaching retirement, and we realized this was the time to do it."

Along with their long-standing membership in the College, the three Raines physicians have taught and trained residents throughout their careers. Dr. Dale Raines, the father, was on Northwestern Medical School's faculty, and both he and Dr. Robert Raines have been involved in residency training at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.

Another father-son combination will attend this year's Convocation Ceremony, but with a slight twist. When Emile Mohler III, FACP, from Philadelphia is elevated to Fellowship this year, his father, Emile Mohler Jr., who is from Baltimore, will become a Master. While Mastership is a special honor granted through the Awards Committee, Fellowship is something that the younger Dr. Mohler actively sought out. "I've grown up with ACP through my father," he said, pointing out that his father was active in the College for decades, serving as Governor of the Maryland Chapter in the early 1990s.

Other members becoming Fellows this year have different family stories. Consider Doris Beatty, FACP, and Robert Lindner Jr., FACP. When they attend Convocation Ceremony as husband and wife, it will mark the natural culmination of their careers, which have been intertwined. They met at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and went on to both become professors of medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. After Dr. Lindner helped start the nation's first emergency room training program for residents in Cincinnati, he went on to run the 700-bed St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. Dr. Beatty followed him and practiced internal medicine in New Jersey until the couple retired to Hilton Head, S.C., in the mid 1990s.

While the idea was to head south to retire, the couple just wasn't ready to give up medicine. Today, Dr. Beatty works at an all-volunteer medical clinic that serves the less affluent residents of the area, while Dr. Lindner works as a physician recruiter.

Another married couple being inducted into Fellowship combines efforts in both volunteerism and teaching. Kathy J. Neely, FACP, is advancing to Fellowship in part because she has made volunteerism a priority in her life. While she works as an assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University Medical School, she has also done volunteer work for a hospice at Northwestern and a shelter for abused and homeless women. (She will receive the College's Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award for these activities.) Her husband, David B. Neely, FACP, also teaches at Northwestern, where he served as associate internal medicine program director until 1997, when he became the director of undergraduate medicine for the department of medicine.

The fact that internists from so many different career paths are being inducted into Fellowship illustrates how the College has made one of its highest honors more inclusive. While academic achievement has long been a traditional route to College Fellowship, aspiring Fellows no longer have to publish in journals or teach the next generation's internists. (For more on the Fellowship pathways and application process, see page 19 or go to ACP­ASIM Online at www.acponline.org and click on the "About ACP­ASIM" section.)

"We are a rich and diverse group of people," Dr. Kathy Neely said of this year's new Fellows. "It's important to claim the aspects of collegiality that can be found in a group of one's peers."

Christine Kuehn Kelly is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer specializing in health care.

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