Alwinn Steinmann, MD, FACP, ACP Governor
As we prepare to close out another year, I hope you all had a nice holiday season and got to enjoy time with family and friends. It is also a time to reflect on the year - the ups and downs, successes and challenges, joys and sorrows. For most, it was probably a better year than the previous two! ... different for sure! I find myself wondering how we have changed as individuals over the past few years, especially around self-care. While we likely have a way to go, it seems that we can at least think about our wellbeing now and not feel guilty. That's an important step, even if it is just the first step.
I had a couple of wellbeing firsts myself this year. Kathy and I visited Europe for the first time - a trip to Italy we started planning before the pandemic! It was wonderful. It was also my first full two-week vacation since residency - we really liked it! Need to take some more.
We talk about silver linings of the pandemic - positive takeaways and helpful lessons learned along the way. I hope one of the lessons learned is that we can and should practice self-care and pay attention to our wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around us. Let's hope that we take that lesson into the new year!
Hopefully you all saw the announcement that Gail Mizner, MD has been elected as your next chapter Governor! I am delighted to congratulate Dr. Mizner on her election and hope you all welcome her to this new role. She will officially transition to the Governor-elect role at the annual meeting of the national ACP in April.
Annual Chapter Meeting
Our annual chapter meeting is scheduled for Feb. 10-11 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. As usual, our Planning Committee has organized a terrific line-up of speakers and topics, we will have resident posters and abstract presentations and our chapter awards presentations. We will again be offering a hybrid meeting with both in-person and virtual options, but we would love to see as many of you as possible in person! You may view the agenda and register here.
National ACP links
Internal Medicine Meeting
The meeting will be held in San Diego, April 27-29, 2023. Visit ACP Online to view the agenda and register. If you do decide to attend, we will be co-hosting a reception with the New Mexico Chapter again this year, so please watch for details!
Emotional Support Hub
Take care of your well-being with comprehensive resources available on ACP Online. Make a plan to reach out to loved ones, colleagues, and friends to provide emotional support and share resources with each other.
Some key areas of support within the Hub, include:
- Peer Support and Counseling—Free and low cost, confidential services
- Tools for Individuals—Emotional support video series; on-demand webinars; 2-minute actionable microlearnings
- Tools for Leadership—Well-being strategies to support healthcare workers' mental health
2022 ACP Advocacy Summary
Review ACP's advocacy activities and accomplishments over the past year.