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Governor's Newsletter, Spring 2000

Steven B. Tucker, MD, FACP
Governor, Alaska Chapter

Governor's Message

Well here we are getting ready for Spring and the final year of my tenure as the Chapter's sixth Governor. Here's what's transpired since our Fall 1999 newsletter.

Governor-Elect Designee

Congratulations are in order for Rich Neubauer, MD, FACP, who was elected to become our Chapter's seventh Governor. Thanks as well to Jeanne Bonar, MD, FACP, for participating in the process as well as all our members who voted. According to National, we had one of the highest voter turnouts recorded for any Chapter.

Rich is officially now "Governor-elect designee" until the conclusion of the April meeting in Philadelphia, when his title becomes shorter - Governor-elect. Rich officially becomes Governor at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in 2001, in Atlanta Georgia.

National Annual Meeting

Speaking of the Annual Meeting, please plan to attend the 2000 meeting in Philadelphia. So far, Rich, Norm Wilder, Keith Brownsberger, Mary Stewart (who is being inducted as a Fellow) and I are planning to attend. We'll have a Chapter dinner on Saturday evening at a local restaurant (family and friends are welcome.)

Annual Session 2000 - Philadelphia Style

The ACP invites you to celebrate the new millennium in the Birthplace of America, at Internal Medicine's premier educational event - Annual Session 2000, from April 13-16. From recertification courses to a history of medicine series, computer workshops to subspecialty updates, Annual Session 2000 guarantees you an abundance of educational and professional opportunities.

For the first time ever, the College's governing Boards have chosen a Clinical Theme for special emphasis in ACP educational programs - Emerging Antibiotic Resistance. Since antibiotic resistance is now a major threat to the health of people worldwide, numerous sessions will provide up-to-date information on this topic, strategies on how to reduce this threat and skills to enable physicians to resist the importuning of patients for inappropriate antibiotics for self-limited non-bacterial infections.

With the first set of time-limited internal medicine certificates due to expire in 2000, recertification will be the theme of a two-day Pre-Session Course. By providing an intensive review of core topics in internal medicine, this session will allow you to tailor your own curriculum to meet the upcoming examinations.

Other Annual Session highlights include a four-part series on the history of medicine, the ever-popular "Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind," Clinical Skills workshops and the Learning Center, as well as over 250 educational sessions.

Members are encouraged to register now for Annual Session 2000 to have the best selection of sessions requiring advance reservations, including workshops and the new "Meet and Eat with the Professor" sessions (informal breakfast and lunch sessions with distinguished faculty that provide opportunities to discuss recent advances and new developments in selected topics.) Requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on Annual Session 2000, or to register, visit ACP Online or contact Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600.

CME Grand Rounds Project

As most of you know, the Chapter was asked by the three Anchorage hospitals to develop a core curriculum and coordinate speakers for these topics on the third, fourth and fifth Thursdays/Fridays for Medical Department Grand Rounds. Burt Janis heads up this project along with representatives from the three hospitals - currently Mark Agnew from Providence, Rich Neubauer from Alaska Regional and Brian McMahon from Alaska Native Hospital. We received generous start-up donations of $5000 each from Providence and Regional Hospitals, but in order for this project to succeed, we need the help of our ACP- ASIM membership to:

  1. attend the meetings and encourage others to do so as well.
  2. give us feedback as to how the meetings went and what topics you want to hear.
  3. encourage every drug representative to lend their financial support to the project in the form of grants.
  4. attend to drug fairs. Drug fairs will be display halls where the Pharmaceutical industry will exhibit and be available for one on one discussions. There will be a display charge which will used to finance our speakers. In order to continue their attendance is vital
  5. offer to be a speaker. We need local talent and now we have a way to reimburse you!!

The Chapter Revised Bylaws Approved!

One of the requirements following the merger of the ACP and ASIM was a redo of the bylaws. I am pleased to say that ours were approved by the Board of Regents in Philadelphia.

One new requirement is that our Council - the governing body of the Chapter - will have a new structure. In addition to the current Governor, Governor-elect and Immediate Past Governor (all elected positions), the Council will have elected representatives from Southeast, Mat Su Valley, Kenai/Kodiak and the "Northern Tier." Committee Chairs will serve ex-officio. The Council meets twice per year and business could likely be done via conference call or e-mail as well. Time commitment would be small - I estimate 1-2 hours each meeting with some e-mails in between.

For this to work, I Need Your Help. I'm soliciting volunteers or suggestions for these positions although we are required to have an official election. Please let Tom Wood, Nominations Chair, or myself know if you are interested. Future Governors are likely to emerge from this group as well.

Miscellaneous Tidbits

  1. Connect with members through ACP's new online directory

    Do you need to correspond with a member of the College, but find that you don't have his/her current mailing address? Use Member Connection, the College's new online membership directory, which is accessible to members-only via ACP Online.

    Updated daily, the information in Member Connection is taken directly from the College's main membership database and can be used to search for colleagues by name, state, city, zip or postal code, country, region or specialty.

    Members who wish to be excluded from Member Connection must notify the College in writing. Members can obtain a Directory Exclusion Form on ACP Online, or by calling Customer Service at (800) 523-1546, ext. 2600, or (215) 351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.)

  2. PAC

    Well it's now official the College elected not to have an official Political Action Committee at this time. The following is an article released by the College with regards to the PAC decision.

    BOG Resolution #144 (Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania chapters) called for the establishment of an ACP political action committee (PAC). The resolution was approved by the Board of Governors in October 1998 and was subsequently referred to the College's Health and Public Policy Committee and the Ethics and Human Rights Committee.

    The reports of the two committees were reviewed and discussed by the Board of Regents of ACP on February 6, 1999. The Board of Regents, after considering all the information that it received from committees, and after a lengthy discussion, voted to defer making a recommendation to ACP Services, Inc. on establishing an ACP Services, Inc. PAC for one year. Throughout 1999 the college gathered information from ACP members to consider when making a decision about establishing a PAC. Membership feedback was encouraged through Governors' newsletters, Chapter and regional meetings, and formal discussion by College leadership.

    After careful evaluation of member feedback, on January 21, 2000 the Board of Regents of ACP voted not to recommend to establish an ACP Services, Inc. PAC. The Board of Regents' decision was based on the following reasoning:

    • Membership feedback seemed to be mixed. With no apparent membership majority in favor of, or opposed to, creating a PAC, it was decided not to establish a PAC at this time.
    • The Board recognized the value of the views expressed by those who believe that a PAC could provide greater access to legislators. It concluded, however, that the College could continue to be effective without a PAC.
    • The College already enjoys ready access to many of the decision-makers on Capitol Hill and is a respected voice in the public policy arena. ACP public policy staff is well established in Washington and is active in advising national committees and institutes on matters of public health and policy of importance to internists and their patients.
    • The College is aggressively continuing its public policy initiatives. We will continue to fight for legislation that is friendly not only to those of us in the practice of medicine, but to our patients as well.
    • The College strongly encourages all members to understand health-related issues on both a state and national level and to get involved with the legislative process. An excellent resource for those who wish to become more active can be found on the College's Web site.
    • Individual College members are free to donate money directly to candidates who espouse agendas in support of public health.

    However its still vital for Physicians to be active in the Legislative arena. Contribute to candidates friendly to medicine and encourage your colleagues to do so as well. Vote of course. Participate in the grass roots movement. To make participation in grassroots advocacy easier for its members, ACP launched in August the new Legislative Action Center (LAC), which may be accessed from ACP Online. The LAC allows you as an ACP member to view the most current ACP Legislative Alerts, find out who your federal legislators are, and send e-mails or faxes to your members of Congress. It also provides you with the status of key legislative issues of concern to ACP, Congress' schedule, and tips on communicating with your legislators. ACP encourages you to try the LAC by sending an e-mail to your members of Congress in response to the current Legislative Alert posted on ACP Online.

    You can access the Legislative Action Center through the "Where We Stand" section of ACP Online or by going straight to the LAC at http://congress.nw.dc.us/acp/. To send a message to Congress, you are prompted for your zipcode and are zip-matched to your federal legislators. You will then be asked for your name and address (so that congressional offices can identify you as a constituent). ACP encourages you to send a message based on the sample points posted for you, with your own personal anecdotes added. If you have any questions about the LAC or contacting your federal legislators, please contact Jenn Jenkins, Associate for Grassroots Advocacy, at jjenkins@acponline.org.

  3. Keep those e-mail addresses up to date please.
  4. Welcome new or returning members:
    • Donald Aspensonu
    • William McCray
    • David Dexteru
    • Michelle O'Fallon
    • K.C. Kalternborn
  5. Most importantly, mark your calenders for our Annual Summer Meeting

    2000 Annual Chapter Meeting
    "Immunology at the Millennium"
    June 22-24, 2000
    Alaska Regional Hospital

Well that's it for now.

Steven B.Tucker, MD, FACP
Governor, AK Chapter, ACP
3300 Providence Drive #304
Anchorage, AK 99516
Phone: 907-261-4840
Fax: 907-261-4820
E-mail: sbtucker@alaska.net

Contact Information

Alaska Chapter Governor:
Molly B. Southworth, MD, MPH, FACP

Julie Lake
AK Chapter Executive Director
PO Box 672149
Chugiak, AK 99567
907-350-2351 - office
E-mail: Lake@mtaonline.net