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December 2011

Jim A. Yturri, MD, FACP, Governor
Carrie Reisig, Executive Director



From the Chapter

Happy holidays! This issue of our newsletter celebrates our recent receipt of a Chapter Excellence Award, highlights the resolution process, and more. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and we wish you all the best for a great 2012!

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2011 Chapter Excellence Award

We are pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the 2011 Chapter Excellence Award! The award recognizes chapters which successfully meet the standards for managing a chapter. In order to achieve the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet all basic criteria and seven optional criteria. Criteria include such activities as formulating an effective Governorís Council and committees, communicating frequently with membership, providing educational opportunities, recruiting and advancing members and celebrating membership through local awards. We would like to extend a special thanks to those chapter members who assisted me in all of these endeavors! For their hard work and dedication, we received this award.

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Call for Fall 2012 Board of Governors Resolutions

Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council. Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. When drafting a resolution, don't forget to consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals. In addition, be sure to use the College's Strategic Plan to guide you when proposing a resolution topic.

If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Fall 2012 Board of Governors Meeting is March 20, 2012. Members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. Visit the ACP Online homepage and click the "Advocacy" link in the right-hand, top margin to access ACP policy positions, read about recent ACP advocacy activities, or search the ACP's Public Policy Virtual Library (PPVL). Visit your chapter website, too, and click the link under "Advocacy" to access Electronic Resolutions System (ERS) where you can search past or proposed resolutions. A copy of the resolutions process is available on the ERS which furnishes more details on formatting resolutions, as well the process for submission, review, and approval.

Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution.

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Upcoming Events

Registration is now available for the Montana Chapter 2012 Big Sky Meeting, February 9-11, 2012.

Visit the website at http://www.acponline.org/about_acp/chapters/mt/news_meet.htm to download the brochure.

To register online, visit https://www.acponline.org/ebizatpro/Default.aspx?TabId=55&ProductId=19750

Save the Date!

2012 Montana Chapter Scientific Meeting
September 6-8, 2012
St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula

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New Online Member Forums

Join ACP Special Interest Groups to share information and gather with like-minded members online. Visit http://www.acponline.org/membership/benefits/special_interest.htm

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Article in ACP Advocate Newsletter: "What will the super committee failure mean for health care?"

We highly recommend reading the latest edition of the ACP Advocate Newsletter. It features excellent coverage of the Super Committee's failure and how it may affect us as physicians. To read the article, visit http://www.acponline.org/advocacy/newsletter/ and click on the December 2nd issue.

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New Fellow

The following member recently became a Fellow:

H Eric Hughson, MD FACP
We congratulate him on this achievement!