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June 2012 Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, FACP, ACP Governor


From the Governor

Summer is here, and with it, the recently completed national ACP meeting in New Orleans from April 19-21. This was my first meeting as Governor, and it was a rich and rewarding experience meeting colleagues from throughout the state, learning more about the College’s proceedings, and communicating our Chapter’s feedback to the College’s leadership.

In addition to attending outstanding education talks, my personal highlights of the New Orleans meeting included attending Convocation (where the College honors new Fellows) and attending our Chapter’s reception. While it was fun to socialize with members from throughout the state – ranging from Taos to Shiprock, Las Cruces to Santa Fe, Albuquerque to Farmington – this was only surpassed by honoring the achievements of our new Fellows at Convocation. Our Fellows who marched in Convocation included Francis Attiogbe, MD, FACP, of Las Cruces, Louise Abel, MD, FACP, of Santa Fe, and Catherine Bjerum, MD, MPH, FACP, formerly of Farmington. Dr. Virginia Hood’s speech at Convocation was genuinely inspiring, reminding us all of why we became physicians and how important it is that we embrace leadership roles to protect the interests of our patients and our partners. Her speech can be found here.[PDF]

As you know, the mission of the ACP is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. While the goals of the Chapters are many, one of the most important is to provide an avenue for members to provide input to the College leadership about the ACP’s practices and future. One means of doing so is via resolutions; a resolution may address any topic or issue of interest to any member, and after approval at the Chapter level, it is submitted to the ACP leadership. Twice yearly, Governors debate these resolutions and provide input to the ACP leadership about them. Please keep reading to the end of the newsletter to see how the Board of Regents acted upon the resolutions presented in New Orleans (which included input from our Council).

I hope to hear what issues are important to you, your practice, and your patients, and how you would like the ACP to help address your concerns. Please feel welcome to email me at eileen.barrett.md@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, FACP
Governor, NM ACP Chapter
Internist/Hospitalist, Gallup

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Comings and Goings on the Council

We are pleased to welcome Eduardo Alas, MD, Heather Brislen, MD, David Pitts, MD, and Lesley Mansfield, MD, FACP to our Chapter’s Council. We are truly grateful for the dedication that Louise Abel, MD, FACP, Shaun Aries, MD, and Jim Tryon, MD, brought to the Council during each of their tenures on the Council, and we miss them.

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Advocating for the Future of Internal Medicine

(including Leadership Day 2012)

Dramatic changes in healthcare reform are expected this year, and it is vitally important that your voice is heard. ACP is one of the most respected voices on Capitol Hill on healthcare reform. The College’s continued success on Capitol Hill greatly depends upon year-round grassroots support from the College's participants in the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network. You can have your voice heard by enrolling here. You’ll also find timely and meaningful advocacy and policy news in the ACP Advocate Newsletter.

Leadership Day is a yearly advocacy event where ACP and our members increase our presence in Washington and bring visibility to shared concerns. Participants receive trainings on ACP’s top legislative priorities and then meet with legislators and staff on Capitol Hill. Leadership Day 2012 was held on June 6-7, 2012 in Washington, DC. Our Chapter delegation (including Athanasios Manole, MS III of Albuquerque, Richard Honsinger, MD, MACP, of Los Alamos, Julio Munoz, MD, FACP, of Carlsbad, and Mike Kaufman, MD, FACP, of Taos) represented the needs of internists, internal medicine sub-specialists, and our patients on Capitol Hill. A report from this event is forthcoming. Information on Leadership Day and the College's legislative agenda can be found on the ACP Advocacy web page.

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Advancing to Fellowship

One of the benefits of ACP membership is progressing within the organization and having your expertise validated and recognized by advancing to Fellowship. Fellowship is recognized across the world as a marker of your expertise, and once a Fellow, you too may in turn recognize your colleagues’ achievements by nominating them for advancement. If you are interested in becoming a Fellow or in nominating a colleague, please refer to the ACP website for further information, or email me or another Council member.

Our newest fellows, both inducted through the Invited Fellowship Pathway, are Betty Chang, MDCM, PhD, FACP, and Louise Abel, MD, FACP. Congratulations!

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For Early Career Physicians

Check out the Center for Practice Improvement and Innovation, and Career Counseling (originally intended for housestaff, there are many issues addressed here relevant to fellows and early career attendings).

The free ACP Immunization Advisor app makes it easy to find the right vaccines for your patients by age or underlying medical problem. This is a fast and easy way to help you apply the latest adult immunization recommendations in your practice.

The Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Program offers a variety of trainings providing participants with the skills, resources, and experiences necessary to become effective leaders in any setting. Participants rate this program highly – including it’s focus on communication, management, and achieving work-life balance

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For Hospitalists

Are you involved in hospital medicine? Then you should be getting ACP Hospitalist, the monthly publication from the American College of Physicians that keeps hospitalists informed about the latest trends and issues in the field. Subscribe here.

Although not solely for hospitalists, ACP JournalWise is a fast, user-friendly resource for busy physicians wanting daily updates on new research. JournalWise reviews premier clinical journals to help you find the best research evidence to help you take care of your patients, and is now ‘mobile optimized’ with optional email alerts. Alerts are tailored for your preferred areas of specialty – including hospital medicine, critical care, general internal medicine, and more. Sign up here.

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ACP Board of Governors’ Resolutions Process

The Board of Governors (BOG) Resolutions Process was instituted in 1985 as a means for the grassroots membership to have formal input to the Board of Regents (BOR), the policy-making body of the College.

A resolution may address any topic or issue of interest to the initiating member and is submitted to the Governor and/or the chapter council. After approval at the chapter level, the resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter. The BOG holds a resolutions hearing at its spring and fall meetings.

Prior to submitting a resolution, members and/or Governors are encouraged to check the Electronic Resolutions System (ERS) to ensure that the College has not already dealt with the issue. The ERS appears in the left margin of the Governors’ Information Center (GIC) under Interactive Chapter Tools and resides on the chapter Web sites under the “Advocacy” link. For more information about accessing the ERS, please contact the Resolutions Administrator at (800) 523-1546, ext. 2716.

Here [PDF] are the six phases of the ACP BOG Resolutions Process.

To learn more about the resolutions process, go here to get details about the process for submission, review, and approval of resolutions.

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BOR Actions on Spring BOG Resolutions

Adopted and Referred for Implementation:

Resolution 5-S11. Investigating Possible Work-Related Abuses for Physicians Working Under the Conrad-30 Program
The Board of Regents voted to adopt and refer Resolution 5-S11 to the ACP Delegation to the AMA for implementation.

Resolution 1-S12. Studying the Financial Consequences of Provider-Based Billing on the Value of Health Care
The Board of Regents voted to adopt and refer Resolution 1-S12 to the Medical Practice and Quality Committee for implementation.

Accepted as Reaffirmation of Current ACP Policy:

The Board of Regents voted to consider the following resolutions as a reaffirmation of current College policy:

Resolution 5-S12. Collaborating with the ACP Foundation to Help Patients Become More Prudent Consumers of Health Care

Resolution 7-S12. Developing a Strategy to Become the Leader in Use and Development of Technical Innovations in Communication, Education, and Membership Outreach

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