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Alaska Governor's Newsletter June 2018

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Julie A. McCormick, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Julie A. McCormick, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Happy summer to you all!

We have had a busy winter and fall for Alaska ACP!

Board of Governors (BOG) met in New Orleans in the spring and discussed 23 new resolutions! It was fast and furious. There was great discussions and policy making. At the educational meeting in New Orleans we were honored as a chapter with the prestigious Evergreen Allstar award for our work on the journal club and grand rounds program. We also featured Jay Butler, MD, MACP as a master in ACP and Kimberly Capp MD, FACP as a new fellow!



Welcome New Members

I'd like to welcome new members in the last 6 months:

Eva M. Szemraj, MD – Anchorage
Ashley Lundgren, MD – Fairbanks
Daniel M. Strum, MD – Fairbanks
Andrea Caballero, MD - Soldotna



ACP/AKOMA 2018 Chapter Meeting

The annual ACP/AKOMA chapter meeting was a huge success! We had record attendance and great talks:

Seth Cohen from UofW speaking on influenza and skin and bone infections
Anne Larson MD from U of W educating us on NASH and end stage liver disease
Andrew Butki helping us with the hands on ultrasound course
Joshua Sonkiss with our 2 hour mandatory opiate CME talks

Overall, an amazing 2 1/2 days! Not to mention the amazing Anne Alaniz discussing her clinic in Malowi, Africa - amazing story of small village girl now a successful Gyn-oncologist in Houston, Texas. She has started a clinic, school and orphanage for the people in her village and growing the hospital. Also congratulations to Robert Bundtzen, MD, FACP for achieving the lifetime Laureate Award and Molly Southworth, MD, FACP for Chapter Excellence Award.

Advocacy is expanding with our local chapter! The council was able to meet for 1 1/2 hours with Lisa Murkowski and her aid Garrett Boyle in a small group setting. The topics discussed were difficulties in primary care access in Alaska due to shortage of primary care internists. Plans to ease the burden include the start of a local internal medicine residency program with 2 residents starting in 2021 in Soldotna. Funding is a major hurdle - also interest in internal medicine and primary care due to low reimbursement and high loans repayments were discussed.



ACP Leadership Day 2018

Molly Southworth, Bob Buntzen, Emily Church and I all went to Washington DC to participate in Leadership Day. We were able to meet with the health aids of Representative Don Young and Senator Sullivan, and Lisa Murkowski joined us for a short time with her aid Garrett Boyle. We discussed some legislative bills in front of them currently including post graduate education and residency funding, high cost of prescription drugs, the opioid crisis and the administrative burdens on physicians. Hopefully we made a difference.

Students were unable to attend Leadership Day due to curriculum conflicts, but we will focus more on third year students next year. Third years will be further along in their education with more exposure to some of our problems with healthcare, and they maybe identifying more with internal medicine at that point in their education.



Upcoming Events

Other things to look for coming up...

Journal Club - Bob Bundtzen so generous to open his home to us. This week is with Tom Deloughery June 21. We hope you were able to attend.

MOC/Sep module coming in the fall with chance to get those MOC points for ABIM. We may have educational seminars or advocacy meetings after the event. Stay tuned.

We are currently looking for involvement in the student run IMIG program. We had several events with the students this year and remains successful with a lot of interest. If you are interested in getting involved please let me know, or email Julie Lake at