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Molly Southworth, MD. MPH, FACP
Governor, Alaska Chapter ACP
What a wonderful year of activities we have had, including
several "chapter firsts!" The list of activities is very long but
We plan to continue with all of the above, with some additional
changes and firsts in 2014!
As you can see, it has been a busy year indeed and there is even
more in store for 2014! I hope you will consider becoming more
involved! Please email Molly or Julie Lake. if you would like to
join a committee, host an event, attend Leadership Day, work with
our IMIG, or become more involved in other ways!"
ACP Leadership Day was held in Washington DC on May 21 and 22,
2013. Alaska chapter participants included: Bob Bundtzen,
MD, FACP; Jay Butler, MD, FACP; Jeanne Bonar, MD, FACP; Mary
DeMers, MD, FACP; and medical students Natalie
Hale, Emily Hughes and Ashley Minaei.
This year our chapter was able to provide financial support to two
of our practicing members who attended and also sent two Alaska
WWAMI medical students. Ashley Minaei received support through her
participation on the ACP Council of Student Members.
As part of this event, the group received a comprehensive
orientation on the current state of health policy in the US and a
briefing on the ACP's top legislative priorities for the year. The
following day they met with Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Mark
Begich, and a staffer from Representative Don Young's office to
discuss these issues.
Among the group's top priorities were requests to eliminate
Medicare's SGR Formula and transition to better payment systems,
ensure full funding for essential health programs and reform, and
sustain Graduate Medical Education (GME) financing to realign GME
and workforce needs. The latter was of utmost importance to the
medical students - all students in the Alaska WWAMI Medical
Education Program through the University of Washington - as they
will be the first to graduate in a time when graduating students
will exceed the total potential residency positions in the US by
15,000 positions due to funding cuts.
The chapter expects to again provide partial financial support
to two members for participation in this event in May, 2014. Please
consider participating! Contact Molly or
Julie Lake, ED if you are interested in attending
and/or applying for a participation grant.
L-R Bob Bundtzen MD FACP, Emily Hughes, Natalie Hale, Senator
Mark Begich, Mary DeMers, DO FACP, Ashley Minaei, Jay Butler, MD
FAAP FACP, Jeanne Bonar, MD FACP, Bruce Scandling
L-R: Ashley Minaei, Mary DeMers, DO FACP, Bob Bundtzen, MD FACP,
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Emily Hughes, Jeanne Bonar, MD FACP,
Currently our education committee is working to organize our
next ACP Chapter meeting. We are excited to participate again with
AKOMA (Alaska Osteopathic Medical Association). The meeting
is scheduled for May 8 - 10, 2014 at the Millennium Hotel in
Anchorage. We have many interesting speakers planned,
In addition, there will be an update in infectious disease,
information on ICD-10 coding, a presentation about liability with
EMRs, as well as several other topics. There will be something for
everyone! Mark your calendar for several days of outstanding
education and interaction with your peers.
The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) kicked off the
school year for the first year WWAMI class by inviting the 20
students to dinner with local internists and a visiting speaker.
This dinner has been an annual event for the students to introduce
them to internal medicine. This year, our guest speaker was
Dr. Carrie Horwitch, the Washington Chapter ACP
Governor. Dr. Horwitch talked about her career path and why she
loves internal medicine. She also shared the following words of
wisdom from her father Arnold Horwitch, who had shared these with
her when she was a second year student:
"The medical profession is one of the 2-3 great human
endeavors. Anyone who is able to master the arts and sciences of
medicine should be grateful for those gifts and the opportunity to
exercise them. How few of us are sufficiently gifted to be a healer
and helper of people. "
The students enjoyed the dinner, which gave them a chance to
network with local internists. They expressed appreciation for our
outreach to them.
Throughout the year, the IMIG plans to have several evening or
lunchtime activities with students. Previous years' sessions have
included discussions of different residency programs and work-life
balance. In addition, students are encouraged to join the Alaska
Chapter ACP, participate in our journal clubs and annual meeting,
and apply to join our group for Leadership Day in Washington, DC in
Local internists who are interested in interacting more with the
first-year WWAMI students are encouraged to contact Dr.
Elizabeth Ferucci or Dr. Julie McCormick,
ACP has launched Physician &
Practice Timeline: Professional Requirements &
Opportunities, a valuable online tool to help physicians stay
on top of important dates and track deadlines for a variety of
regulatory, payment, educational, and delivery system changes,
requirements, and opportunities. The Physician & Practice
Timeline allows you to track and find useful resources for
everything from eRx and PQRS data collection periods to ICD-10
preparation and Meaningful Use reporting periods. The Timeline also
provides information on new opportunities that physicians in
practice can take advantage of, such as Transitional Care
Management (TCM) codes.
The Timeline will be continually updated to reflect all new or
revised target dates, deadlines, and incentives. It can be viewed
at: Physician &
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The American College of Physicians has released ACP Smart
Medicine, a web-based clinical decision support tool developed
specifically for internal medicine physicians containing 500
modules that provide guidance and information on a broad range of
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ACP Smart Medicine also offers easy access to submit for CME
credit. Physicians can select modules from the list of content
areas they have reviewed, answer a question, and submit for CME
ACP Smart Medicine is available as a free benefit to ACP members
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Internal Medicine 2014 will be held April 10-12 in Orlando,
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We are pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the
2013 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 Governor's 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 us in
all of these endeavors! For their hard work and dedication, we
received this award.