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Governor's Message

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January 2013 Robert W. Bundtzen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor



Dr. Bundtzen

First I want to remind you that our annual chapter meeting is going to be on May 17th, 18th and 19th at the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage. Please see Molly Southworth's and Julie McCormick's comments. Please mark your calendars now.

We have a new Executive Director for the Alaska chapter. Her name is Julie Lake and she has been working closely with the Anchorage Medical Society since 1999. You may contact her at PO Box 672149, Chugiak, AK 99567; 907-350-2351; e-mail

As we transition to our new governor, Molly Southworth, I would like some input from the membership. I would like to make this relatively simple and I would like you to send to me two recommendations that you think our chapter should institute in regards to chapter activities and services to our membership. Critiques are welcome. As you know our main objective have been our annual chapter meeting and interaction with our WWAMI students. I'm sure there are other things that you feel we should be doing and I welcome your input.

We again had our get together with the WWAMI students last fall. Our special guest was Molly Cooke, President-elect of the ACP. Molly gave a nice presentation about the future of medicine and career choices the students will be making. This event I believe is a very important one that begins a relationship with the students and informs them about internal medicine and what we do and who we are.

Our Council has provided valuable input to me in regards to our chapter management over the past four years. I am encouraging them to continue on but I am also requesting that if there are other members interested in participating on our Council that you contact me. We meet at our annual meeting and one or two other times during the year in Anchorage and by telephone conference.

Please start thinking about participating in Leadership Day, usually in May in Washington. It's a worthwhile experience interacting with our congressional delegation on issues of healthcare. More will follow when details are available. There will be medical students attending this year.

We have a number of committees that you may be interested in participating in. Shari Morgan is the chair of our membership committee, Latha Subramanian is chair of our health and public policy committee, Julie McCormick is chair of our annual meeting committee/education committee and Julie McCormick and Elizabeth Ferruci are co-chairs of our medical student internal medicine interest group committee. If you have any interest in any of these please contact me.

What's going on in Washington is again making lots of headlines. I would urge you to go to the ACP Web site to get updates about what is going on and is affecting your practice. Bob Doherty's blog continues to be an excellent source of information.

There are a number of important changes occurring as you know in regards to electronic health records, e prescribing, ICD 10, quality reporting measures. Our ACP national Web site has lots of information available in regards to these and other changes in medicine, look especially at the section-managing your practice-on the national ACP Web site. I would encourage you to stay on top of these items as they ARE going to directly affect your practice. We cannot avoid these changes. ACP is there to help you navigate these changes.

The past four years as governor of your chapter has been an inspirational one for me. The quality of the ACP organization is exceptional. It's influence on health care in the USA is significant. The chapter will be in the good hands of Molly Southworth.

Please contact me anytime for any concerns at

Bob Bundtzen


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Wow, my first experience with attending the Board of Governors (BOG) Meeting in Vancouver this past September was wonderful! The ACP BOG convenes twice per year to review resolutions and conduct other business; one BOG meeting occurs in the fall and the other immediately precedes the annual Internal Medicine meeting in April. Our fall meeting in Vancouver was filled with interesting discussion and with getting acquainted with other BOG members, including my own "incoming class of 2017," the group of governors-elect who will be governors from 2014-2017. I can see that this will be a fun and interesting four years of national level ACP activity! I am deeply honored to be in this position and thank you all for this great opportunity!

On the home front, Julie McCormick, MD, FACP and Julie Lake, our brand new Alaska ACP Executive Director, are planning an innovative annual chapter scientific session for May, 17-19, 2013. Please put this on your calendars! Innovations this year include combining our meeting with the Alaska Osteopathic Medical Association (AKOMA) in order to get better acquainted, share resources, and collaborate a bit with that group! We have also moved this year's meeting back to Anchorage, at the Millennium Hotel, at the request of some of our participants. The meeting will be three days this year, with options to register for one, two, or all three days!

Julie McCormick has put together a great agenda of topics and speakers, including Tom Tape, MD, FACP, current chair of the ACP BOG; Bob Doherty, ACP VP for governmental affairs; Julie Gralow, MD, FACP, Director of Breast Oncology at UWSOM and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Patrick Nolan, DO, Anchorage endocrinologist; Jeffrey Demain, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI, FAAP, Anchorage immunologist; and many more! Please check our Web site for further information.

The ACP Alaska annual awards banquet will be on Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Millennium and we are also planning a wine and cheese reception for Saturday evening, May 18, 2013 for more informal mingling and conversation. Finally, ACP and AKOMA have arranged for a group cruise rate through Phillips Cruises on Monday, May 20, from 8:30 am-9:30 pm. Included is transportation to and from the Millennium Hotel, two hour Alaska Railroad trip to Whittier and a 5 hour 26 Glacier Cruise in Prince William Sound. The cruise also includes a hot lunch and opportunities to view wildlife in addition to 26 named Glaciers. Cost is $223.95 per person and reservations are made directly through Phillips Cruises. I hope you will consider adding that to your calendar as well.

I hope to see you at the 2013 Alaska ACP Annual Chapter Meeting!

Molly B Southworth, MD, MPH, FACP, FACE