Alaska Chapter and AKOMA 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting

Thursday, April 13-Saturday, April 15, 2023
Sheraton Hotel and Spa of Anchorage

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Alaska Chapter and AKOMA 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting

Fostering Excellence in Internal and Osteopathic Medicine

The ACP AK/AKOMA chapters are pleased to offer a safe meeting space to learn, recharge, and facilitate face-to-face discussion with your peers, chapter leaders, and guest speakers!

Join your internal medicine colleagues at the next ACP AK/AKOMA chapters scientific meeting April 13 - 15, 2023:

  • Earn CME credits and MOC points and connect with other internists who know your challenges and can help you find solutions.
  • Experience top-notch education from expert faculty, meet new people and connect with old friends, and learn about ways to get involved with our Chapter.
  • This meeting will help you meet your needs as a physician and help you provide the best care for your patients using the latest information.

We look forward to seeing you in Sheraton Hotel and Spa of Anchorage, Anchorage AK!

Emily Church, MD FACP
Governor, Alaska Chapter
Col Robert Gear, DO
President, AKOMA

Meeting Highlights
  • Lessons from the COVID pandemic with Jay Butler, MD FAAP MACP FIDSA
  • 2 hours State mandated Opioid CME with Sarah Spencer DO
  • Hands on OMT session: An Osteopathic Approach to Low Back Pain: Introduction to the Fascial Distortion Model with Byron Perkins, DO
  • Fostering Excellence in Internal Medicine with Thomas Cooney, MD MACP FRCP
Program Committee
  • Robert Bundtzen, MD, MACP
  • Emily Church, MD, FACP
  • Mary Demers, DO, FACP
  • Eric Dreibelbeis, DO, Member
  • Robert Gear, DO, Non-member
  • Nancy Kragt, DO, Non-member
  • Julie Lake, Executive Director

19 CME & MOC Available

Release Date: April 15, 2023
Termination Date: April 15, 2024

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The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 19 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credit claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

AKOMA CME Statement

The Alaska Osteopathic Medical Association (AKOMA) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. AKOMA designates this program for a maximum of 19 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity..


Agenda PDF

Thursday, April 13

Time Session
1:00-2:00 PM Natural products- the good, the bad and the ugly
Doug Paauw, MD
2:00-3:00 PM Drug Interactions and Side Effects for 2023
Doug Paauw, MD
3:00 PM Break
3:30-4:30 PM Diagnostic Error and Clinical Reasoning: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go from Here?
Thomas Cooney, MD MACP FRCP
4:30-5:30 PM Aviation Medicine with Altitude Physiology
Robert Gear III, DO
5:30-7:30 PM Social
7:00 PM AKOMA Board Meeting

Friday, April 14

Time Session
8:00-9:00 AM Mapping Goals of Care with Patients Experiencing Serious Illness
Rebecca Weicht, DO
9:00-10:00 AM Update on Stroke Management
Robert Lada, MD
10:00 AM Break
10:30-11:30 AM (The condition formally known as) Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
Matthew Carroll, MD MACP FACR
11:30-12:30 PM Biologic Logic
Matthew Carroll, MD MACP FACR
12:30-1:30 PM Break- Box lunch
1:30-2:30 PM Update on the 2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids
Sarah Spencer, DO
2:30-3:30 PM Addressing the Twin epidemics: Fentanyl and Methamphetamine Use in Alaska
Sarah Spencer, DO
3:30 PM Break
4:00-5:00 PM OSA and Emerging Treatment Options
Ross Dodge, MD FACP
5:00-6:30 PM Internal Medicine Residency Track Update, HPPC and PAC wine and appetizer social
6:30 PM Banquet Dinner
7:30 - 8:30 PM Lessons from the COVID Pandemic

Saturday, April 15

Time Session
8:00-9:00 AM It’s been a minute: infectious diseases of the past 12 months
9:00-10:00 AM Update on Interventional Cardiology
10:00 AM Break
10:30-11:30 AM Sepsis Update 2022
11:30-12:30 PM Obesity Medications 2022
12:30 PM Box Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 PM Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism: An update from the CHEST Guideline Panel
Scott Woller, MD, FACP, FCCP
2:00-3:00 PM Concurrent: Fostering Excellence in Internal Medicine
Thomas Cooney, MD MACP FRCP
2:00-4:00 PM An Osteopathic Approach to Low Back Pain: Introduction to the Fascial Distortion Model
Byron Perkins, DO
3:00-4:00 PM Concurrent: The anticoagulants: A review of indications, comparative effectiveness, special circumstances and emerging treatments
Scott Woller, MD, FACP, FCCP

ACP Alaska/AKOMA Chapters Registration


By 3/16

(Eastern Standard Time*)

After 3/16
ACP Member $400 $500
ACP Resident/Fellow Member $0 $0
ACP Medical Student Member $0 $0
ACP Affiliate Member $300 $380
Nonmember Physician $500 $600
Nonmember Resident $0 $0
Nonmember Medical Student $0 $0
Nonmember Allied Health Professional $380 $460
Retired Member $300 $380
Retired Non-member $380 $460
Daily Rate - Thursday, 4/13 (members) $140 $168
Daily Rate - Thursday, 4/13 (Non-members) $168 $196
Daily Rate - Friday, 4/14 (members) $230 $276
Daily Rate - Friday, 4/14 (Non-members) $276 $322
Daily Rate - Saturday, 4/15 (members) $230 $276
Daily Rate - Saturday, 4/15 (Non-members) $276 $322

Questions? If you have trouble registering online, please contact Member and Product Support at 800-ACP-1915 or direct at 215-351-2600 (M-F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET).

*AKOMA members should call to register and receive the member rate.


Registration Information

Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, social, banquet, all scientific sessions and materials, and CME documentation and state mandated opioid certificates.

Members whose dues were not paid for the current fiscal year will receive the nonmember registration rate.

Can I follow along on social media?

Yes, follow/like the AK Chapter through the meeting on social media! Use the hashtag #IMProud.

Hotel Accommodations

We have reserved a block of rooms at the following rates until March 24, 2023. When making your reservation, be sure to mention that you will be attending the ACP AK Chapter meeting. The rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so make your reservation as early as possible by calling the hotel directly at 907-276-8700 or registering online.

Single/Double: $149.00
Sheraton Hootel and Spa of Anchorage
401 E 6th ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

MyACP Account

If you have any difficulty accessing your MyACP account, you can reset your username and password. You can do so by clicking on the MyACP link at the top of the ACP web site. Nonmembers are advised to use their e-mail address as their username when creating a password. If you require additional assistance, please contact us (M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET) via web chat or call 800-ACP-1915 or 215-351-2600 or via e-mail at

Participant Photography

As a participant in the chapter meeting, your photograph may be taken as a focus or background subject, to be used in chapter communications. If you would not like your photo taken, please inform chapter staff.

ACP Chapters Meeting Code of Conduct

ACP is a community that values collegiality, respect for patents and each other, and medicine’s standards of ethics and professionalism. ACP members are guided by the content and spirit of the ACP Pledge and by their commitment to the ethics of medicine, including those in the ACP Ethics Manual. “Physicians’ conduct as professionals and as individuals should merit the respect of the community.”

ACP expects members, staff, and others who participate in events and activities involving ACP to treat others as you would like to be treated – with courtesy, respect for differences, and in ways that appropriately represent the profession of internal medicine. As set forth in ACP’s An-Harassment Policy, ACP does not tolerate any form of harassment, including intimidation, hostility, or other unwelcome and offensive communication or treatment.

If you experience or observe harassing, inappropriate or otherwise unprofessional behavior, or you have concerns about how you have been treated by an ACP member or staff or anyone else at an ACP meeting or event, you may report the incident to Chapter Staff.

The chapter reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate; including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and the chapter reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.

For other questions about the chapter meeting, contact Julie Lake at 907-350-2351 or

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