Alaska Governor's Newsletter January 2023

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Emily C. Church, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Emily C. Church, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Greetings to all ACP members!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Please take a look through the following newsletter for exciting updates from the college and upcoming local activities.



ACP AK Chapter Meeting April 2023

The Alaska ACP Chapter meeting will be held April 13-15, 2023 at the Sheraton in downtown Anchorage. Last year's in-person meeting was a great success and it was wonderful to see so many physicians in person. This year's highlights include an update from Dr. Scott Woller, Co-Chair for the ACCP Clinical Practice Guideline for antithrombotic therapy for venous thromboembolic disease. Dr. Jay Butler will be giving a special dinner talk about lessons from his time at the CDC in Atlanta. This is also an opportunity for opioid CME requirements.



ACP Internal Medicine Meeting April 2023/Spring BOG meeting

Mark your calendars for the annual meeting in San Diego April 27-29! An excellent opportunity for a sunny vacation at the end of our long Alaska winter…



2022 ACP Internal Medicine Meeting/Spring BOG Chicago Illinois

Finally! An opportunity to attend a national meeting with my fellow governor classmates and it did not disappoint! Lots of great networking opportunities with other chapters. As always I am amazed at the wealth and diversity of the talks at this event.



Fall BOG 2022

Board of Governors last fall once again pivoted to a virtual meeting at the 11th hour due to hurricane Ian projected landfall in Savannah. It was still a successful meeting with lots of good networking opportunities and informative speakers.



Chapter Excellence Award – Gold Winner

I am pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the Gold Level of the 2022 Chapter Excellence Award! The award recognizes truly extraordinary chapters that surpass excellence in chapter management. We are in the company of 47 other outstanding chapters. In order to achieve the Gold Level of the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet twenty Bronze criteria, seventeen Silver criteria and multiple Gold level activities. Criteria include such activities as having a legislative action plan or agenda, holding a volunteerism/community service activity, holding multiple stand-alone meetings, having revenue sources outside of dues and meeting registration fees, implementing a strategic plan, implementing a formal recruitment and retention plan and measuring outcomes, conducting various activities for Medical Students, Residents and Early Career Physicians. I 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.

I am also honored to announce I was one of the winners of the American Medical Women's Association INSPIRE award, which recognizes accomplished women physicians who exemplify the highest values in vision, integrity, service, and collaboration in medicine. Thank you to my fellow governors for their kind nomination.



Call to Action

Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council. Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. The deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Fall 2023 Board of Governors Meeting is March 30, 2023. See link for resolution description and action taken on the Fall 2022 resolutions

How ACP advocated for you in 2022: Addressing critical issues impacting internal medicine physicians, patients, and health care – see here



Leadership Day 2023

Do you want to be a part of our Alaska Chapter Delegation to Washington DC for Leadership Day May 23-24? Please fill out application emailed Jan 11th or request another application from Julie Lake This is really an amazing experience to learn about advocacy and public policy in health care. Learn more about ACP Leadership Day



Your Well Being

As part of ACP's Well-Being and Professional Fulfillment initiative, ACP has launched a collection of resources aimed at helping members improve their emotional well-being. As a recognition of the unprecedented stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to internists and internists-in-training, ACP created the I.M. Emotional Support Hub to offer curated resources and information to protect physicians' emotional health and sustain ACP members' ability to care for those in need.

Resources include easily-accessible peer-support through the Physician Support Line and free and affordable, confidential counseling through The Emotional PPE Project and The Therapy Aid Coalition. Check out the hub for additional well-being tools and resources for individuals and organizations and to view all of ACP's Physician Well-being activities. For more information and questions, please contact



Upcoming elections for next Governor-Elect

The Nominations committee is actively looking for our next Governor. So far my term has really been a rewarding experience in unexpected ways. If you are looking to energize, enhance, or broaden your professional medical experience consider this incredible opportunity to serve our local and national internal medicine community. Please contact myself or other chapter leadership for more information.



Opportunities to get Involved

  • Attend Alaska Chapter Scientific Meeting April 2023
  • Request to join a committee(local or national)
  • Serve as a member of Alaska ACP Chapter Council
  • Chapter meeting planning committee
  • Volunteerism committee
  • Early Career Physician committee
  • Wellness committee
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion champion (DEI)
  • Membership committee
  • Health and public policy committee (HPPC)
  • Leadership Day 2023 delegation member
  • WWAMI student internal medicine interest group (IMIG)

To get involved contact Emily Church or Julie Lake

Thank you again for all you do for your patients, colleagues, and community. These past few years have been difficult and trying at times but myself, our chapter, and the college remain committed to the ACP mission of fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.


Emily Church, MD, FACP
ACP AK Chapter Governor