Alaska Governor's Newsletter September 2020

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Julie A. McCormick, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Julie A. McCormick, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Happy Fall!

Summer seemed to slip away quickly, but our Alaska chapter has been busy with advocacy and preparing educational meetings for fall and next spring.

Thank you to Sarah Doaty, MD, our advocacy chair, for arranging meetings with Senator Murkowski and Senator Sullivan's staff. The committee discussed potential residencies and telehealth with much interest from the senators. Sarah was also able to arrange meetings with Alyse Galvin and Alan Gross to discuss the health care concerns we have in Alaska. Allowing us to help educate our potential leaders!

Save the Date!

Jay C. Butler, MD, FAAP, MACP, FIDSA

Incident Manager, COVID-19 Response
Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Preventions

10/17 at 9 am -11am

What's New in Covid - with question and answer session after.

This will be held via zoom

We will be having our scientific meeting in May 2021 - stay tuned for details.

Maybe hybrid of virtual and in person events.



New Members and Fellows

Warm welcome to new members and fellows in the last 6 months:

Ai-ling Lin, DO FACP Fellow Anchorage
Mary M Klix, MD FACP Fellow Eagle River
Melanie Brenengen Affiliate Fort Wainwright
Paul Becker Affiliate Eagle River
Shoshannah Kinsler Affiliate Anchorage
Terrin Galbraith Affiliate Chugiak
Robert Robl Medical Student Member Fritz Creek
Chandler Villaverde, MD Member Anchorage
Jacqueline Cox, MD Member Fairbanks
Javaneh Lyons, MD Member Anchorage
Katherine Buddenberg, DO Member Anchorage
Matt A Taintor, MD Member Juneau
Matthew P Strohmeyer, DO Member Wasilla
Megan Gillum, MD Member Anchorage
Isaac Truelson, MD Physician Affiliate Eagle River
Jennifer Perkins, MD Physician Affiliate Anchorage
Kelsey Ripp, MD Resident/Fellow Member Anchorage



ACP Supports National Physician Suicide Awareness Day September 17

ACP is an official supporter of the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD) effort to help spread awareness about the issue of physician suicide. CORD is leading a collaborative effort with ACP and other medical organizations to encourage grassroots activities around National Physician Suicide Awareness Day (NPSA) on September 17. This year's theme is One of Us in recognition that suicide can affect us, our friends, and colleagues. Follow the hashtag, #NPSAday on social media.



ACP and DynaMed® Free ACP Member Access Extended to 2023

DynaMed, a valuable benefit of ACP membership, is a leading evidence-based decision-support tool for use at the point of care. ACP continues to work closely with DynaMed editors to help make DynaMed the best comprehensive clinical content resource for internists. As of August 2020, ACP has peer-reviewed the Overview and Recommendations section of over 300 of the most highly used internal medicine topics by ACP members.

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Call for Spring 2021 Board of Governors Resolutions

Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might 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. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. When drafting a resolution, don't forget to consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals. In addition, be sure to use ACP's Strategy which includes Priority Themes to guide you when proposing a resolution topic.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. Visit the ACP Online homepage and click the “Advocacy” link in the right-hand, top margin to access ACP policy positions, read about recent ACP advocacy activities, or search ACP's library of policies and recommendations. Visit your chapter website, too, and click the link under “Advocacy” to access Electronic Resolutions System (ERS) where you can search past or proposed resolutions. A copy of the resolutions process is available on the ERS which furnishes more details on formatting resolutions, as well the process for submission, review, and approval.

Members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it. If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Spring 2021 Board of Governors Meeting is October 9, 2020.