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New Advocacy Resources Available to ACP Members and Chapters

(August 2022) We would like to make you aware of two new advocacy resources available to ACP members and chapters.

Understanding Advocacy and Why We Do It - A Comprehensive Toolkit for Chapters

ACP has created an advocacy best practices toolkit to support engagement in and the efficacy of chapter-level advocacy at the state and federal level. This comprehensive toolkit breaks down the different methods and mediums for advocacy engagement and highlights all the programs and resources offered by ACP to make the most of chapters’ advocacy efforts. This toolkit is only accessible to ACP members. 

Reproductive Health Toolkit Now Updated

ACP's toolkit for chapters to utilize in navigating issues surrounding abortion rights and related policies in their states following the overturning of Roe v. Wade has been updated. The toolkit now includes sample letters that chapters can use to advocate with state officials and information on recent federal activity. 

For questions regarding these toolkits, please submit all requests through this questionnaire to ensure we can track inquiries and respond in the most timely and efficient manner." 

Are you a member of the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn)? Learn more here


Congratulations New Arizona Chapter Fellows

  • Daniel Kreutz, MD, FACP
  • Philip L. Ku, MD, FACP
  • Carlos Pacheco Cano, MD, FACP
  • Gretchen E. Taylor, MD, FACP

(July 2022) Congratulations to the Arizona Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.


BOR Action on Spring '22 BOG Resolutions

(June 2022) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Spring 2022 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

If you have an idea you'd like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to our chapter.


Nominations are open for the 2022 ACP Arizona Awards!

(July 2022) It's a simple process...

Your nomination should summarize the nominee's curriculum vitae, it should come from your personal viewpoint and experience with the nominee and may include personal stories and anecdotes illustrating qualities pertaining to the honor under nomination. 

  • Take a look at the categories below.

  • Send your nominations to dwebber@azmed.org by August 31.

Arizona Chapter Internist of the Year is given to an ACP AZ Chapter Member, Fellow or Master who has an exemplary record in patient care. The awardee will also be a respected member of the physician community, dedicated to the practice of internal medicine and/or an internal medicine subspecialty and helpful to his/her colleagues.

Arizona Chapter Volunteerism and Community Service Award recognizes a Master, Fellow, Member, or Resident of ACP who has provided volunteer service post-training. Self-nominations are not permitted. Performs services on a voluntary basis and not required for the completion of teaching, training, or position requirements. Volunteer work must have been done as a physician and be medically related. Awardees are eligible for the national award, Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service.

Arizona Chapter Early Career Physician of the Year is given to an ACP AZ Chapter Member who meets the definition of an Early Career Physician, defined as a physician member of ACP who is within sixteen (16) years of medical school graduation and who is not a medical student or associate member of ACP and who had demonstrated energy and dedication both to their career and to the profession of medicine. The applicant will be considered based on recognition from colleagues, supervisors, residents and students.

Arizona Chapter Educator of the Year is given to an ACP AZ Chapter Member, Fellow or Master who has exhibited exceptional skill and dedication in undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education or continuing medical education. The applicant will be considered based on recognition from learners, scholarly accomplishments in education, and participation in educational administrative activities.

Arizona Chapter Hospitalist of the Year Award is given to an ACP AZ Chapter Member, Fellow or Master who has performed the duties of a full-time inpatient internal Medicine specialist, or “hospitalist”, with expertise and dedication, as demonstrated leadership in quality improvement and education, has consistently delivered high-value and evidence-based care, provided in a patient-focused manner, exemplifying the highest standards of professionalism. The nominee will be considered based on recognition from colleagues, supervisors, residents and/or students.

Arizona Chapter Leader of the Year Award is given to an ACP Arizona Chapter Member, Fellow or Master who is a recognized and respected leader in Arizona medicine. As an internal medicine specialist or subspecialist, the nominee will have demonstrated vision, leadership and the capacity to negotiate, develop and implement creative solutions to health care problems, such as innovative approaches toward novel health system delivery models.

Arizona Chapter Researcher of the Year is given to an ACP AZ Chapter Member, Fellow or Master who has devoted at least half of his/her professional career to clinical and/or basic research. The Award will recognize the awardee's body of work which may include research publication in the medical literature and/or significant contributions to the body of scientific knowledge.

Arizona Chapter Resident of the Year is given to an ACP AZ Chapter Resident Member who demonstrates professionalism and leadership in his/her residency program, the medical profession and the community. The Awardee will be characterized by going above and beyond what is required of a resident. Successful nominations will be supported by the Resident’s Program Director.

Arizona Chapter Medical Student of the Year is given to an ACP AZ Chapter Student Member who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship, interest in Internal Medicine, community service and outreach, and who has participated in ACP AZ Chapter and other Internal Medicine-related activities. Arizona Chapter Women in Medicine award is bestowed upon an ACP member for distinguished contributions to advancing the careers of women in medicine. This award recognizes an individual who has furthered the careers of women medical students, residents, and/or physicians through mentoring and leadership development.

Morton Fuchs Community-Based Education Memorial Award: This award recognizes the Rural Health Professions Program preceptor and student participants for the current year. Founded by Dr. Morton Fuchs, former ACP AZ Governor, the Rural Health Professions Program (RHPP) is a program of the University of Arizona College of Medicine that matches medical students with physicians working in small towns throughout Arizona. This program provides opportunities for students to experience both the challenges and gratification of rural medical practice and strives to establish working and learning partnerships among rural physicians, College of Medicine faculty and students.

The deadline is August 31 - don't delay! Send your nominations to dwebber@azmed.org


ACP Arizona Statement on Women's Access to Health Care

(July 2022) The American College of Physicians Arizona Chapter (ACP-Arizona) condemns the recent Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and significantly inhibit the ability for women to make medical decisions about their lives privately with the advice of their physicians. ACP - Arizona echoes the concerns risen by the ACP national organization in its statement. This decision represents a monumental setback to reproductive rights, not only restricting access to abortion services but also potentially jeopardizing access to other related services, such as certain forms of contraception or fertility treatments in some states. Its implications could further threaten constitutional privacy protections, criminalize the provision of abortion-related and other healthcare services, and do irreparable harm to the physician-patient relationship.

No matter how one feels personally about abortion, this invasion of the physician-patient relationship should concern all Americans. This decision will have a chilling effect: not just for women and their physicians, but for every person in this country who believes in their right to privacy to make their own healthcare decisions. ACP - Arizona strongly opposes medically unnecessary governmental restrictions on any healthcare services.

ACP - Arizona further condemns the recent decision by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to seek to enforce a pre-statehood law from 1901 that criminalizes the provision of abortion services unless it is to save a mother’s life. This law will force women into an agonizing decision in the cases of rape, molestation, or severe fetal abnormalities to either carry the fetus to term or risk their physician’s imprisonment. While those people of means will undoubtedly be able to go to other states and receive abortion services, those without means will be forced to go through an undesired pregnancy and prolonged physical and emotional trauma. 

ACP - Arizona will be working with the Arizona Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other state professional societies and organizations to protect every patient’s right to make their own private medical decisions and to advocate for women’s reproductive rights. 

Our chapter will be forming a task force to assess the current situation and liaise with other ACP chapters. Please contact us if you would like to participate in the task force.


Let's Celebrate our Local National Abstract Competition Winners

(May 2022) The Arizona Chapter would like to congratulate the following chapter member on their accomplishments at the 2022 Internal Medicine Meeting National Abstract Competition.

Resident Fellow Poster Winners
Coronary Artery Dissection in the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Damir Vukomanovic, MD 

View the complete list of podium presenters and poster winners at Internal Medicine Meeting 2022.


Congratulations New Arizona Chapter Fellows

  • Fariba M. Donovan, MD, FACP
  • Atul Jain, MD, FACP
  • Khamranie N. Persaud, MD, FACP
  • Carlos Tafich, MD, FACP

(March 2022) Congratulations to the Arizona Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.


Congratulations New Arizona Chapter Fellows

  • Kalpa M Rathod, MD, FACP
  • Yaminikrishna Sabesan, MBBS, FACP
  • Vishal Verma, MD, FACP

(February 2022) Congratulations to the Arizona Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.