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Arkansas Governor's Newsletter August 2018

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Omar T. Atiq, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Omar T. Atiq, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Dear Friends,

A lot has happened since our newsletter in March ‘18. The premier ACP annual meeting on April 19-21, in New Orleans, saw 9,000 attendees from around the world. The largest foreign delegations came from Canada, Brazil and Switzerland. At the Convocation ceremony, about 500 new ACP Fellows were inducted and over 80 became Masters of the College or received another award.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Karen DeSalvo addressed the issue of social determinants of health in a persuasive and powerful manner. During the meeting, ACP released the important paper on gender equity in physician compensation and career advancement.

The College also published a report in NEJM questioning the validity of majority of quality measures for ambulatory internal medicine in Medicare's Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program. ACP performed this analysis in response to physician concerns that the current measures are not meaningful in improving patient outcomes. ACP analyzed 86 performance measures included in Medicare's MIPS and Quality Payment Program (QPP) and found that 32 were valid (37 percent), 30 (35 percent) were not valid, and 24 (28 percent) were of uncertain validity.

On May 22-23rd, the ACP Arkansas Chapter was represented by a medical student, a resident and it's Governor at the Leadership Day in Washington, DC. We met our congressional delegation advocating for affordable medicines for our patients, research on issues relating to gun violence, and more funding to combat the opioid epidemic.

In the 2nd week of June, ACP was at the forefront of the AMA meeting pushing its patient centered agenda, with the largest delegation of any specialty society in the AMA HOD. AMA also elected its first ACP sponsored delegate to the Board of Trustees, with the other open seat on the Board being filled by the election of Dr. Scott Ferguson, the first Arkansan in decades.

Now, as we look forward to our Chapter's annual scientific program on September 7-8, 2018, under the capable leadership of our Governor Elect, Dr. Stacy Zimmerman, you can expect a stimulating educational program. Dr. Zimmerman has taken up her responsibilities as Governor Elect with remarkable enthusiasm emanating from her vast knowledge and experience as a physician leader in our state in numerous capacities.

I am anxiously looking forward to seeing you all in September. In the meantime, have fun and stay safe.


Omar T. Atiq, MD, FACP
Governor, Arkansas Chapter
Chair Elect, Board of Governors
Member, Board of Regents



Arkansas 2018 Chapter Meeting

Join us for our Chapter Meeting on September 7-8th at the Double Tree in Little Rock. The two days will be filled with educational sessions, resident and medical student competitions, and SEP Modules. Earn 10 CME and the opportunity for 10 MOC!

See the meeting brochure here

Register Here



If You Missed It

Watch a recording of ACP's first annual Town Hall


Call for Spring 2019 Resolutions

Consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns you


Update On ACP Efforts Toward a Collaborative Maintenance Pathway with ABIM

ACP has had intensive discussions with the American Board of Internal Medicine over the past several months about developing a Collaborative Maintenance Pathway. These discussions will continue and we hope to ultimately create a pathway that reflects a more continuous process of learning and evaluation and would be an alternative to what ABIM currently offers for maintenance of certification. The feedback we have received from members and many of you about working toward creating a new Collaborative Maintenance Pathway has been helpful and is appreciated.

Additionally, ACP is actively participating in the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) initiative, “Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future.” ACP is part of this collaborative process that brings together multiple partners to create a vision a system of continuing board certification that is meaningful, relevant and of value, while remaining responsive to the patients, hospitals and others who expect that physicians specialists are maintaining their knowledge and skills to provide quality specialty care. The goals of the initiative include providing a set of recommendations about the future of continuing board certification for consideration by ABMS, through a review of literature, testimony, data collection a the perspectives of those affected by physician certification, including practicing physicians and medical societies. A final report will be sent to ABMS in February 2019.

We will continue to keep you updated as we move forward with these efforts.


Welcome New Fellows & Members

Congratulations to our New Fellows and Members


Save the Date

September 7-8th : AR Chapter Meeting, Double Tree in Little Rock, AR
April 11-13, 2019: Internal Medicine 2019 in Philadelphia, PA
May 14-15, 2019: ACP Leadership Day on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, at the Mandarin Hotel



Leadership Day 2018 Arkansas Chapter Delegation


Arkansas New Fellows


Arkansas Chapter Reception