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Arkansas Governor's Newsletter January 2020

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Stacy C Zimmerman, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Stacy C. Zimmerman, MD, FACP, FAAP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Happy New Year! I hope all of our membership experienced a wonderful holiday season.

As your Governor, my mission to encourage internists in our state to become members and members to advance to Fellowship. ACP membership offers so many diverse services to our members! My first resolution this year is to connect and network with program directors from new Internal Medicine residencies in our state. It is very important to invite these new programs to become active participants in our ACP community! My second resolution is to grow our medical student membership by welcoming into our membership our two new Arkansas medical schools, NYIT and ARCOM. Furthermore, I am encouraging each new medical school to establish and support a student Internal Medicine Interest Group.

Speaking of General Internal Medicine, WRHS was the recipient of a SGIM/ACP ProudtobeGIM Grant to host an event on Saturday, February 22, 2020. This event is for medical students and early trainees (Internal Medicine PGY1 and PGY2 Residents) to showcase the merits of General Internal Medicine. Participants are encouraged to submit their scholarly activity for this one day event.

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, they have planned two sessions entitled “The Breadth of General Internal Medicine” and “Becoming a Generalist” moderated by our Associate Program Director, Dr. Roy Kamoga, and Program Director, Dr. Khaled Khasawneh, with panelists from area universities and residency programs.


As we roll into 2020, mark your calendars for our Annual Chapter Scientific Meeting in Little Rock at the Double Tree on September 25th lead by our educational program committee and chair, Dr. Keyur Vyas. Our second annual Resident / Medical Student Research Day will be held on the following day, September 26st at UAMS. Resident / Medical Student Research Day will showcase scholarly activities from residents and medical students training at residency programs and medical schools across Arkansas. Resident programs are encouraged to register a Jeopardy Team to participate in this spirited and fun event. Please plan to attend both days of our scientific meeting!

I know you have lots of choices when planning your CME this year but don't forget our National ACP Conference in Los Angeles this April. The POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound) courses are excellent!

I am very proud to be your Governor and sincerely hope that you become more involved in ACP activities in our state.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

Stacy Zimmerman, MD, FACP, FAAP



Call for Fall 2020 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 the College's 2018-2020 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 the Arkansas 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 Fall 2020 Board of Governors Meeting is March 27, 2020.

Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution.



ACP Webinars

Mindfulness in Medicine: What Physicians Need to Know Webinar Playback Available

Mindfulness is an evidence-based approach to mitigating physician burnout, not only building calm but also enhancing focus, heightening compassion for self and others, and shifting limiting thought patterns. In this dynamic webinar, Gail Gazelle, MD, FACP, MCC, CMMT provides an overview of various conceptualizations of mindfulness, reviews research on its effectiveness, and provides practical strategies readily incorporated into the physician's workday.

Click here to watch recording

Implicit Bias in Teaming and Interdisciplinary Care

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

The ACP Leadership Academy will present several free member webinars during the spring and fall. We encourage you to participate and to inform your members about these learning opportunities. Click here for more information and registration for one or more of these webinars.

Description: In this final installment of a two-part series on implicit bias hosted by Jabraan Pasha, MD, FACP, learn how group membership and implicit bias affect team interactions and interdisciplinary care. Dr. Pasha will explore the origins of group membership, its role in implicit bias, and offer strategies to minimize its impact.



Arkansas Advocacy Scholarship

Interested in Health Care reform?

Want to make a difference at the national level?

Join the Arkansas Chapter of the American College of Physicians at Leadership Day 2020 in Washington, DC, May 12-13, 2020, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

This event provides an opportunity for ACP and our members to increase our presence in Washington and bring visibility to issues of common concern. Participants receive a comprehensive orientation and briefing on ACP's top legislative priorities and then have an opportunity to meet with legislators and the staff on Capitol Hill.

The Arkansas Chapter is again sponsoring members to attend. Attendees will receive up to $500 travel stipends for up to two attendees from the following member categories: student, resident/fellow, early career physician (less than 10 years out of training) (2 Total Attendees)

To enter please submit your response (500 words or less) to the following: “Why is physician advocacy important to you? What do you hope to accomplish by attending ACP Leadership Day?”

Essays should be submitted no later than Friday, January 31, 2020.

Submission Link 

General information regarding Leadership Day 2020 can be found here




Advocates for Internal Medicine Network

Do you want to advocate for your patients and for your profession? If you can't go to Washington, DC, you can still participate. Join the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network. To learn more, visit AIM ACP

The ACP Washington Office provides advocacy support and services to ACP members on a multitude of issues. Learn more about the programs and resources available to you at ACP Advocacy and AIM ACP