California Chapters News

Member Feedback is Requested on Spring 2023 Resolutions

(March 2023) Fourteen (14) resolutions will be considered at the Spring 2023 Board of Governors (BOG) Meeting. Please review each resolution and then indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by the deadline your ACP Chapter Governor has requested or by March 22, whichever comes first.

Your comments will be forwarded to the Chapter Governor to be used as part of their testimony on behalf of the chapter. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Giampietro, BOG Administrator, at Thank you for your input.

(NOTE: Proposed resolutions should be considered confidential information and are intended to be viewed by ACP members only. Under no circumstances should proposed resolutions be shared with the news media or social networking media, nor should they be shared with other individuals and organizations. Proposed resolutions do not represent ACP policy.)

Call for Fall 2023 Resolutions

(February 2023) 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.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. The just released ACP Board of Governors Resolutions Guide for ACP Members is now available to download and will help, too. The Guide was created to provide members a short overview of the resolutions process essentials and highlights critical ACP online resources you must use.

Once drafted, members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. Chapter council approval to move resolutions forward to ACP national is required. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves forwarding it to national. If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Fall 2023 Board of Governors Meeting is March 30, 2023.

Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution.

Mary Bieter All Star Awards Voting Open

(December 2022) For the past 30 years, ACP has celebrated chapter-led programming through an annual awards program known as the John Tooker Evergreen Awards. This year we are celebrating the 30th year anniversary of this program through a special recognition program. The Mary Bieter Evergreen All-Stars Award program recognizes exceptional and sustained chapter-initiated programs that has supporting and adapted to the Internal Medicine landscape in the United States and around the world.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Celebrate chapter-initiated programs that align with ACP's priority themes;
  • Increase prominence of chapter programs by granting ACP's 161,000 membership base autonomy to select All-Star winners

Our chapter recently submitted "The DEI Shift Podcast: Changing the Way We Think, Talk, and Practice Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)" and we need your help. For the first time in 30 years, ACP's 161,000 membership will be asked to vote on the All-Star nominations they believe are the best. If you're a Chapter  member, you have 3 votes. Review the nominations at and vote today! Voting ends January 31, 2023.

Vote Now! 

Board of Regents Action on Fall 2022 BOG Resolutions

(November 2022) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Fall 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 your Governor or local ACP chapter. Visit your ACP chapter website for more information on how to contact your Governor or chapter staff about proposing a resolution.

Contracts: Everything You Wanted to Never and Never Thought to Ask

Here is the recording of our recent Zoom meeting on contracts.

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

Chapter Members Elected to ACP Fellowship

(November 2022) We would like to congratulate our chapter members on election to Fellow of the American College of Physicians. The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine.

Northern California

  • Kausalya N. Chennapragada, MBBS, FACP
  • Anita Corradetti, MD, FACP
  • Lindsay Mazotti, MD, FACP
  • Alexandra E, Shawo, MD, FACP

Southern California Region I

  • Jessica M. Adkins, MD, FACP
  • Kelley Chuang, MD, FACP
  • Linda K. Czypinski, MD, FACP
  • Sean Delshad, MD, FACP
  • Reece R. Doughty, MD, FACP
  • Sonali L. Iyer, MD, FACP
  • Ramzy Jandali, MD, FACP
  • Matthew Jung, MD, FACP
  • Khushboo Kaushal, MD, FACP
  • Jane Ma, MD, FACP
  • Yuri Matusov, MD, FACP
  • Satya Patel, MD, FACP
  • Jared T. Perrin, MD, FACP
  • Amna A. Rizvi, MD, FACP
  • Christopher J. Thrash, MD, FACP
  • Huynh Tran, MD, FACP
  • Kristopher K. Yoon, MD, FACP

Southern California Region II

  • Faraz Afridi, MD, FACP
  • Kanchana Keerthipala, MBBS, MD, FACP
  • Scott Kubomoto, MD, FACP
  • Michael T. Ulrich, Jr., MD, FACP
  • Chit Su Wai, MBBS, MD, FACP
  • Debralynne Zickafoose, MD, FACP

Southern California Region III

  • Kelley L. Hagerich, MD, FACP
  • Jennifer L. Poast, DO, FACP

Fellowship is elected upon the recommendation of peers and the review of ACP’s Credentials Subcommittee. They may now use the letters “FACP” after their name in recognition of this honor. Please join us in congratulations!

One of the goals of the American College of Physicians is to “recognize excellence and distinguished contributions to internal medicine.” As a way of achieving this goal, the College offers 21 awards and a number of Masterships each year. Annually, awardees and Masters are honored at the Convocation ceremony held during the Internal Medicine meeting.

Congratulations to Chapter Members on Receiving National Awards or Mastership

(October 2022) We are excited to share that the Mastership and Awards Committees and the Board of Regents have approved the following chapter members to receive an award recognition during the 2023 Internal Medicine Meeting in San Diego, California.

Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award

Lawrence K. Loo, MD, MACP, Southern California Region II

The award is bestowed upon a Fellow or Master of the College who has demonstrated the ennobling qualities of a great teacher as judged by the accomplishments of former students. These students should have been inspired by the nominee and achieved positions of influence in the field of medical education, primarily as teachers. If the awardee has not previously been elected to Mastership, it will be awarded when elected.


ACP Bylaws state that Masters shall be Fellows who have been selected because of “integrity, positions of honor, impact in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine.” Masters must be highly accomplished persons demonstrating impact in practice, leadership, or in medical research. Evidence of their achievements can come from many types of endeavors, such as renown within their field and/or ACP chapter, research, education, health care initiatives, volunteerism, administrative positions, care of patients, and service to their community.

Daniel S. Anderson, MD, MACP, Southern California Region III
Robert H. Brook, MD, MACP, Southern California Region I
Joel C. Diamant, MD, MACP, Southern California Region III
Simerjot K. Jassal, MD, MACP, Southern California Region III
Shagufta Yasmeen, MBBS, MACP, Northern California

Chapter Excellence Award – Silver Winner

(September 2022) We are pleased to announce that the Northern California Chapter and Southern California Region 1 are in receipt of the Silver Level of the 2022 Chapter Excellence Award! Only 14 chapters received the Silver Award. The award recognizes chapters that achieve excellence in chapter management. In order to achieve the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet twenty Bronze criteria and seventeen Silver criteria. Criteria include such activities as undertaking efforts to increase advocacy efforts, collaborating with stakeholders to increase visibility of the ACP, holding competitions for members, providing chapter financial reports to members, having Medical Student and Resident/Fellow members on the Governor's Advisory council, retaining transitional and unpaid members, giving awards to chapter members. We 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.

Chapter Excellence Award – Gold Winner

(September 2022) We are pleased to announce that the Southern California Regions 2 and 3 are 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. We 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.

Statement on Anti-Asian Racism, Violence, and Bias

In light of increasing anti-Asian attacks, violence, and hate crimes, the ACP California Southern Region I, California Southern Region II, California Southern Region III, California Northern, North Dakota, Hawaii, Montana, Idaho and Massachusetts Chapters condemn and denounce all forms of racism, violence, and bias against all races and ethnic groups in the strongest possible terms. We stand in solidarity with all victims of violence and their families as well as any fellow Pan Asian1 community members facing anti-Asian attacks or discrimination.

Read the full statement