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Colorado Governor's Newsletter July 2019

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Christie M. Reimer, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Christie M. Reimer, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Letter from Governor:

This time of the year is filled with such life! School is out which means there are performances, recitals, sports competitions, award ceremonies, and graduations. In Colorado snow melt is filling the rivers. We are packing our cars to go rafting, camping, hiking, and biking. Tulips are blooming. We are planting our gardens and watching them freeze, and planting them again… (You can guess where I went wrong this year.). Some of us are lucky to have newly trained internists joining us in practice, and M1's will soon start their journey along this fantastic career pathway we have all chosen. The American College of Physicians is also doing a lot right now, and we are going to share some of those updates in this newsletter.



Advancement to Fellowship Information

“Election to Fellowship is a continuation of our tradition of honoring excellence in the practice of medicine. As an ACP Fellow, you would be authorized to use the letters FACP after your name in conjunction with your professional life as long as your membership remains current. You would also enjoy the right to hold office and propose candidates for Membership and Fellowship.

Fellowship in the College is more than recognition of individual achievement; it is meant to inspire those internists yet to come. As such, ACP Fellows are strongly encouraged to become active leaders in chapter activities. You gain excellent access, at the local level, to all the national programs and opportunities that the College has to offer, plus continuing opportunities to develop your leadership and professional interests.

You can review the pathways for advancement to Fellowship here. The overriding considerations for advancement are excellence in internal medicine, continued professional development, and a commitment to the profession and community. Please take a moment to review the pathways to determine which is most appropriate for you.

If you need more information about any of the requirements, or if you have questions about your eligibility or finding local sponsors, please contact our Credentials Administrator at 800-523-1546, ext. 2709, or via e-mail at To find out more about your ACP member benefits, and to keep apprised of ACP news and meeting dates, please visit our chapter Web site by going to and click on the link for Colorado.



Leadership Day

Thank you to our fantastic Leadership Day contingency from the Colorado Chapter! After learning about ACP advocacy priorities, this group met with our lawmakers and their staff in Washington, DC on behalf of our patients and us. The top 2019 ACP policy issues were these:

  1. The high cost of prescription drugs
  2. The epidemic of firearms-related injury and death
  3. Fund federal workforce, medical and health services research, public health initiatives
  4. Physician payment under Medicare
  5. Expand coverage and stabilize the insurance market
  6. Reduce unnecessary administrative tasks on physicians and patients
  7. Healthy women and families
  8. Medical education training and debt



ACP Colorado Chapter – Supporting Gun Violence Research

“As you know, in 2018, ACP updated our firearms policy paper, Reducing Firearm-Related Injuries and Deaths in the U.S., which offered support for laws to improve background checks and policies that would reduce gun violence-related deaths. We in Colorado know too well the impact of gun violence on our communities. A group of ACP members joined a rally with other physicians and healthcare providers in an effort supported by the Giffords organization to request funding for gun violence research. It's what we do; we are scientists and so we find answers based in science. Following the rally, we also had an opinion piece published in the Denver Post.”


Other Articles of Interest

ACP Issues Ethical Guidance On Professional Duties and Principles for Responding to Physician Impairment

New ACP Toolkit Offers Resources on Delivering Patient-Centered End-of-Life Care



Colorado Chapter – IM Convocation

Congratulations to our new fellows and our Laureate Award winner.




CECP Update

The ACP Colorado Chapter Council for Early Career Physicians (CECP) had another exciting year! Co-chairs Juan Lessing MD FACP and Mary Anderson Wallace MD FACP helped coordinate a series of illuminating events, including: the Fall lecture by Dr. Caitlin Dietsche and Dr. Susan Calcaterra who gave a riveting and oh-so-timely talk entitled “Opioid Best Practices Across the Spectrum of Opioid Use; and the annual CECP Breakfast at the Colorado State ACP Conference Chapter Meeting where Dr. Read Pierce gave a thrilling workshop on “Building Joy, Resilience, and Excellence into Practice: Frameworks for Thriving in a Era of Clinical Transformation.” At this same conference, Dr. Eric Young was honored with the award for the 2019 Early Career Physician of the Year.

STAY TUNED for our fall event!

Lastly, CECP is interested in hearing from you! CECP is soliciting your input as well as suggestions and requests for topics and speakers for our February state-wide meeting and for other future events. Additionally, we are always looking to broaden our community. Please contact Juan Lessing with any ideas, suggestions, or if you would like to be more involved with CECP.