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Colorado Governor's Newsletter October 2019

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Christie M. Reimer, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Christie M. Reimer, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Letter from the Governor

With this newsletter I have the opportunity to extend sincere congratulations to a few outstanding fellow internists:

  • Dr. Al Steinmann was recently elected Governor-Elect for the Colorado chapter. Al is attending the Fall Board of Governors meeting in Tucson on our behalf and will assume the role of Governor in February after our Chapter meeting. Many of you have interacted with Al in his prominent roles in medical education leadership and with work on Health and Public Policy in our state, and you thus know how lucky we are to have him representing us.
  • Dr. Debra Parsons and Dr. Melver Anderson will be receiving Masterships in the American College of Physicians (MACP). ACP Masters have been awarded this extreme honor after being nominated by their peers and then vetted through the Awards Committee for selection due to the excellence and significance of their contributions to medicine as well as their involvement in ACP. As their work in our state and chapter has been very prominent, you may also recognize that Deb and Mel are both very deserving of this honor.

I would also like to highlight these opportunities from the ACP:

View ACP's Adult Immunization Resource Hub, which was developed as part of ACP's I Raise the Rates initiative. The resource hub provides updated clinical information, patient education materials, quality improvement guidance and much more.

ACP members also have free access to the new ACP QI Advance Curriculum. Learn core QI skills that empower you to implement practice-changing initiatives to increase adult immunization rates in your practice. Earn CME/MOC with this online resource. This resource was developed by physicians for physicians and their clinical teams and takes clinicians through each stage of the Quality Improvement (QI) journey from establishing the “what” and “why” for change to implementing and sustaining change. In addition to the QI Curriculum, ACP Advance offerings include a physician-led coaching service and chronic care resources.

ACP has partnered with Core IM to offer a new CME-eligible podcast series featuring clinically relevant and internal medicine-specific information for physicians of all levels and backgrounds. Core IM features four categories of podcasts:

  • Pearls: The hosts solidify five applicable, relevant pearls on an internal medicine topic.
  • Hoofbeats: Experienced clinicians are challenged to solve diagnostically difficult cases with listeners in real time.
  • Mind the Gap: The hosts explore the evidence – or lack thereof – for common internal medicine practices to tackle knowledge gaps and challenge dogma.
  • At the Bedside: Discusses humanities topics that reach beyond traditional evidence-based medicine and delves into the ethics and emotions that come with practicing today.

Lastly, I hope you are putting February 6-8, 2020 on your calendars for the Colorado Chapter meeting at the beautiful Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The medical education and speakers are top-notch, the setting is unbelievably beautiful, and the networking is a blast! It is always a great weekend of career-rejuvenation.



Health and Public Policy Update

Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has been a national leader in the effort to curtail the epidemic of gun violence. At the state level the Colorado ACP has joined the Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence. The Coalition meets monthly and a number a group send representatives including the Colorado Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics. We are hopeful that the recently passed Extreme Risk Protection Order law will result in a reduction of the number of suicides and homicides in our state. This bill will be implemented on 1/1/2020. For the upcoming legislative session there are discussions about supporting bills that will address safe storage, waiting periods, and raising the age to purchase a long gun.

Submitted by,

Mark K Matthews, MD, FACP



Colorado Early Career Physicians Update

The Council for Early Career Physicians (CECP) is gearing up for its big annual breakfast speaker event at the Colorado annual chapter meeting at The Broadmoor the morning of Saturday, February 8, 2020. We expect you will come hungry with both stomachs and minds to feed! If you have an intriguing speaker and/or topic idea that you and our members would like to hear, send your suggestions to CECP co-chairs Juan Lessing and Mary Anderson Wallace

Your CECP Co-Chairs,

Juan Lessing MD FACP and Mary Anderson Wallace MD FACP



2020 ACP Colorado Chapter Meeting

The 2020 ACP Colorado Chapter Meeting will be held February 6, 2020 thru February 8, 2020. The brochure and registration will be available soon.

You may make your reservation now!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2020 ACP Colorado Chapter Meeting.



Membership Update

Colorado ACP has had an excellent year by seeing new members join in 2019. It is always exciting to see our colleagues feel they are joining an medical body that supports their goals to provide excellent medical care founded on evidence base. They also lend their support for advocacy at the state and federal arenas that forward patient centered quality measures, increase doctor wellbeing thereby increasing professional fulfillment and leading on national topics such as gun violence research.

The committee meets two to three times a year for an hour to discuss areas that we can support the growth of our chapter. Through national chapter partnered initiatives throughout the year we reach out to welcome colleagues who newly joined our chapter and contact member who had their membership lapse.

We are excited to the months to come with Ortho day in October and our annual conference in February. These are great events to bring colleagues who are not yet members and have them find more about the college you support. Also, if you have any ideas to grow our chapter or have the desire join the committee please don't hesitate to contact me at

Mugabe Walker MD FACP CMD



Colorado Chapter - Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Resources

The American College of Physicians (ACP) Center for Quality has partnered with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and a coalition of national professional organizations on two SAMHSA-funded initiatives, the Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS)1 and Opioid Response Network (ORN)2 programs to combat the opioid crisis. As a part of these programs, ACP is assisting AAAP with the recruitment of physicians, who are waivered prescribers with a minimum of two years of experience, to apply to become Technical Assistant consultants. Recruited physicians will be asked to apply to become a TA consultant by completing this brief survey:

Additionally, resources highlighted and utilized throughout the program include ACP's Online QI Curriculum, which provides step-wise guidance to implement a QI program, the PCSS resources webpage, and the ORN resources webpage.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 5U79TI026556 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 6H79TI080816 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.