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Christina M. Reimer, MD, FACP, ACP Governor
Healthcare is in the headlines today. Ebola. Discussing anything
else seems trivial. Our systems, our peers, our staff, and our
patients are talking about it. We have now all had a chance to
rethink and run through how we might manage a patient with a fever
and infectious disease. Some level of anxiety impacts all of us. I
have been struck by the compassionate and selfless volunteer
efforts of our peers and the medical community worldwide. I read
descriptions of Nina Pham describing how giving to
others has always been her "calling", how she provided care and
comfort to Mr. Duncan when he was so ill, and that she even now
expresses only gratefulness for "the best" caregivers. I want to
extend a huge "thank you" to my peers, the care providers in
Colorado, for your dedication to our patients and our community. As
we enter another influenza season, and as we daily care for
patients with many anxiety-provoking acute and chronic diseases,
know that your care is appreciated!
Please view the links in this newsletter for interesting updates
The Colorado ACP Early Career Physician's Award was developed to
recognize a Colorado early career physician for outstanding
contributions in internal medicine.
The award will be given to an outstanding young physician in
internal medicine. The physician must be highly respected by his or
her colleagues for outstanding clinical skills and for being a role
model in the community. This individual should have distinguished
himself or herself in service to patients, the physician community
and the community at large. This physician should be an educator to
his/her patients or the community. A young physician is someone who
is within 16 years of graduating medical school. Ideally the
physician would be an ACP member. Repeat nominations of previous
non-winners are welcome.
Applications should include the nominee's curriculum vitae and a
nomination letter. Up to two additional supporting letters for the
candidate may be written by colleagues or patients.
The deadline for applications is December 15th. Please email all
information to Dr.
I am soon to complete my first year of practicing medicine after
residency. Parts of my practice have been exactly as I expected but
there has also been countless surprises. I am sure everyone's
experience in their first 5-10 years of practice has been unique. I
am trying to collect short (1-3 paragraphs) perspective articles
where you share an experience from your practice. They can be about
a patient encounter, the struggles of running a private practice,
balancing home and work life, an obstacle to overcome, or just
about anything else. These articles will be shared with the ACP
members in Colorado by including them in future newsletters. If you
are interested in writing an article please email me the article or
any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The article can be sent
out anonymously, with a first name or with a first and last name. I
look forward to hearing your stories and experiences. Thank you for
your help and contribution.
ACP Colorado Council of Early Career Physician is currently
organizing an event to watch the Colorado Rockies. Last year we had
about 25 people attend and this year we are hoping for even more.
We have not yet picked a day but anticipate a Saturday evening game
in the middle to end of August. There will be a follow up email
with the details.
The recent Colorado Medical Society (CMS) annual meeting covered
many topics that are germane to internists including:
Mark K. Matthews, MD, FACP
In recognition of the American College of Physicians' 100th
anniversary, Annals of Internal Medicine is seeking photographs of
internal medicine physicians to feature on each issue of the
journal during 2015, the ACP's centennial year. In choosing from
among submitted photographs, we will seek photos that capture
personality and celebrate the diversity of individuals who devote
their professional lives to the practice of internal medicine.
Readers and others are encouraged to submit photographs of internal
medicine physicians for consideration. In an effort to bring people
to the pages of the Annals of Internal Medicine, the editors began
publishing photographs of people in 1999. Annals published
photographs in a section of the journal called "Personae" from 1999
to 2000, and photographs have appeared on the cover since 2000.
Written permission to publish the photograph from the subject
(or subjects) of the photograph or the subject's guardian or next
of kin must accompany submissions. The subject must understand
that, if selected for publication, the photograph will not only
appear on the cover of the journal but also in digital versions of
the journal and associated publications. Photographs can be
published without the subject's permission only under the following
circumstances: 1) the subject is unidentifiable in the photograph
or 2) the photograph was taken in a public venue, is not
potentially damaging to the subject, and is accompanied by a
written statement from the photographer vouching that the
photograph was taken in a public venue with the subject's consent.
A cover letter ensuring no prior publication of the photograph and
providing permission from the photographer for Annals to publish
the image should accompany all submissions. In addition, the letter
should indicate the name and specialty of the internist depicted
and the photographer's name, academic degrees, institutional
affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
Photographers must relinquish copyright to the American College of
Physicians before publication. Pictures from photographers
unwilling to do so will not be considered.
Please submit high-resolution, digital copies of photographs to
Nicole Briglia for
consideration in our special 100th-anniversary issues. Please
mention this special venue when submitting your work. We look
forward to receiving your photographs.
In April 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's (FDA)
Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) issued a mandate to
ensure that the benefits of a drug outweigh its risks (in patients
whose clinicians have determined ER/LA opioid analgesics to be an
appropriate treatment option).
The FDA has determined that a single, shared REMS is required
for all brand and generic extended-release (ER) and long-acting
(LA) opioid (narcotic) pain medicines. Under this REMS, the
companies producing ER/LA opioid analgesics are required to make
independent, accredited education/training available to all ER/LA
opioid analgesic prescribers. The FDA required manufacturers of
ER/LA opioid analgesics, known as the REMS Program Companies (RPC),
comprised of 11 pharmaceutical companies, to support education for
prescribers of these medications. RPC-supported REMS education is
to be provided through accredited continuing education (CE)
activities supported by independent educational grants from these
ER/LA opioid analgesic companies.
To assist in this effort, the FDA has developed a Blueprint for
Prescriber Education for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid
Analgesics ("FDA Blueprint") that is posted on the website. More
than 30 CME and CE providers-including ACP and its curriculum
partner Pri-Med-have been approved by the RPC to deliver the FDA's
ACP and other CME and CE providers are required to deliver the
curriculum as provided by the FDA and created by their experts with
no deviation, including the use of brand names. The FDA's intent
was to standardize the curriculum and have the exact same message
and content delivered regardless of the CME or CE provider. It is
the provider's responsibility to ensure that their program
maintains compliance with Blueprint requirements. The ACP course
launched on June 15, 2013. It offers CME credit and is available
through ACPOnline and
ACP's Special Interest Groups provide members with opportunities
to engage in discussions online, share ideas, and support one
another professionally and personally.
Participate by joining as many groups as you would like, then
connect with ACP members from all over the world with similar
interests. Groups include:
ACOs/New Practice Models | African American Members | Caring for
Adults with Developmental Disability | Clinical Problem-Solving |
Clinical Research | Emerging Technologies | High Value Care |
Hospital Medicine | LGBT Health | Maintenance of Certification |
Medical Students | MKSAP | Perioperative Medicine | Physician
Educators |Re-entry Physicians | Sex- and Gender-Specific Medicine
| Small Practices | Volunteerism | Women in Medicine | Work/Life
Balance | Working Abroad
Interested in a topic not listed? Contact ACP to ask about forming a new
Ripley Hollister, MD
4190 E. Woodmen Rd., Ste. 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
To: Medical and Specialty Society leadership
From: Rip Hollister, MD, FAAFP for the Colorado Academy of Family
Re: Technology Supported Health Confidence - Colorado Project -
2014 - a grant supported by the Physicians Foundation
When communicating we are admonished to know our audience. As a
Family Physician living and working in Colorado Springs for 25
years, as a past president of my county society, as a past CMS
Board member for nearly 10 years, as the sole practicing Family
Physician on the Board of the Physicians Foundation for over 10
years - I think I can say, I know this audience. So … my
message with be succinct.
The Physicians' Foundation has tasked me with running a "Proof
of Concept" grant in our state. CAFP has graciously volunteered to
house and administer this grant. This project seeks to assist
smaller primary care practices in 3 ways.
This project will provide the following resources for you to use
in engagement of your primary care based adult practices (the
physician practice population we are seeking to assist).
I look forward to working with each of you as we prove this
project in Colorado, with the hope extending this important
innovation to the larger audience of all 50 states.
I will be hoping for testimonials from each of you.
This is a proof of concept project. It will require your support
to make it a success. If you can help primary care practices grasp
the concept, they should latch onto it and learn about its
potential to assist in many practice efficiencies as they continue
to use the behaviorally sophisticated approach and new technologies
to improve care. Please review the attached "Memo to Practices" for
additional information, and if you want a good chuckle, check out
my brief YouTube for the Colorado project at
http://youtu.be/OBX9XefRBCU . I'd also encourage you to go to
howsyourhealth.org and just take the online survey yourself, the
info you put into the survey is completely confidential and the
feedback you get is yours to use as you like.
Thanks in advance!
Ripley Hollister, MD, FAAFP
The Physicians Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization
that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and help
facilitate the delivery of healthcare to patients. As the U.S.
healthcare system continues to evolve, The Physicians Foundation is
steadfast in its determination to strengthen the physician-patient
relationship, support physicians in sustaining their medical
practices and help practicing physicians navigate healthcare
reform. The Physicians Foundation pursues its mission through a
variety of activities including grant making, research and policy
Dear Colorado ACP Young Physician,
It is time again for the Colorado Chapter ACP Young Physician
dinner meeting. Please join us to meet and learn from your fellow
young physicians. Join us for an evening of education, networking
Cost is hard to beat (free) and we have a great speaker lined
up. Hospitalists, Primary Care Docs, Subspecialists, Academic Docs,
Unemployed, and Non-member Young Physicians - all are
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (OK to come for all or part, as time
Place: Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital - Sterne Elder Conference
The speaker is: Jason Persoff, MD, SFHM, Assistant Professor of
Medicine, University of Colorado Hospital Medical Group, Topic: "An
Internist's Guide to Disaster Medicine."
Dinner will be served.
Thank you and hope to see you there!
2015 ACP Colorado Chapter Meeting
Date: February 5, 2015 thru February 7, 2015
Location: Broadmoor Hotel
Watch for more information in the next newsletter.