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Chapter News

We Request Your Feedback on the Proposed Fall 2022 Board of Governors Resolutions

(August 2022) We would like to request your feedback regarding resolutions that will be considered at the Fall 2022 Board of Governors Meeting. The resolutions have been posted on ACP Online for your review and cover an array of topics such as supporting paid sick leave for U.S. workers, covering insulin pumps under CMS Part B for insulin dependent diabetics, and integrating a health equity framework into methods for developing ACP clinical guidelines.

After considering the intent of each resolution and how it fits with the College’s Mission and Goals, please provide your feedback on each resolution and indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by August 31. Your input will be used as part of testimony on behalf of the chapter.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide comments regarding these resolutions. By providing your feedback on the Board of Governors resolutions, you have helped to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. Please visit the chapter’s Web site after the Fall 2022 Board of Governors meeting for updates.


G. Waldon Garriss, III, MD, MACP

Applications Now Open to Apply for the Million Hearts® 2022 Hypertension Control Challenge

(August 2022) The Million Hearts® 2022 initiative is now accepting applications for the Hypertension Control Challenge and encourages ACP members to apply. ACP is a partner in the Million Hearts Campaign, a national initiative that aims to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by reducing hypertension and implementing evidence-based strategies to improve cardiovascular health. 

The Hypertension Control Challenge identifies and spotlights health care professionals, practices, both solo and group, and health care systems that have achieved nationally laudable hypertension control rates. Applicants that have achieved hypertension control rates of at least 80% over a 12 month period are eligible to enter for possible recognition as a Champion. To learn more about the rules and eligibility requirements to become a 2022 Million Hearts ® Hypertension Control Challenge Champion, please visit All prospective Champions are required to complete the application form

The submission deadline is September 7, 2022.

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

Congratulations New Georgia Chapter Fellows

  • Nancy E Backus, MD FACP
  • Casey Balkema, DO FACP
  • Karen Law, MD FACP
  • James O'Keefe, MD FACP
  • Michael Oriakhi, MBBS FACP
  • Isaac Pena Garcia, MD FACP
  • Satish Krishna Pillai, MD FACP
  • Syed A Rizvi, MD FACP
  • Nicky N Sheth, MD FACP
  • Jonathan E Smith, MD FACP
  • Jennifer J Zreloff, MD FACP

(July 2022) Congratulations to the Georgia Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.

BOR Action on Spring '22 BOG Resolutions

(June 2022) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Spring 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 our chapter.

Nominations Open for 2022 Georgia Chapter Awards

Please be advised the Georgia ACP Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the 2022 Georgia Chapter Awards.  The Georgia ACP Chapter has many outstanding members, deserving of recognition for their accomplishments. Please review the brief award descriptions below and consider your colleagues, residents or students who may be deserving of these awards. All nominations will be reviewed by the awards committee. Please complete the attached nomination form and submit with member's CV  for the awards committee. All nominations are confidential. Please do consider a nomination of a deserving Georgia ACP member for recognition. 

Below are the descriptions of each awards and attached is the required form. Submit your nomination to Please call the chapter office at (770) 965-7606 if you have any questions. The deadline is September 1, 2022.  Thank you for your consideration of this request for nominations.

ACP Georgia Chapter Award Descriptions

Laureate Award

The Laureate Award honors those Fellows and Masters of the American College of Physicians who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research, and in service to their community, their Chapter, and the American College of Physicians. This is the highest award bestowed by the chapter.  Awards shall be made at the annual chapter meeting. The nomination must document the personal attributes and accomplishments of the nominee. Awardees generally are senior physicians who have been Fellows for at least 15 to 20 years, with a long history of excellence and peer approval in the specialty of internal medicine. Additionally, they should have served their chapter with distinction or in some clearly definable manner. Exceptional circumstances may modify these requirements. The Georgia Chapter is pleased to honor Fellows and Masters who have been long-standing and loyal supporters of the American College of Physicians, have rendered distinguished service to the Chapter, and have upheld the high ideals and professional standards for which the American College of Physicians is known. Nominations for this award may come from any member of our organization and should be accompanied by at least one letter of support. Such nominations and letters of support should be sent to the Georgia Chapter ACP Office.

Leadership Award

The American College of Physicians Georgia Chapter Leadership Award, established in 2003, honors key leaders whose contributions embody the core principles of ACP to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care, public policy, and or medical education.. The Leadership recipient will receive the award at the annual state meeting and will be invited to speak on a subject related to the line of work that led to receiving the award. The recipient does not have to be a physician or resident of Georgia.

Volunteerism & Community Service Award

Community service is an important attribute of medical professionalism. The ACP Georgia Chapter wishes to annually recognize one member who demonstrates a significant and sustained commitment to the service of others at a local, state, national, or international level. The merits upon which a recipient is selected for this award are based not only on the significance of the contributions that the individual has made, but also on the degree to which the individual reflects and affirms the quality of selfless devotion to the welfare of others.

 J. Willis Hurst Outstanding Bedside Teacher Award 

The J. Willis Hurst Bedside Teacher Award was established in 1991 to honor a Georgia member or Fellow in the College for his or her outstanding teaching activities, especially related to medical students and house staff. The award is named after J. Willis Hurst, M.D., MACP, and former Chair of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, whose dedication to instilling principles of lifelong learning brought him worldwide recognition as a gifted and influential teacher.

Mark Silverman Award

This award is named in honor of Mark Silverman, MD, MACP, an outstanding internist and former faculty member at Emory University. This award serves to recognize the nurturing attitude of a physician who has not only demonstrated excellence in bedside skills and teaching but has served as an inspiration for younger physicians to advance their knowledge and training in medicine as well as their involvement in the Georgia Chapter of the ACP. Dr Silverman was a leader in the Georiga Chapter of ACP. 

Community-Based Teaching Award

The Community Based Teaching Award recognizes those physicians located throughout the medical community who volunteer their time, practice and knowledge to help prepare our medical students and residents for their future in medicine. The time spent with these special mentors provides excellent role modeling for students and residents as they begin to build the foundation of care and service they will provide to their future patients.

Early Career Physician Award

The award recognizes outstanding achievement by a physician member who is within 16 years of graduating medical school and who is not an ACP Medical Student Member or Resident/Fellow Member. Nominees must meet these qualifications as of June 30th of each year considered. Areas of achievement may include leadership; academics, including publishing, teaching, and mentoring; and/or volunteerism. Established 2017

Outstanding Resident in Volunteerism and Advocacy Award

The Outstanding Resident in Volunteerism and Advocacy Award was established in 2008 to recognize outstanding Internal Medicine residents in Georgia for their dedication to the service of others. Each Internal Medicine Residency Program is asked to nominate one (1) outstanding resident for this award. The merits upon which a recipient is selected for this award are based not only on the significance of the contributions, but also on the degree to which the individual reflects and affirms the quality of selfless devotion to the welfare of others.

Outstanding Medical Student in Volunteerism and Advocacy 

The Outstanding Medical Student in Volunteerism and Advocacy Award was established in 2008 to recognize outstanding medical students in Georgia for dedication to the service of others. Each Medical School is asked to nominate one (1) outstanding medical student, preferably with an interest in Internal Medicine, for this award. The merits upon which a recipient is selected for this award are based not only on the significance of the contributions, but also on the degree to which the individual reflects and affirms the quality of selfless devotion to the welfare of others.

Let's Celebrate our Local National Abstract Competition Winners

(May 2022) The Georgia Chapter would like to congratulate the following chapter members on their accomplishments at the 2022 Internal Medicine Meeting National Abstract Competition.

Resident/Fellow Member - Clinical Vignette, Poster Winner
Smooth Muscle Tumor with Intracaval and Intracardiac Growth

Ashley McDowell, MD

Early Career Physician Member - Quality Improvement/Patient Safety, Oral Winner
Making an Impact with Empower, Mentor, Prepare, Advocate for, Cultivate, and Teach (E.M.P.A.C.T): A Innovative Pilot Mentoring Program for URiM Learners

Tracey Henry, MD, MPH, MS, FACP

Early Career Physician Member - Clinical Vignette, Oral Winner
A Case of Neuromyelitis Optica following Administration of the Moderna mRNA SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine

Jason Lucas, MD

View the complete list of podium presenters and poster winners at Internal Medicine Meeting 2022.