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Chapter News

Hawaii Welcomes the AMA to Honolulu!

(November 2022) AMA Special Sections Meeting Open to All Physicians: November 10-11, 2022 

The AMA Interim Section Meetings will take place in Honolulu, November 10-11, 2022. Visit the individual sections for registration, the agenda and additional details. These special meetings are open to all physicians, whether you are a member of AMA/HMA or not. But you must register ahead of time. Some sessions are featuring our local physicians and other health care professionals. For more information and to register, click here. Other educational opportunities are available throughout November 10-14, 2022, and can be viewed by clicking here. To participate, you must register ahead of time.


ACP Hawaii Has 2 New Committees and are Looking for Membership Participation

(October 2022) ACP Hawaii has two new committees and are looking for membership participation. 

Primary Care Committee - Dr. James Yess is passionate about Primary Care and has volunteered to head this committee.  Think you might be interested? We want to hear from you. click here.

DEI - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee - Dr. Uzoagu Okonkwo, Chief Medical Resident at TAMC has stepped forward to Chair this committee.  If you might be interested in joining this committee please click here. 

Both committees are looking for input, participation and ideas on how to engage membership. 

We look forward to what thoughts you might have on ways to improve healthcare in Hawaii.


Welcome 2022 New Chief Residents! 

(August 2022) Please join us by welcoming the new Chief Medical Residents for the current FY 2022-2023! If you happen to see one of them, please stop and introduce yourself as a proud ACP Member!

Andrew Kinimaka, MD and Ashley Morisako, MD

Elizabeth Doman, MD and Uzaogu Okonkwo, MD

Gene Yoshikawa, MD, Florence Kan, MD, and Nathaniel Enriquez, MD


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.


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 https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/partners-progress/champions/rules.html. All prospective Champions are required to complete the application form https://hypertension.millionhearts.hhs.gov/.

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 Our New Hawaii Chapter Fellow

  • Jennifer M. Katada, MD, FACP

(July 2022) Congratulations to the Hawaii Chapter's newest Fellow. 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.


Congratulations to our 2022 Hawaii Chapter Abstract Competition Winners

Winner List


ACP's Online CME & MOC Learning Center adds information on state-specific CME requirements

(Spring 2021) Wondering about Hawaii's CME requirements? You can now visit the Online CME & MOC Learning Center and click on the "State CME Requirements" tab to learn all about what you need to do. Note: You must be logged into your ACP Online account to access this information.