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Idaho Governor's Newsletter June 2018

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Melissa Hagman, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Melissa Hagman, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Internal Medicine Meeting News – April 19, 2018

Points to consider in palliative care

An integrated model of curative and palliative care focuses on control of distressful symptoms at the time of diagnosis, and then continues through until death.

If you think you're not a palliative care doctor, you might want to reconsider, said Melissa (Moe) Hagman, MD, FACP, during her talk at the Advances in Therapy precourse on Wednesday.

Rather than the old model of designating palliative care to begin at a specific point in time and separately from curative or life-prolonging therapy, she focuses on an integrated model where palliative care begins at diagnosis and continues until death, she said.

Outpatient doctors and hospitalists both practice palliative care, which emphasizes control of distressful symptoms, said Dr. Hagman, an associate professor and program director of the internal medicine residency at the University of Washington–Boise in Idaho. “This is what all of us do. … It doesn't have to be hospice care; it's just being a good provider,” she said.

To read the rest of the article, please go to: ACP IM 2018 meeting


Our chapter governor, Moe Hagman emceeing Doctor's Dilemma. Winning team was Indiana!


                                                                    Chapter Dinner at IM 2018


Convocation 2018 with our new fellows. (L-R: Moe Hagman, Jodie Donovan, Ann Hansen, Andrea Christopher)



Leadership Day 2018

The annual Leadership Day on Capitol Hill was held on May 22-23, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Leadership Day enables the College to increase its presence on Capitol Hill and bring our issues of concern to U.S. lawmakers. Our Governor, Dr. Melissa (Moe) Hagman, attended with Dr. Lesleigh Box.

This two-day event provides ACP members with advocacy training; an update on the College's legislative priorities; briefings from Members of Congress, Administration officials, and key Capitol Hill staffers; and an opportunity to meet Idaho State's elected officials. A special briefing for Residents/Fellows-in-Training and medical students is also provided.

This year, the topics discussed with our elected officials included: expanding coverage and stabilizing the insurance market, reducing unnecessary administrative tasks on physicians and patients, the rise in prescription drug costs, funding for workforce, medical and health services research, public health initiatives, promoting continued action to address the epidemic of opioid use, reducing firearms-related injury and death, and graduate medical education (GME) financing and reform.


                                                                           Leadership Day 2018



Join the Idaho Chapter Awards Committee

Our Chapter is looking for a few new, energetic members for our Awards Committee! We welcome internists of all ages, specialties, and regions within the chapter. Participating in the committee is a great way to serve our chapter and help recognize excellence in internal medicine while gaining leadership experience. The recommended committee charge is to recognize excellence and distinguished contributions to internal medicine. The committee achieves this goal by actively working to identify and/or select candidates for local and national awards. The committee also works on developing new local award opportunities.

The ideal Chapter Awards Committee members are reliable members who are willing to write letters in support of nominee for national awards or willing to chase letters promised by other writers.

Please be sure to ask any questions prior to expressing your interest, so you know what is expected. We also need someone who would like to fill the committee chair position. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email the chapter Executive Director, Kelly Hess.



Laureate Award Nominations

The Idaho Chapter is requesting nominations for the Laureate Award. The Laureate Award is designed to honor those Fellows and Masters of the College who have demonstrated, by their example and conduct, an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, and research, and service to their community, their chapter, and the ACP.

A Laureate nominee is usually a senior physician who has:

  • Been a Fellow or Master of the College for at least 15 to 20 years.
  • Achieved a long history of excellence and peer approval in the specialty of internal medicine.
  • Served the chapter and community with distinction or in some clearly definable manner.

Please email your nominations by June 30, 2018 to the chapter Executive Director, Kelly Hess.



Welcome our New Members

Gloria Henao – Boise
Rodney Bates – Meridian
Melanie Jackson – Nampa
Jennifer Hofstrja – Eagle
Jennifer Garwick – Rathdrum



Welcome our New Medical Student Members

Garrett Lee Strizich - Moscow
Nick Tacke – Boise
Sarah Doe-Williams – Moscow
Marianne Meyers – Boise
Courtney Swantek – Boise
Samyon Itzhakov – Meridian
Andrew Dysart – Moscow
Ester Hotova – Boise
Matthew Barvo – Meridian
Thomas Siegert - Eagle



Looking for Physicians to Support New Opioid Initiative

Updates Posted on March 19, 2018

The American College of Physicians has partnered with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and many others in a new Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (SAMHSA)-funded initiative to tackle the opioid crisis. We are implementing a Technical Assistance effort focused on the specific needs of states and local jurisdictions in addressing the opioid crisis in their areas. Read more information about the initiative

ACP and AAAP are seeking to recruit physicians with at least two years' experience in prescribing medications for addictions who can serve as a Technical Assistance (TA) consultant to address opioid use disorder in their region. If selected, TA consultants would receive $100/hour for up to 10 hours a week. If you have any members who might be interested in this opportunity, we encourage you to please share the invitation letter from AAAP with them. For more information, please contact Selam Wubu.



ACP Fellowship

Are you interested in becoming a Fellow of the American College of Physicians? 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.

ACP Fellowship is primarily achieved through advancement from ACP Membership.* Fellows are authorized to use the letters FACP (Fellow of the American College of Physicians) in connection with their professional activities for as long as their membership remains current. FACP is a federally registered service mark and is defined as providing recognition by way of an honorific. Fellows of the American College of Physicians have the right to vote, hold office, and sponsor applicants for Membership and Fellowship.

For more information or to apply for ACP Fellowship, visit here.



Idaho Chapter Facebook Page

Please visit the Idaho Chapter's Facebook page . The page currently has over 100 followers from all over the world and is updated daily with health news, interesting tidbits, and local news. Please feel free to let the executive director Kelly Hess know if you have any health care related events you would like advertised on the page.