Idaho Governor's Newsletter February 2022

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Lisa S. Inouye, MD, MPH, FACP, ACP Governor

Lisa S. Inouye, MD, MPH, FACP, ACP Governor


45th Annual 2022 Hindson Winter Conference & Idaho Chapter Meeting

The Hindson Winter Conference and the Idaho Chapter ACP Meeting were virtual again this year and were held on Thursday, January 13 - 15, 2022. There were outstanding presentations on cardiopulmonary effects of air pollution, justice involved patients, salutogenic science, and menopause. There were updates in inpatient, outpatient, geriatrics, and palliative care medicine, and a workshop on effective telemedicine skills.

For ACP activities, there was a Women in Medicine session discussion on imposter syndrome, the ACP business meeting where a new Treasurer was voted upon—Dr. Magni Hamso! Finally, the Associate winners for Quality Improvement and Clinical vignettes were announced, and several chapter awards were announced.



Chapter Awards


Congratulations to our Laureate winner: Melissa (Moe) Hagman, MD, FACP

Melissa (Moe) Hagman, MD, FACP, completed her undergraduate studies at the College of Idaho in 1995. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine in 1999. Moe completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the UW Seattle/Boise Combined Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2002. She served as Inpatient Chief Resident at the UW Medical Center in Seattle, WA, until 2003. She became faculty at UW Medical Center. In 2008 she became an Associate Program Director for the UW Internal Medicine Residency based in Seattle. Moe moved back to Boise in 2011 to be near family and to assume the role of Associate Program Director at the newly formed, three-year, UW Boise Internal Medicine Residency. In 2017, Moe shifted into the Program Director role. She is also a hospitalist and palliative care physician at the Boise VA Medical Center. The joys of her life are her wife, her family, and the 30+ residents and students she has the pleasure to work and learn with each year.

Moe has been instrumental in developing the Idaho chapter of the College as well as contributing significantly at the regional and national level. She serves on the Hindson Winter conference/Idaho ACP meeting planning committee. She oversees the Associate abstract presentations at the Idaho ACP meeting. She has run MOC sessions at both Idaho ACP and Washington ACP meetings for several years. She hosts Doctors' Dilemma competitions at the Washington ACP and national ACP meetings. She has eight teaching awards as well as other awards for excellence in leadership and clinical care. Moe embodies the best characteristics of a Laureate awardee—fully committed to excellence in medical care, education and research, and has provided distinctive serve to her community, the Idaho ACP chapter and the entire ACP organization. She is most deserving of the recognition and honor of the Laureate Award.

It was also a banner year for Teaching Awards:


Congratulations to Isaac Elam, MD and Mark Christenson, MD, FACP for the teaching they do of medical students and University of Washington Boise Internal Medicine residents in their practice in Fruitland, ID.

Another Teaching Award was presented to:


Congratulations to Lisa Nelson, MD, FACP for being a fierce advocate for the continuation of education despite our challenges with COVID. Dr. Nelson is passionate about medical education, peer to peer support, and is one of the main leaders of exploring and planning out the future for graduate medical education in Idaho.

Congratulations to our Chapter Abstract Winners

Quality Improvement-Patient Safety - Resident Fellows – James Yan, MD for “Improving Transitions of Care for CHF Patients”
Clinical Vignette - Medical Students – Camas Curren, MS3 for “That Diaphragm is Not Supposed to Be There”
Clinical Vignette - Resident Fellows – Pramod Chavali, MD and Rick LeCheminant, DO for “Metastatic ACTH-producing Neuroendocrine Tumor Presenting as Difficult to Control Hyperglycemia”



Message from the Governor

I took over as Governor in April 2020, just after COVID hit this country. There has been ample stress for everyone: COVID, politics, inequity, economy, environment, along with our usual life stresses. It's been difficult to engage in advocacy, education, administration on top of increased and constantly changing clinical duties. I think a lot of you are feeling stretched just as thin.

The ACP has continued to stay active the past two years. They had their COVID information page up and running quickly. They have continued to have their annual educational program, pivoting to virtual sessions. They continued their advocacy efforts with a virtual Leadership Day. They have listened to the governors who are all voicing the same concerns for their members and have added support, like awarding all chapters the same Excellence Award that they got last year even if not all requirements are met (and leaving open the possibility to increase the Award if eligible).

ACP activities have allowed me to (zoom) meet with colleagues who are experiencing similar things, commiserate a bit, and then still accomplish things. It has helped me get beyond griping about patients not getting vaccinated and focus on tasks to contribute to this chapter. I feel like I found some focus, optimism and energy like what I had pre-COVID! So I am asking each of you to consider doing the same and give a bit of yourself, I think you'll get back more than what you give! We need:

  • Committee members to energize our Health and Public Policy and Membership committees and the Council of Early Career Physicians
  • Chapter leaders for Wellness, Women in Medicine
  • Council members to review proposed resolutions and do other chapter business
  • New fellows—we really need FACP applications!
  • Award submissions to recognize the outstanding work that is being done by our members around the state.
  • Your ideas for workshop and session topics for next year's Winter Conference! Send me an email with suggested topics.
  • Donate to our chapter when you renew your ACP membership. Your donations support our student and resident activities.

Thank you for all the work that you are doing already. I hope you can support the chapter and help the chapter to support you! Please send us an email to Kelly Hess or Lisa Inouye if you are interested or have questions.



Welcome our New Members

Caroline R Defrang – Boise
Samantha L Hersrud – Boise
Randall F Kloepfer - Lewiston



Welcome our New Affiliates

Amy Larson - Lewiston



Welcome our New Medical Student Members

Megan Schlussler, Dayana Lau, Cameron Skaggs, Camas Curran



For Your Information:

ACP Issues Update on Rapid, Living Practice Points: SARS-CoV-2 Infections, Reinfections, and Natural Immunity

Posted by ACP - January 27, 2022

An updated ACP Practice Points, What is the Antibody Response and Role in Conferring Natural Immunity Following SARS-CoV-2 Infection? Rapid, Living Practice Points from the American College of Physicians (Version 2) was published on Jan. 25, 2022 in Annals of Internal Medicine. This free article is also available for CME in Point-of-Care.

ACP's Practice Points are developed by ACP's Scientific Medical Policy Committee and provide advice to improve the health of individuals and populations and promote high-value care based on the best available evidence derived from assessment of scientific work (e.g. clinical guidelines, systematic reviews and individual studies).



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