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J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, CPE, FACE, FACP, ACP Governor
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is back in
the swing of things. As I lament the end of football season and
look forward to the coming of spring, I am excited about the new
year and hopefully seeing many of you at the Annual Meeting from
April 30-May 2 in Boston. I would especially like to encourage new
Fellows to march in Convocation at the Annual Meeting. Indiana
University will be representing the Indiana Chapter in the Doctors'
Dilemma competition, and I am certain they will do a great job.
I am often asked how our local concerns are brought to the
national level. These are usually brought to the national level
through the Governor. This can happen in a variety of ways. The
most common routes are:
Resolutions. Four months prior to the spring and fall Board of
Governors (BOG) meetings (see below), ACP members may initiate a
resolution addressing any issue or topic by submitting it to their
Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution
of the chapter once it is approved by the chapter council.
Members interested in researching the College's position on an
issue prior to submitting a resolution may access this information
by visiting the "Advocacy" section on ACP Online. In accordance
with the ACP's resolution process, resolutions should clearly
distinguish the action requested within its resolved clause(s) as
either a policy resolve ("Resolved that ACP policy..."), or a
directive, which requests action/study on an issue ("Resolved that
the Board of Regents..."). Please contact me if you have any
questions regarding the resolution format.
New resolutions and recommendations for follow-up are acted upon
by the Board of Governors and presented to the Board of Regents.
Once the Board of Regents has accepted recommendations, resolutions
are either adopted as policy, or forwarded to College staff and/or
committees for study and/or implementation.
Comments on policy papers. As national committees develop ACP
policy papers, Governors are invited to review and comment on draft
versions. They are encouraged to seek as much input as possible
from local members, usually by circulating copies of drafts to
those serving on local committees. Members' comments are collated
and forwarded to the national committee responsible for writing the
paper. This information is taken in consideration for the final
draft of the paper, which goes to the Board of Regents for
Board of Governor (BOG) conferences. The Governors and
Governors-elect from all chapters and regions convene as a Board
twice a year, once in the spring immediately prior to the annual
Internal Medicine meeting, and once in the fall. At their
conferences, Governors have an opportunity to present the views of
their members during small group discussions or open-mike time, or
by voting on specific issues. Recommendations are then brought to
the Board of Regents by the Chair and Chair-elect of the Board of
Governors, both of whom are voting members of the BOR.
Board of Governors Executive Committee. This group meets five
times a year. Each committee member is charged with bringing to the
table issues of concern to his/her classmates (other Governors
elected in the same year as the committee member). Governors often
use this vehicle to raise awareness about the concerns of their
membership. After discussion by the Executive Committee,
recommendations can be made to the full Board of Governors, the
Board of Regents or its Executive Committee, or to another
committee or workgroup.
Please feel free to contact me or Donna Seawards, our Executive
Director, for any concerns you may have. I am honored to serve in
this capacity as Governor.
I am happy to announce that Brandon Dickey, MD, FACP has been
elected by the Governor's Council as our new Indiana Chapter
Services President. ACP Services is a nonprofit 501c(6) corporation
committed to supporting efforts that improve the practice of
The mission of ACP Services includes:
Members of the American College of Physicians (ACP) are
automatically granted membership in ACP Services.
Please hold the date for the March 7, 2015 WIM event to be held
at IU Health Saxony Hospital in Fishers from 9-11:30 AM. The
speaker will be Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber; her presentation will
be entitled "Eating Disorders: From Binge to Restriction and
Everything in Between."
Register here. Cost will be $20 for members, $25 for
non-members, and free for medical students and
Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital is accredited
by the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) to sponsor
continuing medical education for physicians. IU Health Ball
Memorial Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of
2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ each. Physicians should claim
only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation
in the activity.
The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held April 30-May 2 in Boston,
with pre-courses on April 28-29. See this web page for registration
information, and I hope to see you there. Be sure to make your
hotel reservations in plenty of time.
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the American College of
Physicians. The College is planning a variety of special
Centennial-related events to celebrate the occasion-we invite you
to be a part of the jubilation. See
here for more details.
Over the next few months we will be highlighting specific
historical information about the Indiana Chapter, including past
leaders of the Chapter-past Governors and past Presidents of the
American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM). ACP merged with ASIM
in 1998. On the National ACP
Website you can find a timeline of the first 100 years of ACP
as well as other factoids about the world's largest medical
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:
Interested in a topic not listed? Contact ACP to ask about forming a new