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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.

Sincerely,

[Name]


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 New Massachusetts Chapter Fellows

  • Awais Alam, MBBS FACP
  • Abduljabbar Dheyab, MD, MBChB FACP
  • Sandeep S Jubbal, MD FACP
  • Deborah S Kwolek, MD FACP
  • David McManus, MD FACP
  • Timothy Ta, MD FACP

(July 2022) Congratulations to the Massachusetts 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.


Massachusetts Chapter Wins Two 2022 John Tooker Evergreen Awards

Evergreen

(June 2022) The John Tooker Evergreen Awards Program provides recognition and visibility to chapters that have successfully implemented programs to increase membership, improve communication, increase member involvement, enhance diversity, foster careers in internal medicine and improve management of the chapter. The Massachusetts Chapter received two 2022 John Tooker Evergreen Awards for their initiatives, Virtual Advocacy Day at the State House and Leadership Development for Women in Medicine. 

Virtual Advocacy Day at the State House

Themes: Early Career Physicians, Medical Students and Residents/Fellows, Other 

We were able to increase legislative meetings from 10 in 2020 to 22 in 2021 and out geographic participation increased which allowed us to connect with some legislators for the first time.  

Advocacy Day at the State House was an opportunity for internists to gain legislative advocacy skills , learn about current advocacy issues, and practice skills in meetings with state legislators. Organized by the Health and Public Policy Committee (HPPC) of the Chapter, the Advocacy Day at the State House is currently in its fifth year of existence with increasing rates of participation each year, especially among trainees (medical students and residents). One goal of the State House Advocacy Day was to promote relationships with state legislators and foster these relationships over time to strengthen the advocacy power of the Chapter. In 2021, the Advocacy Day was planned and promoted as a virtual event from the beginning. The Advocacy Education Subcommittee planned virtual training prior to Advocacy Day and for the day of the event. With the advance planning, the Chapter planned additional virtual meetings with legislators as part of the virtual Advocacy Day event.  

Leadership Development for Women in Medicine

Themes: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Early Career Physicians, Medical Students and Residents/Fellows, Physician Well-being and Professional Satisfaction, Other 

This LD for WIM Committee has established connections between mentors and mentees, has created sponsorship for women ACP Chapter members, has fostered and supported psychological safety for women facing gender bias.  

Current data shows a discrepancy between the number of women attending medical schools and women in medicine. As the Massachusetts Chapter's first woman Governor in the history of the Chapter, Dr. Elisa Choi was keenly aware of the impact her role does, and can, have on issues of gender disparity. Dr. Choi started a Leadership Development for Women in Medicine (LD for WIM) Committee for the Chapter in 2019, to identify areas where they could start closing the “leadership gap” for women in medicine. The LD for WIM Committee strives to support, elevate, and amplify women ACP members to find, seek, and gain leadership roles. Leadership Development for Women in Medicine Committee’s programming and activities will continue, in perpetuity as long as gender disparities in leadership remain and as long as a “leadership gap” for women in medicine persists. 


Congratulations New Massachusetts Chapter Fellows

  • Brian D W Chow, MD FACP/li>
  • Lawrence A Churchville, MD FACP
  • Jatin Dave, MBBS FACP
  • Ankit Rohatgi, MD FACP
  • Shiv Sehra, MBBS FACP
  • Reham S Shaaban, DO FACP

(March 2022) Congratulations to the Massachusetts 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.


Support our Local Speakers at Internal Medicine 2022

Join ACP and your colleagues as we reconvene to meet our personal and professional goals. World-renowned faculty will present important topics and the latest evidenced-based clinical and practice information that invite you to discover new ways to improve your own techniques and patient care. Internal Medicine Meeting 2022 will also introduce a refreshed schedule and two plenary gatherings featuring must-see speakers.

We wanted to take a moment to shine a spotlight on this year’s Massachusetts Chapter Members who are serving as faculty:

  • George Abraham The Evolution and Application of Digital Health: A Joint Session of ACP and the European Federation of Internal Medicine - Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Eric Alper New Entrants to the Health Care Ecosystem: Delivery Models of the Future - Thursday, April 28, 2022
  • Caroline Apovian Dr. Ananda Prasad Lecture in Physiology: New Understanding of Obesity: Adipose Tissue as an Endocrine Organ - Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Michael Barry Clinical Triad: Cancer Screening Updates and Controversies - Thursday, April 28, 2022
  • Carolyn Bernstein Clinical Triad: It's All in Your Head - Thursday, April 28, 2022
  • Anthony Breu Live Podcast: Historical and Ethical Controversies Surrounding the Determination of Death—The Last Breath - Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Elisa Choi Residents as Educators and Leaders - Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Cynthia Cooper The Highs and Lows of Inpatient Electrolytes - Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Shoshana Herzig Safe Opioid Use in the Hospital - Thursday, April 28, 202
  • Heather Hersch Social Media and Women’s Health: Doctor, I Saw This on the Internet - Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Aruna Pradhan Chronic Peripheral Artery Disease for the Internist - Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Nancy Rigotti Treating Tobacco Users: Strategies for Success - Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Adam Rodman Live Podcast: Historical and Ethical Controversies Surrounding the Determination of Death—The Last Breath - Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Gordon Schiff Humanism in Medicine - Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Benjamin Schlechter Inpatient Oncologic Emergencies - Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Gerald Smetana New Medications for Primary Care: An Update - Thursday, April 28, 2022
  • Fatima Stanford Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind: Neurology, Psychiatry, and Metabolism/Nutrition - Thursday, April 28, 2022 and Food as a Medical Intervention: The Impact of Eating Habits on Our Global Health - Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Christine Wee Annals of Internal Medicine: Recent Articles That Should Influence Practice - Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Otto Yang Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind: Cardiology, COVID-19, and Geriatrics/Dementia - Friday, April 29, 2022

Celebrate our 2021 Award Recipients

National Awardees and MACPs - 2021

(January 2022) The Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the Board of Regents has approved the following national College awards and MACPs for 2021 for members of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians

National Awards

William G. Kaelin, Jr., MD Harriet P. Dustan Award for Science as Related to Medicine

MACP

George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, MACP, FIDSA Sara B. Fazio, MD, MACP JoAnn E. Manson, MD, MACP Michael J. Rosenblum, MD, MACP

Massachusetts Chapter Laureate Award

Kerri Palamara, MD, MACP Chapter Laureate Award

Massachusetts Chapter Awards

Ki Jung Lee Student Leadership Award Justin K. Lui, MD Resident/Fellow Leadership Award Christopher Estiverne, MD Early Career Leadership Award Sarita Bajracharya, MD, FACP Chapter Leadership Award Hemal N. Sampat, MD, FACP Robert A. Lebow Advocacy Award Orlando L. Torres, MD, FACP Humanism in Medicine Award Linda F. Habeeb, MD, FACP Distinguished Service Award Katrina Armstrong, MD, FACP Helen Taussig Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing the Careers of Women in Medicine Daniele Olveczky, MD, FACP Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award


 New Council of International Medical Graduates

(December 2021) The MA Chapter, American College of Physicians is launching a new Council of International Medical Graduates (CIMG). The scope/mission of the Council will be as follows:

  1. Identify the specific and unique needs of MA ACP’s IMG members and determine their needs from the chapter to see it as their valued professional home. These would include ACP products and services, policy, advocacy, and issues of professional identity and community. Provide specific recommendations for action.
  2. Consider the potential advantages and disadvantages of establishing an MA ACP Council of International Medical Graduates. Consider alternatives to a Council that would assure that the voices of our IMG members are fully represented in Chapter Governance and Committee work, including representation and participation in national leadership/committees. Provide specific recommendations for action.
  3. Determine potential programs geared toward IMG members at the chapter level, applying for grants to support the work.
  4. Support the work of the MA ACP Awards Committee to ensure that IMG members are represented in nominations for National and Chapter Awards.

If you would like to be appointed to the first Council of International Medical Graduates for the MA Chapter, ACP, please send an e-mail to our Chapter Administrator, Lynda Layer at maacp2@mms.org expressing your interest, providing your CV and a brief paragraph of the skills and motivation that you could bring to the work of the Council. Applications will be reviewed and the Council will be appointed.  Please respond by Tuesday, January 4th.


BOR Action on Fall '21 BOG Resolutions

(December 2021) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Fall 2021 Board of Governors (BOG) virtual 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 New Massachusetts Chapter Fellows

  • Amar Kelkar, MD FACP
  • Saad W Usmani, MD FACP
  • Carole Vincent, MD FACP
  • Jessamyn Blau, MD FACP
  • Madhuri R Chandnani, MBBS FACP
  • Brandon Huffman, MD FACP
  • Anil K Jha, MD FACP
  • Joseph Omlor, MD FACP
  • Michael Schwartz, MD FACP
  • Rizwan Shahid, MD FACP
  • Edison W Tsui, MD FACP

(December 2021) Congratulations to the Massachusetts 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.


National Award

Congratulations to William G. Kaelin Jr., MD, the winner of the Harriet P. Dustan Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine. This award is bestowed for outstanding work in science as related to medicine. Established: 1958 In Honor of Dr. Harriet P. Dustan, a Master of the College and recipient of the Phillips Award. (Award named in her honor in 2017.) Join me in congratulating them on this tremendous accomplishment.

Abolish the Vaccine Religious Exemption

(August) We would like to make you aware of this article in CommonWeath Magazine


Your Feedback in Requested on the Fall Board of Governors Resolutions

(August) We would like to request your feedback regarding the resolutions that will be heard at the Fall 2021 Board of Governors Meeting. The Massachusetts Chapter is one of several chapters that have access to Chapter Forums to engage fellow chapter members in conversation. This is also a way to gain a better understanding of the issues at hand. By providing your feedback on the Board of Governors' resolutions, you have helped to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. To review and comment on the Fall 2021 resolutions, please click this link to get to the chapter member forum. 

After considering the intent of each resolution and how it fits with the college's missions and goals, please comment with your feedback on each resolution and indicate your support or opposition. Your input will be used as part of the testimony on behalf of the chapter. The link below is to review the mission and goals of the college. www.acponline.org/about-acp/who-we-are/mission-vision-and-goals

After you have commented on the resolutions, you'll be subscribed to that topic and will receive email notifications of new chapter forum activity or to individual topics, based on your preference, and can unsubscribe at any time. A subscription box is located at the bottom of each page. To subscribe, select your preference and select save. You can also add a topic and start another conversation.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide comments regarding these resolutions. Please visit the (Chapter Name) Chapter website after the Fall Board of Governors meeting for updates.

Sincerely,
Elisa I. Choi, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Governor, Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians


Call for Abstract/Poster Competition Judges

Abstract Judges (August 27 – September 3) - Deadline Monday, August 23rd to sign up

Poster Judges (Round 1 - September 21 – September 27 virtual; Round 2 – October 16th in person)

Click HERE to sign up to be an Abstract Judge and/or a Poster Judge.

MA ACP will be sponsoring an abstract competition for Residents/Fellows and Medical Student members again this year. Accepted abstracts will compete in a 2 Round MA Chapter Poster Competition. Round 1 will be held virtually and Round 2 will be during the in-person Annual Chapter Meeting on Saturday, October 16th.

***Please note that for the in-person portion, attestation of vaccination and masking for all will be required.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Thursday, August 19 at 11:59 pm.

Role of the Abstract Judge – August 27 – September 3

Abstract Judges will review the approximately 100 plus abstracts submitted to the abstract competition from Residents/Fellows or Students in the categories of Clinical Vignette and Research.

Abstracts will be judged for the following results

  1. 1st Place winning Resident/Fellow abstracts in Clinical Vignette & Research will each be invited for Oral Presentation at the Chapter Annual Meeting on October 16. These winners will be invited to participate in the IM 2022 Annual Meeting Poster Competition either in person or virtually and will receive financial support from the chapter to do so.
  2. 1st Place winning Student abstracts in Clinical Vignette & Research will be invited to submit a Poster at the Chapter Annual Meeting on October 16. These winners will be invited to participate in the IM 2022 Annual Meeting Poster Competition either in person or virtually and will receive financial support from the chapter to do so.
  3. After the above winning abstracts are selected, the next approximately 50 highest scoring abstracts in Clinical Vignette & Research categories will be invited to submit a Poster to the Poster Competition.

Role of the Round 1 Poster Judge – September 25 – September 27

Poster Judges will review the approximately 100 Posters submitted virtually from Residents/Fellows or Students in the categories of Clinical Vignette and Research.

Posters will be judged for the following results

  1. Judges will select the 1st place Posters for Oral Presentation at the Annual Chapter Meeting on Saturday, October 16, 2021 in each category for Resident/Fellow or Student Clinical Vignette and Research with these presenters being given a travel stipend to IM2022 in Chicago, IL.
  2. Judges will select the top 50 Posters to be presented in-person during the Annual Chapter Meeting on Saturday, October 16th at the Massachusetts Medical Society.
  3. All Posters will be available for “viewing” by Chapter Annual Meeting registrants on the on-line hub.

Role of the Round 2 Poster Judge – October 16th

Poster Judges will review Posters and interview the presenters on-site presented by Residents/Fellows or Students in the categories of Clinical Vignette and Research.

Posters will be judged for the following results

  1. 1st Runner Up, 2nd Runner Up and Honorable Mention winners in each category Resident/Fellow or Student Clinical Vignette and Research with cash prizes being awarded. These Posters will be highlighted in the Chapter Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 10, 2021.
  2. All Posters will be available for in-person “viewing” by Chapter Annual Meeting registrants.

Requirements for Judges:

  • Must be a current MA ACP Member
  • Abstract Judges - Must be able to read, score and return up to 15 abstracts by Friday, September 3, 2021 (abstracts will be sent to judges by August 27, 2021)
  • Poster Judges Round 1 (virtual) – Must be able to view, score and return up to 10 submissions by Monday, September 27, 2021
  • Poster Judges Round 2 (in-person) – Must be available, in-person at the Massachusetts Medical Society, fully vaccinated and masked, to judge in-person Posters. Judging will take place starting at 7:30 am.

If you would consider being a judge for the MA ACP Student or Resident/Fellow Abstract/Poster Competitions, please complete the on-line volunteer form by clicking HERE.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Debbie Brennan, Chapter Coordinator
dbrennan@mms.org
781-434-7518


Volunteer for the Chapter Health and Public Policy Committee

(August 2021) As we head into the fall, we would like to invite you to join the MA ACP Health and Public Policy Committee (HPPC). We work to advocate for issues that affect patients and physicians including through contact with legislators in the MA legislature. This is a fantastic way to be a part of influencing legislation and other initiatives to improve access to care and the quality of care that our patients receive. In this past year, we have worked on issues such as prescription drug costs, eliminating non-medical vaccine exemptions, treatment for opioid use disorder, and improving regulations around telemedicine.

The HPPC 2021-2022 year will run September 2021 through July 2022. You can see some of our activities from 2020-2021 on our Website.

If you are interested, please fill out this Survey by Monday, August 23rd. We hope to work with you this upcoming year!

Please email our Chapter Administrator, Lynda Layer at llayer@mms.org with any questions.


 

Statement on Anti-Asian Racism, Violence, and Bias

(May 2021) In light of increasing anti-Asian attacks, violence, and hate crimes, the ACP California Southern Region I, California Southern Region II, California Southern Region III, California Northern, North Dakota, Hawaii, Montana, Idaho and Massachusetts Chapters condemn and denounce all forms of racism, violence, and bias against all races and ethnic groups in the strongest possible terms. We stand in solidarity with all victims of violence and their families as well as any fellow Pan Asian community members facing anti-Asian attacks or discrimination.

Read the full statement


Dr. Choi Interviewed in the Boston Globe

(April 2021) The MA ACP Governor, Dr. Choi, was recently interviewed about how to reach the patients who have not yet been vaccinated.

Read the article


Statement on the Atlanta shootings – March 2021

Addendum: updated list of shooting victims names:
Hyun Jung Grant (51), Suncha Kim (69), Soon Chung Park (74), Yong Ae Yue (63), Xiaojie Tan (49), Daoyou Feng (44), Delaina Ashley Yaun (33), Paul Andre Michels (54)

(March 2021) The Massachusetts ACP Chapter expresses its heartfelt and deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the Atlanta shootings earlier this week - Daoyou Feng, Paul Andre Michels, Hyeon Jeong Park, Julie Park, Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and 2 as yet unidentified victims. While details surrounding the shootings continue to emerge, it is confirmed that the shooting victims were murdered by a 21-year-old white man who targeted Asian owned massage and spa businesses. Six out of the eight shooting victims were of Asian descent, and four of the eight were of Korean descent. All but one of the victims were women. This violence happened in the context of markedly increased incidence of anti-Asian racism, discrimination, bias, harassment, and violence, that has emerged with the COVID-19 pandemic. The shootings of earlier this week did not happen in a vacuum. Massachusetts ACP Chapter condemns racism, racially motivated violence, and hatred based on race, gender/gender identity, or any other self-identifying characteristic of individuals.

ACP has denounced anti-Asian racism in the wake of COVID-19, has addressed hate crimes as a public health issue, and supports anti-racism approaches to health:

Racism and Health in the United States: A Policy Statement From the American College of Physicians | Annals of Internal Medicine

ACP Letter of Support for H Res 908

Internists Say Harassment Based on Race or Ethnic Origin is Never Okay | ACP Newsroom | ACP

Respiratory Disease and Racism Have Reared Their Ugly Heads With COVID-19

Massachusetts ACP Chapter stands with and supports our Asian/Asian American/pan-Asian community members, patients, colleagues, and physicians. We stand against racism and hatred. We commit to anti-racism. Together, supporting each other and our patients with compassion and empathy, we will be stronger.

Elisa I. Choi, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Governor, Massachusetts Chapter, American College of Physicians

With the members of the Governor’s Council