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Welcome from the Governor

May 2018

Hello from Martha Gray MD, FACP:

As your new Governor of the Michigan Chapter, American College of Physicians, I am honored and pleased to lead one of the most successful Chapters in our College.  I would like to thank those who mentored me:  Ruth Hoppe, Carl Lauter, and Lou Saravolatz, along with all of the faculty over the years.   

If you are now starting or have recently started your career please think about leadership in our Michigan Chapter.  Get involved by joining a Chapter Committee or if you are a resident or medical student seriously consider submitting abstracts to present at our annual spring Residents Day/Medical Student Day or our annual Fall Chapter Meeting.

At our Residents Day/Medical Student Day on May 3rd this year we had 439 registrants; 113 medical students for a new record attendance!  Mentors are everywhere so start thinking about what you enjoy and how you can contribute to your patients through academic leadership.

My passion is outpatient primary care; its survival and service to patients.  Internists, especially general internists, are gifted and intuitive enough to lead their patients and their communities.  My other passion is political crafting of ideas into action through advocacy.  National ACP is a leader in advocacy for patients and physicians in all areas of organized medicine but especially in education.

I am rejuvenating three of our Chapter committees:  Early Career Physicians, Membership, and Health and Public Policy (formerly the Advocacy Committee). 

Our Early Career Physician Committee will serve and voice changes in our state and national ACP for faculty up to 15 years out of residency.  First our Chapter will need to modernize ways we communicate to give audience to the needs of these young faculty and practitioners.  Also, we need national ACP resolutions and membership changes that make sense to young physicians but that connect to established quality practice.  Our ACP Board of Governors wants younger voices and welcomes change.  Most of all we need to listen to office based primary care physicians, especially independent folks like myself, who suffer daily to meet the needs of their patients amidst a sea of nonclinical chaos.  ACP needs to step up the support of these physicians so that they can get back to caring for their patients without the hassles that mount and overburden clinical practice. If you want to help or join our committee please let me know:

Our Membership Committee will restart working on communication and recruitment and also on fellowship applications.  It is an honor and a career milestone to become a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.

Our Health and Public Policy Committee will work in 2 areas:  formulating resolutions that improve the practice of day to day patient care and physician wellbeing. This Committee will also develop a quick response method to state and local changes that affect our patients and physicians. The new opiate laws and changes from Congress regarding Medicaid work mandates are examples where we need to respond quickly with a united voice.  We can partner with other physician organizations like the Michigan State Medical Society and send ACP delegates to vote in the House of Delegates of MSMS which meets each spring.  Jane Courts, MD, and I have already worked to submit 3 resolutions on behalf of our Council to the Fall 2018 Board of Governors.  I would ask anyone with an idea for change to consider joining our resolutions work group as we offer resolutions twice a year at the spring and fall Board of Governors meetings.  Resolutions = your voice, so without your advocacy change will not occur.

Please offer you’re thanks to Thea Lockard who will work side by side with me as our Executive Director during these next four years.  She is working for you, our Chapter members, to make sure you have what you need to model reform, education, and growth.  Thank you Thea, and also my sincere thanks to our Governor’s Council for contributing to our Chapter Team of Excellence.  Our patients will thank us.

Martha Gray, MD, FACP
Governor, Michigan Chapter
American College of Physicians


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