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(August 2021) Nominations for 4 Minnesota Awards Due Sept. 9, 2021

Do you have a mentor, colleague, or peer deserving recognition?

The MN-ACP Awards Committee would like your assistance in recognizing our chapter members that have made outstanding contributions in the practice of medicine, research, public service, leadership, and medical volunteerism. The recipients will be honored during the MN-ACP Internal Medicine meeting on Oct. 29, 2021. Please email a brief summary of your nominations by Sept. 9th

  • 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. Past Award Recipients
  • Volunteerism & Community Service Award- The award is given to an individual who has distinguished themselves in voluntary service in the area of medicine. Recipients of this award have distinguished themselves as true humanitarians to be honored for their voluntary contributions in medicine in Minnesota or global health. Past Award Recipients
  • Fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award- The award given to an ACP member with outstanding accomplishments in advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity in the health care workforce, and/or improving health equity for people with historically marginalized group identities. This is modeled after the ACP W. Lester Henry Award
  • Early Career Physician Award-This award is given to a member of the Minnesota Chapter who is 16 years or less from medical school graduation, highly respected by his/her colleagues for outstanding clinical and leadership skills, and who has been a role model in the community. This individual should have distinguished themselves in service to patients, the physician community, and the community at large. The awardee should be an educator to patients and the overall medical community as well as an active member of ACP who has contributed meaningfully to the efforts of the chapter. This is modeled after the ACP McDonald Award

(6/30/21)Medicine Trivia Happy Hour - July 15th at 6:30pm with prizes

Another statewide Medicine Trivia virtual event will be held on July 15th to connect internists, residents and students while increasing your medicine knowledge ….like trivia jeopardy that everyone statewide can play during happy (or unhappy) hour in your home or office. The virtual trivia sessions are limited to one hour and will meet in a statewide group and several breakout groups. It has been a good way to meet others from around the state. Prize gift cards (Amazon or Caribou) are awarded to the winning team. Please join us! Sign up for login information

MN-ACP seeking 1-2 MN clinics to participate in ACP “Raise the Rates” by July 15th

“Raise the Rates” is a national campaign to increase influenza and adult immunization rates and promote healthy aging. ACP’s Center for Quality has received funding from the CDC to support our “I Raise the Rates” initiative. The program aims to increase adult and influenza vaccination coverage among older adults, adults with high-risk chronic conditions, and racial/ethnic minority adults by using quality improvement (QI) methodology. Any internal medicine and subspecialty practices interested in participating in this program are welcome to Apply NowACP Adult Immunization Information  This project is made possible through generous support by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.

MN-ACP seeking 3-5 MN Clinics to participate in ACP Pain management QI collaborative by July 15th

Please contact MN-ACP before July 15th if you/your clinic is interested in participating in this project. For more information. Participating practices will be asked to identify at least two program leads (physician and non-physician team member) to lead implementation of a pain-focused QI initiative. Benefits to participation include:

  • Free access to ACP Advance QI Curriculum, a suite of tailored pain management educational resources for every member in your practice, and access to monthly virtual coaching support from ACP Advance expert QI coaches
  • Free access to ACP’s QI leadership training resources (CME/MOC offered)
  • Opportunity to earn CME/CE and ABIM MOC credits for every participating physician
  • Eligible to win ACP Quality Improvement Excellence award and be featured in an ACP publication

Health Information Sharing: New Rules to Live By

The 21st Century Cures Act required new regulations to improve interoperability and patient access to electronic health information and promote information sharing. This module provides information to help practices comply with new requirements. This module includes resources that can help clinicians and staff supporting them understand what they need to do to comply, including checklists, sample policies, patient communication, and background information to help understand the requirements. 1.0 of CME/MOC credit provided. MN-ACP Member Deepti Pandita, MD, FACP, FAMIA participated in the development of the module. The module is available now.

(4/23/21) - MN-ACP Hospitalist Committee invites additional members
Hospitalists from around the state are invited to participate in this committee that shares resources, identifies key issues for statewide collaboration and plans the Hospitalist portion of the 2021 annual meeting in October 2021. If you are interested in participating in an upcoming virtual meeting, please email

Brief Survey on Health Impacts and the Environment-Air Pollution
You are invited to participate in a study that aims to evaluate the knowledge and current clinical practice of Minnesota health students and clinicians around the health impacts of air pollution. The anonymous survey takes approximately 15 minutes and consists of a pre-video survey, a 2-minute educational video, and a post-video survey. Participants will be compensated with a $10 Target gift card for completing the survey. Take the survey which is anonymous.  The survey population includes RN students, practicing RNs, PA students, practicing PAs, NP students, practicing NPs, MD/DO students, MD/DO residents, and practicing MD/DOs within Minnesota and the results of this survey will be used for publication. Any reports generated will be aggregate data and no identifying information is being collected. Thank you for your time and consideration and feel free to contact Dr.Vishnu Laalitha Surapaneni

(7/23/2020) - MN-ACP Anti-Racism Statement and Action

The Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) is committed to becoming an antiracist organization.

The state of Minnesota, like the entire country and indeed the world, is in the midst of two pandemics. One is Covid-19 which has challenged our norms of practice and societal life for just the last six months. The other is systemic racism which has been present for hundreds of years in this country.

The killing of George Floyd by officers from the Minneapolis Police Department highlights the need for the medical community to re-examine our history, our current practices, and our plans to dismantle systemic racism. George Floyd’s killing was wholly unacceptable, was entirely preventable, and is unfortunately another recent example in a lengthy history of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) killed by law enforcement.

As a member-driven organization representing over 2,500 internal medicine physicians and affiliated health professionals, the Minnesota Chapter of ACP through this statement reaffirms its stance against structural racism and outlines its plans to act in furtherance of this stance. Read full statement here.