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Chapter News

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,
Otis Gowdy, Jr., MD, MBA, FACP


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


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.


Let's Celebrate our Local Abstract Competition and Doctor's Dilemma Winners

(July 2022) The Alabama and Mississippi Chapters would like to congratulate the following individuals for finishing at the top of their respective categories at the recent abstract and Doctors Dilemma competitions held in conjunction with our recent annual meeting:

The Oral winner was David Shumway from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. His presentation was When in Africa, Look For Zebras: An Unexpected Case of Severe Plasmodium Falciparum Malaria in a Mississippi Hospital.

The Early Career Physician winner was Muhammad Sattar. HIs presentation was Intracranial Hemorrhagic Rhombencephalitis - The Unusual to Think about Legionairres Disease.

The Student winner was Maggie Holmes from UMMC in Jackson. Her presentation was Dual Biopsy-Proven Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma and Tumefactive Multiple Sclerosis.

The top five scorers for the Resident category were:
Archanaa Murugan, UAB Montgomery
Anna Case, UMMC
Uttsav Sandesara, UMMC
Uday Vempulapalli, Brookwood Baptist Health
Jesse Zheng, UAB Huntsville

The winning team for Doctors Dilemma represented UAB. Members are John Craver, Gabriela Gastanadui and Brian Westbrook. 
 


Let's Celebrate our Local National Abstract Competition Winners

(May 2022) The Mississippi Chapter would like to congratulate the following chapter members on their accomplishments at the 2022 Internal Medicine Meeting National Abstract Competition.

Resident/Fellows - Research, Poster Winner
Is it Safe to Receive Kidneys from Deceased Kidney Donors Who Tested Positive for Covid-19 Infection?​

Mahmoud M Mohamed, MBBCH, North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, MS

View the complete list of podium presenters and poster winners at Internal Medicine Meeting 2022.


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 Mississippi Chapter Members who are serving as faculty:

  • Jeshanah Johnson The DEI Shift Podcast: Launching a Successful DEI Initiative - Thursday, April 28, 2022

 

Chapter Bylaws Revisions in Progress

(April 2021) Our Mississippi Chapter Bylaws Committee is revising our bylaws to be current with best practices and procedures for ACP chapters. These revisions will be shared with the chapter prior to approval by the Board of Regents, likely later in this calendar year. Our most recent revision was in 2004, and since that time, there has been increased participation by councils of student members, resident/fellow members, and early career physicians. In addition, we want to ensure that there is opportunity for members across the state to increase their engagement and pursue involvement at the Governor's Advisory Council level. You will hear more about the bylaws as the revisions are completed.


New Executive Director

(January 2021) Christi Long, the new Executive Director of the MS Chapter, already has had a significant positive impact on the operations of our chapter, helping us prepare for our upcoming chapter meeting, revise our bylaws, and communicate with the national ACP office. Christi has worked with associations on local, state and national levels, and counts it a privilege to have learned the ropes of association management in the trenches. Christi currently serves as executive director of the Medical Society of Montgomery County; the Alabama Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery; the Alabama & Mississippi Chapters, American College of Physician; and the Alabama Cancer Congress.