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Montana Governor's Newsletter April 2018

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Pam Hiebert, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Pam Hiebert, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Well-Being Champions

Congratulations to Noelle Thomas, MD and Sharon Hecker, MD, FACC for being the Montana Chapter's Well-Being Champions!


Over the next two years, ACP plans to train up to 120 new Well-being Champions (two per chapter) to supplement the efforts of the inaugural group of 20 Champions trained in 2015. The role of the Well-being Champions is to promote the rationale for investing in clinician well-being, share key evidence-based strategies to improve clinician well-being and professional satisfaction, and foster the development of chapter-based communities that support well-being and professional satisfaction.



2018 Big Sky Meeting

We had a great winter meeting at Big Sky, March 22-24, 2018. The theme was Medical Care of the Surgical Patient. All the bases were well covered. Topics included cardiac and pulmonary risk, infections, liver disease, anti-coagulation, frailty and introduction to “POSH” (Peri Operative Surgical Home).

Recommended perioperative tools:

FIFE (Frailty Index for Elders)
RCRI (Revised Cardiac Risk Index for Pre-operative Risk)
NSQIP (Surgical Risk Calculator)
Pairing CHAD VASc 2 with has bled score
MAPPP! Is a Great FREE App to manage peri-operative anticoagulation

We were also fortunate to have four medical students from Great Falls give excellent poster presentations. There was plenty of fresh powder for skiing and snowshoeing. It was wonderful to meet and connect with IM colleagues from around the state. Hope to see you there next year.

Special thanks to Michael Vlases, MD, FACP for all the work he did in planning the meeting!




ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2018

The Spring ACP Internal Medicine 2018 in New Orleans was an outstanding meeting with over 9000 in attendance.

Congratulations to the following new Fellows who marched in the convocation ceremony: Suzanne D. Daniell, MD, FACP; Courtney Austin, MD, FACP; Emma Sargsyan, MD, FACP; Meghan E. Johnston, MD, FACP; Katherine L. Dietrich, DO, FACP; and Jason V. Kuntz, DO, FACP.


Chris Dietrich was selected to present his poster in the resident poster competition.


On 4/20 ACP staff discussed “administrative burdens” directly with CMS. CMS is calling the initiative “Patients over Paperwork” This is similar to ACP “Patients before Paperwork” initiative started a few years ago. However, we do not hold a grudge with the name as long as long as CMS helps ease administrative burdens and restore joy in medicine.

Please read the two new papers recently released on Social Determinant of Health and Achieving Gender Equity in Physician Compensation and Career Advancement.

Thanks to the attendees that stopped by the Northwest Regional Reception!




Save The Date!

The 2018 Montana Chapter Scientific Meeting will be held September 6-8, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Billings.

The theme of the meeting is “Geriatric Women's Health” and a few of the highlights include:

Substance Abuse, Advance Care Planning, Physician Wellness, Geriatric Alternative Medicine, Geriatric Infectious Disease, Joint Injections, and Medical Jeopardy.

Margaret Beliveau, MD, FACP and Katherine Dietrich, DO, FACP are planning a meeting that you don't want to miss!



New Fellows

Congratulations to the following new Fellows:

Suzanne D. Daniell, MD, FACP
John W. Mahan, MD, FACP
Emma Sargsyan, MD FACP



New Members

Welcome to the following new members:

Fernando Caceres, MD
Rodolfo Choussal Gonzalez, MD
Sarina Wilsons
Kelsie A. Delaney
Jennifer S. Eller
Eric Reid
Kelcie Foshag
Shae Saunders
Cara Zhou
Rudo Ambayi, MBChB
Frank Strnad
Ezekial Koslosky
Camilla Juhl Petersen, MD



2018 John Tooker Evergreen All-Star Award


The Montana Chapter received the 2018 John Tooker Evergreen All-Star Award in commemoration of the program's 25th anniversary. The chapter's submission, “Hospitalist Outreach Through Chapter Meetings”, captures the spirit of innovation that the John Tooker Evergreen Awards Program seeks to recognize. The Chapters Subcommittee felt the nomination has contributed to the strength and breadth of ACP and its chapters, and demonstrates sustainability through successive leadership terms.



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