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Nebraska Governor's Newsletter December 2018

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Marvin J. Bittner, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Marvin J. Bittner, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

I would like to thank everyone who made our Chapter's Annual Meeting this October such a great success. I just don't know where to begin. So many did so much. I'm afraid to start listing names - because, almost certainly, I will leave out someone who made an important contribution.

Next year our Chapter will again have an Annual Meeting - but with a twist.

We will have a joint meeting with the South Dakota Chapter at the Deadwood Lodge in Deadwood, South Dakota, October 2-4, 2019.

Even though that site is some distance from where most of our members live, I think a number of us will make the trip. Why? It's more than just the opportunity to meet members of the South Dakota Chapter, many of whom have Nebraska ties. Deadwood is close to a number of fascinating places to visit. It's near Mount Rushmore but there's much more than just Mount Rushmore. Custer State Park is very close by as is the Crazy Horse Memorial. Maybe you will drive there along Interstate 90. You'll be passing by Badlands National Park, the Wall Drug Store, and the World's Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. I have visited all three places—and I'm glad I did.

Of course, we will also have a meeting in Omaha to provide an opportunity for our Residents and Students to present their posters. This will give our Program Committee a special opportunity to be creative in developing a meeting that is centered around the poster presentation. More about this coming soon. 

I am writing this shortly before Thanksgiving. I have nothing but thanks for our staff and Program Committee, both past and future, as I look back on this year's meeting and ahead to 2019.



Chapter Meeting a Resounding Success


Thanks to everyone who attended, presented, planned, and promoted the NE Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting on October 26 and 27. We experienced a surge in attendance with 150 Physicians, Medical Students and Residents participating over the 2 days.

Congratulations again to our award winners and poster competition winners:

  • J. Scott Neumeister, MD FACP – Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educator
  • Richard J. Seitz, MD FACP – Laureate Award
  • Dennis J. Esterbrooks, MD FACC FACP - Walter J. O’Donohue, Jr. MD Award
  • Jane F. Potter, MD AGSF FACP – LeeRoy Meyer Dedicated Teacher Award
  • Joel Armitage, MD FACP – Early Career Physician of the Year
  • Chad Reade, MD – Volunteer Faculty Award
  • Venkata Siva Kumar Pajjuru, Creighton Resident – Pre-judged Abstract Winner: “Cutibacterium Acne (formerly Propionibacterium Acne): Is It Cute Enough To Get To The Heart”
  • April Lauer, UNMC - Resident Poster Competition Winner: “Acyclovir for Zoster: Friend or Foe?”
  • Joshua Lallman, UNMC - Medical Student Poster Competition Winner: “Turn on the RADEO: How to Reduce Adverse Events Related to Opioids in the Hospital”

We are currently accepting nominations for next year's awards. Do you know of someone who should be considered? If so, please contact Dr. Carolyn Manhart.



Announcing the Governor-elect


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Micah Beachy on his recent election as the new Governor-elect Designee. Please also join us in thanking Dr. Devin Fox for accepting the position of Meeting Program Committee Chair.



NE Chapter Adds Wellness Champion

The Physician Well-being and Professional Satisfaction initiative is designed to foster a culture of wellness, reduce administrative burdens on physicians, improve practice efficiency and enhance individual physician well-being. The initiative is being led by the Physician Well-being and Professional Satisfaction Task Force and includes tools and programs for individual members, their practices, and ACP Chapters, all focused on helping you and your patients thrive.

A key component of this initiative is a trained team of Well-being Champions dedicated to fostering communities of wellness in their ACP chapters, local practices, and health organizations. Shannon Boerner, MD, will serve as our Nebraska Chapter Wellness Champion for 2018-21. She received training at the 2018 National meeting and looks forward to serving the local membership.

One of the key first steps in addressing burnout is measuring the problem; our thanks to those members who completed the Mini-Z burnout inventory. Our chapter enjoyed a response rate of 43% on our first survey. A small group of interested volunteers have formed a Wellness Workgroup – our first efforts will include analysis of survey results and communication of those results to the chapter membership. We look forward to working with chapter members to address the concerns that many face each day; mitigating our own burnout helps us in many ways, including providing more effective patient care. Please contact myself or any of these Wellness Workgroup members anytime with suggestions, questions, or concerns.



Resolutions for potential Co-sponsorship

Our Chapter has been invited to co-sponsor these proposed resolutions. What do you think? Click on the link below to access the full descriptions of each resolution, then send a message to Dr. Jason Lambrecht or Dr. Nancy Stewart.

Click here to read full descriptions of these resolutions.

1. Resolution to update ACP policy on the treatment of the opioid epidemic

2. Resolution to preserve independent medical staffs

3. Resolution to prevent extending drug patents

4. Resolution to reevaluate the current “firewall” between the C3 and C6 division

5. Resolution on preventing the creation of rebranded prescription generic medications

Do you have a relationship or tie to a local, state or federal lawmaker?

If so, please contact Dr. Jason Lambrecht or Dr. Nancy Stewart, chairs of the Health and Public Policy Committee, to share your opinion. Better yet, join the Committee!



Learn more about Leadership Day

Leadership Day 2019 on Capitol Hill

* May 14-15, 2019 * Washington, DC - Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Leadership Day is ACP's annual two-day advocacy event in Washington, DC, that enables members from across the country to bring issues of concern to U.S. lawmakers. This is a great opportunity for the College and its members to bring policy priorities to Congress and try to influence the legislative process on behalf of internal medicine.

How can you benefit from Leadership Day?

In addition to having an opportunity to meet with your legislators and staff in Washington, DC, participants are provided with in-depth briefings from White House officials, Capitol Hill staffers, and members of Congress; all of whom are among the top health care decision makers.

Participants will also:

  • Receive a comprehensive orientation on ACP's top legislative priorities
  • Earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits
  • Learn advocacy skills that can be utilized back home
  • Meet other internists who care about advocacy, including colleagues from your own state
  • Learn about policy issues that impact your profession and your ability to provide quality care
  • Get to know ACP leaders and staff
  • Socialize and have a great time!

Click here to learn more or contact Dr. Jason Lambrecht or Dr. Nancy Stewart if interested in attending.



Mark Your Calendar – Upcoming Events

Early Career Physicians, Residents & Medical Students Happy Hour in Benson

Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Barchen Beer Garden, 6209 Maple Street

No RSVP needed; just stop by!

Creighton Healthcare Leadership Event: Physician Leadership Dinner Series – Jim Dahle

This quarterly series is designed to equip physicians and healthcare executives as leaders and foster networking in our local healthcare community. Speaker Jim Dahle, author of White Coat Investor, will focus on “Empowering Physicians to Make Wise Financial Decisions.”

December 6, 2018 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Happy Hollow Club, 1701 S 105th Street, Omaha

Register here

2019 NMA Annual Advocacy Breakfast

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Nebraska State Bar Association Conference Room

635 S 14th Street, Suite 130 (West side of the Capitol)

Lincoln, NE

*Please note change in location due to construction at the Capitol

Register here

2019 Internal Medicine Meeting – Philadelphia, PA

April 11 - 13, 2019

Register before January 31 to receive discounted rates!

Click here to learn more.



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