Nebraska Governor's Newsletter September 2022

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Micah W. Beachy, DO, FACP, ACP Governor

Micah W. Beachy, DO, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

If you're like me, you might be wondering where the summer went. It feels like yesterday I was writing the spring newsletter with the building excitement of the first in person annual meeting in two years. Those that participated in the meeting enjoyed a fantastic educational session and the palpable joy of being in community with other colleagues from across the country. As you'll see below, the chapter celebrated the induction of several new Fellows and supported our residents to an impressive finish in Doctor's Dilemma during our time in Chicago.

The rest of this edition of the newsletter is a mix of look backs on a summer full of other ACP activities and a look ahead to several exciting opportunities to learn, collaborate, and advocate with colleagues from across the state. Keep reading to learn more and to find out details about registering for these can't miss events. I hope to see many of you over the upcoming months and as always feel free to reach out if you have questions about the chapter or other ACP activities.



Registration Now Open! Nebraska Chapter Scientific Meeting 2022

Registration is now open for the Nebraska ACP Scientific Meeting to be held October 15, 2022, at the Lied Lodge at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, NE. We have a robust and dynamic meeting planned including several educational presentations, a town hall, abstract finalist and Doctor's Dilemma competitions. We are also excited to announce that Dr. Rebecca Andrews, Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, will be speaking and delivering an ACP update. Please use this link to secure your registration. For hotel accommodations at the Arbor Day Lodge, please click this link. Use the drop-down special rate box select Group/Block and use the block code 2210AMERIC. The deadline to book a room at the Lied Lodge is September 15, 2022.



Call For Abstracts

The NE ACP Abstract Competition will be held virtually for students and resident/fellow this year. The submission deadline of Sunday, September 4, 2022, 11:59 PM CT is quickly approaching. Please use this link for resident/fellow abstract information and here for medical student abstract information.

for more information.

  • Student Virtual Competition: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 6:00-8:00 PM via Zoom
  • Resident Virtual Competition: Thursday, September 29, 2022 6:00-8:00 PM via Zoom
  • Finalist Presentations at Chapter Scientific Meeting: Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Lied Lodge



Abstract Competition Judges and Moderators Needed

We are looking forward to the abstract competition and are currently recruiting poster judges and moderators. We would appreciate any volunteers willing to evaluate abstract presentations. Please contact if interested in volunteering.



2022 Nebraska Chapter Award Winners

This year the Nebraska ACP has recognized nine outstanding physicians that have given their time and expertise to their patients, places of work and communities. We thank and congratulate them for their continued commitment and dedication! Click here to view the fall 2022 award winners.



New Governor Elect

ACP MACPs, FACPs, Members, and 2-year Resident/Fellow members in the Nebraska Chapter will be electing a Governor-elect for the term beginning in 2023. The new Governor-elect will automatically assume the office of Governor in 2024, with the term expiring in 2028.

The Executive Committee of the Board of Governors presents to the membership the following slate of candidates for Governor-elect in accordance with the ACP Bylaws:

Lauren E. Nelson, MD, FACP
Richard J. Seitz, MD, FACP

The election shall be conducted by mail and web with all MACPs, FACPs, Members, and 2-year Resident/Fellow members in the chapter eligible to vote. Ballots with voting instructions will be mailed and e-mailed to all eligible members after the deadline for petition has passed. The candidate receiving a plurality of the votes shall be elected.



Internal Medicine Meeting

This year the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting (IMM) was held in person on April 28-30, 2022, in Chicago, IL. From scientific sessions to abstract competitions to Convocation, ACP's Internal Medicine Meeting was an engaging event and was attended by thousands of physicians this year.

Nebraska ACP past governor, Marvin Bittner MD, FACP, was a speaker at the IMM. He spoke on Volunteerism Opportunities for Late-Career Physicians. Thank you, Dr. Bittner for always making Nebraska ACP proud!


Congratulations to UNMC team of Drs. Amy Dreessen, James Fagerland, Brett Begley, and Clayton Oakley who participated at the 2022 IMM Doctor's Dilemma competition. A total of 47 teams competed and the UNMC team made it to the semifinal round, finishing in 6th place. Great job!

Also, congratulations to our own Emily Jezewski, UNMC medical student, for being elected to serve a one-year term on the American College of Physicians Council of Student Members (CSM). Her term began at the ACP IMM 2022 in Chicago and will end at the conclusion of ACP IMM 2023. We are so proud of you Emily!

The Internal Medicine Meeting next year will be held in San Diego, CA on April 27-29, 2023.



Health and Public Policy Committee

Leadership Day 2022 is in the books! The event enables the College to increase its presence on Capitol Hill and raises our concern with U.S. lawmakers. ACP members receive two days of in-depth briefings on the College's legislative priorities and an opportunity to meet with elected officials.

Our Nebraska ACP Governor's Advisory Council Student Member Kishan Srikanth, CUMC, attended Leadership Day. He detailed his experience here:

ACP Leadership Day, May 17-18, 2022, was a 2-day conference held in Washington, DC where Nebraska Chapter ACP delegates were able to speak with Nebraska legislative leaders and their aids about medical policy issues of particular interest to the ACP.

Nebraska ACP was well represented with 3 medical students Kishan Srikanth and Arjun Vadlamudi, CUMC and Emily Jezewski, UNMC as well 3 physicians, Dr. Beachy, Dr. DeVrieze, and Dr. Bittner.

The conference kickstarted with an all-day workshop educating students on what medical advocacy is and how to be an effective orator when speaking with representatives. We were then instructed on what the American College of Physicians does every year on Capitol Hill and why medical advocacy is so important to the mission of the ACP. Towards the end of day one, we had two incredible panel discussions on primary care equity payments and the latest from congress on mental health, telehealth, and prescription drugs. As a medical student, I had an incredible day of learning about how policy can influence the way I would be administering health care to patients in the future. The day ended with a fun happy hour social where we got to socialize with medical students from various other ACP chapters across the nation.

Our second day began with inspiring talks from Representatives Ami Bera from California and John Joyce from Philadelphia. Both were physicians in training and spoke powerfully about they transitioned their career from medicine to policy. They spoke of the importance of Leadership Day and how we can really make a difference. We then proceeded with our Capitol Hill meetings. We were fortunate enough to meet with the office of Representatives Don Bacon and Adrian Smith and Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse. The topics we discussed included expanding access to mental health resources, providing funding for establishing proper infrastructure for telehealth services, and increasing residency spots to reduce the rate of those going unmatched. The conversations were productive, thought provoking, and informative. We came away from these meetings encouraged that the information we provided would be useful in shaping how current and future policy decisions would positively impact our patients.

I am extremely thankful for this incredible learning opportunity provided by the ACP. I learned a lot about medical advocacy and am even more inspired about advocating for my future patients. I believe my experience at Leadership Day will be extremely useful in my future endeavors and I hope to represent the Nebraska ACP chapter again in subsequent Leadership Days.


Kishan Srikanth, Creighton University Medical Student

RSVP now for the Nebraska Physician and Policymaker Meet and Greet

Connect with state representatives and those running for office on Friday, September 23, 2022, 6:00-8:30 pm at the Midtown Crossing Club Room.


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

If so, it could be helpful to our Health and Public Policy committee. Please contact committee co-chairs, Marvin Bittner MD, FACP or Stephanie Hartman MD, FACP to connect.

Please consider assisting the Health and Public Policy Committee by participating in an interest survey:

Dear Nebraska Chapter ACP Colleague,

We would like to request your feedback regarding the state and federal health policy priorities being considered by the Chapter Health & Public Policy Committee. Please complete this brief survey (2 minutes). Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide feedback on the Chapter's health policy priorities.


Stephanie Hartman, MD, Chair, Nebraska Chapter ACP Health & Public Policy Committee


Upcoming Advocacy Events:

  • Nebraska Medical Association Legislative Breakfast- Our cooperative effort with the Nebraska Medical Association to meet with legislators will be Thursday, February 9, 2023, 7:30 am-9:00 am at the Hruska Law Center in Lincoln, NE. Details to come.
  • Leadership Day 2023- Leadership Day enables the College to increase its presence on Capitol Hill and bring our issues of concern to U.S. lawmakers. Information about Leadership Day 2023 will be posted as the event draws nearer.



Early Career Physicians Committee

We had a great turnout for our ECP/IM Resident event on May 18, 2022, at Corkscrew in Blackstone! Thank you to our event speakers Jeremy Stone, MD, Jyoti Mahapatra, MD, Kurt Kapels MD, FACP, and, ECP Chair Bret Hays, MD, FACP. Stay tuned for more planned events!




Wellness Committee

Nebraska ACP would like to welcome our new Wellness Committee Chair and Nebraska ACP Wellness Champion Sarah Richards, MD, FACP. The Wellness Committee is currently planning a Wellness Committee event this fall. You're not going to want to miss out. Details coming soon!

Our sincere thanks to our outgoing Wellness Committee Chair Shannon Boerner, MD, FACP. We appreciate all your hard work and dedication to Nebraska ACP!



Congratulations to our new Nebraska ACP Fellows!

Congratulations to the Nebraska Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues that recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.

  • Katrina Chavez- Jorgensen MD, FACP
  • Wei Jie Chin, MD, FACP
  • Tushar Sharma, MBBS, FACP



Medical Student Council and Resident Council

We want you to join our Medical Student Council and Resident Council!

Make plans to attend the next council meet and connect with fellow medical students or residents. Our next Student Council meeting will be November 1, 2022, at 6:00 pm and the Resident Council will meet November 17, 2022, at 6:00 pm. All new members of the council (or bring a new member) can earn a chance to win one of our great prizes!




This November we encourage you to get out and vote! Don't miss your chance to make your voice heard.


As always, follow us on Twitter, @Nebraska_ACP, for the latest news and information!