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From the Governor March 2014

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March 2014 Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, FACP, ACP Governor



I hope this update finds you well! I am writing while en route to the east coast for a recertification exam review course. Probably like you, I enjoy reading and studying, including brushing up on topics I don't see in my usual practice as a hospitalist. Perhaps also like you, I am finding the prospect of meeting Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") daunting. In the hopes that this is helpful for you, later in this newsletter you'll find what I hope is a helpful summary of these changes in board certification. So far, I've found the process somewhat time-consuming but also valuable for reviewing medical updates and also exploring performance improvement.

Our chapter has been busy, and I am grateful for the work of our Councilors in helping this be a productive time. We had a successful CME program in Santa Fe in February, are preparing for Leadership Day in May, and are gearing up for the national ACP meeting in Orlando next month. I'm pleased that two residents from our chapter, Mariam Salas, MBBcH, and Leona Ebara, MD, are competing in the national poster competition, and that Ahmad Allaham, MD, Omar Abu Saleh, MD, and Omar Abu Nabaa, MD, will be competing in Medical Jeopardy. If you are planning on attending the conference, please consider stopping by to support them, and please also watch your e-mail for our chapter's happy hour get-together on Friday night (location TBA).

In addition to our resident's successes, I'm pleased that our chapter is growing and supporting advancement to Fellowship in the College for so many talented individuals. Please join me in congratulating our chapter's new Fellows: Virginia Corpus, MD, of Las Cruces, Brianna Cowan, MD, of Shiprock, Douglas Egli, MD, of Santa Fe, Steven Kanig, MD, of Albuquerque, Bradley Kanode, MD, of Las Vegas, Boris Naraev, MD, PhD, of Albuquerque, and Molly Vosburg, MD, of Los Alamos.

Lastly, although my term as chapter Governor ends in 2016, it is time to start considering our chapter's next Governor's election later this year. It has been immensely rewarding to meet internists and subspecialists throughout the state, interact with residents and students, advocate for responsible heath policy and practice support, and promote excellence in continuing education. If you care about the future of internal medicine and medical education and have a few hours a week to volunteer, I hope you will consider running for Governor of the chapter. You may find more information about Governorship and more about leadership development for prospective Governors.

Best wishes, and please keep in touch.


Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, FACP
Internist/Hospitalist, Gallup
Governor, NM Chapter of the ACP


Save the Date!

Save the Date for the Annual Scientific Meeting to be held November 6-8, 2014. Like last year, it will be held at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque. Attendees can look forward to updates in outpatient medicine, hospital medicine, diabetes therapeutics, medical marijuana, and more.


Resident Programming: Medical Jeopardy

Many thanks to Alisha Parada, MD, and Jenny Jernigan, MD, FACP, who coordinated a Medical Jeopardy/Doctor's Dilemma™ competition held in February at UNM. Congratulations to Doctors Ahmad Allaham, Omar Abu Saleh, and Omar Abu Nabaa, who won the competition and will compete during the national competition at Internal Medicine 2014 in Orlando.

Many thanks to all who competed, including Doctors Pradeep Mitta, Justin Miller, Soumya Reddy, Bilal Jalil, Uzair Ghori, Hassam Bader, James Jackson, Wesam Ostwani, and Ihab Ajaaj.



All members are encouraged to review the resolutions that will be discussed and voted on for recommendation to the ACP Board of Regents at the April Orlando meeting. Please review the resolutions, and e-mail with your feedback.


Do You Like Teaching? Be a Preceptor!

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine values community physicians and seeks them as teachers for their medical students. There are several ways for physicians to become involved as Clinical Assistant Professors teaching medical students in their practices. One half day every other week for a semester provides a continuity clinic student the opportunity to learn and improve their skills interviewing and examining patients. Physicians are also needed for the student summertime Practical Immersion Experience (PIE) where second-year students spend six weeks living and working in our rural communities.

Teaching is a fun and rewarding experience. Physicians can receive 40 hours of CME credit per three year period for teaching medical students and residents toward their New Mexico license. Being a clinical assistant professor for the University of New Mexico qualifies the preceptor for access to the medical library's electronic resources including up to date and discounts to many University of New Mexico resources.

Please contact Amy Clithero for an application.


Maintenance of Certification ("MOC")

Beginning in 2014, the American Board of Internal Medicine ("ABIM") will report 2 credentials for all board-certified internists: 1) Board Certification and 2) Meeting (or not) MOC requirements. Meeting MOC requirements is defined as enrolled in an MOC activity to earn ABIM MOC points every 2 years and 100 points in 5 years. If you are not enrolled in MOC, you will be reported as "not meeting MOC requirements" even though you are 'grand parented'.

In order to start meeting these requirements, you must first enroll on the ABIM Web site. The process requires earning 100 self-evaluation points in 2 categories every 5 years with at least 20 medical knowledge points and 20 practice assessment points with the remaining 60 points in either medical knowledge or practice assessment. These points can apply to more than 1 certificate (e.g. internal medicine and nephrology). Of course, all candidates must also pass the MOC examination once every 10 years.

The most common way to meet the medical knowledge requirement is completion of the ABIM medical knowledge modules (included in the price of MOC). Multiple modules in multiple specialties are available. Other medical knowledge self-assessment products have been developed by other professional organizations (at extra cost), but these organization will need to be contacted. These include the NEJM, and specialty organizations such as the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Hematology, and Society of Hospital Medicine etc. Upon satisfactory completion, these organizations will provide credit information to the ABIM.

Meeting the practice performance requirements is intuitive, but manageable with moderate planning. The ABIM practice improvement modules (PIMS) are available at no cost; however they are geared more toward outpatient medicine. There are approved quality improvement PIMS from specialty organizations, societies, foundations etc., but most cost to participate. Self-directed PIMS using data already in the practice are possible, but then the ABIM should be contacted directly for more guidance on this. Physicians considering this option should recognize that they must know how to do their own QI, however the advantage is more latitude in choosing meaning QI projects.

Did you miss our meeting in Santa Fe and want to learn about QI and completing Maintenance of Certification requirements?

Join ACP's national Quality Improvement (QI) network on the MedConcert platform where you can learn about upcoming QI coaching calls, communicate with members from around the country, measure your performance across six adult immunization and six diabetes measures, identify performance gaps, and link to tools and resources designed to help improve your patient care. As a benefit to participating, you will get free access to the ACP Practice Advisor -- an online practice management tool. Participation in this program will allow you to earn 20 ABIM Maintenance of Certification practice assessment points (PIMS). E-mail Selam Wubu for more information!


Free Online High Value Care CME

Learn how to eliminate unnecessary healthcare costs while improving patient outcomes with these interactive cases on high value care! These 30- to 60-minute topics can be completed on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Review the cases, answer the associated multiple-choice questions, and read through the critiques. You can also download the take-home tools to help you incorporate high value care principles into your practice. The cases offer free online CME and may fulfill risk management/patient safety CME required by some states. They have also been approved by ABIM for 13 MOC medical knowledge points and patient safety credit.


Free Online Ethics CME from ACP

"When an Aging Colleague Seems Impaired" is a new ACP ethics case study that is available online for CME credit. This case study explores the physician's ethical obligation to address a colleague's (or one's own) impairment in order to protect the safety of patients and to assist the impaired physician. This case study and other case studies in the professionalism case study series are available on ACP Online in the Ethics Case Studies section.


Free 'JournalWise' Service for Members, Screens Noteworthy Journals

JournalWise, a free, time-saving, ACP Member benefit, is a mobile-optimized service that screens over 120 internal medicine journals for the highest-quality, clinically relevant and newsworthy articles with custom criteria that you determine so that only the articles (and e-tables of contents) you want are delivered when and how you want them. This short, 2-minute video shows you how set-up is quick, easy and free!

For more information and to sign-up, log in at


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