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New Mexico Governor's Newsletter June 2019

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Betty Chang, MDCM, PhD, FACP, FACCP, ACP Governor

Betty Chang, MDCM, PhD, FACP, FACCP, ACP Governor

Happy Summer to everyone. I heard from some news source that this was one of the wettest years in many decades. I would say in Albuquerque that is definitely true. We have had one of the most pleasant May/June in my 17 years in New Mexico. The critical care physician in me is a little worried that next year will be a severe Hanta Virus year, as it has been the pattern that the year after a wet year is a Hanta Virus year. But for now, I guess the disease of the year is Measles. As many of you know we had our first measles case in the southern part of the state.

Look for the New Mexico ACP Annual Meeting registration notice, which will come out this summer. We plan to offer around 13.5 CME and MOC points. The meeting will be held November 14-16 at the Albuquerque Uptown Sheraton. Sessions to look forward to: Workshop on immigrant and border health and internal medicine advocacy in the State of New Mexico. And at the request of many of our previous attendees, we are moving medical jeopardy back into the Annual Meeting, on Thursday night. We will have teams from Memorial Medical Center as well as UNM.

We are looking to acknowledge our outstanding internists with a Chapter Award. Just send me 4-5 sentences about your mentor, a colleague, your teacher, or anyone who inspires you. Tell us what makes them great.

Betty Chang
Governor, ACP New Mexico Chapter


Leadership Day

Heather Brislen

ACP Leadership Day took part in Washington DC May 14 and 15 this year, and past NMACP Governors Mike Kaufman and Eileen Barrett, and Governor-elect Heather Brislen attended from New Mexico. There are a large number of impactful issues in front of our legislators right now, and the national ACP advocacy team did a great job packing a huge amount of information into the short amount of time that we had together. Key issues addressed during the educational sessions on Tuesday included strategies to address the high price of prescription drug prices, the epidemic of firearms-related injury and death, funding health workforce training and debt reduction, and protecting Title X funds for healthy women and families – among others! A more complete description of the topics can be viewed on the ACP web site . On Wednesday, the three NMACP members met with each of our NM representatives' staff, and were particularly excited to meet with Rep. Haaland and Sen. Udall in person. It's a wonderful feeling to be in our nation's capital with a state delegation that is so receptive to ACP's priorities – many of our national representatives are already co-sponsoring key bills that are ACP priorities and could make a big difference to the practice of internal medicine in our home state. Networking with our New Mexico offices' staff also provides for important exchange going forward – we hope to serve as a resource for our elected representatives in any way that we can! Any NMACP member can attend leadership day, and is encouraged to consider joining the advocacy and policy committee of NMACP. Interested members should please email



Wellness Corner

Eileen Barrett and Elizabeth Lawrence

Our chapter continued our five-year physician wellness grand rounds collaboration with the Department of Internal Medicine at UNM, most recently with a grand rounds presentation by Lisa Marr, MD, FACP on May 30th. The presentation, titled “The Interdependence of Personal Well-Being and Workplace Culture,” was widely attended and included helpful background about the institutional causes of burnout and impediments to a culture of wellness. Dr. Marr concluded with how clinicians and our workplaces can increase professional well-being, including through breaking down silos, emphasizing communication, and coming together to discuss what is working and what is not so we can create needed change. For those unable to attend in person, a recording is available here.

Although CME is not available for these previously recorded talks, previous physician wellness grounds may be found on the UNM website (click on "Internal Medicine Grand Rounds" on the left sidebar of this page), including The Science of What We Eat and How We Eat It by Dave Rakel, MD, and Individual and Organizational Approaches to Preventing and Reducing Burnout by Charlene Dewey, MD, MEd, MACP. Please watch your email for future topics in the fall, and we hope you can join us!