New Mexico Governor's Newsletter June 2023

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Heather C. Brislen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Heather C. Brislen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Dear Colleagues and Friends –

Before diving in – please take a moment to SAVE THE DATE! Our annual Internal Medicine Scientific Meeting – will be November 10-11, at the El Dorado Hotel, in Santa FE.

This newsletter aims to provide you with important updates, educational resources, and events relevant to our New Mexico Chapter. I hope that you will find it interesting and informative. Most importantly in this edition, I want to encourage all members to:

On a personal level, just last month, my clinic stopped requiring masks be worn for all routine visits. So did UNM and many other clinics around the state, and also the VA just recently. It feels like a profound milestone, and as we prepare for the last chapter annual meeting of my term as governor, I am struck by how much of the last 3 years has been completely dominated by the pandemic – and how close to normal we may be finding ourselves again now.

I hope that you have found the chapter a welcome and comforting presence during this wild ride. Healthcare remains turbulent and challenging, and now as much as ever we must all stay engaged in order to ensure better care for our patients and a better system for them – and for us.

I am particularly excited about the upcoming annual meeting in Santa Fe. Last year was our first in-person meeting in all too long, and those who attended glowed from the energy of true connection with our internist colleagues. This year, we are shedding the hybrid option – hoping that all of you will join us live and in person to recreate that distinctive environment of collegiality.

The program is outstanding. We have taken advantage of the three-day Veteran's Day weekend and meeting chair, Dr. Melissa Cline has put together a stellar, all-VA faculty cast of presenters. Many are familiar faces from our IM community, even including Dr. Rich Hoffman who is back to present on Shared Decision Making in Lung Cancer Screening. The bulk of the CME activities are on Friday, November 10, with Thieves Market and trainee research and clinical vignette competitions to follow on Saturday. Friday evening will include a networking reception for all.

The meeting will be here before you know it! Even though the full program is not yet online in detail, you can register now at: 2023 New Mexico Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting | ACP Online


Call for Award Nominees

Please take the time to Recognize Outstanding NMACP Members by nominating them for the 2022 NM Chapter Awards:

The New Mexico ACP Awards Committee needs your help identifying members for the 2023 Laureate, Excellence in Teaching, Community Service/Volunteerism, Early Career Physician Leadership, and Community Mentorship Awards

Laureate Award

The Laureate Award is designed to honor those Fellows and Masters of the College who have demonstrated, by their example and conduct, an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research, and service to their community, their chapter, and the ACP. Past awardees are found on our chapter website and new awardees are invited to join the chapter delegation during convocation at the national Internal Medicine meeting.

Community Service & Volunteerism Award

The Community Service & Volunteerism Award was developed to recognize the work of members who are involved in volunteerism and community service activities. Volunteerism and service, like a commitment to continuing education, are established traditions for internists and are so important to our professional community.

Excellence in Teaching Award

The award recognizes a member of the College who has demonstrated the qualities of a great teacher as judged by the acclaim and accomplishments of former students and who have been inspired and peers who hold them in their highest esteem.

Community-Based Physician Mentor Award

This award recognizes an exceptional community preceptor who has demonstrated a commitment to the mentoring of medical students and/or residents outside of major teaching centers. Masters, Fellows, and Members are eligible for this award.

Early Career Physician Leadership Award

This award recognizes an ACP member within 16 years of graduating from medical school who demonstrates notable contributions to the field of Internal Medicine through excellence in leadership, education, mentoring, scholarship, and/or volunteerism.

There are also awards for Outstanding Resident or Fellow and Outstanding Medical Student

Please email nominations to

Nominations should include the nominee's full name, title, and contact information (phone number or working email address) and a short statement of which award they are nominated for, and why. The deadline to submit a nomination is August 1, 2023

Please nominate your colleagues so that we can honor their service and commitment to internal medicine! Awards will be presented at the New Mexico Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting to be held November 10-11, 2023.


New Chapter Resource: Financial Planning for Physicians

In May, our Early Career Physician committee and chair Dr. Gresa Sylejmani hosted a first-time series on financial planning for physicians. Jen Cole, CFP/CFA presented both 90 minutes sessions and they were dynamic, dense, and informative. If you weren't able to attend in person, or if you just want a refresher – the sessions are available for on-demand viewing – along with a list of online resources and tips on finding qualified financial professionals - on our website.

  • Building a Solid Financial Foundation
  • Your Investment Portfolio: Taking a Strategic and Systematic Approach
  • Handout: Finding a Pro and Questions to Ask


ACP assists with meeting new DEA Requirement

The MATE act - Beginning on June 27, 2023, the DEA will require that all prescribers provide a one-time attestation that they have completed 8 hours of training on the management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders (SUDs) prior to renewing their DEA registration. The deadline for satisfying this new training requirement is the date of a practitioner's next scheduled DEA registration submission—regardless of whether it is an initial registration or a renewal registration—on or after June 27, 2023.

As an ACCME-accredited CME provider with Commendation, ACP offers a wide variety of activities that count toward meeting this new requirement. Choose from a curated list at ACP's SUD Hub.



News from ACP 2023 In San Diego:

A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Spring 2023 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

If you have an idea you would like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to the council by emailing

One outstanding element of the national ACP meeting is always the poster Doctor's dilemma competitions. Thank you and kudos to the following student, resident, and fellow members that made us all proud by competing on the national stage:

  • Clinical Vignette Poster-Anita Shrivastava
  • DEI/QI Poster-Marco Proano
  • Doctor's Dilemma Team from UNM-Moon S Ryu, Justin M Joseph, and Sarah Jawadi

In closing, remember that this community of Internal Medicine in New Mexico thrives because of your membership. We want to hear from you! If there is anything you need from the chapter to help you get the best for your patients, please reach out. And – see you in November in Santa Fe!

Heather Brislen, ACP-NM chapter governor


Our annual Internal Medicine Scientific Meeting – will be VETERANS DAY WEEKEND – Friday and Saturday, November 10-11, at the El Dorado Hotel, in Santa FE.

Call for Abstracts is now OPEN!


Submit an abstract using the NEW MEXICO CHAPTER ABSTRACT FORM.

Abstract Submission Deadline:

Friday, September 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST


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BOR Action on Spring 2023 BOG Resolutions

A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Spring 2023 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

If you have an idea you would like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or local ACP chapter. Visit your ACP chapter website for more information on how to contact your Governor or chapter staff about proposing a resolution.