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We Request Your Feedback on the Proposed Fall 2022 Board of Governors Resolutions

(August 2022) We would like to request your feedback regarding resolutions that will be considered at the Fall 2022 Board of Governors Meeting. The resolutions have been posted on ACP Online for your review and cover an array of topics such as supporting paid sick leave for U.S. workers, covering insulin pumps under CMS Part B for insulin dependent diabetics, and integrating a health equity framework into methods for developing ACP clinical guidelines.

After considering the intent of each resolution and how it fits with the College’s Mission and Goals, please provide your feedback on each resolution and indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by August 31. Your input will be used as part of testimony on behalf of the chapter.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide comments regarding these resolutions. By providing your feedback on the Board of Governors resolutions, you have helped to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. Please visit the chapter’s Web site after the Fall 2022 Board of Governors meeting for updates.

Sincerely,

[Name]


Applications Now Open to Apply for the Million Hearts® 2022 Hypertension Control Challenge

(August 2022) The Million Hearts® 2022 initiative is now accepting applications for the Hypertension Control Challenge and encourages ACP members to apply. ACP is a partner in the Million Hearts Campaign, a national initiative that aims to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by reducing hypertension and implementing evidence-based strategies to improve cardiovascular health. 

The Hypertension Control Challenge identifies and spotlights health care professionals, practices, both solo and group, and health care systems that have achieved nationally laudable hypertension control rates. Applicants that have achieved hypertension control rates of at least 80% over a 12 month period are eligible to enter for possible recognition as a Champion. To learn more about the rules and eligibility requirements to become a 2022 Million Hearts ® Hypertension Control Challenge Champion, please visit https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/partners-progress/champions/rules.html. All prospective Champions are required to complete the application form https://hypertension.millionhearts.hhs.gov/.

The submission deadline is September 7, 2022.


New Advocacy Resources Available to ACP Members and Chapters

(August 2022) We would like to make you aware of two new advocacy resources available to ACP members and chapters.

Understanding Advocacy and Why We Do It - A Comprehensive Toolkit for Chapters

ACP has created an advocacy best practices toolkit to support engagement in and the efficacy of chapter-level advocacy at the state and federal level. This comprehensive toolkit breaks down the different methods and mediums for advocacy engagement and highlights all the programs and resources offered by ACP to make the most of chapters’ advocacy efforts. This toolkit is only accessible to ACP members. 

Reproductive Health Toolkit Now Updated

ACP's toolkit for chapters to utilize in navigating issues surrounding abortion rights and related policies in their states following the overturning of Roe v. Wade has been updated. The toolkit now includes sample letters that chapters can use to advocate with state officials and information on recent federal activity. 

For questions regarding these toolkits, please submit all requests through this questionnaire to ensure we can track inquiries and respond in the most timely and efficient manner." 

Are you a member of the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn)? Learn more here


Congratulations New New Mexico Chapter Fellows

  • Krystal Chan, MD FACP
  • Justin T Miller, MD FACP
  • Annashia Shera, MD FACP
  • Connor Tryon, MD FACP

(July 2022) Congratulations to the New Mexico Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who 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.


BOR Action on Spring '22 BOG Resolutions

(June 2022) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Spring 2022 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'd like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to our chapter.


Nominate Outstanding NMACP Members for Chapter Awards

Do you know a New Mexico ACP member deserving of recognition for their track record of distinction and service? The New Mexico ACP Awards Committee would like your help identifying members for the 2022 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 colleenkeekuacp@gmail.com Nominations should include the nominees 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 July 15, 2022.

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 4-5, 2022.


Let's Celebrate our Local National Abstract Competition Winners

(May 2022) The New Mexico Chapter would like to congratulate the following chapter members on their accomplishments at the 2022 Internal Medicine Meeting National Abstract Competition.

Resident/Fellow - Clinical Vignette, Poster Winner
A Double Trouble: A Case of Crohn's and Coccidioidomycosis

Nouf K Almaghlouth, MD

View the complete list of podium presenters and poster winners at Internal Medicine Meeting 2022.


Potential ACP Governor-elect Candidates

Nominations Due by April 14, 2022

(March 2022) As you know, the ACP national office is conducting a Governor-elect election for our chapter this year. The Local Nominations Committees will be responsible for identifying up to two candidates who are willing and able to serve a four-year term (April 2024 - April 2028), in addition to a year of training as Governor-elect (April 2023 - April 2024).

We are looking for a dynamic leader who exhibits integrity, shows commitment to the College and demonstrates dedication to the Chapter and the medical community. The successful candidate will work with Chapter members and with leaders in internal medicine at the national level. A Governor typically spends several hours per week on College Business with the support of executive administrative staff. Serving as an ACP Governor can be an extremely rewarding and life changing experience. 

Click here to view the Governor Job Responsibilities.

Only ACP MACPs and FACPs are eligible for consideration. If you would like to submit the name of a colleague or self-nominate, contact Chapter Staff. 

All potential candidate information must be submitted by Wednesday April 14, 2022. 


Congratulations New New Mexico Chapter Fellows

Shiva Kumar R Mukkamalla, MD FACP

    (February 2022) Congratulations to the New Mexico Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who 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.


    Support our Local Speakers at Internal Medicine 2022

    Join ACP and your colleagues as we reconvene to meet our personal and professional goals. World-renowned faculty will present important topics and the latest evidenced-based clinical and practice information that invite you to discover new ways to improve your own techniques and patient care. Internal Medicine Meeting 2022 will also introduce a refreshed schedule and two plenary gatherings featuring must-see speakers.

    We wanted to take a moment to shine a spotlight on this year’s New Mexico Chapter Members who are serving as faculty:

    • Eileen Barrett Creating Professional Fulfillment - Friday, April 29, 2022 and Saturday, April 30, 2022 and Professional Well-Being Interventions at the Leadership Level: Finding Your Voice and Making the Case on Thursday, April 28, 2022.
    • Betty Chang Cultural Shock: Navigating A New Culture and Maintaining Identity for the IMG - Friday, April 29, 2022
    • Jennifer Jernigan Mastering the Match for International Students - Saturday, April 30, 2022
    • Dave Scrace Thieves’ Market - Friday, April 29, 2022

    BOR Action on Fall '21 BOG Resolutions

    (December 2021) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Fall 2021 Board of Governors (BOG) virtual 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'd like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to our chapter.


    Congratulations New New Mexico Chapter Fellows

    • Linda M Macdonald, MD FACP
    • Cassie Shaw, MD FACP
    • Jeremy Snyder, MD FACP

    (December 2021) Congratulations to the New Mexico Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who 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.


    Congratulations to Dr. Sosa on Mastership

    (October 2021) Congratulations to Dr. Nestor Sosa, the newest NM Chapter Mastership of the American College of Physicians (MACP). MACP is one of the most prestigious awards in the college, for those fellows of the college who demonstrate integrity, the utmost professional behaviors, excellence in the practice of medicine, and significant impact on the profession. MACPs represent a very small percentage of college membership.

    Join me in congratulating him on this tremendous accomplishment.


    Update from Amanda Collar, Health and Public Policy Chair

    Virtual Leadership Day
    Chapter members participate in 2021 Virtual Leadership Day

    (July 2021) The New Mexico ACP had a dream-team of participation at virtual Leadership Day 2021 (May 25-26th). We had the pleasure of meeting with staff from Representatives Yvette Herrell and Teresa Leger Fernandez and Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Lujan's offices. The NMACP was able to have really productive and wide-ranging conversations with all offices about expanding telehealth and broadband access, lowering prescription drug prices, supporting trainees and GME through loan deferment and increasing residency slots to address physician shortages, and social justice (including extreme risk protections.) We were able to directly thank members for supporting the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, Equality Act, Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and George Floyd Justice in Policy Act.