New Mexico Governor's Newsletter December 2022

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Heather C. Brislen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Heather C. Brislen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Welcome

Dear Colleagues –

As the New Year barrels toward us with astonishing speed, I hope to take a moment of your time in this crazy holiday season to recognize our internal medicine community. I am grateful to be practicing in New Mexico alongside all of you, during a winter with COVID and flu vaccinations readily available and one in which our long-lost sense of “normal” seems ever closer.

We had our first in-person meeting just last month – a first ever hybrid annual scientific meeting. It was wonderful to see familiar and new faces, and even better to feel what professional education can be when we share it elbow-to-elbow.

Congratulations to our newly elected slate of ACP New Mexico councilors for the coming two-year term – we appreciate the service of these stellar folks!

Eva Angeli, Amanda Collar (Health and Public Policy Committee Co-Chair), April Volk, Vijaya Kankanala, Mike Bell, Jemery Kaufman (Health and Public Policy Committee Co-Chair), and Giselle Sosa (Wellness Committee Chair)

Congratulations as well to the winners of our poster, vignette and doctors dilemma competitions!

3rd Place Oral Clinical Vignette - Tori Bundrant

2nd Place Oral Clinical Vignette - Niloy Ghosh

1st Place Clinical Vignette - Anita Shrivastava

1st Place DEI/QI Poster - Marco Proano

3rd Place Clinical Vignette - Paul Paris

2nd Place Clinical Vignette Poster - Madonna Phillip

1st Place Clinical Vignette Poster - Aaron Hollenbaugh

2nd Place Medical Student Poster - Ariel Hurwitz

1st Place Medical Student Poster - Fahad Hussain

It is not too late to take advantage of the 2022 New Mexico Chapter Annual Meeting – and get CME/MOC!

Melissa Cline did an incredible job as meeting chair, and after the fact registration/viewing will be available soon. Please look for an email next week!


Updates in Inpatient & Outpatient Medicine

Race vs Racism: Re-examining Race in the Epidemiology of Disease

COVID 19 and PASC, We Are In It for the Long Haul

Updates in Atrial Fibrillation



Keep an eye on our ACP-NM committee programming!

JEDI Committee

Krystal Chan, has planned an awesome new series on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The series will kick off near Martin Luther King Jr Day - January 11 and March 1 – with a Wednesday evening series of two anti-racism workshops led by Alicia Coulter, MPH, MSW, Co-Founder and CEO of Advantage Health Now. Join us January 11th Zoom Meeting Link, Meeting ID: 810 1059 1029, Passcode: 708807. More information on the sessions click here. Flyer.pdf

Health and Public Policy Committee

The state legislative session kicks off in mid-February and lasts for two months this year. Stay tuned for updates from your ACP-New Mexico leadership regarding news from Santa Fe!

Also, the Spring ACP Board of Governors meeting will be following close behind – and resolutions from chapters around the country will be heard. Please watch for those announcements and let your NM chapter leadership know what you want to see from ACP.

Wellness Committee

Don't forget to follow the chapter on Social Media! Dr. Giselle Rodriguez de Sosa has compiled a wonderful array of wellness resources that you can find on facebook, twitter or Instagram (@ACPNewMexico)



A special year-end wellness feature from Liz Lawrence and announcement of a new offering from Project ECHO:

Supporting Resilience in Health Care Workers

I am pleased to share with all of you an ECHO program targeting wellness in healthcare professionals. This ECHO program, in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration's behavioral health program, gives the overworked and overburdened healthcare workforce resources and connects them with a community facing the same challenges.

Using the ECHO Model, our program participants gain essential skills for dealing with stress and anxiety, identify system-level drivers that lead to occupational distress, and examine the culture of well-being in our workspaces. Our goal is to help participants develop a sense of personal resilience while addressing systemic changes to decrease burnout and mental health risks. As a result, a more resilient workforce and workplace can sustainably provide essential services to patients in their local communities.

Join Us

All interested health providers can register for one-hour, virtual sessions on the topics below. There is no cost to participate. Registration and schedule is available via the Resilience ECHO website here (Please note that the schedule will change on 1/1/2023)

  • Resilience Workgroups currently meets on Mondays, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Mountain Time. This part of the program involves a brief didactic on a wellness topic, followed by about 20-25 minutes in small groups, followed by a large group debrief. Great way to connect to colleagues across the country! (Register for Workgroups)
  • Resilience Rounds meets on the second Monday of the month, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mountain Time. This part of the Resiliency Echo is essentially a Grand Rounds presentation. We have AMAZING national speakers scheduled for 2023 – Christine Sinsky, Barbara McAneny, William Bynum. Jonathan Ripp, Joanna Katzman, and our own former Governor, Eileen Barrett (see table below) (Register for Resilience Rounds )
  • Resilience Office Hours meets on the fourth Monday of the month, email us for more details. This part of our ECHO is most similar to other ECHOs in that a case is presented and the hub team offers insights and ideas on how to address the challenges identified. Topics have included how to approach a colleague using substances and how to identify system changes to enable residents to practice wellness. Register for Resilience Office Hours.

For current information

Visit the Resilience ECHO website here.

I hope some of you will join us for some of these amazing sessions.

Best, Liz Lawrence, MD

New Mexico ACP Chapter Wellness Champion



Board of Governors Resolutions fall 2022 Actions


A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Fall 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 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.

Your help is needed in urging lawmakers to pass legislation preventing Medicare payment cuts to physicians scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1. ACP urges our members to contact their congressional representatives to let them know the importance of preventing the full 4.5% cut to physician payments.

Visit ACP's Legislative Action Center to take action.



Action Alert: Urge Congress To Halt Physician Payment Cuts Before Year-End

Your help is needed in urging lawmakers to pass legislation preventing Medicare payment cuts to physicians scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1. ACP urges our members to contact their congressional representatives to let them know the importance of preventing the full 4.5% cut to physician payments.

Visit ACP's Legislative Action Center to take action.