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New Mexico Governor's Newsletter June 2020

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Heather C. Brislen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Heather C. Brislen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. – Winston Churchill

Dear Colleagues –

Our last NMACP chapter council meeting was March 5, and it's hard to make sense of how much the world has changed since then. All of us have had dramatic disruptions to our professional lives as well as personal. We've passed 100,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. At the same time that New Mexico has admirably bent the curve and earned national attention for our successes containing the epidemic, just last week Navajo nation was in the headlines as having the highest rate of infection in the nation, and this is very likely true for other native communities in the four corners area as well.

And the pandemic now is not the only cause of unbearable suffering – as police brutality and the agony of structural racism have been laid bare before us. The widespread outrage and grief has been so great that our communities have taken to the streets in numbers not seen in a generation. I don't know where we will be by the time you read this, indeed, I've discarded and re-written several versions so far.

Having just put on the NMACP Governor's hat, I'm hoping that our chapter can serve as a professional and personal resource for all of you – and a reassuring touchstone in disconcerting times.

We were so disappointed to have to cancel the annual Internal Medicine Meeting in LA in April, and I missed seeing many of you there – our stellar trainees competing and presenting, celebrating new fellows and leaders at the convocation, and the top-notch educational sessions were all sorely missed. The chance to debate and refine policies of the college is always galvanizing, and that too will be pushed back until the time that we can gather together once again.

Today, I am writing this sitting on a deck at sunset with my two dogs at my feet. I'm reminded that this is a wonderful season to be in New Mexico. I am grateful to be a part of a professional community for whom our role is clear – to work to heal and make well our patients. To stand on the side of science and evidence, and to advocate for changes that will help us to grow and also bring justice to the health care system. I'm so proud of the work that we've done as physicians and community members and New Mexicans – I truly believe that we will get through this together. Whatever your role and whatever your work looks like right now, remember that you as a physician are a force multiplier for the care and the healing that New Mexico will need.

Some of us are chosen to suffer, some to console; some to isolate, others to plunge into the fray; some to give, some to receive; some to be broken, others to be healers. We are still at the beginning of this terrible teaching. We need to respect it and give it the fullness of time. – David Von Drehle, Washington Post 3/27/20 “What the gift of this unpleasant infection has helped me understand”

If you have read this far, thank you! Hang in there, I'm almost done. I hope that you know that NMACP is YOUR organization and one that I, as Governor, will work to ensure serves each of you in your evolving professional life. Our annual meeting this year will be held virtually – and though we will miss the in-person connections that we are used to, perhaps we can make up the loss with easier access than travel to Albuquerque for our out-of-town colleagues. Please know that the chapter is here for you now and going forward. Please reach out to me if there is something the chapter can do to help you in your practice or improve your connection to ACP. I’M LISTENING.

Heather Brislen, MD, FACP



Please Support These Black-Owned Local Businesses in New Mexico

(Thank you to Krystal Chan and the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee for this list!)

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ABQ Affordable Residential Cleaning



COVID-19 Resources


NM Medical Society & NM Primary Care Assoc. COVID-19 Response Provider Webinar- every Tuesday, hosted by David Scrase (

Project ECHO COVID-19 programming (

ACP's COVID-19 Resource Hub


This Week in Virology (

The Curbsiders:

ACP Podcasts



Community Support for Health Care Workers

Big thanks to our incredible UNM medical students, including: Stacy Haponyuk, Tenzin Desel, Timothy CampBell, Lauren Epler, Lizzet Castillo, Melissa Fang, Susie Pham, Carolyn Ice, & Fiona Nguyen for compiling this amazing list of businesses looking to give back to Health Care Workers during the epidemic.


Save the Date for NMACP 2020 - October 15-17

Eva Angeli, MD FACP, has led the conference planning committee in putting together a stellar lineup of topics for this fall's meeting, including 5 hours of pain CME designed to satisfy the state medical board requirement. We are working now on converting the meeting into a digital format and will miss seeing you in person! Rest assured, the content will be up to our usual high standards and CME and MOC will be available. Registration information will be available on the chapter website as soon as it is available.



Apply Now - Physician Leadership Certificate Program - Deadline June 15

In partnership with the American Association for Physician Leadership, ACP offers a flexible, 18-month-long online Certificate in Physician Leadership . Participants may select either the Hospital Medicine or the Primary Care track.

The program includes a combination of formal training through 49.5 hours of coursework, online group discussions facilitated by national leaders in internal medicine, and a capstone project that will demonstrate successful mastery of leadership concepts. New this year, a course on Transitions of Care, developed especially by ACP for this program, has been added to the curriculum.

Apply online by June 15, 2020 to enroll in the July 2020 cohort.

When you enroll in this program, you will receive exclusive training by leadership experts and important career-building skills. In addition, ACP will provide you with exclusive access to a number of professional development and membership engagement opportunities to demonstrate your new leadership abilities and to begin building your CV immediately.

If you have any questions, please contact