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From the Governor

Dr. Lichstein

Peter R. Lichstein, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Dear Colleagues,

It seems fitting to begin my first newsletter by thanking Byron Hoffman for providing invaluable mentoring, support and wise counsel as I transitioned into my new role as governor of the NC-ACP. Byron set a high bar for steady leadership and unwavering dedication to the ACP and to all internists in North Carolina. I will do my best to carry forward these traditions. Next, it's important to recognize the amazingly competent and experienced support staff in our Chapter office. They take on new challenges with great enthusiasm and over the years have managed the Chapter with skill and good sense. They are essential to the Chapter's success. The Chapter office and I share the goal of facilitating open communication with all of you. An actively engaged membership is one of the ACP's highest priorities and that begins at the state level. So, please feel free to contact us to share your ideas, concerns, suggestions or to ask questions about how ACP can support your practice. Read the June 2015 Governor's Newsletter.

To date, I've attended two Board of Governors meetings and have been immensely impressed with the passion, commitment and creativity of the College. As you know, a lot has happened in just the past six months. ACP listened to your concerns about MOC and worked tirelessly with ABIM to rethink and modify the process. Without strong push back from ACP, I don't think ABIM would have changed course. MOC remains a work in progress and ACP will continue to steer re-certification to be a more meaningful and less intrusive (and expensive) endeavor. If you haven't done so already, check out the MOC Navigator through ACP On-Line. On a policy level, ACP's voice of advocacy influenced the legislative decision to repeal SGR and, going forward, will help members navigate the new landscape of value based payment. The May 22nd and June 12th issues of ACP Advocate are recommended reading for the most lucid explanation of these issues I've encountered so far.

An ACP initiative of great interest to me is how to promote greater professional satisfaction and fulfillment during this era of unprecedented change in the practice of medicine. Projects such as "Patients before Paperwork" reflect the heart and soul of internal medicine. In future Newsletters, we'll continue the conversation about nurturing resilience and joy in doing what we love - taking care of our patients. While on that topic, please take note of the invitation to learn more about the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians (CPEP) which assists physicians re-entering practice.

Over the coming months, the NC-ACP Council will establish goals for the next four years while keeping in mind the College's core commitments to education, advocacy and the quality and safety of patient care. Membership engagement will be the key to success and one of my goals as Governor is to make ACP a vital, helpful and meaningful part of your work as an internist. Please take the 10 minutes or so necessary to complete the Membership Survey that will be coming your way soon. ACP is a membership organization and your input will be crucially important and valued as we chart our course.

In closing, all the best to you and your loved ones for a safe, healthy and happy summer.

With thanks,
Peter R. Lichstein, MD, FACP
Governor, NC Chapter of the American College of Physicians