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North Dakota Governor's Newsletter April 2018

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Neville M. Alberto, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Neville M. Alberto, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


A Message from the Governor

Dear Colleagues,

It is my privilege to keep you posted on the college activities:

I along with 21 North Dakota ACP members and Fellows returned home after attending and participating in the spring ACP annual meeting in New Orleans (NOLA or who DAT territory). It was yet another opportunity to advance and grow in the domains of Education, Advocacy, and Wellness.

The North Dakota ACP Chapter had two posters presented at the Annual Meeting:

  • Brett Johnson, second year medical student, UND presented a poster titled: Effects of a Novel CYP3A4 Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism on Tacrolimus Pharmacokinetics in African American Kidney Transplant Patients.
  • Zia Khansuheb, PGY-3 Internal Medicine, UND presented a poster titled: Rare Cause of Refractory Lactic Acidosis with a Fatal Outcome.

Both presenters were poster competition winners at the recently concluded ND ACP Chapter Meeting in Fargo, ND.

Josh Ranum, MD and Ron Ottenbacher, MD were conferred Fellowship and participated in the ACP Convocation Ceremony.


On Friday, April 20, the Chapter hosted a Creole Queen Jazz Cruise dinner for the ND ACP Chapter participants. The ND congregation was joined by past UND Alumni and served to connect and rekindle memories. A live band on the Mississippi river entertained the 27 participants for two hours while they experienced NOLA hospitality.




ACP Leadership Day

The College will hold its annual Leadership day on May 22-23, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Josh Ranum, MD, FACP will be representing North Dakota at this activity.

Leadership Day is the College's annual two-day advocacy event in Washington, D.C. that enables ACP members from across the country to bring our issues of concern to U.S. lawmakers. This is a great opportunity for the College and our members to bring our policy priorities to Congress and try to influence the legislative process on behalf of internal medicine.

In addition to having an opportunity to meet with your legislators and staff in Washington, D.C., participants are provided with in-depth briefings from White House officials, Capitol Hill staffers, and members of Congress, all of whom are among the top health care decision makers.

Participants will also:

  • Receive a comprehensive orientation on ACP's top legislative priorities.
  • Earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.
  • Learn advocacy skills that can be utilized back home.
  • Meet other internists who care about advocacy, including colleagues from your own state.
  • Learn about policy issues that impact your profession and your ability to provide quality care.
  • Get to know ACP leaders and staff.
  • Socialize and have a great time!



Get Involved!

I would like to take this opportunity to extend invitations to all ND-ACP Members to continue to remain active. Please contact the Chapter Staff, Carla Mosser, and myself if you would be interested in learning more about the local ACP activities and participation. To express interest in volunteer opportunities, please visit the Chapter Volunteer Opportunities page.



North Dakota Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting

Preparations for the three-day ND-ACP Chapter Meeting are ongoing. Please mark your calendars for October 3-5, 2018. The planning committee is working on putting together a pragmatic line of educators and educational topics for this annual educational activity.

Thanks for your ongoing support and hope to see you all at the ND-ACP Chapter meeting in Fargo and Bismarck.