North Dakota Governor's Newsletter August 2023

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Joshua C. Ranum, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Joshua C. Ranum, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Greetings, all.

I hope that your summers have been enjoyable and relaxing before the onslaught of school-related activities begins again shortly. Please wish me luck - my oldest is starting junior high this year. Does anyone know of a drama receptor blocker that I can start taking?

A reminder that our in-person annual meeting is on October 6 at Alerus Center in Grand Forks. We have a great program planned in conjunction with the NDMA and SHM. We've chosen very topical subjects including AI in healthcare, transgender medicine, obesity management, a future of medicine panel, and we'll end the day with a Thieves Market. It is also a great opportunity to interact with physicians from across the state and also see what the NDMA and ACP are about. I look forward to seeing a large crowd and visiting with all of you.

We are also working on additional offerings for our ACP members throughout the year. Some of these will be announced at the annual meeting and in a future newsletter. We're working on well-being offerings with our well-being champions, Q&A sessions with different specialists, and considering some regional activities across the state.

On that last note, I'm looking for help. I'd like to have a group of members from different regions across the state help spread the ACP message and identify non-members that I can reach out to. If you want to aid in membership recruitment (it doesn't have to be “knocking on doors” it can be simply acting as a reference or connector) please let me know. or my cell at 701-928-0987.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the annual meeting. Please register online at the chapter website.

Call for Awards Nominations

Do you have a mentor, colleague, or peer deserving recognition?

The North Dakota Chapter Awards Committee would appreciate your assistance in recognizing our chapter members that have made outstanding contributions in the practice of medicine, research, public service, leadership, and medical volunteerism.

The recipients will be honored during the North Dakota Chapter Scientific Meeting, on October 6, 2023.

Please review the list of chapter awards below and submit your nomination to Carla Beach - Chapter Staff. If possible, please include the nominee's CV.

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, and research, and service to their community, their chapter, and the ACP.

Fostering Diversity Award

The award is given to an individual with outstanding accomplishments in advancing diversity in clinical medicine or research, and/or access to care in relation to diverse populations. “Diverse populations” are understood to include: 1) economically or socially disadvantaged patient populations, for example, minorities, immigrant groups, or the homeless; and 2) groups underrepresented in the healthcare workforce.

Volunteerism & Community Service Award

The award is given to an individual who has distinguished themselves in voluntary service in the area of medicine. Recipients of this award have distinguished themselves as true humanitarians to be honored for their voluntary contributions in medicine. Nominees could be non-physicians.

Woman Physician of the Year

Honors an outstanding woman physician with a distinguished career in areas of exceptional patient care, medical education, and/or research.

2023 Poster Competition and Doctor's Dilemma

The poster competition and Doctor's Dilemma for resident members will be in-person at Sanford Medical Center Fargo on Tuesday, October 3 from 3:30-6:00 PM. The poster competition for medical students will be via Zoom on Thursday, October 5 from 3:00-5:00 PM.

If you are interested in volunteering as a poster judge, please sign up here.

Welcome to the new class of Internal Medicine Residents!

Congratulations to our new first-year internal medicine residents on starting your intern year! We are grateful for your hard work and dedication to the field of internal medicine. We are excited to work alongside you as colleagues helping care for our patients in North Dakota and the surrounding area. As you start this next step in your journey, we hope that as program leaders, we can be a source of support and can lead by example in serving our community firsthand. Congratulations again!

Dr. Shannon Chamberlain, Dr. Brock Ashmore, Dr. Anya Deleeuw, and Dr. Hallie Thompson

Chief Residents, UND Internal Medicine Residency Program

Members have until August 30th to comment on ACP Board of Governors' resolutions

We would like to request your feedback regarding resolutions that will be considered at the Fall 2023 Board of Governors Meeting. The resolutions have been posted on ACP Online or your review and cover an array of topics such as developing policy to support hospital-at-home care models, extending efforts to improve the preauthorization process, and creating fertility/family planning resources for ACP members.

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 30th. 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 2023 Board of Governors meeting for updates.

Read/Comment on Fall 2023 BOG Resolutions

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