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North Dakota Governor's Newsletter December 2019

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Fadel Nammour, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Fadel Nammour, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

 


Message from the Governor

At the annual chapter meeting in October I had planned to give a brief State of the Chapter presentation, however, we had a tight schedule. Please see the slides here.

I compiled a small presentation about the state of our ACP ND chapter which focused on membership, communication, finance and chapter excellence status.

With more than 360 members our total membership is up by 23 % over the last 5 years. Half of our membership are made of Medical students and residents. Half of our physicians are fellows and we only have 2 Masters of the College in ND. Based on the American Medical Association (AMA) Masterfile, there are 483 internists in North Dakota, 24% are female. 190 internists are ACP members and 29% are female. In 2019 the total ACP membership was 155,330 up by 3.3% compared to 2018.

As you can see from the communication slides, very few of our members open their emails. To combat this we will be working harder to improve our communication skills by making it more frequent and more relevant to all members.

In finance the chapter is in the red with a loss of more than $7000 for the year. We still have good reserve, but this will impact the activities and events the chapter can offer for its members. We are looking to create a medical student and resident fund to help with awards and travel expenses for winners of the Doctor's dilemma and posters.

We are currently at the Bronze level for our chapter Excellence and will reach silver next year, but our aim should be Gold. To reach this level we need a more robust engagement and broader strategic planning.

Also included in my presentation the new CMS proposed E/M RVU, the ACP new vision draft for a “Better Healthcare For All” and finally the pledge from all members not to use the word “provider” when referring to physician.

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ND Chapter joins First District Medical Society and Dr. Paul Carson

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We had a great joint meeting on November 19 where Dr. Paul Carson was the program speaker. Dr. Carson presented “Vaccine Hesitancy and the Return of Vaccine Preventable Diseases”. This program was part of the ACP I Raise the Rates initiative which provides important resources as well as vaccine information to help physicians increase adult immunization in their practices. Please find more information here.

The slides for Dr. Carson's presentation are here.

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Resolution Committee

Are you interested in joining the Resolution Committee? The chapter will solicit member feedback regarding resolutions before each Board of Governors meeting. The Resolution Committee will be responsible for discussing member feedback and giving recommendations. Dr. Nammour will take these recommendations to the BOG meetings. If you are interested in participating, please contact Carla Mosser or Dr. Nammour.

The following are the resolutions that were discussed at the Board of Governors Fall meeting: https://www.acponline.org/system/files/documents/about_acp/who_we_are/leadership/governors/bor_actions_bog_resolutions_fall2019.pdf

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Upcoming Events

ACP Partners with Society of General Internal Medicine for #ProudtobeGIM campaign

Dr. Laura Nichols, UND Department of Internal Medicine and our ACP chapter recently received a grant to promote General Internal Medicine from the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) as part of the #ProudtobeGIM campaign.

As part of this grant, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a #ProudtobeGIM Event for residents, medical students and faculty at TruBlu in West Fargo on Thursday, January 16 at 6:00 PM, so please mark your calendars. The event will take place in Fargo and be webcast to the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences campuses in Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Minot.

We need Internal Medicine physicians on all campuses to participate and help promote IM as a career to current residents and medical students. Stay tuned for additional information!

Internal Medicine 2020 in Los Angeles, CA

The National Internal Medicine meeting will be April 23-25, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. The Convocation Ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 23. Please look for information from the National office if you are a new Fellow and eligible to participate in the Convocation. The ND Chapter will join South Dakota and Minnesota Chapters for a reception on Friday, April 24. Stay tuned for more information about the reception. We look forward to gathering with colleagues in sunny California!

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Save the Date! 2020 North Dakota Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting

The 2020 North Dakota Chapter Annual Scientific meeting will be in Fargo on October 15-16. The poster competition, Doctor's Dilemma competition, and Chapter social will be on Thursday, October 15. The meeting and awards luncheon will be on Friday, October 16, 2020. We plan to join the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) for the afternoon sessions on Friday.

Would you like to be a part of the Planning Committee for the 2020 Annual Chapter Meeting? Do you have a recommendation for a topic or program speaker? If you are interested in participating in any capacity please contact Carla Mosser. We encourage member input and participation!

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