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Annual Scientific Meeting Going Virtual

(August 2021) As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the United States, the SDACP has been receiving worsening reports predicting a peak in cases in South Dakota that will coincide with our planned 2021 Annual Meeting in Deadwood.

Our Executive Council met via Zoom on 8/24/2021 to discuss the feasibility and practicality of holding an in-person meeting in the next 35 days. After detailed discussion of multiple options (cancel the meeting, virtual only meeting, hybrid meeting, live in-person meeting) it was unanimously decided to transition our 2021 meeting into a virtual format.

In talking with ACP leadership, and other Executive Directors across the country, we believe the ACP’s Virtual Platform will serve as a great transition for our meeting. We are all becoming more comfortable with virtual meetings. Our chapter got our feet wet with last year's meeting and we hope to surpass that event. Registrations so far are solid, but we hope to significantly out-perform last year's attendance numbers. We will need your help to do that!

If you haven't registered for our meeting PLEASE CONSIDER DOING SO HERE NOW!!!!

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For those of you who have already registered you won’t need to do any additional work.  PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE MADE HOTEL RESERVATIONS AT THE LODGE, THEY HAVE BEEN CANCELED, SO YOU NEED NOT CALL THE FACILITY TO DO THAT.

If the change in format makes you uncertain, have confidence that we are listening to our members. This year we are offering 9.5 hours of CME and plan to record and have the lectures available to our members after the event. We will still have virtual and recorded presentations from the SD Chapter's good friends:  Board of Governors Immediate Past Chair Dr Bill Fox, our Washington Update from Bob Doherty, and a special presentation from Bedside Rounds podcaster, Adam Rodman, MD. We also will hear lectures from our colleagues, the special sauce that makes the SD Scientific meeting the “Best Meeting of the Year”.

We are still planning to have our residents and students poster sessions and enjoy the company of each other virtually. 

Please feel free to contact Kris Rahm if you have any questions.  More details will come soon, so look forward to those updates.

New South Dakota Chapter DEI Policy


(Summer 2021) The South Dakota American College of Physicians’ membership comprises a diverse population of internal medicine professionals and trainees and welcomes all prospective members inclusive of diverse individual and group characteristics. Additionally, SDACP welcomes diversity of opinion, and respects, values and considers all opinions when formulating policy.

SDACP works to ensure members from diverse groups participate in all activities, decision-making and positions of leadership. The SDACP believes that a commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity strengthens the organization's capacity to respond to the needs of its members, patients, the profession and the public.

When engaging and recognizing expertise and accomplishments in a wide variety of areas, including the practice of medicine, teaching, research, public service, and volunteer service, SDACP will implement strategies to engage, recognize and award people from diverse groups.

SDACP recognizes the importance of cultural humility and competency in the delivery of health care to diverse groups of patients. SDACP will seek ways to promote and develop these values and skills in its members.

To achieve diversity, inclusion and equity, SDACP will strive to:

  • Increase diversity across SDACP by focusing on strategies that foster inclusion and create accountability.
  • Enhance inclusion and engagement of members from diverse backgrounds in all chapter activities.
  • Enhance coaching, mentorship and sponsorship of members from diverse groups to attain decision-making and leadership positions within SDACP at all levels.
  • Increase SDACP awards and recognition to members of diverse groups.
  • Encourage, incentivize, support, and reward members that pursue and recognize diversity and inclusion.
  • Implement training in diversity, inclusion, and equity across SDACP.
  • Encourage collaboration within and outside SDACP of diverse stakeholders. 

Early Career Physician update by Eric Chow, MD FACP

(February 2021) Our local ACP chapter’s Early Career Physicians are dedicated to advocating for physician well-being and helping physicians maintain work-life balance. On January 21st, 2021 our local ACP chapter held a discussion panel addressing physician well-being with guest panelists Blake Heinz, DO - Hospitalist at Avera, Matt Stanley, DO - Psychiatrist at Avera, and Jennifer Williamson, MBBS FACP - Primary Care at Monument Health. We discussed the signs and symptoms of burnout: fatigue, depersonalization, and personal lack of efficacy. Burnout can lead to depression, substance use, physicians leaving practice or cutting hours, and in its most severe form led to physician suicide. Dr. Williamson shared a personal account of a friend who ended their life during residency.

We discussed that physician burnout is not just a result of work life, but also one’s personal and home life. There is not a simple prescription to combating burnout. Every individual’s core values are different and taking an introspective analysis as well external analysis from those who know you well is key in individualizing a plan to combat burnout. During this COVID-19 pandemic Dr. Heinz shared his story of heavy burden and fatigue from the high census in his hospital as well as the emotional toll of the severity of the COVID-19 illness. He found that his personal antidote was connecting on a personal level with his patients as well as getting good sleep, exercise, and eating right. Dr. Stanley gave valuable perspective on the psychiatric effects of untreated burnout and the challenges physicians have when trying to seek help for mental health ailments. Some of these barriers such as having the South Dakota Medical Board remove questions asking if physicians received previous or current psychiatric help or treatment has been addressed.