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Chapter News

We Request Your Feedback on the Proposed Fall 2022 Board of Governors Resolutions

(August 2022) We would like to request your feedback regarding resolutions that will be considered at the Fall 2022 Board of Governors Meeting. The resolutions have been posted on ACP Online for your review and cover an array of topics such as supporting paid sick leave for U.S. workers, covering insulin pumps under CMS Part B for insulin dependent diabetics, and integrating a health equity framework into methods for developing ACP clinical guidelines.

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 31. 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 2022 Board of Governors meeting for updates.

Sincerely,

Catherine R. Womack, MD, FACP
Governor, ACP Tennessee Chapter


Applications Now Open to Apply for the Million Hearts® 2022 Hypertension Control Challenge

(August 2022) The Million Hearts® 2022 initiative is now accepting applications for the Hypertension Control Challenge and encourages ACP members to apply. ACP is a partner in the Million Hearts Campaign, a national initiative that aims to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by reducing hypertension and implementing evidence-based strategies to improve cardiovascular health. 

The Hypertension Control Challenge identifies and spotlights health care professionals, practices, both solo and group, and health care systems that have achieved nationally laudable hypertension control rates. Applicants that have achieved hypertension control rates of at least 80% over a 12 month period are eligible to enter for possible recognition as a Champion. To learn more about the rules and eligibility requirements to become a 2022 Million Hearts ® Hypertension Control Challenge Champion, please visit https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/partners-progress/champions/rules.html. All prospective Champions are required to complete the application form https://hypertension.millionhearts.hhs.gov/.

The submission deadline is September 7, 2022.


New Advocacy Resources Available to ACP Members and Chapters

(August 2022) We would like to make you aware of two new advocacy resources available to ACP members and chapters.

Understanding Advocacy and Why We Do It - A Comprehensive Toolkit for Chapters

ACP has created an advocacy best practices toolkit to support engagement in and the efficacy of chapter-level advocacy at the state and federal level. This comprehensive toolkit breaks down the different methods and mediums for advocacy engagement and highlights all the programs and resources offered by ACP to make the most of chapters’ advocacy efforts. This toolkit is only accessible to ACP members. 

Reproductive Health Toolkit Now Updated

ACP's toolkit for chapters to utilize in navigating issues surrounding abortion rights and related policies in their states following the overturning of Roe v. Wade has been updated. The toolkit now includes sample letters that chapters can use to advocate with state officials and information on recent federal activity. 

For questions regarding these toolkits, please submit all requests through this questionnaire to ensure we can track inquiries and respond in the most timely and efficient manner." 

Are you a member of the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn)? Learn more here


2022 Awards Nominations

(June 2022) It is time to nominate one of your outstanding peers for one of the awards categories below.  We will recognize the award winners during the awards lunch at the fall meeting.

  • Laureate Award
  • Volunteerism & Community Service Award
  • Woman Physician of the Year
  • Chapter Service Award
  • Distinguished Teacher/Mentor Award
  • Early Career Physician Award
  • Resident Recognition Award for Leadership
  • Joseph Frederick Ralston Jr. Medical Student Scholarship Award

PLEASE NOTEAs part of the nomination process, you will need to provide a CV for your nominee.  After casting your nomination, email the CV to acp@tnmed.org with the subject line: Nominee CV.   

Use the link below to cast your nomination.

2022 TNACP Awards Nominations

Deadline for submission: August 15, 2022

Thank you,

Tracey Doering, MD, MACP
Chair, Volunteerism Committee


Congratulations New Tennessee Chapter Fellows

  • Gail K. Berntson, MD, FACP
  • Shubha Chatra, MD, FACP
  • Praveen Dandamudi, MD, FACP
  • Jiten P. Kothadia, MD, FACP
  • Pushpanshu Pushpanshu, MD, FACP
  • Gina M. Raymond, MD, FACP
  • Blair RA Reece, MD, FACP
  • Martha Neumann Taylor, MD, FACP

(July 2022) Congratulations to the Tennessee  Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.


BOR Action on Spring '22 BOG Resolutions

(June 2022) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Spring 2022 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

If you have an idea you'd like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to our chapter.


 

Chapter Committee position opportunities

(July 2021) Interested in getting more active in the Tennessee Chapter? We would welcome your participation in a Committee. The committees are listed below and please let me know if you are interested in serving on one or more of these.

Finance
Health and Public Policy
Membership
Nominations/Awards
Early Career Physicians
Program Planning Committee
Wellness
Student Committee
Resident/Fellow Committee
Social Media

If you are interested, feel free to email Catherine R. Womack, MD, FACP, ACP Governor.


ACP's Online CME & MOC Learning Center adds information on state-specific CME requirements

(June 2021) Wondering about Tennessee's CME requirements? You can now visit the Online CME & MOC Learning Center and click on the "State CME Requirements" tab to learn all about what you need to do. Note: You must be logged into your ACP Online account to access this information.


Chapter Strategic Planning Initiative

(March 2021)Our council met virtually to create a strategic plan in preparation for Dr. Womack's term as Governor. We reviewed all of the domains in the Chapter Excellence Award, which encompasses key areas of chapter strength and development to address the needs of the membership, and our goal is to attempt to achieve the gold criteria in most or all of those areas to improve and enhance the effectiveness of the chapter across the state. The domains are listed below, and improving in all these areas will be a substantial accomplishment!

  • Advocacy
  • Communication and Member Engagement
  • Education
  • Financial
  • Infrastructure
  • Membership
  • Professional Home

Some of the goals include more educational and supportive meetings/activities for our Early Career Physicians, residents, and students, as they are the future of the organization.