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Tennessee Governor's Newsletter July 2019

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Tracey E. Doering, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Tracey E. Doering, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Hope everyone is getting some downtime this summer! I wanted to give everyone an update on ACP activities!

Please plan to attend this year's meeting in middle TN, at the Franklin Marriott, occurring on Oct. 11 and 12th. Click here to register.

We are honored to have our own Dr. Ryan Mire, member of the Board of Regents provide us with national update from the college.

There will be topics for hospitalists, subspecialists and ambulatory physicians. There is also the opportunity for additional CME/MOC with 2 modules being presented after the meeting on Saturday afternoon. These will be led by two outstanding internists, Dr. Jim Lewis, and Dr. Dan Ely.

The call for student and resident abstracts has gone out, and we hope to have participation from all medical schools, and our osteopathic school and residencies.



Leadership Day

We had a fabulous leadership day this spring in May. National CP prepared us well for important topics and they included:

  • High cost of prescription drugs
  • Epidemic of Firearms related injuries
  • Funding key programs for Primary care training, NIH, CDC, NHSC and others
  • Discussion of advanced practice models
  • Stabilization of the insurance market, and trying to expand coverage
  • Reducing Administrative tasks
  • Medical Education training and debt
  • Supporting funding for Healthy women and families

Seen below, from left to right are Mihir Patel, Ryan Mire, myself, student Thomas Stovall, and Bob Vegors.


Seen here are Ryan Mire, Catherine Womack, myself with IM resident David Jones behind me, student Thomas Stovall and Mihir Patel.




I am trying to engage with all of the IM interest groups at the medical schools, and our state osteopathic school.

Our student representative on council is Thomas Stovall, from Meharry Medical College. His email is

Our resident representative is David Jones from UT Memphis, and his email is

Our fellow representative is Kalpit Devani, a GI fellow at ETSU, and his email is

Please reach out if you would like to be more involved, as we are trying to arrange activities for these groups, locally.



Early Career Physicians

Our leader here is Dr. Mihir Patel ( He is very active and has been arranging meetings to bring together hospitalists from SHM to combined meeting with ACP members.




We continue to make active efforts to retain members and recruit new members. Please help in this endeavor with your local colleagues. Encourage them to join and stay involved. There are so many benefits, advocacy, local and national meeting, discount on MKSAP, free MOC/CME on the ACP website and so much more! Click here for more information.



Wellness Activities

Led by Dr. Mukta Panda and Dr. Ben Maddox. Their contact emails are and They are very eager to come and share with you their ideas and to help with local wellness programs throughout the state. Click here for more information.




Our biggest TN issue continues to be NP independent practice. When we polled the membership 2 years ago, regarding PA for independent membership, there was marked opposition and we continue to work hard on a workable solution to this issue. The nurses will plan to bring this issue forward to the legislators in 2020 (there has been a mandatory 3 year hiatus) and Kevin Smith and I are actively involved in this, along with members of other societies.




That call went out recently and I added some more awards that I would love to see given to you! Please nominate your colleagues for these awards.

In addition, I would like to recognize our very own, Dr. Bob Vegors, who was recently awarded the Outstanding Physician award from TMA at our House of Delegates meeting.




Social Media

Please follow us on Facebook my apologies for not posting more often, but I am trying to improve.

Please like us on Facebook! (if you use this social media)

I can also be followed on Twitter (@tedoering), but have not been too robust there either.

Thanks for all you do for our profession and our patients. You are appreciated! Please consider coming to our October meeting. I know there are so many ways to get CME/MOC now, but it is so awesome to meet colleagues and be together for a couple of days of education, supporting our students and residents that are the future of ACP, and relaxing and socializing at the reception. Our mandatory opioid training will be part of this meeting also.

Take care, and hope to see you in October, if not before!

Enjoy your summer.

Warmest regards,

Tracey Doering (