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Tennessee Governor's Newsletter June 2020
In this Issue:
- Governor's Message
- Announcing Governor-elect
- COVID-19 Resources
- Students Taking Action
- Photos Showing Internal Medicine United Against Racism
- Fall meeting: LIVE Session Canceled, with a Virtual Meeting in the planning stages
- Independent Practice Task Force
Tracey E. Doering, MD, FACP, ACP Governor
I wanted to keep in touch with everyone as we move into summer, still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with much uncertainty ahead. Cases are currently rising as we open up across the state. I believe that we need to continue to follow masking and social distancing as much as possible to avoid potential surges. We are also in a crisis regarding inequality throughout the United States. National ACP continues to be active in all areas, lending great support for internists and subspecialists.
This announcement has been sent out through the chapter portal, but in case you missed it, Dr. Catherine Womack is the Governor-elect and has already started that year and will become Governor at the next national ACP meeting in the spring.
Some of these webinars have already taken place but were recorded and can be viewed. Resources are available on acponline.org and updated regularly.
Offer for obtaining PPE was extended by ACP
Students Taking Action
Here is a link to see what medical students in Memphis have been doing when they were taken out of school in the spring.
Photos Showing Internal Medicine United Against Racism
Across the country, internists and other health care professionals, hospitals, and medical schools have joined in expressing the importance of racial justice and equity in healthcare by participating in rallies to draw attention to the cause.
ACP invites members to submit photos to be considered for inclusion in this gallery by sending images to firstname.lastname@example.org Please include the location (hospital or campus, and city) where the images were taken.
Fall meeting: LIVE Session Canceled, with a Virtual Meeting in the planning stages
After listening and participating in a webinar from national ACP on virtual meetings, we have decided to convert the fall meeting to a virtual meeting. With the uncertainty of the future with COVID, I believe this is the safest decision. The program planning committee is having a virtual meeting this week to discuss and decide how this will be done. Some will likely be live (zoom style) and others will be recorded. My hope is we can engage some, and provide the needed CME/MOC in a format and time that can be accessible live and later. More on that to come soon.
Please email me or call me with any suggestions you might have to make this work!! I think we have the chance to reach more members with a virtual meeting, without travel, etc., but I will be sad to miss seeing so many of you. Hopefully, we can be together in the fall of 2021.
Independent Practice Task Force
About 20% of our membership nationwide is in independent practice. We know that is shrinking overall, but so needed in many areas of the country. Our own Ryan Mire is chair of this task force and we appreciate his efforts on behalf of all independent practitioners.
On the lighter side, our former Governor, Richard Lane, won the recent cartoon caption!
Our survey for local awards was just sent out. Pleas respond so we can recognize our colleagues for all they do.
Resources for telehealth are also available on the ACP website.
Dr. Claude Pirtle, led Zoom conference for members on telehealth.
Even though Leadership Day was cancelled this year, there are still numerous ways to stay engaged in advocacy. Join the Chapter Advocates for Internal Medicine Network to join more than 15,000 of your colleagues in advocating for Internal Medicine and receiving legislative updates with opportunities to engage. Visit the website to enroll today!
I hope to do more Zoom evening topics for our members. Email or call with any suggestions on topics you might want to see discussed.
I hope to have some information to share with you on our virtual fall meeting soon.
I will conclude with thanking you for all you do for your patients. Let me know if I can help you in anyway. In the meantime, stay safe and well. Call or email me for anything.