Utah Governor's Newsletter November 2021

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Scott C. Woller, MD, FACP, ACP Governor



Dear ACP Utah Members:

I continue to be struck by the engagement of our ACP Utah Chapter! Since my last newsletter, major initiatives have been advanced in the domains of internal medicine advocacy, early career physician engagement, scholarship, and support of the next generation of physicians.

In September, Drs. Matt Mulligan, Tony Musci, Kristin Ries, Winston Bokor and Mary Tipton, represented our ACP at the UMA House of Delegates on September 10-11, 2021, hosted at the Zermatt Utah Resort in Midway, UT. The Utah Medical Association House of Delegates meeting continues to serve as the premier opportunity for Utah physicians to discuss, debate and vote on health policies for the UMA to take to Utah's legislature. While many important policies were voted on, the most passionate discussion surrounded reproductive rights. We thank the ACP Utah delegates, Mulligan, Tipton, Musci, Ries, and Bokor for their participation and were glad to run into our immediate past Governor, Mary Parsons as well.

The annual Utah Chapter ACP clinical vignette competition was held during internal medicine grand rounds on Thursday, October 14. This year featured a total of 14 submissions by housestaff, students, and fellows. the 4 finalists that presented included Naveen Rathi (Winner), Lauren Donovan, RJ Williams, and David Holzer. If you were unable to attend the grand rounds, a link to the presentations is here. and a link to a pdf of all submitted cases may be found here. Mark your calendar is for the poster competition which will precede our Utah Chapter Meeting March 3, 2022.


On Friday, October 9 the Early Career Physicians (ECP) committee led by Dr. Josh Marr, and Dr. Darren White hosted an airy physician fall event that included an outdoor backyard gathering, fire pit, and games!

Tuesday, September 21 was the evening that Dr. John Inadomi, Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair and Chair of the University of Utah Department of Internal Medicine along with our ACP Utah Chapter Medical Student Interest group led by Drs. Katie Lappè and Josephine Wright hosted a Medical Student Social! This was a terrific opportunity for students with an interest in careers and internal medicine together informally and discuss the diversity that exists under the tent of internal medicine. A special thanks to Dr. Inadomi and Kristine Frassett for their graciousness opening their home and their willingness to share insight regarding a career in internal medicine.

Our Utah Chapter Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee meets routinely and has taken reviewed feedback from the DEI survey earlier this year (thanks to each of you for your participation and especially for your thoughtful comments). Next steps include a DEI session in the Annual Scientific meeting.

The 2021 Fall Board of Governor's meeting was held virtually this year. Highlights included: Considering how internal medicine physicians can engage our next generation in the ACP given that 70% of internal medicine residents and fellows are members however that 60% are lost in retention within the first 5 years following competing residency. ECPs by engaging with ACP have access to scholarly opportunities, mentoring, networking leadership, and advocacy. We were also reminded by author and physician Shantanu Nundy that we are medicine's “greatest generation” (intrigued? See more at www.careaftercovid.org).

Utah ACP Chapter engagement opportunities are many! Do you have an interest in advocacy for internal medicine? Reach out to Matt Mulligan, chair of the Health and Public Policy committee. Let Dr. Josh Marr know if you are an early career physician. Join our Utah American College of Physicians Strava™ club - we love to give out Kudos!! Also please email our Executive Director, Selma Lopez at contact@utahacp.com if you have interest in serving as a committee member.

Wishing you and your loved ones an active, healthy, and wonderful winter,


Scott C. Woller, MD FACP FCCP

Governor, Utah ACP Chapter




This year's Utah Medical Association House of Delegates was back in person, and as in previous years continues to serve as the premier opportunity for Utah physicians to discuss, debate and vote on health policies for the UMA to take to Utah's legislature. While many important policies were voted on, the most passionate discussion surrounded reproductive rights. Given the national attention on this divisive issue, this robust discussion at the UMA HOD allowed Utah physicians to have a say in the likely forthcoming bills concerning reproductive rights this coming legislation session. We thank the ACP delegates, Matt Mulligan, Mary Tipton, Tony Musci, Winston Bokor, and Kristin Ries for their participation and were glad to run into our immediate past Governor, Mary Parsons as well.




The clinical vignette competition was held virtually on Thursday, October 14, 2021. A total of 14 clinical vignettes highlighting fascinating cases observed at University Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center were submitted.


The 4 individuals selected from a very competitive pool who presented their Clinical Vignette at Grand Rounds were:

  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis DKA & CNS Invasive Mucomycosis| Lauren Donovan [MS4]
  • All that Lactate Can't Be Great| David Holzer, MD [PGY1]
  • ANCA Madness: Infective Endocarditis with Positive Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody (ANCA) | Naveen Rathi [MS4], DEREK CHANG, CLAIRE LU MD, MOHAMMED ALGHAMMASS MD
  • Toxic Shock associated with a Group A Streptococcus Necrotizing Fasciitis| RJ Williams, MD [PGY2]

All presenters received a cash prize. The winning presentation was submitted by Naveen Rathi, MD, who presented the case ANCA Madness: Infective Endocarditis with Positive Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody (ANCA).


  • Alcoholic Unanimou - Ali Ahmed, Md Pgy2
  • Travel Medicine In The Time Of Covid: A Giemsa Of A Case - Adeline Browne, Md, Pgy1
  • Secondary Sclerosing Cholangitis In A Covid-19 Recovered Patient: Persistent Liver Injury Leading To Cirrhosis Requiring Transplantation - Keegan Colletier, Md, Pgy3
  • The Goat At Ground Zero - Lauren Donovan Ms4, Jeremy Hardy, Jacqueline Dickey Md, Miguel Galindo Md Facp
  • A Rare Extraarticular Presentation Of Rheumatoid Arthritis - Yoji Hoshina, Md Pgy1
  • An E-Lusive Cause Of Liver Failure - Sarah Hourston Ms4, Alex Alexander Md Pgy1, Sarah Eyberg Md Pgy4
  • Lupus Antiphospholipid Syndrome With Serological Cross-Reactivity - Flora Liu, Md Pgy1
  • This Is No Ordinary Clot - Alex Ryden, Md Pgy2
  • Vasculopathy Masquerading As Vasculitis: Vascular Imaging As A Useful Diagnostic Modality | John Michael S. Sanchez Phdms4, Caroline Trevisan Md, Kaitlin A. Quinn Md, Peter Grason Md M.Sc.

Congratulations to all who submitted for the 2021 ACP Utah Chapter Clinical Vignette Competition and a special thanks to Drs. Darren White, Natalie Como and Lara Hayes for taking times out of their busy schedules to judge this event. Last but not least this event couldn't have be done without the time and leadership devoted each year by Residents and Fellow Committee: Dr. Emily Signor (Chair) and Eric Moore– Thank You!

Seeking Mentors for IMIG Medical Students

The Internal Medicine Interest Group mentoring program is designed to connect current medical students with a faculty member within IM. Mentees will be paired with mentors with whom they share career interests. We are interested in providing students with potential shadowing opportunities, career guidance and research opportunities. Please sign up below if you are interested in being a mentor for the 2021/22 year! Also, check out ACP's Mentoring Resource Library.




The early career physicians group held their first outdoor gathering since the beginning of the pandemic. Old and new friends caught up while enjoying burritos and cookies. We look forward to hosting another gathering this Spring!

Josh Marr, MD & Darren White, MD




SAVE THE DATE: 2022 Utah Chapter Annual Chapter Meeting

Mark your calendars for the 2022 Utah Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting, March 3-4, 2022 at University Guest House in Salt Lake City, UT. More information to come very soon!




IM Emotional Support Video Series

We're so busy taking care of others, it's easy to overlook caring for ourselves. To help, ACP and your fellow members have developed the Emotional Support Video Series that offer strategies to cope with daily burdens. Take a few minutes to watch these videos and then share them with a colleague who may need support.

For more tools, ACP's I.M. Emotional Support Hub offers additional resources to help with self-care and a way to connect with others who share your experience and can offer support. ACP is committed to supporting you, and the entire internal medicine community during these challenging times and always. Let's weather the storm together.

COVID Reflections: One Year Later Update

As we passed the one-year anniversary of the pandemic last year, BOG Past Chair Bill Fox, asked the Governors classes to contribute musings, short pieces of verse, or even haikus to memorialize each governor's year of significant growth and reflection. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to this collection, which will become a piece of ACP archival history. A print version of Covid Reflections will be sent to the BOG in December.

ACP and YouTube Partnering on Educational Content to Counter Misinformation Around COVID-19 Treatment and Vaccines

ACP is partnering with YouTube to create new educational content to help combat health misinformation about the COVID-19 virus, vaccination and treatments. The videos will focus on communication strategies for clinicians as well as providing proactive, trusted information in the clinicians' voice.

ACP will provide resources in English and Spanish for physicians on how to assess and address medical misinformation through a series of videos to pro-actively share evidence-based strategies to offer credible information about vaccines for clinicians and the public. In addition, ACP is developing video content for the public to answer their questions about vaccines with trusted information from physicians. The videos will also highlight the challenges around misinformation and focus on where to go for credible medical information.

ACP has expressed its concern about the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 virus, vaccination and treatments, and its detrimental impact on public health. ACP strongly supports the use of science and scientific expertise, based on the best available evidence, in the fight against COVID-19. The spread of inaccurate and incorrect information about COVID-19 hinders our ability to mitigate the spread of the virus and combat the global public health crisis.