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Utah Governor's Newsletter February 2019

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Mary H. Parsons, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Mary H. Parsons, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Greetings from the Governor


Greetings and Happy New Year to all members of the Utah Chapter of the ACP!

I hope you were all able to have some time off with friends and family, and maybe even away from the EMR for some actual rest!

Our chapter scientific program planning committee has been busy preparing for our upcoming chapter meeting Friday to Saturday March 1-2. We are trying a new venue this year at the IMC Doty Education Center in Murray, UT. Drs. Darin Checketts and James Stayner have joined Drs. Erik Riessen, Nathan Allred, and Kencee Graves as our planning committee as members outside of IHC or U of U as we work to increase our diversity and appeal to all the diverse members of our chapter. If you have not already registered, please sign up now!

I am very proud of our governor's council. Dr. Susan Terry has agreed to chair our membership committee and has been joined by Dr. Jennifer Scott from IMC and Dr. Yaw Boateng from Southern Utah. Our formal membership recruitment and retention plan has been completed. Our medical student committee including Katie Lappe, MD, Linda Villani MS2, Ben Berger MS 2 and Shreya Shreekantaswamy M2 had a very successful, well attended event on point of care ultrasound in late August. Dr. Jon Harrison has joined our Resident & Fellow committee from California. Our Health and Public Policy committee is now chaired by Caroline Milne, MD and our resident member, Matthew Mulligan, MD who has been selected as the 2019 ACP resident health policy intern! This is a four week program at the ACP office in Washington DC. This is a competitive position and we are very proud to have our chapter represented nationally.

As always, please feel free to contact us if you would like to be involved in our chapter committees or if you have issues you would like us to bring to national attention.


Mary Parsons, MD FACP

If you've ever considered getting more involved with ACP you can learn more about joining our leadership committee by contacting us at




Upcoming UTAH Advocacy Events

  • February 7, 2019 – The Utah Medical Association's Doctors Day at the Utah Legislation is on Thursday, February 7th from 8AM to 12:30PM at the Utah State Capitol. This will be an exciting opportunity to meet and engage with Utah representatives in the legislature regarding bills and resolutions coming before the legislature this year concerning physicians, patients and health care in Utah. Unfortunately, this event is only available to UMA members. Please RSVP with by February 2nd.
  • May 14-15, 2019 - ACP's annual Leadership Day on Capitol Hill will be held on May 14th-15, 2019 in Washington, DC. This is a great opportunity for our members to bring the college's policy priorities to Congress, meet with our legislators and staff, and try to influence the legislative process on behalf of internal medicine. Additionally, our very own, Matt Mulligan PGY3, was selected for the ACP Health Policy Internship and will have an integral role at Leadership Day. For more information about Leadership Day including last year's policy priorities please visit:

Proposition 2

ACP is a respected resource of up to date information on patient care. With the uncertainty in Utah following the passage of Proposition 2 and the subsequent bill passed by the legislature in consultation with UMA, we thought it might be helpful to provide this link to the recording from the session on medical marijuana at ACP 2018.



Chapter & National Meetings

2019 UTAH Chapter Meeting – REGISTRATION OPEN

March 1-2, 2019 | Murray, UT | Doty Family Education Center at Intermountain Medical Center.

Another fantastic Utah Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting has been planned for 2019. You can learn more and register online.

2019 Program Highlights

Our annual Chapter Meeting is a 1.5-day CME program, providing a comprehensive overview of advances in Internal Medicine and related sub-specialties, geared specifically to your most pressing practice needs. In addition to earning up to 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM you may also earn 11.5 ABIM MOC points. Most importantly, you will have the chance to meet, network, and exchange ideas with peers.


Keynote: Patient Cancers by Ana Maria Lopez, MD

Workshops: Ophthalmoscopy & Bedside Ultrasound

Poster Competition and Awards Ceremony

See the full agenda and register online.

2019 ACP Internal Medicine Meeting

April 11 - 13 | Philadelphia, PA | Pennsylvania Convention Center

Internal Medicine Meeting 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Internal Medicine Meeting. Philadelphia, home of the first U.S. public hospital and an incubator for medical innovations, is an ideal place to celebrate the shared history, values, and culture of medicine. So take a step out of your daily routine, and discover the innovation and camaraderie, combined with clinical and practice learnings that can only be experienced in person at the Internal Medicine Meeting in Philadelphia!

Learn more and register online:





The Utah Chapter is in receipt of the 2018 Chapter Excellence Award. The award recognizes chapters that successfully meet the standards for managing a chapter.



Students, Residents & Fellows

Our Residents and Fellows committee hosts two annual competitions with the winners from each being eligible for entry into the national competition held during the Spring Internal Medicine conference. Winners are automatically accepted into the competition and will receive a travel stipend to attend the meeting (location varies by year). The next competitions are:

  • Spring 2019 – Poster Competition: The Medical Student and Resident/Fellow Poster Competition will coincide with the annual Utah Chapter Meeting, Friday, March 1. All trainee members are encouraged to submit research, clinical vignette, or quality improvement posters for the competition. All ACP members are welcome at the competition.
  • Fall 2019 – Clinical Vignette Competition: Scheduled on September 26, 2019. ACP Medical Student and Resident/Fellow members are encouraged to submit a clinical vignette about a patient they have found interesting. Three finalists will be chosen to present their vignettes during a lunch event during Grand Rounds in September. More information will be coming soon.

Contact Selma Lopez at for information about the competition.

2019 Poster Competition

March 1, 2019| Murray, UT | Doty Family Education Center at Intermountain Medical Center

Are you a medical student, resident, or fellow who has seen a really interesting patient? Are you involved in research or quality improvement work? Submit a poster by February 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm!

We invite you to participate in the annual Poster Competition to be held on Friday, March 1st at 4:15 pm at the Doty Family Education Center. All medical students, interns (categorical, prelim, transitional), internal medicine residents, and fellows in internal medicine specialties are invited to submit a poster about a topic in internal medicine. All posters submitted will be printed and on display during the ACP Chapter Meeting March 1-2, 2019 at the Doty Family Education Center. Everyone who submits has the opportunity to present their poster. Judges will select 2 semi-finalists winners from both poster categories – Clinical and Research – who will receive a cash prize. The grand prize winner (selected out of the 4 semi-finalists) will receive a $1500 trip to ACP 2020 in Los Angeles, CA to present their winning poster. You will categorize your poster among the following categories: Clinical Vignette or Research (Clinical, Basic, or Quality Improvement/Patient Safety). Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need more information. To submit a poster, please email your submission to We look forward to reviewing your posters!

  • Deadline for submissions is February 8, 2019 at 11:59 PM
  • Presenting a poster may count as your scholarly activity requirement for the Utah Internal Medicine Residency Program

Please contact us with any questions at We look forward to seeing your submissions!



Possible Member Opportunity in Boise Idaho at NW SGIM- Free Suboxone Training

Learn how to treat opioid use disorder with buprenorphine/naloxone in a four hour interactive session Saturday, February 2nd from 8-12pm at the Boise VA.

The training will cover basic epidemiology, the natural history of addiction, the pharmacology of buprenorphine, and basic logistics/requirements of prescribing buprenorphine/naloxone, whether on discharge from the hospital or in the clinic. Finish the training with four hours of online modules and obtain your DATA Waiver 2000 (X-license) for free! For more information about the training, visit

Drs. Alicia Carrasco (Terry Reilly/VA/UW-Boise), Basil Anderson (Family Health Services – Twin Falls), Jared Klein (UW-Seattle), Magni Hamso (Terry Reilly/VA/UW-Boise) & Ximena Levander (OHSU-Portland) will teach the course. Breakfast will be provided. Email to register, or sign up when you register for the meeting at Although we encourage everyone to attend the NW SGIM meeting, it is not required to be able to attend the buprenorphine training for free.



Hot Topics

ACP Analyzes, Rates Performance Measures in 2019 CMS MIPS

ACP's Performance Measurement Committee has released an analysis of 18 performance measures applicable to internal medicine within the 2019 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

The Committee found that just nine of 18 performance measures relevant to internists were valid measures of physician-level quality performance. In a paper published earlier this year, the Committee analyzed and rated an additional 86 performance measures included in MIPS and found that only 32 were valid (37%).

For access to ACP's meaningful performance measure recommendations for other topics, visit ACP's repository online.

Make Your Voice Heard: Join ACP and the Physician Movement #thisisourlane Responding to National Rifle Association Over Policies

On Nov. 7, the National Rifle Association (NRA) tweeted a link to an article on their website opposing ACP's recently updated policy on firearms safety, telling physicians, “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.” ACP and Annals immediately responded directly to the NRA's tweet, asserting that physicians engaging in advocacy to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms, like any other public health risk, is precisely in their lane. The College followed up with a comprehensive social and earned media effort to get the message out widely to the public and the profession.

Learn more about this movement.

BOR Action on Fall 2018 BOG Resolutions

A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the fall 2018 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting in Seattleis now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

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 your Governor or local ACP chapter. Visit your ACP chapter website for more information on how to contact your Governor or chapter staff about proposing a resolution.