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Utah Governor's Newsletter July 2019

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Mary H. Parsons, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Mary H. Parsons, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Greetings from the Governor

July is a time of new beginnings in medicine with students progressing or graduating, interns advancing to residency, and residents becoming attendings. We are very proud of our graduating IM residents M. Aljuaid, M. Anton, D. Baker, K. Baron, M. Braithwaite, H. Cale, D. Defranscisco, N. Goyal, P. Hale, J. Harry, L. Hunter, S. Ingebretsen, K. Lammert, M. Lamont, B. Larson, S. LeGuyader, M. LeSieur, B. Locke, M. Mulligan, C. Nevala-Plagemann, P. Powers, A. Pregenzer-Wenzler, M. Puckett, B. Richardson, S. Ruckel, K. Spangler, J. Staub, G. Sturgeon, I. Tawhari, S. Thomas, J. Wright, N. Como, J. Mayer, M. Tracy and wish them well in the next stage of their careers. We would also like to thank our outgoing leadership council members, including our 3 medical student co-chairs Linda Villani, Ben Berger, Shreya Sreekantaswamy and our resident/fellow chair Amanda Breviu, Emily Signor, Eric Moore, Jon Harrison for their support of our chapter over the past year.

We had a wonderful Movie Night at the ECP event May 9. We were able to show “Quiet Heroes” which is a documentary that premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film festival featuring the work of Dr. Kristen Reis, MACP and PA Maggie Snyder in the early days of the HIV crisis in Utah. The day of the event it was announced that the film won an Emmy award, the 46th annual Daytime Emmy for outstanding special class! The Q&A session time with Dr. Reis and Maggie was also very special. We are grateful for their participation and their careers. If you were unable to attend the screening, the movie is available for rent through iTunes or on Amazon Prime for those with a subscription. Thank you to Dr. Josh Marr who manned the popcorn station and helped coordinate the event.


(Josh Marr, ECP Chair; Maggie Snyder, PA-C; Kristen Ries, MD; Mary Parsons, MD, Chapter Governor)

Leadership Day

ACP organized its annual two-day flagship advocacy event at the nation's Capital on May 14-15, 2019, with hundreds of ACP members in attendance, including medical students and trainees, from virtually all the 50 states, including the District of Columbia. The event, part of ACP's overall advocacy platform in both the legislative and regulatory space, enabled members from across the country to bring our issues of concern directly to U.S. lawmakers.

This year our members advocated for specific bills and proposals addressing the following key priorities:

  1. The high cost of prescription drugs
  2. Reduction of unnecessary administrative tasks on physicians and patients
  3. Physician payment under Medicare
  4. Expansion of coverage and stabilization of the insurance market
  5. Women's health initiatives
  6. The epidemic of firearms related injury and death
  7. Medical education training and debt
  8. Funding of federal workforce, medical and health services research, and public health initiatives

The event provided opportunities for ACP members to use their personal experiences in practice and in their lives to let members of Congress know why ACP's policy priorities are important to internists.

ACP Leadership Day in Washington DC was attended by our Health and Public Policy committee chair, Dr. Caroline Milne, as well as Dr. Marja Anton and Dr. Emily Signor who are involved in the advocacy curriculum as part of the residency program at University of Utah. We were joined by Dr. Matthew Mulligan who was in Washington DC doing an ACP Public Policy internship. We had meetings at the offices of 6 legislators (Senator Mike Lee, Senator Mitt Romney, and representatives Rob Bishop, John Curtis, Ben McAdams and Chris Stewart). A summary of the key policy issues for ACP is included in this newsletter.


(Matt Mulligan, MD; Mary Parsons, MD; Emily Signor, MD; Caroline Milne, MD; Marja Anton, MD)

Our upcoming events include the annual meeting of the Utah Medical Association September13-14, and the fall clinical vignette competition. I hope to see many of you there. As always, it is a pleasure to serve this amazing chapter and please reach out to me with any ideas, questions or concerns.

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



Call for Chapter “Day of Service”

Call for Volunteer Preceptors: 2019 Care Fair

July 12-13, 2019

Community Assistance and Resource Event (CARE) Fair is an annual, two-day event organized and directed by the Junior League of Salt Lake City for families needing routine medical, dental, and vision services along with community assistance information.

Sign up here.



Advocacy and Public Policy

Upcoming UTAH Advocacy Events

September 13-14, 2019 – UMA House of Delegates

Our chapter is looking for physicians to send as Utah Chapter ACP delegates to the 2019 UMA House of Delegates meetings, which will be held on September 13-14, 2019, at Zermatt in Midway, UT.

At this engaging two-day event, you'll have opportunities to network with colleagues, preview emerging issues, hone your leadership skills, and participate in making policy for medicine in Utah and directing the efforts of your professional association for the coming year. Whether you are a first-time delegate or a seasoned veteran, it's an event you won't want to miss! Learn more here .

We have a block of seats reserved for the Utah chapter ACP. If you are interested in participating, please respond to this email by Monday, July 15, 2019. Note that if you are not already a UMA member you will need to sign up for UMA membership in order to be a delegate.



Students, Resident & Fellows

Clinical Vignette Competition

October 10, 2019 | Salt Lake City, UT | U of U School of Medicine, Classroom A

Our annual clinical vignette competition will be held on October 10, 2019. This is a great opportunity to present a medical patient case that is an unusual presentation of a common disorder; or an uncommon disorder; or a something you found very interesting.

More details to be announced soon.

SAVE THE DATE: 2020 Utah Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting

March 5-6, 2020| Salt Lake City, UT | Guest House

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Utah Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting, Thursday, March 5 through Friday, March 6, 2020. Exact schedule and details will be released soon.



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