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Utah Governor's Newsletter May 2019

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Mary H. Parsons, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Mary H. Parsons, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Greetings from the Governor

As I watch the rain coming to nourish the new growth of spring, I am reminded of all the recent activities that have nourished our chapter and our professional home in the ACP. Since the last newsletter, we had a successful Annual Chapter meeting at the Doty Education Center March 1-2. Thanks to our chapter meeting planning committee who again managed to assemble a diverse and engaging program of speakers on topics important in both ambulatory and hospital practice. As always, the quality of our poster presentations assures us that the future of our profession is bright!

Next was the ACP annual meeting in Philadelphia which several of our members were able to attend. Congratulations go to Dr. Harold Palmer who participated in convocation as a new fellow, and to Drs. Catey Harwell, Chris Nevala-Plagemann, and Matthew Mulligan who presented posters at the national meeting. Prior to the annual meeting was the semi-annual meeting of the Board of Governors where we vigorously debated and passed resolutions related to the costs and burden of DME requests, costs of health information technology, equity and transparency of hospital charges, universal access to appropriate health care as an ethical obligation of society, development of an alternate maintenance of certification pathway, access to and coverage of drug and substance use treatment, social media communication, and reduction of carbon emissions to improve patient health, among others.


The meeting included presentations on diversity and inclusion. One speaker noted that diversity is being invited to the dance, and inclusion is being asked to dance! We strive to develop chapter membership that comprises a diverse population of internists including ambulatory care, hospital medicine, subspecialists of Internal Medicine, and trainees. We also embrace our diversity of geography and practice types. We encourage all of you to be involved in the activities of our chapter and to invite your colleagues to join as well!

Finally, our second chapter wellness champion, Dr. Sonja Raaum was trained at the annual meeting. She will be joining Dr. Scott Hansen in leading our chapter wellness activities. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time if you have ideas for our chapter or if you would like to join any of our committees.

Happy spring!

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Upcoming UTAH Advocacy Events

  • May 14-15, 2019 – ACP's annual Leadership Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
  • September 13-14 – UMA House of Delegates: Our chapter will be looking for physicians to send as Utah Chapter ACP delegates to this year's UMA House of Delegates, which will be held at Zermatt Resort in Midway, UT. At this engaging two-day event, you will have the opportunity 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 upcoming year. Whether you are a first-time delegate or a seasoned veteran, it is an event you will not want to miss! Learn more here

We will have a block of seats reserved for the Utah chapter ACP. If you are interested in participating, please email by July 1, 2019. Note that if you are not already a UMA member you will need to sign for UMA membership in order to be a delegate.

Enroll in the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn)

Join more than 15,000 colleagues in the AIMn program in advocating for interest of internal medicine in Washington, D.C. By joining, you will receive legislative updates on key policy issues and engage in outreach to your federal lawmakers. If you already an AIMn members, you do not need register again. Sign up here.



Chapter Meeting

2019 Utah Chapter meeting

The annual Utah chapter meeting this past March was a huge success! It was an overall amazing 1 ½ days at the Intermountain Medical Center Doty Education Family Center. Big thank you to all the speakers, attendees, and our scientific program committee (Drs. Erik Riessen, Nathan Allred, Kencee Graves and Darin Checketts)! This event couldn't be done without their time and leadership devoted each year.




Awards & Recognition


The 2019 awards ceremony coincided with our chapter meeting to honor five Utah Chapter members:

Mastership in the American College of Physicians

ACP Masters have been awarded this extreme honor after being nominated by their peers and then vetted through the Awards Committee for selection due to the excellence and significance of their contributions to medicine as well as their involvement in ACP. Masters are nominated for their personal character, positions of honor, and contributions toward furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine. A limited number of Masters are awarded each year. This year Robert Pendleton, MD FACP is being for his extraordinary service in medicine with advancement to ACP mastership.


Laureate Award – Nathan Allred, MD

C. DuWayne Schmidt Community Service Award – Susan Keeshin, MD

Resident/Fellow and Medical Student Award – Emily Signor, MD & Andrew Kithas

Read more here.

Welcome New Fellows

Drs. Jenny Tuan, Heather Balch, Julia Ozbolt, Paige Patterson, Lana McGill, Kim Scott, Janie Mathis, Harold Palmer, and Ryan Murphy.

To suggest a colleague for our 2020 awards ceremony, please fill out our nominations form by August 1, 2019.

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:

  • Fall 2019 – Clinical Vignette Competition: 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 grand rounds on September 26th. More information will be coming soon.
  • Spring 2020 – Poster Competition: The Medical Student and Resident/Fellow Poster Competition will coincide with the annual Utah Chapter Meeting, March 5-6, 2020. 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.

Contact us for information about the competition at

2019 Poster Competition

Friday, March 1 | Salt Lake City, UT | IHC Doty Education Family Center

We had 18 terrific poster submissions this year:

Winners & Runners-up

The 8 individuals selected from a very competitive pool who presented their posters were:

  • Mucormycosis or Granulomatosis with Polyangitis? | Erica Jensen
  • An uncommon cause of common symptoms | Andrew Kithas
  • Calcitriol Induced Hypercalcemia, Sarcoidosis | Johanna Purdy – CV Winner
  • Intestinal Amebiasis Acquired in Salt Lake County, Utah| Erika Takagi – CV Runner-up
  • Prediction of ECT Response in Treatment Resistant Depression Using Machine Learning | Alex Au
  • Platelet S100A8/A9 is up-regulated in patients with granulomatosis with polyangitis and regulates vascular inflammation | Ben Berger
  • Improving naloxone co-prescriptions for high risk patients at hospital discharge | Rebecca Richardson – Research Winner
  • The Effect of Hospital Transfer and Acute Rehabilitation on Spinal Cord Injury Recovery: A Retrospective Cohort Analysis | Herschel Wilde – Research Runner-up

We had two runner-ups and two winners for each the clinical vignette and research category, and all received a cash prize. Our grand prize winner, Johanna Purdy, who presented the case “Calcitriol Induced Hypercalcemia, Sarcoidosis” Johanna will join our leaders at the 2020 ACP National Meeting to be held in Los Angeles, CA.





Thank you to our Student/IMIG committee: Katie Lappe, MD (chair), Linda Villani, MSII, Ben Berger, MSII, Shreya Sreekantaswamy, MSII who did a wonderful job organizing and planning all the events this year!




Early Career Physicians

Spring 2019 Social

May 9, 2019 | Salt Lake City, UT | HSEB 4100B

Join your colleagues on Thursday, May 9th at 6:00 PM at HSEB 4100B for an Early Career Physician social.

We are very excited to host this event as our very own council member has been featured in a documentary that was shown at Sundance Film Festival. Don't miss this great opportunity to network with other early career physician colleagues, enjoy food and drinks, and have fun! Popcorn and drinks will be provided at no charge but will be accepting donations that will be given to our local PrEP clinic. Please RSVP HERE. Guests are welcome.

  • WHAT: Early Career Physician Social Event
  • WHEN: May 9, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
  • WHERE: Health Science Education Building (HSEB) Room 4100B

Fall 2019 Social

If you have ideas for a fall social event we want to hear from you! Email



Wellness: Mini-Z Professional Satisfaction Survey

As your professional support organization, we are interested in your input. The on-line “Mini-Z” has been developed by the ACP to help assess professional satisfaction and burn out. It is ten short questions that will help us better understand where we are individually and collectively regarding this important issue. Go on-line using the link provided below and complete the survey. We will provide group feedback in the near future.

Practicing Internal Medicine physicians

Residents/fellows in Internal Medicine fields



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