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Utah Governor's Newsletter May 2020

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Mary H. Parsons, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Mary H. Parsons, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Greetings from the Governor

Greetings to all of you in the Utah Chapter in this strangest of times! As I am writing this I am working from home instead of being at the Board of Governors meeting in Los Angeles. The difficult but necessary decision by ACP to cancel the Annual Meeting this year was announced while we were attending our Chapter Meeting at the Guest House here in Utah. I feel very fortunate that our meeting was able to proceed as planned. I am very grateful to our planning committee, Dr. Erik Reissen, Dr. Nathan Allred, and Dr. Kencee Graves for all their hard work in accomplishing this educational event.

It has been remarkable to see how quickly our lives and our working conditions have changed in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Our commitment to lifelong learning has been newly tested. The resiliency of our patients, staff and teams have been demonstrated every day. Our telehealth capacity was accelerated dramatically, which may turn out to be one of many silver linings we identify from this crisis. While our work flow may have changed, our commitment to excellence in the care of our patients has remained. “IM Proud” is a fitting description of this time.

A new version of “universal precautions” is likely to be in place for a while. The impact of this pause in normal activity on the environment will be interesting to study. I was struck by a quote from an Earth Day talk this weekend: “We can be more than chaplains at the deathbed of a dying order. We can be midwives to the new and beautiful world that is longing to be born.” This may apply to our health care system as well as to our planet. It is exciting to be in the midst of so many smart, passionate, and hardworking colleagues both in our chapter and nationally. I look forward to seeing many of you in person again in the near future. Stay safe, be healthy, and thank you for all you do.

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2020 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 University Guest House. Big thank you to all the speakers, attendees, and our scientific program committee (Drs. Erik Riessen, Nathan Allred, and Kencee Graves)! This event couldn't be done without their time and leadership devoted each year.


Awards & Recognition

The 2020 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 Scott M. Stevens, MD MACP is being for his extraordinary service in medicine with advancement to ACP mastership.


Laureate Award – Susan Terry, MD

Chapter Advocacy Award – Matt Mulligan, MD

Resident/Fellow and Medical Student Award – Catey Harwell, MD & Jessica Hansen


Read more here.

Welcome New Fellows

Drs. Aaron Silver, Adam, Kraft, Michelle Regruto, Nitin Chandramouli, Brian Zimmerman, Monique Mahlum


2020 Poster Competition

Thursday, March 5 | Salt Lake City, UT | University Guest House

We had 30 terrific poster submissions this year:

Winners & Runners-up

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

  • DIY Ultrasound Practice Block for Developing Needle-Finding Skills - Sean Bernfield (PGY3) Research Winner
  • Well Syndrome: Not just a normal case of cellulitis – Evan Hare (PGY1)
  • Platypnea-Orthodeoxia Syndrome in a Patient with Right Heart Failure – Ben Harris (Intern) CV Winner
  • Depression and Anxiety Levels of Students Pre- and Post-Matriculation of Medical School – Blake McKinley (OMS II) Research Runner-up
  • Optimizing Discharge Medication Reconciliation – Brian Sanders (PGY3)
  • Evaluating the Impact of Social Deprivation on Press Ganey Outpatient Medical Practice Survey Scores – Andrew Stephens (MS4)
  • Daptomycin-induced eosinophilic pneumonia – Taryn Young (PGY1)
  • More than Surgery and IV Antibiotics: The importance of treating substance use disorder in the management of endocarditis – Jessica Zhu (MS3) CV 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, Ben Harris, who presented the case “Platypnea-Orthodeoxia Syndrome in a Patient with Right Heart” Ben will join our leaders at the 2021 ACP National Meeting to be held in Orlando, FL.





Stay tuned for ECP/IM Residency Mountain Challenge this Fall.




If you're like me, then you're probably sick of hearing about physician burnout. The ubiquity of the term has nearly led to a cliché of the struggling doctor within a broken system. The problem is that burnout is real, for so many of us, and that the system really is a huge contributor. However, many of us, especially medical students and residents, go well beyond burnout to legitimate mental illness.

I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in undergrad, and then developed a severe depression in my Family Medicine residency. I continue to struggle, though overall I am doing well and function at a high level. But the demands of medicine are so unyielding, such all-consuming, that it is nearly impossible for some of us to maintain a modicum of personal purpose.

That is why I wrote about my experiences in Fallible: a memoir of a young physician's struggles with mental illness. Writing of burnout and mental illness among our own may further the cliché, but it does not diminish its impact on all of us. We need to make sure that we support one another and work together to improve our health care system. We should not struggle in isolation, and it is important to know that our experiences are not unique. Hopefully reading my story can help others.

Kyle Bradford Jones, MD, FAAFP

Associate Professor (Clinical), University of Utah School of Medicine, Dept of Family and Preventive Medicine




ACP Calls for Comprehensive Reform of U.S. Health in a Series of Papers Offering a New Vision of Health Care

ACP has released a comprehensive series of policy papers that outline ACP's vision of a better health care system for all, published as a supplement in Annals of Internal Medicine.Better is Possible: The American College of Physicians Vision for the U.S. Health Care System issues a bold call to action, challenging the U.S. to implement systematic reform of the health care system, and provides an ambitious new vision for better health care for all and expansive policy recommendations for how to achieve it.

ACP's “Envisioning a Better Health Care System for All” series of policy papers addresses issues related to coverage and cost of care, health care delivery and payment system reform, and reducing barriers to care and social determinants of health. They offer specific recommendations supported by evidence about ways the U.S. can change the status quo and improve the health care system for all.

ACP developed the papers based on examination and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the current U.S. health care system and ACP's analysis of the major problems with American health care. Using the best available data and evidence and a comprehensive review of the literature and recommendations as their foundation, potential solutions outlined in the papers build on ACP's day-to-day advocacy to support the daily practice and well-being of its members and health of patients.

ACP invites all members to join the conversation:

  • Engage on social media by using #ACPVision4HealthCare.
  • E-mail your thoughts, questions, and suggestions to us at

ACP Leadership Programs Available in Hospital Medicine or Primary Care

In partnership with the American Association for Physician Leadership, the ACP Leadership Academy offers a flexible, 18-month-long Certificate in Physician Leadership program with tracks in Hospital Medicine and Primary Care.

The program includes a combination of formal training through 46.5 hours of online coursework, online group discussions facilitated by leaders in internal medicine, and a capstone project that demonstrates successful mastery of leadership concepts.

Participants may apply online by May 1, 2020 to enroll in the cohorts that begin work in July 2020. We encourage you to promote this program to your chapter members.

This program offers exclusive training by leadership experts and important career-building skills. In addition, ACP provides participants with access to a number of professional development and membership engagement opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

ACP's Comprehensive Coronavirus Resources

ACP is committed to doing everything possible to help internists prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 virus to ensure that our patients get the care they need.

The resources on our regularly updated webpage include:

These resources are meant to assist internists seeking to prepare and manage their response. ACP will continue to update this page with resources developed by ACP and other organizations.