Vermont Governor's Newsletter August 2019

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Allen B Repp, II, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Allen B Repp, II, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Welcome

To start, please join me in thanking Dr. Jan Carney for her last four years of service as Governor of the Vermont ACP Chapter. Under her leadership, our chapter continued to flourish. It received a 2018 Chapter Excellence Award, continued the tradition of outstanding Chapter meetings, and remained on solid financial footing.

I also want to take the opportunity to recognize our ACP Council and committee chairs. Their sustained contributions behind the scenes are essential to the success of our chapter. If you are interested in becoming involved in chapter activities or simply have ideas about how our chapter can serve its membership better, please send me an e-mail I'd love to hear from you.

Congratulations to Dr. Virginia L. Hood who received the Alfred Stengel Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the ACP and to our newest Fellows! Read more about this and other exciting chapter events below – including the upcoming Vermont Chapter meeting on Oct 11 featuring outstanding speakers and a medical student and resident poster competition and Green Mountain Medicine, our new chapter podcast.

Best wishes,




2019 Annual Vermont Chapter Meeting

We will hold our 2019 annual Vermont Chapter Meeting at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe on Friday, October 11, 2019. Dr. Darilyn Moyer, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the ACP, will be our keynote speaker. Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont Commissioner of Health, will provide public health highlights. Our outstanding faculty will address a broad array of practical clinical updates from heart failure and diabetes to hospital medicine and depression. Earn CME and MOC, while helping to satisfy Vermont license renewal requirements.

Don't miss it! Agenda and registration can be found at the Vermont ACP Chapter website



Student and Resident Abstract/Poster Competition

We will host a student and resident/fellow Poster Competition at our 2019 annual Vermont Chapter Meeting at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe on Friday, October 11, 2019. Abstracts will be accepted in 2 categories – clinical vignettes and research/quality/high value care. The winners in each category will receive support to attend and present at the national ACP Internal Medicine meeting in Los Angeles, CA from April 23-25, 2020. Abstract submission deadline is Sunday, September 1. More information can be found on the Vermont ACP Chapter website

If you are interested in serving as an abstract reviewer or judge for the poster competition, please e-mail Allen Repp



Virginia Hood Wins Alfred Stengel Memorial Award

At the 2019 ACP Internal Medicine Meeting in April, Virginia L. Hood, MBBS, MPH, MACP was presented ACP's national Alfred Stengel Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the American College of Physicians. This award is bestowed for outstanding service to the American College of Physicians.



Residents Present Work

Several Internal Medicine residents from the University of Vermont Medical Center presented posters at the 2019 ACP Internal Medicine Meeting in Philadelphia.


Dr. Julia Powelson: “Cardiotoxicity of carfilzomib: A case report” (winner of the VT chapter poster competition in the Case Report category)


Dr. Elizabeth Wahlberg: “Perceived barriers to guideline-based diabetes care in hospitalized adults.”


Dr. Kramer Wahlberg: “Improving patients' abilities to identify their physicians through the use of physician facecards and whiteboards.”


Dr. Andrew Wilks: “Prophylactic anticoagulation and bleeding risk in ambulatory cancer patients on cancer-directed therapy” (winner of the VT chapter poster competition in the Research category)



New Fellows

Congratulations to Waqas Jehangir, MBBS, FACP, Ladd Osborne, MD, FACP, and Michael Lamantia, MD, FACP who were honored with ACP Fellowship this year.



New VT ACP Chapter Podcast

Check out Green Mountain Medicine the new podcast series “for all things Internal Medicine” hosted and produced by ACP Vermont Medical Student Council Members Matthew Tsai and Dylan Koundakjian! The first episode dives into the controversy around numerical scoring of the USMLE Step 1, which recently generated a resolution debated at the ACP Board of Governors' meeting. The second episode features former Vermont ACP Governor Dr. Mark Pasanen as a guest and discusses CDC guidelines for opioid prescribing. Future podcast episodes will include timely, topical discussions with other incredible Vermont ACP Chapter members.



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Your Feedback is Requested on Fall 2019 BOG Resolutions

The Vermont ACP Chapter needs your feedback on the 15 resolutions that will be heard at the Fall 2019 Board of Governors Meeting. The resolutions have been posted on ACP Online for your review.

After considering the intent of each resolution and how it fits with the College's Mission and Goals, please provide your feedback on each resolution and indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by Monday, September 9. Your input will be used as part of testimony on behalf of the chapter.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide comments regarding these resolutions. By providing your feedback on the Board of Governors resolutions, you have helped to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. Please visit the chapter's Web site after the Fall 2019 Board of Governors meeting for updates.



Call for Spring 2020 Board of Governors Resolutions

Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to the chapter.

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. When drafting a resolution, don't forget to consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals In addition, be sure to use the College's 2018-2020 Priority Themes to guide you when proposing a resolution topic.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. Visit the ACP Online homepage and click the “Advocacy” link in the right-hand, top margin to access ACP policy positions, read about recent ACP advocacy activities, or search ACP's library of policies and recommendations. Visit our Vermont chapter website too, and click the link under “Advocacy” to access Electronic Resolutions System (ERS) where you can search past or proposed resolutions. A copy of the resolutions process is available on the ERS which furnishes more details on formatting resolutions, as well the process for submission, review, and approval.

Members should submit resolutions to Allen Repp A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it. The deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Spring 2020 Board of Governors Meeting is October 10, 2019.