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"Virtual" Leadership Day -- May 25-26

Leadership Day 2021 will be held virtually this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This two-day event (Tuesday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 26) provides ACP members advocacy training, an update on the College’s legislative priorities; briefings from Members of Congress; and an opportunity to meet with your elected officials. Congressional meetings will be scheduled for our chapter by national and you will be connected with your lawmakers via Zoom. There will be a limited number of Zoom lines for the meetings so we are asking that you register early.

Leadership Day is our main national advocacy event and allows us as an organization to speak directly with our respective legislators about health policy priorities that affects both us as physicians as well as our patients.

There is a $25 registration fee for Leadership Day. ACP Medical Student Members and ACP Resident/Fellows-in-Training Members are exempt from the fee. This event is open to ACP Members only. If you are interested in attending, please contact Ann Tennett at astacp@hotmail.com to let her know of your interest by April 15. Please provide your home address and current congressional district. The Chapter will pay the registration fee and register the first 3 physicians from each congressional district who contact us.

Registration is now open. Click here to register.

For more information about the “virtual” Leadership Day 2021, go to: https://www.acpservices.org/leadership-day/what-leadership-day. If you have further questions, please contact Shuan Tomlinson via email (stomlinsonv@acponline.org) or at 800-338-2746, ext. 4547.

John Paul Verderese, MD, FACP

Chair, Health and Public Policy Committee

Stuart Henochowicz MD MBA FACP

Governor, ACP VA Chapter


Statement on Asian-American Violence and Discrimination

(March 2021) The events of the past week in the Atlanta area have highlighted the increasing violence and discrimination against Asian- Americans. We at Virginia ACP stand against such vile acts and will continue to work towards an antiracist and inclusive society for our patients and for all of us.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee is committed to this process, as stated by the following-

“The ACP Virginia Chapter will be a role model to swiftly speak out against systemic inequalities such as, but not limited to, racism, intolerance, sexism, classism, ageism, or other oppressive practices against marginalized sections of society. Our success is dependent on strong positive action for the culture to change.”

At the national level, ACP has been steadfastly working against Asian-American discrimination, as stated by Dr. Robert McLean, our former president-

“Washington, DC (March 31, 2020) — The American College of Physicians (ACP) strongly condemns any and all harassment, violence and discrimination based on an individual’s race, ethnic origin, ancestry or nationality. As our country and our health care system bear the overwhelming challenge of responding to the COVID-19 national emergency, this ethos is more important than ever. We are deeply concerned about reports of harassment against individuals of Asian descent, including physicians and other clinicians. At this challenging time our focus should be on respecting the dignity of others. We cannot allow prejudice and discrimination to divide us.”

Let us all work towards a vision of a more perfect union.

Stuart Henochowicz MD MBA FACP

Governor, ACP VA Chapter

Help Us Recognize Excellence in Internal Medicine!

(March 2021) Do you have a mentor, chief resident, colleague, or peer deserving recognition? A person who challenges you to work at your highest level and constantly inspires those around him or her? The Awards Committee of the VA Chapter ACP invites your assistance in recognizing the accomplishments of distinguished individuals and organizations through the College's awards and Masterships program. The College offers 22 national awards and a number of Masterships to recognize outstanding contributions in the practice of medicine, teaching, research, public service, leadership, and medical volunteerism.

A description of all national awards and their requirements may be accessed here. If you would like to nominate someone, please let us know by April 1 the name of the award, the nominee, a support letter from you as well as the nominee’s CV. The Chapter’s awards committee will review the nominations. If nominated, we will request any further documentation required for the award.

Please send all nominations to Sami Tahhan MD FACP (TahhanSG@evms.edu).


Governor's Statement on Equality

(June 2020) - The murder of George Floyd, and the subsequent spontaneous and nationwide protests against discriminatory policing of African Americans, has touched all of us. Violence directed at African-Americans is a hate crime. It is outrageous. Discrimination in all its forms affects all of us.

The Virginia ACP is profoundly disturbed by what has transpired. Hate crimes and discrimination are a danger to the public health, adversely affecting all our patients.It is our responsibility as physicians to work in our clinical settings and in the public arena to fight against this danger to our patients.

Discrimination has played a role in the health care inequalities in our country. Minorities have borne the brunt of these inequalities with higher rates of chronic illnesses and lowered life expectancies. COVID-19 infections have had a disproportionate impact on minority communities. Those without medical insurance and primary care have had a difficult time accessing care. This is exemplified by the fact that George Floyd was found on autopsy to have had COVID-19.

The ACP has long had stated policies on racial disparities in health care and on hate crimes as a public health issue .These policies have a profound meaning in our current state of affairs.

Let this be a time when when physicians in general and ACP in particular provide leadership in working against discrimination and health care inequalities. Let us be inspired by the words of the late Martin Luther King- “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are
confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there ‘is’ such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

Stuart Henochowicz, MD, MBA, FACP
Governor, ACP VA Chapter


Cancellation of Chapter Meeting

(March 2020) - After careful and deliberate discussion, we have made the decision to cancel our Virginia Chapter Annual Meeting and Clinical Update scheduled for March 13-14 at Hotel Roanoke. The events surrounding COVID19 have accelerated at a dizzying pace. As late as this weekend, after consultation with both the national ACP and the Virginia Department of Health, we felt we could safely continue the conference. Only a few days later, it is now clear that such a path is unfeasible.

While this was a difficult decision for all those in our chapter who worked so hard to create a fantastic CME conference, it is clear that this decision is in the best interest of the safety of our members, their families, and the patients they serve. Continuing the meeting might put a large number of front line physicians at risk just when they are needed at a critical juncture.

In addition, many institutions have now placed travel bans on their employees, which has threatened the availability of both the speakers and attendees and making it logistically impossible to continue.

We are currently working on contingency planning and ask that you be patient as we determine the best path forward. Alternative ideas for rescheduling or obtaining the 12.5 CME credits in another format are being considered this week. Rest assured that if we are unable to reschedule, or you are unable to attend any alternative dates, you will receive a full refund of your registration fees.


#InternalMedicineDay

(October 2019) ACP has officially established National Internal Medicine Day on the National Day Calendar, to be celebrated on Oct. 28 each year. This day will recognize internal medicine specialists and subspecialists who are united by a commitment to excellence and who make a difference in the lives of their patients every day.

Join ACP in sharing your internal medicine pride by:

  • Flooding the internet with internal medicine pride -- recognize a colleague, thank a mentor, or tell your story.
  • Use the official hashtags -- #NationalInternalMedicineDay and #IMproud -- in social media post.
  • Joining the #NIMdayChat Twitter chat on October 28 at 8 p.m. ET, co-hosted by ACP's Council of Early Career Physicians, Council of Resident/Fellow Members, and Council of Student Members.
  • Visiting this website for more ways to celebrate, including downloadable materials and social media content that you can customize.

You are the smartest and best trained physicians in the country. Your patients love you and they respect what you do for them. You deserve to be recognized for all the hard work and compassion you bring to your practice day in and day out. Thank you for all that you do!