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Council Election Results
(July 2020) - The ACP Virginia Chapter Governor’s Advisory Council election results are in. The following are the representatives who will serve a 3-year term:
Region 1 – Eileen West MD FACP
Region 2 – Kyong Chong MD FACP
Region 3 – Dana Buchanan MD FACP
Region 4 – Mohan Nadkarni MD FACP
Region 5 – Ross Murchison MD FACP
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all those who ran! Your involvement is important to the Chapter’s success.
(June 2020) - To help ACP members who are having trouble acquiring PPE, ACP is partnering with Project N95, a not-for-profit organization, to source a low-cost supply of high quality N95 masks and disposable isolation gowns. ACP is pleased to offer these at cost, available in small quantities, as a member-exclusive benefit.
The equipment is being sourced through a one-time bulk purchase, which may not be repeated, so order now for your anticipated needs over the coming months. All orders must be received by 3:00 pm (ET) on Friday June 26.
Makrite 9500 N95 Respirator (FDA 510 (K) clearance and certified by CDC-NIOSH): Universal Size, Box of 20 for $112.00 (plus taxes and domestic shipping)
Disposable Isolation Gowns : Bag of 15 for $22.80 (plus taxes and domestic shipping)
This offer is only available to U.S.-based ACP members. Click here for more information and to order. ACP login is required.
For more information, please contact Michael Blake.
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.
(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!