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Call for Chapter Awards Nominations

Each year the ACP Virginia Chapter recognizes our outstanding members with awards. Below are descriptions of the various awards. We invite you to nominate anyone you feel may be worthy of such an honor. Please submit the nominee's CV, a letter of nomination and a short bio (250 words or less) to Sami Tahhan MD FACP by September 30, 2021.

  • Inpatient Internal Medicine Teaching Award: for a Virginia ACP member in good standing who exemplifies teaching excellence in internal medicine in an inpatient academic hospital setting.
  • Inpatient Subspecialist Teaching Award: for a Virginia ACP member in good standing who exemplifies teaching excellence in an internal medicine subspecialty in an inpatient academic hospital setting.
  • Outpatient Internal Medicine Teaching Award: for a Virginia ACP member in good standing who exemplifies teaching excellence in internal medicine in an outpatient academic setting.
  • Outpatient Subspecialist Teaching Award: for a Virginia ACP member in good standing who exemplifies teaching excellence in an internal medicine subspecialty in an outpatient academic setting.
  • Mentorship Award: for a Virginia ACP member in good standing who exemplifies commitment to and involvement in the mentoring of young faculty/fellows/residents/students while enhancing their career development through advising, counseling, and serving as a professional role model.
  • Community Teaching Award - For a Virginia Chapter ACP member in good standing who exemplifies teaching excellence in a non-academic practice setting.
  • Paul Florentino Volunteerism Award - To be presented to a Virginia Chapter ACP member in good standing who demonstrates significant service contributions to the field of medicine in a non-compensated position and not in a position required for training.
  • Early Career Physician Award – An ACP member in good standing who falls within the description of the ECP category (16 years within graduation of medical school) and who demonstrates leadership and excellence in the field of internal medicine.
  • The Virginia ACP Laureate Award -- Given to a Fellow of the Chapter for distinguished achievement in the field of medicine in research, medical service, mentoring, teaching, and service to the chapter. The recipient is usually a senior member of the Chapter.

Thank you for your time and consideration in our nomination process.


Your Feedback Is Requested on the Fall 2021 BOG Resolutions

(August 2021) - I invite you to give your feedback regarding the 12 resolutions that will be heard at the Fall 2021 Board of Governors Meeting. The survey, which includes the proposed resolutions and an area for comment, may be accessed herePlease complete the survey by August 18. You may also want to consider how each resolution fits with the College's Mission, Vision, Goals and Core Values.         

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide input 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.

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


"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).