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Results of Women's Health Survey

(September 2022) Thank you to the 37 responders to our survey compiling information about useful smartphone apps for the delivery of medical care to women. Below is a list of 19 different apps that our respondents recommended

ASCCP 

A risk based management consensus guidelines app for managing cervical cancer screening tests- based on 2019 guidelines. Easy to use algorithm based decision tree. Supported by android and iPhone. Free 

A quick reference guide for doctors on the identification of and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.  Requires a subscription. Can use on apple and android 

A database of the effects of medications, chemicals and infections on pregnancy, reproduction and development. 

Subscription required. apple and android 

Hales  

Medications and Mother’s Milk  

An up to date drug reference guide to safe breastfeeding. 

A algorithm based app to help with clinical decision making in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Provides educational content that can be printed out for patients. 

Free. Apple and Android 

A updated guide to antimicrobial therapy to guide clinical decision making. Requires a subscription. Supported by apple and android. 

Membership required. Has content which can be shared w/patients.

A free download of updated vaccine schedules for adults and children. iPhone and Android. 

This app/website provides a reference of values used to plan and assess nutrient intakes of healthy people as way to develop dietary guidelines and food guides. 

Free. Can be accessed through website. 

A compilation of clinical practice guidelines. Free to ACP members. Can use on apple and android. 

Current Clinical Guidelines from the American College of Cardiology 

Free. Apple and Android. 

An easy to use database of evidence based information to guide clinical management.  Costs money, although some medical systems will purchase subscriptions for their employees. 

Supported by iPhone and android. Can earn CME credits 

A database of concise drug monographs that is frequently updated. Free download for basic app.  Supported by iPhone and android.  

A risk estimator intended for use to assess patients at risk for atherosclerotic coronary artery disease and related events. Includes calculator and content. 

Free download. Apple and android. 

A broadly used medical reference with tools for clinical decision making plus content. Free 

Apple and android. 

An independent volunteer panel of national experts in disease prevention and evidence based medicine which creates recommendations about clinical preventive services. Free.  Apple and Android supported. 

A database of evidence based information for managing clinical decision making.  Free to ACP members and to employees at some health care systems. Apple and android. 

Med scape  

A free app that provides breaking news, top stories and expert commentary for apple and android. CME available 

MerckPro  

Easy to use and provides a comprehensive list of topics. Free iPhone and Android. 


We Request Your Feedback on the Proposed Fall 2022 Board of Governors Resolutions

(August 2022) We would like to request your feedback regarding resolutions that will be considered at the Fall 2022 Board of Governors Meeting. The resolutions have been posted on ACP Online for your review and cover an array of topics such as supporting paid sick leave for U.S. workers, covering insulin pumps under CMS Part B for insulin dependent diabetics, and integrating a health equity framework into methods for developing ACP clinical guidelines.

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 August 31. 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 2022 Board of Governors meeting for updates.

Sincerely,

[Name]


Applications Now Open to Apply for the Million Hearts® 2022 Hypertension Control Challenge

(August 2022) The Million Hearts® 2022 initiative is now accepting applications for the Hypertension Control Challenge and encourages ACP members to apply. ACP is a partner in the Million Hearts Campaign, a national initiative that aims to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by reducing hypertension and implementing evidence-based strategies to improve cardiovascular health. 

The Hypertension Control Challenge identifies and spotlights health care professionals, practices, both solo and group, and health care systems that have achieved nationally laudable hypertension control rates. Applicants that have achieved hypertension control rates of at least 80% over a 12 month period are eligible to enter for possible recognition as a Champion. To learn more about the rules and eligibility requirements to become a 2022 Million Hearts ® Hypertension Control Challenge Champion, please visit https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/partners-progress/champions/rules.html. All prospective Champions are required to complete the application form https://hypertension.millionhearts.hhs.gov/.

The submission deadline is September 7, 2022.


New Advocacy Resources Available to ACP Members and Chapters

(August 2022) We would like to make you aware of two new advocacy resources available to ACP members and chapters.

Understanding Advocacy and Why We Do It - A Comprehensive Toolkit for Chapters

ACP has created an advocacy best practices toolkit to support engagement in and the efficacy of chapter-level advocacy at the state and federal level. This comprehensive toolkit breaks down the different methods and mediums for advocacy engagement and highlights all the programs and resources offered by ACP to make the most of chapters’ advocacy efforts. This toolkit is only accessible to ACP members. 

Reproductive Health Toolkit Now Updated

ACP's toolkit for chapters to utilize in navigating issues surrounding abortion rights and related policies in their states following the overturning of Roe v. Wade has been updated. The toolkit now includes sample letters that chapters can use to advocate with state officials and information on recent federal activity. 

For questions regarding these toolkits, please submit all requests through this questionnaire to ensure we can track inquiries and respond in the most timely and efficient manner." 

Are you a member of the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn)? Learn more here


Congratulations New Virginia Chapter Fellows

  • Chethan Bachireddy, MD FACP
  • Brenden M Burkholder, DO FACP

(July 2022) Congratulations to the Virginia Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.


BOR Action on Spring '22 BOG Resolutions

(June 2022) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Spring 2022 Board of Governors (BOG) meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

If you have an idea you'd like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to our chapter.


Council Election Results

(July 2022) 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 – Franco Musio MD FACP

Region 2 – Bennett B. Lee MD FACP

Region 3 – Jody P. King MD FACP

Region 4 – Varinder Kaur MD FACP

Region 5 – Raina Karanjeet MD FACP

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all those who ran! Your involvement is important to the Chapter’s success.


Let's Celebrate our Local National Abstract Competition Winners

(May 2022) The Virginia Chapter would like to congratulate the following chapter members on their accomplishments at the 2022 Internal Medicine Meeting National Abstract Competition.

Resident Fellow - Research, Poster Winner
Penicillin Allergy Testing and Clearance (PAT C)/em>
Allyson Burkhart, MD

Resident Fellow - Clinical Vignette, Oral Winner
The Cultured Patient: Lactobacillus Bacteremia After Eating Greek Yogurt with a Ruptured Esophagus
Kyle Admire, DO

Resident Fellow - Clinical Vignette, Oral Winner
Tricky Lactate: A Case of Linezolid-Induced Lactic Acidosi
Kyle Admire, DO

Resident Fellow - Clinical Vignette, Oral Winner
Compression Therapy for Persistent Subacute Macroglossia
Randy Bitrus, MD

Resident Fellow - Clinical Vignette, Oral Winner
Severe COVID-19 Pneumonia Heralded by Myositis
William Midkiff, DO

View the complete list of podium presenters and poster winners at Internal Medicine Meeting 2022.


Congratulations New Virginia Chapter Fellows

  • Richard A Gayle, MBBS FACP
  • Dereje Defare Hailesilasie, MD FACP
  • Issa KutKut, MD FACP
  • Charles D Leiner, MD FACP
  • Abdullahi M Musa, MD FACP
  • Fola O Oluwehinmi, MD FACP

(March 2022) Congratulations to the Virginia Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.


Potential ACP Governor-elect Candidates

Nominations Due by April 14, 2022

(March 2022) As you know, the ACP national office is conducting a Governor-elect election for our chapter this year. The Local Nominations Committees will be responsible for identifying up to two candidates who are willing and able to serve a four-year term (April 2024 - April 2028), in addition to a year of training as Governor-elect (April 2023 - April 2024).

We are looking for a dynamic leader who exhibits integrity, shows commitment to the College and demonstrates dedication to the Chapter and the medical community. The successful candidate will work with Chapter members and with leaders in internal medicine at the national level. A Governor typically spends several hours per week on College Business with the support of executive administrative staff. Serving as an ACP Governor can be an extremely rewarding and life changing experience. 

Click here to view the Governor Job Responsibilities.

Only ACP MACPs and FACPs are eligible for consideration. If you would like to submit the name of a colleague or self-nominate, contact Chapter Staff. 

All potential candidate information must be submitted by Wednesday April 14, 2022. 


Congratulations New Virginia Chapter Fellows

  • Sajid Naveed, MD FACP
  • Bernie N Sergent, DO FACP

(February 2022) Congratulations to the Virginia Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.


Support our Local Speakers at Internal Medicine 2022

Join ACP and your colleagues as we reconvene to meet our personal and professional goals. World-renowned faculty will present important topics and the latest evidenced-based clinical and practice information that invite you to discover new ways to improve your own techniques and patient care. Internal Medicine Meeting 2022 will also introduce a refreshed schedule and two plenary gatherings featuring must-see speakers.

We wanted to take a moment to shine a spotlight on this year’s Virginia Chapter Members who are serving as faculty:

  • Stephanie Chang Annals of Internal Medicine: Recent Articles That Should Influence Practice - Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Alan Dow Internal Medicine Meeting 2022 Highlights and Doctor's Dilemma®: The Finals - Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Jeannine Engel Outpatient Coding: Getting Paid for What You Do - Friday, April 29, 2022
  • William Fox The Balancing Act: Addressing Social Drivers of Health in Practice - Thursday, April 28, 2022
  • Stephanie Marioneaux Ophthalmology for the Internist: Sight and Sore Eyes - Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Christina Puchalski Spirituality in End-of-Life Care: Cases That Clarify the Physician’s Role - Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Wajeh Qunibi GFR Falls and Potassium Rises With ACE-I and ARBs: When Is Enough Enough? - Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Jennifer Sweeney Increasing Patient Engagement and Improving Outcomes: Join Forces With Patients to Promote Physician Well-Being - Friday, April 29, 2022

Congratulations New Virginia Chapter Fellows

  • Sajid Naveed, MD FACP
  • Bernie N Sergent, DO FACP

(February 2022) Congratulations to the Virginia Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.


 Support our Local Speakers at Internal Medicine 2022

Join ACP and your colleagues as we reconvene to meet our personal and professional goals. World-renowned faculty will present important topics and the latest evidenced-based clinical and practice information that invite you to discover new ways to improve your own techniques and patient care. Internal Medicine Meeting 2022 will also introduce a refreshed schedule and two plenary gatherings featuring must-see speakers.

We wanted to take a moment to shine a spotlight on this year’s Virginia Chapter Members who are serving as faculty:

  • Stephanie Change, MD – Annals of Internal Medicine: Recent Articles That Should Influence Practice  - Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Alan Dow, MD – Internal Medicine Meeting 2022 Highlights and Doctor's Dilemma®: The Finals – Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Jeannine Engel, MD – Outpatient Coding: Getting Paid for What You Do – Friday, April 29, 2022
  • William Fox, MD - The Balancing Act: Addressing Social Drivers of Health in Practice – Thursday, April 28, 2022
  • Stephanie Marioneaux, MD - Ophthalmology for the Internist: Sight and Sore Eyes - Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Christina Puchalski, MS - Spirituality in End-of-Life Care: Cases That Clarify the Physician’s Role - Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Wajeh Qunibi, MD – GFR Falls and Potassium Rises With ACE-I and ARBs: When Is Enough Enough? – Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Jennifer Sweeney, M.A. - Increasing Patient Engagement and Improving Outcomes: Join Forces With Patients to Promote Physician Well-Being -  Friday, April 29, 2022

BOR Action on Fall '21 BOG Resolutions

(December 2021) A summary of Board of Regents (BOR) actions on resolutions debated at the Fall 2021 Board of Governors (BOG) virtual meeting is now available. Resolutions initiated by ACP members and endorsed by a chapter council and the BOG become ACP policy when adopted by the BOR.

If you have an idea you'd like to suggest to ACP, consider submitting a resolution to our chapter.


Congratulations New Virginia Chapter Fellows

  • Kofi Amo-Mensah, MD FACP
  • Leslie T Moses, MD FACP
  • Bhushan H Pandya, MD FACP
  • Qamar Ahmad, MD FACP
  • Justin Beckett, MD FACP
  • Carl J Christian Bergman, MD FACP
  • Jessica Dreicer, MD FACP
  • Rebecca Krey, MD FACP
  • Trisha M Pascall-Lopez, DO FACP
  • Jorge A Ramallo, MD FACP

(December 2021) Congratulations to the Virginia Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.


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