West Virginia Governor's Newsletter October 2019

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Laura M Davisson, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Laura M Davisson, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Chapter Meeting Reminder

I hope everyone is planning on coming to the annual chapter meeting this month! The meeting, with the theme Hospital Medicine, will be held at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV on October 24-26, 2019. Our program planning committee is led by our Chair, Dr. Brandon Shiflett, and Vice Chair, Dr. Brandon Rose, who is learning the ropes in preparation for chairing the following year's committee.

Register for the meeting today! Click on this link to register and view the complete meeting agenda Registration will close Friday, October 18.



Take the Pledge!


The WV ACP Chapter has promised to take the Healthy Meeting Pledge at this year's chapter meeting. Low sugar drinks, lighter options meal selections, fruits, vegetables and whole grains will be offered during every meal. Desserts will only be offered during the evening meals. In keeping with this pledge, we ask that attendees move within the meeting space by standing or stretching as often as needed. Please wear comfortable shoes in order to take a walk during breaks.





2019 Chapter Excellence Award-Bronze Level Winner


I am pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the Bronze Level of the 2019 Chapter Excellence Award! The award recognizes chapters that achieve basics in chapter management. In order to achieve the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet twenty-one Bronze criteria. Criteria include such activities as being involved in advocacy activities, communicating with members, having a chapter/regional scientific meeting along with a planning committee, having a sound financial structure in place, recruiting and advancing members and having an awards committee that identifies candidates for local or national awards. We want to thank Dr. Dorsey for his leadership, hard work and dedication for which we received this award.





Volunteer Today! Opportunities Still Available

There are still opportunities to get involved. We will have time at the meeting devoted to subcommittee meetings where you can talk to the committee chairs for volunteerism, women in medicine, policy, and the early career physician council (which includes all individuals within 16 years of graduating from medical school). You could also consider helping with the abstract competition, by judging poster or oral presentations for students or residents during the meeting. These activities demonstrate involvement with ACP, which is one of the pathways to fellowship. If you are interested in serving in any of these capacities, please send a message to Sheri



Thank you to our Officers and Council Members

I would like to thank those of you who volunteered to get involved in ACP leadership, and recognize our Governor's Advisory Council and committee chairs.
















ACP Health Policy Internship Program

The 2020 Health Policy Internship application cycle is now open. The application cycle closes on October 31, 2019.

About the Internship

The ACP Health Policy Internship provides a multifaceted opportunity to learn about the legislative process, health policy, and advocacy in organized medicine. Interns will provide assistance with researching and analyzing current issues in health and medical education policy, assisting with on-going advocacy initiatives, and the development of advocacy materials. Interns will have the opportunity to attend Congressional hearings, coalition meetings, and accompany government affairs staff on lobby visits to members of congress and their staff and to events. The interns will be responsible for hosting and assisting in leading a panel discussion on issues of interest to medical students and residents at ACP's Leadership Day and assisting with Resident/Fellow and Medical Student related events during the two-day meeting. At the end of the internship period, we hope that the interns will have learned much about health policy and the importance of advocacy.


Candidates should be enrolled in an LCME or AOA accredited medical school or an internal medicine training program and be a member in good standing of the American College of Physicians at the time of application and for the duration of the fellowship. All ACP Resident/Fellow and Medical Student members interested in health policy and advocacy are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to medical students in their fourth year and committed to an internal medicine residency program. Relocation at your own expense to Washington, D.C., for the month is required.

Duration and Salary

The Internship will last four weeks starting April 27, 2020 and concluding on May 22, 2020. Attendance at ACP's Leadership Day May 12 and 13 is required. A stipend of $2,000 will be paid.

The following documents are required at the time of application:

  • An updated curriculum vitae
    • For medical students, please clearly indicate your anticipated specialty track.
  • Letters of recommendation:
    • A letter of endorsement from your ACP Governor
    • A letter from your medical school or training program:
      • For medical students, please include a letter from the dean of your medical school or designee that confirms you are in good academic standing and that your medical school is supportive of your application.
      • For Resident/Fellows, please include a letter from your Program Director or designee that confirms that your training program is supportive of your application.
  • Personal statement of interest
    Please write a personal statement that demonstrates your experiences in health policy or legislative matters, and why you would like to pursue this opportunity. (Less than 750 words).
  • Legislative Essay
    Please identify an area of interest in national health policy and lobby this issue as an informed advocate for organized medicine. This writing sample should be substantive and concise (no more than two pages).

Interested candidates should direct questions to Hilary Daniel



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