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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 Wisconsin Chapter Fellows

  • David L Hamel Jr, MD FACP
  • Binod Khadka, MD FACP
  • Punit Kumar, MD FACP

(July 2022) Congratulations to the Wisconsin 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.


Wisconsin Chapter Receives John Tooker Evergreen Special Recognition 

evergreen(June 2022) The John Tooker Evergreen Awards Program provides recognition and visibility to chapters that have successfully implemented programs to increase membership, improve communication, increase member involvement, enhance diversity, foster careers in internal medicine and improve management of the chapter. The Wisconsin Chapter received a special recognition for their initiative, Story Telling: On the Front Lines of COVID-19 Pandemic- and Beyond. 

Story Telling: On the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic- and Beyond

Themes: Communication, Physician Well-being and Professional Satisfaction 

By featuring coping mechanisms from those in all different types of medicine - rural medicine, urban medicine, academics, mentoring, in-training physician perspective, family perspective - we were able to show our attendees that they are not alone. 

Attendees of the 2020 Wisconsin Annual Meeting shared that they wanted to know more about how physicians were finding wellness, joy, and stress relief, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This prompted a follow-up/comparable session at the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting - Life Outside of Medicine. The chapter invited five physicians to discuss what they do outside of medicine to find balance, joy, wellness, and stress relief.  


Congratulations New Wisconsin Chapter Fellows

  • Carlos E Figueroa Castro, MD FACP
  • Christine J Kolehmainen, MD FACP
  • Siobhan D Wilson, MD FACP

(March 2022) Congratulations to the Wisconsin 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.


Committee Update

(March 2022) The Wisconsin Chapter is establishing three new committees and the Council of Medical Student Members. The new committees include Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee chaired by Dr. Ridhwi Mukerji FACP; Physician Well-being and Professional Fulfillment Committee chaired by Dr. Margaret Paulson FACP; Resolutions Committee chaired by Dr. Sophie Kramer FACP; and the Council of Medical Student Members chaired by Ms. Harini Shah. I would like to thank all the chairs for volunteering to lead these committees and councils. I invite you to reach out to me, Dr. Ann Maguire, our Governor-Elect, or the chairs of the committees, if you are interested in serving on any of them. The charge for each of the committees and the council can be found below.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Charges: Recommend to the Governor and the Governor’s Advisory Council effective strategies to assure integration of diversity and inclusion across the Chapter’s governance and membership that is responsive to the changing environment and demographics. Such strategies should enhance professional development, foster diversity and involvement in Wisconsin ACP chapter activities, and increase the value of membership for our diverse physician members.

Physician Well-being and Professional Fulfillment Committee

Charges: To provide ongoing advice to the Chapter Governor and the Governor’s Advisory Council to enhance member well‐being and professional fulfillment. The committee would provide key input into current and future strategies and advocacy designed to promote the well‐being and professional fulfillment of internists and their clinical teams throughout Wisconsin.

Resolutions Committee

Charges: To advise the Wisconsin Chapter Governor on resolutions presented for consideration at the Board of Governors meetings, and reviewing all resolutions submitted to the Governor’s Advisory Council pursuant to the criteria established by Council.

To solicit input from chapter membership on the resolutions submitted for consideration to the Board of Governors and bring this forward to the chapter Governor.

To advise the makers of the resolutions on how to bring their resolutions into compliance with the guidelines adopted by Council, and how well it fits within the ACP’s Mission and Goals.

Council of Medical Student Members

Charges: Respond to requests from the Governor, Advisory Council, committees and staff for review of programs, products and services. Advise the Governor and the Governor’s Advisory Council on:

  • Promoting internal Medicine as a career
  • Increasing the value of ACP membership to medical students
  • Strengthening chapter and medical school level activities
  • Aligning this council activities with the Wisconsin ACP Chapter’s Strategic Plan

Congratulations New Wisconsin Chapter Fellows

  • Wamiq Y Banday, MD FACP

(February 2022) Congratulations to the Wisconsin 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 Submissions: In the Life of This Wisconsin Doctor

(January 2022) We encourage our chapter members to submit a 500-1500 word narrative about their life or experience, particularly regarding the practice of medicine. The Women’s Committee will be reviewing the submitted articles, and the selected pieces will be shared with the membership through communications from the Governor and through a link on our chapter website to the showcase the collection.

Please see below for the submission details:

The ACP Wisconsin Chapter recognizes the value of sharing struggles, triumphs, and everyday life as a way to foster a sense of meaning in medical practice and remind us of the reasons we chose Internal Medicine and continue in this profession. To that end, we invite you to submit a written account of a part of your experience as a doctor or other meaningful event. Submissions will be reviewed by designated members of the ACP Wisconsin Chapter for appropriateness and interest to other doctors, revisions will be suggested to the author if needed, and, if appropriate, final pieces will be published in a future Governor's Newsletter or Badger Beat (abbreviated electronic newsletter) and on the ACP-WI Chapter website (open to public) and social media platforms (open to public).

Criteria for Submissions

Submissions are accepted from any ACP-WI Chapter member at any level of training. 

Any narrative about the member's life or experiences will be considered; narratives particularly regarding the practice of medicine, medical training, or patient interactions are particularly desired. Suggested length is 500-1500 words.  Submissions outside this length will be reviewed and may be approved on a case-by-case basis.  We will also consider other submissions related to the practice of medicine, such as poetry or artwork, on a case-by-case basis. Any patient identities should be masked; we will follow these recommendations from Annals on how to do that: https://annals.org/aim/pages/authorsinfoonbeingadoctor.

Please email ACP-WI (info@acpwi.org) with submissions and a cover letter addressing the patient identifiers as above.

Caring for the Holocaust Survivors by Sophie Kramer, MD


 2022 Chapter Awards Nominations

(January 2022) Even, or perhaps especially, during these extraordinary times, the ACP-Wisconsin Chapter believes that it is important to recognize and honor distinguished internal medicine physicians and colleagues for their teaching, research, service and leadership accomplishments through our 2022 ACP-Wisconsin Chapter Awards. The Awards Committee requests your assistance in recognizing these individuals. Please refer to the information below for the details of each award and please consider nominating a deserving colleague.

  • You may nominate only one candidate for each of the ten awards.
  • All nominees must be members of the ACP-Wisconsin Chapter (except for the Legislator of the Year and Sharon Haase Advancement of Women's Health Awards). To determine if a person is an ACP-Wisconsin Chapter member, please contact ACP-WI Chapter Staff, Veronica DeMore (info@acpwi.org) or by phone, 414-488-3910.
  • Nominations are due by Friday, April 13th, 2022. Winners will be notified in June and invited to attend the Awards Luncheon at the 2022 ACP-WI Annual Scientific Meeting on Saturday, September 10th, 2022 at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
  • Please contact Dr. Christie Seibert (cseibert@wisc.edu), ACP-WI Awards Committee Chair, or ACP-WI Chapter Staff, Veronica DeMore (info@acpwi.org) with any questions.
  • Please click this link to view details for each award and to fill out an awards form: https://fs8.formsite.com/GBcClP/zg1k0fbpsq/index.html
  • For a list of previous winners please view the files below

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 Wisconsin Chapter Fellows

  • Peter Kleinschmidt, MD FACP
  • Melanie A Ripley, MD FACP
  • Ankita Subedi, MBBS MD FACP

(December 2021) Congratulations to the Wisconsin 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.


New Wisconsin MACP

(October 2021) Congratulations to Christine S. Seibert, the newest Wisconsin Chapter Mastership of the American College of Physicians (MACP). MACP is one of the most prestigious awards in the college, for those fellows of the college who demonstrate integrity, the utmost professional behaviors, excellence in the practice of medicine, and significant impact on the profession. MACPs represent a very small percentage of college membership.

Join me in congratulating them on this tremendous accomplishment.