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Chapter News

Congratulations New Air Force Chapter Fellows

  • Blake Elgin Elkins, MD FACP
  • Devin C Kelly, DO FACP

(March 2022) Congratulations to the Air Force 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 Air Force Chapter Members who are serving as faculty:

  • Cristin DeStefano Oral Anticoagulation: Patience and Wisdom - 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 USAF Chapter Fellows

  • Christin Blair Destefano, MD FACP
  • MAJ Shane B Patterson, MC USAF FACP
  • CPT Christina Awad, MC USAF FACP
  • Nicole R Bane, DO FACP
  • MAJ Jason L Brownell, MD FACP
  • Asha De, MD FACP

(December 2021) Congratulations to the Air Force 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.

US Air Force Chapter receives 2021 Chapter Excellence Silver Award

Silver award(September 2021) We are pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the Silver Level of the 2021 Chapter Excellence Award! Only 13 chapters received the Silver Award. The award recognizes chapters that achieve excellence in chapter management. In order to achieve the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet twenty-one Bronze criteria and seventeen Silver criteria. Criteria include such activities as undertaking efforts to increase advocacy efforts, collaborating with stakeholders to increase visibility of the ACP, holding competitions for members, providing chapter financial reports to members, having Medical Student and Resident/Fellow members on the Governor's Advisory council, retaining transitional and unpaid members, giving awards to chapter members. We would like to extend a special thanks to those chapter members who assisted us in all of these endeavors! For their hard work and dedication, we received this award.

Air Force Chapter Awards

(June 27, 2021) - The deadline for our ACP chapter annual awards has been extended to 15 August.  Please consider nominating your deserving colleagues!  To submit, please email our Awards Chair, Dr. Smith (, the nominee’s CV as well as a one page memo from the nominator detailing their accomplishments that deserve recognition. Award winners will be announced at the virtual Tri-Service ACP Meeting in September 2021.

PROSPECTIVE AWARDS (with description of eligibility criteria):

Major General Archie Hoffman Award for Distinguished Early Career Physician (ECP): Awarded to an Air Force ACP Chapter member who has completed residency in Internal Medicine and is in the first 16 years of their clinical and professional development who has excelled in their service to their patients, military treatment facility (MTF), and the United States Air Force Medical Corps.
Two members are potentially eligible for this award: one ECP serving at an “Academic” MTF and one at a “Field” MTF. Please specify which award the applicant is being nominated for.

Lieutenant General (ret) (Dr.) Monte Miller Award for Distinguished Early Career Physician (ECP) in Research: Awarded to an Air Force ACP Chapter member who has completed residency in Internal Medicine and is in the first 16 years of their clinical and professional development who has excelled in medical research. This award honors the late Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Miller who spearheaded the incorporation of research and teaching in the Air Force Medical Service.

Colonel (ret) (Dr.) George Crawford Award for Distinguished Medical Educator: Awarded to an Air Force ACP Chapter member between the rank of senior Major to Colonel who has distinguished themselves in academic / teaching endeavors of medical professionals during their tenure in the Air Force Medical Service.

The new deadline for submission is 15 August 2021. For more information or questions, please email myself or Dr. Smith.

Angelique Collamer, MD
Air Force ACP Governor
On behalf of Dr. Derek Smith
Air Force ACP Awards Chair

Call for Spring 2022 Board of Governors Resolutions

(June 2021) - Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council. 

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. When drafting a resolution, don't forget to consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals. In addition, be sure to use the College's Priority Themes to guide you when proposing a resolution topic. 

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. Visit the ACP Online homepage and click the “Advocacy” link in the right-hand, top margin to access ACP policy positions, read about recent ACP advocacy activities, or search ACP's library of policies and recommendations. Visit your chapter website, too, and click the link under “Advocacy” to access Electronic Resolutions System (ERS) where you can search past or proposed resolutions. A copy of the resolutions process is available on the ERS, which furnishes more details on formatting resolutions, as well the process for submission, review, and approval. 

Members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it. If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Spring 2022 Board of Governors Meeting is October 4, 2021.

Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution.

Obituary:  Ray Foote Fitch, MD, Colonel, USAF (retired) 

(August 8, 2020)

It was brought to my attention by Dr. George Meyer that we recently lost one of our own.  Dr. Ray Foote Fitch was an amazing physician who was one of the founders of the Society of Air Force Physicians, the forerunner of our current ACP Chapter.  Please take a moment to read the legacy of this amazing colleague, co-founder of our chapter, and brother in arms!

Ray Foote Fitch, MD
Colonel, USAF (Retired)
July 11, 1923-May 27, 2020

Ray Foote Fitch, MD, a 46-year member of SSVMS and a prominent internist and rheumatologist, passed away in Sacramento on May 27 at the age of 96.
“I admired him for his greatness, dedication, caring and very courteous attitude,” said Christine Fernando, MD, who met Dr. Fitch when she joined Kaiser Permanente in 1979. “His patients loved him. His clinics on most days would go until 7:30 p.m., and sometimes until 8 p.m., and then he would bike home. His wife, Betty Jo, would always wait to have dinner with him.”
Dr. Fitch led a dedicated and memorable life. Born in New York City, he was hospitalized with scarlet fever. After his father completed his Ph.D. in psychology, the family moved to Muncie, Indiana where he attended grade school and high school. He was 10 years old when he made the decision to become a doctor because of some good experiences he had with physicians.
Dr. Fitch joined the Naval Reserve after studying at Ball State University, and after being accepted at Northwestern University Medical School the Navy sent him instead to Loyola University in Chicago for his first two years of medical school. He left the Navy in 1945 and married Betty Jo Millspaugh, whom he had met while at Ball State. They remained married until her death in 2015.
Returning to Muncie, in 1949, Dr. Fitch started a general medical practice that offered medical care for $1.50 for an office visit and about $3 for a house call. Comprehensive care for pregnancy was $75.
Dr. Fitch returned to military service when he joined the Air Force. He completed his internal medicine residency at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1949 ; some of his mentors included William Crosby , the Hematologist, and Eddy Palmer, a well known gastroenterologist. His initial IM assignment was to Keesler AFB. From Keesler he was assigned to Elmendorf AFB from before being transferred to Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center where he remained until AF retirement in 1972 as a colonel. He joined the Permanente Medical Group in Sacramento.
Colonel Fitch was one of the organizers of the Society of Air Force Physicians, the forerunner of the Air Force Chapter of the American College of Physicians.  Many of the first annual meetings were held in San Antonio at Lackland AFB.
He was one of the founders of the Sacramento Rheumatology Journal Club, the director of voluntary clinical faculty at UC Davis, and the recipient of the Arthritis Foundation Humanitarian Award. He supported improving doctor to doctor relationships, was known for his positive outlook on life and had a daily routine of commuting to the office by bicycle, rain or shine.
In 1989, after 17 years, he retired from Kaiser Permanente. He continued his medical career for another 15 years by volunteering as a Professor of Medicine at UC Davis Medical School.
Dr. Fitch was also an active member of SSVMS. He served on the Scholarship and Awards Committee for over 30 years.
“He was a kind, gentle man, respected by all who knew him,” said Dr. Richard Bauer, who worked with Dr. Fitch at Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center.
He retired from medicine at the age of 80 to enjoy family and friends, who were of great importance to him, in addition to church fellowship, golf, gardening, and bridge. He was a regular attendee at Internal Medicine Grand Rounds at UCD, often parking some distance away from the entrance for the exercise.
“He was a gentleman to the core, very professional, and a caring, dedicated physician who went beyond his call of duty,” Dr. Fernando said. “He was admired by his colleagues, well-respected by everyone who came across him and always available for advice.”
Dr. Fitch is survived by five of his six children, six grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and numerous nieces and nephews. If you wish to make a memorial gift, the Fitch Family suggests a donation to Westminster Presbyterian Church, UC Davis Medical School, Ball State University, Northwestern University Medical School, or your favorite nonprofit organization whose mission is to help the underserved. His ashes will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


TriService Virtual Meeting Poster & Podium Judging

(August 5, 2020) -      As we approach the TriService ACP Virtual Meeting in September, we are in need of judges who would be willing to contribute a little bit of their time to electronically review posters and podium presentations.  The time commitment should not be much.  In fact, if you have judged posters electronically for National ACP this will be very much the same.

     If you are able, in the next few weeks you will receive an email from either Dr. Kelly Chohonis or Dr. Matt Bezzant.  They are coordinating the distribution of posters to various breakout sessions and judging as well.  They will send you a link with instructions on how to complete the task.  We anticipate that judging will be completed before the meeting 9 - 11 September 2020.  While the exact number of posters you would judge is not known at this time, I do not anticipate it being more than 10 per judge. 

     Posters will be a single slide with the traditional printed format for a poster that you will be able to review for content, clarity, etc.  The presenter will record their oral presentation (voice over Powerpoint) and should be less than 5 minutes.  You will then judge the poster using National ACP criteria which will be provided to you.  

     Thank you for your support of the chapter, especially with the transition to the virtual format this year.  If you are unable to assist with judging for whatever reason, please let me know and I will remove you from the email list.  If you have any questions, please contact me at or text/call 210-705-9185.