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Air Force Chapter Awards

(August 12, 2020)

It's that time of the year when we solicit our members to recognize the exceptional colleagues among us! If you know an Air Force ACP member deserving of one of the following awards, please email 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 TriService ACP Meeting.

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.

- NEW AWARD! Inaugurated in 2019, the 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.

- NEW AWARD! Also inaugurated in 2019, the 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 deadline for submission has been extended to 31 August 2020. For more information or questions, please email Dr. Smith.

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.