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U.S. Air Force Governor's Newsletter April 2019

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COL Matthew B. Carroll, MD, FACP, USAF, ACP Governor

COL Matthew B. Carroll, MD, FACP, USAF, ACP Governor


From The Governor

Greetings from Ocean Springs, Mississippi! I've just returned from the National ACP which was held in Philadelphia this year—IMM2019. As usual it was an amazing meeting! Fantastic speakers, great educational opportunities, networking, and a time to re-connect and recharge! IMM2019 gave me great insight regarding the many challenges that face Internal Medicine today…reimbursements, roles of NPs/PAs as autonomous providers, artificial intelligence, just to name a few! There are so many challenges that face us as Internists both inside and outside of clinical care, but take heart, there are some very smart and talented people working on our behalf to protect our passion to provide top notch care to our patients. It won't be a short or easy fight, but it is winnable! I will use this as a plug for the National ACP meeting—if it has been a while since you have attended, consider making plans to attend a meeting in the near future. In 2020 the meeting will be in Los Angeles and in 2021 in Orlando. I would also encourage you to be vigilant regarding the issues that you may potentially face when your transition out of the military and into civilian practice. As a military chapter we cannot engage in advocacy, however we are able as private citizens and if we desire on our own time can work with other (state) ACP chapters or national ACP to shape for the better the future environment in which clinical care is delivered.



Highlights from the National ACP Meeting

It was again honor to represent our illustrious chapter at IMM2019 in Philadelphia. So many great things for our chapter and our members occurred at IMM2019. I will do my best to highlight all the great moments. If you were there and I forget to mention your accomplishment, please forgive me. I was literally running from one end of the convention center to the other to see everyone and get pictures.

First, at the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting which was held two days before the actual meeting, our chapter, along with the Army ACP chapter, received an honorary mention for the John Tooker Evergreen award. This award is in its 26th year of recognizing chapters for their outstanding efforts and activities at the local level. We earned this recognition for our speed Early Career Physicians (ECP) luncheon that was held at our Chapter Meeting in September 2018. We made the meeting “newspaper”:


Our chapter also received the Chapter Excellence Award at the BOG meeting!

Also at the BOG meeting was Dr. John Hunninghake, incoming chair for the ACP Council of Resident/Fellow Members, presented at one of our group lectures on how to foster a chapter environment of diversity and inclusion.


Dr. Rechell Rodriguez received her Master of the ACP award on Thursday, April 11th. Here is our picture before the ceremony started. She is the first Master that we as a chapter have had in quite some time. It was an honor to watch her receive this prestigious accolade!


The Air Force Doctor's Dilemma team did a great job battling California South, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and the Iowa chapters in the first round of Doctor's Dilemma (Jeopardy). Making up the Air Force team were Drs. Nicholas Niazi, Jordan Evans, and Jessica John.


Though we didn't make it past a tough opening round of competition, a great sense of sportsmanship made the experience as enjoyable as possible:


On Friday, April 12th, I was able to attend the lecture given by Dr. Blair DeStefano on Myelodysplastic Syndrome. It was a fantastic review of the disease and how Internists should work as part of a multidisciplinary team managing these ill patients.


The Ohio-Triservice reception Friday night was very well attended. I had a great time talking with everyone and catching up as well as promoting our upcoming Air Force-Army ACP Chapter Meeting in September!

Throughout the conference we had medical students, residents, and ECPs representing our chapter. Below are a few that I had a chance to meet and learn about their interesting research and cases:

Dr. Sean Barnett standing by his poster “A Comparison Study of Internal Medicine Residents and Internal Medicine Hospitalists on Cost-Related Patient Outcomes”


Dr. Amy Stacey presented “A Rare Case of Epithelioid Sarcoma”


Dr. Christina Awad presented “Case of Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis in Metastatic Prostate Cancer”


Dr. Ryan Collier presented “When The Bottom Falls Out: Acquired Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis in the Setting of Congenital Panhypopituitarism”


Dr. Kevin O’Gorman presented “A Rare Potential Mimicker of Autoimmune Encephalitis”


Dr. Chungting Kou presented “An Unusual Case of Bowel Obstruction: Rhizopus Diverticulitis”


Overall IMM2019 was a huge success and I will reiterate how impressed I am with the knowledge and skill that our medical students, residents, and staff bring to the meeting. IMM2020 will be in Los Angeles and I remain confident that we will continue to contribute our best to the American College of Physicians!




This is a friendly reminder that the combined Army/AF chapter meeting will be held again at the Gateway Club on Lackland AFB, TX from 5 - 7 September 2019. Both Dr. Mount (Army ACP Chapter Governor) and I sincerely hope that you will chose this meeting as your annual educational meeting. We are in the process of obtaining CME and MOC accreditation. We will once again have a dynamic group of speakers as well as breakout sessions, Doctor's Dilemma, and poster/podium presentations.

We will also inaugurate two new chapter level awards this year! The first honors the late Dr. Monte Miller. The Lieutenant General (ret) (Dr.) Monte Miller Award for Distinguished Early Career Physician (ECP) in Research will be 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. In attendance will be Dr. Miller's son Dr. Mark Miller. The second honors Dr. George Crawford. The Colonel (ret) (Dr.) George Crawford Award for Distinguished Medical Educator will be 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. Dr. Crawford will also be in attendance. I hope that you are able to come out and recognize these distinguished Internists. It will be an exciting event and I hope to see as many of you there as possible!

Once again, in addition to the educational content of this meeting, it will be an important forum for me to update you on our chapter and its accomplishments, review chapter finances, vote, and hold a townhall meeting. The chapter meeting will thus be important for ALL chapter members, regardless of whether you're a medical student or a Master of the ACP. Come see what a great combined chapter meeting we have!




Abstracts for residents, fellows, and early career physicians (ECP) for the September 2019 Air Force/Army Combined Chapter meeting are now being accepted! There will be 3 categories for each of these competitions: Research, Quality Improvement, and Clinical Vignette.

As in years past, all Resident abstracts for presentation in a competition should be selected at the program level. Each program will select their top resident abstract for each of the following:

  • Research
  • Quality Improvement
  • Clinical Vignette

Fellow/ECP abstracts should be submitted directly from the authors. Authors should select desired competition category from the following:

  • Research
  • Quality Improvement/Patient Safety
  • Clinical Vignette

All resident abstracts that are not selected for competition at the program-level should be sent separately to the same email address above and will be considered for brief podium presentation in a subspecialty breakout session OR for the open (non-competition) poster session. Please ensure that the email subject line contains: “(Program name), non-competition abstracts.”

Any ECP/Fellow abstracts that are not selected for competition will also be considered for presentation in a subspecialty breakout session or open poster competition.

The template for submitting an abstract has been sent out in an early email and will be sent out again over the next few weeks. Please ensure that you indicate your competition category, as well as subspecialty breakout categories of interest. There will be a 450 word limit (not including title and authors).

Please submit all abstracts to the following email address: final deadline for submission will be COB Monday 3 Jun 2019. We are looking forward to another great conference this year!



Mark Your Calendar

5 - 7 September 2019 Army/Air Force ACP Chapter Meeting (Lackland AFB, TX)

17 – 18 October 2019 Ohio/Air Force ACP Chapter Meeting (Columbus, OH)



Newest Air Force Chapter Members

Please extend a warm welcome to our newest members, resident/fellow members, and medical students honorably mentioned below. We appreciate their joining our chapter and look forward to their contribution to growing our chapter!

Our recent Fellows of the ACP:

Kathryn Marie Burtson, MD FACP

LT COL Tamar E Sautter, MC USAF FACP

Our recent Members:

Jay Wesley Anderson, MD

Mary-Liberty Gibbs, DO

Nicole Dillow, MD

Our recent Resident/Fellow Members:

Brant Bickford

Brian Dang, MD

CAPT Daniel V Foster, USAF

CAPT Jamie L Gordon, MC USAF

Chase Kruse, DO

Christina Steinhauser, DO

Chungting Kou, DO

Cody Hedrick, MD

Jared Vinson, DO

Jessica John, MD USAF

Joe Yuhas, MD

Justin Sterett, MD

Kristin Stoll

LT Parker W Woody, DO

Matthew Fralish

Matthew Luthman, DO

Nathan Wroten, DO

Rocky Fox, DO

Timothy Wall

Our recent Medical Student Members:

2LT Daniel W Shields Jr

2LT Haley Brooke Ehrlich

2LT Janice M Bonsu

2LT Steven J Gibson

Ayodeji Alaketu

Connor Kenney

Craig Fisher

Dana Dekruyf

Dorie E Pitzer

Erin L Currey

Hanna Chang

Jacob Lowery

James Bobco

John P Bustamante

Kathryne Corrigan

Khandase Tate-Nero

Ky Raymond

Laura Barrera

Lijah Vann Gardner

Manuela Gaviria

Michael Chado

Nathaniel Ford

Nathaniel Hinckley

Nicholas Arnold

Nicolas Ferry

Patrick Wise

Rachel M Hernandez

Sarah Xiao

Soukaina Noor

Stacy Cook

Tabitha Estica

Tyler Wilson

William F Monat