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U.S. Air Force Governor's Newsletter January 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 and Happy New Year! I hope everyone survived the holiday season. December always seems to be a busy time of year but as the new year dawns hopefully you have some time to reflect on the accomplishments of the year prior and set new goals for the new year.

Out in front of my house I have a tree that (not surprisingly) looks like this each winter:


What do you see when you look at this picture of my tree in my yard? I know that for many years I would look at the tree and feel a bit sad. I would reflect on how during the summer the tree would be plush with beautiful green leaves, birds making their home, and appreciated the shade that it provided from the summer heat. After a few years I started to notice something different . . . despite how barren the tree looks there are signs of life—buds are on each of the branches! The promise of renewed life, once again the vibrant green leaves would return even as the cold of winter swirled around it. And with surety, by February/March the buds would start to transform into the leaves that would again give the tree the robust signs of life that I am use to enjoying most of the year.

So why am I troubling you with a tree in my yard that will eventually bloom again? I hope it provides an insightful way for us to view the ringing out of the old year and welcoming in the new year. With the slowdown in the hustle and bustle of our lives, take this time to set new goals and identify things that you would like to achieve in 2019. Perhaps this is the year that you seek becoming a Fellow of the ACP, or serving on a chapter committee, or help plan the combined chapter meeting that we'll have in September. Set your goals and strive throughout 2019 to achieve them!



Air Force Chapter Receives the Chapter Excellence Award

The goal of the Chapter Excellence Award Program is to recognize chapters that are meeting the standards of chapter management. The Chapter Excellence Award rewards chapters that meet a basic set of criteria for managing a chapter, and in addition conduct at least ten optional activities. The Chapters Subcommittee reviews chapter metrics to determine which chapters are in receipt of the award.

The Air Force Chapter was one of 82 Chapter Excellence Award recipients in 2018. The award recognizes the chapter for their hard work and dedication. Each chapter will receive an award certificate for presentation at their next chapter meeting as well as $2000. We continue to earn this award because of the hard work and dedication of our members who help set our chapter apart!



Renaming of the USU Medical Student Award

It was brought to my attention at the Army / Air Force ACP Chapter Meeting in September 2018 that the Air Force ACP Chapter had an award presented annually to an outstanding Uniformed Services University (USU) medical student that was essentially “nameless”. Other ACP Chapters with similar awards had them named after exceptional prior ACP Governors, so I made a point of renaming our Air Force ACP Chapter USU Medical Student Award the Arnyce Pock Exceptional Medical Student Award. The citation for the award, and an excellent biography of an amazing Internist and military officer, is provided below:

“The Arnyce Pock Exceptional Medical Student Award is presented to the outstanding graduating USU Air Force (AF) medical student who has selected Internal Medicine (IM) as a career and who consistently demonstrated exceptional performance in IM during medical school. This award was named after Colonel (Dr.) Arnyce Pock, an accomplished Internist, officer, leader, teacher, and mentor.

Colonel Pock's career began at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she graduated from the AFROTC program with distinction. She received her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi.

Colonel Pock joined the Society of Air Force Physicians (predecessor of the current AF Chapter of the ACP) in 1986 and served two tours on the Board of Governors. She became the first female Governor of the Air Force Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) in 2000 and established a virtual Medical Student Advisory Council which connected 262 student members with the AF Board of Governors. These efforts, coupled with the resurrection of a vibrant, quarterly newsletter, led to the Chapter receiving its 2nd ACP Evergreen and 1st Chapter Management Award.

A master of military-medical diplomacy and tireless advocate for current & future Internists, she was a trusted advisor to the highest echelons of AFMS leadership. She served as the Surgeon General's Chief Consultant for Internal Medicine, the Director of the International Health Specialist Program and completed a 5-year term as the Medical Director for the Air Force Medical Corps, before transitioning to the role of Associate Dean for Curriculum at USUHS. Colonel Pock was recognized with the Air Force ACP Chapter's Laureate Award in 2010 and completed a 30 year career in the U.S. Air Force in 2015.”

It is an honor to recognize Colonel (ret) Arnyce Pock with this award. Early in my career as an Internist in the Air Force I remember her leadership, passion for Internal Medicine, and how approachable she was. She has been a sought-after mentor to numerous company and field grade officers/Internists and very successfully guided our chapter in the first part of this century during challenging times. Thank you, Arnyce, on behalf of the chapter for all you have done!




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 and I sincerely hope that you will chose this meeting as your annual educational meeting! We will seek CME and MOC accreditation once again. We will also have a dynamic group of speakers as well as breakout sessions, Doctor's Dilemma (Jeopardy!), and poster/podium presentations. Plan on learning, networking, and having fun!

In addition to the educational content of this meeting, it will again 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. Please plan to attend.



Hot Topics

Doctor's Dilemma® Question Development Committee 2019

The Doctor's Dilemma® Question Development Committee launched earlier in 2018. This Committee writes and reviews questions for the national Doctor's Dilemma Competition held at the annual ACP Internal Medicine Meeting.

Question writers work both individually and in collaborative teams. Each team is assigned to develop questions within the eleven knowledge areas of internal medicine.

The Committee has already generated over 400 questions for competition. Committee members write four questions per month over four months.

At this time National ACP is seeking 10 volunteers to build a pipeline for the Committee. This is an excellent opportunity for physicians in academic medicine or with teaching experience to serve on a national committee that fosters resident knowledge in a friendly, competitive environment.

More information on the Doctor's Dilemma Question Development Committee, qualifications for volunteering, and an application can be found here.

Please contact Melanie Wallace at or at 215-351-2697 with questions.

ACP Releases Principles to Guide Patient Partnership in Health Care

In a new position paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP has released a set of principles that aims to solidify the role of patients and families in their care plans.

In “Principles for Patient and Family Partnership in Care,” ACP cites increasing evidence that patient and family partnership in care can improve health outcomes, practice efficiency, and patient and professional satisfaction. The paper outlines recommendations for how to implement each principle in daily practice.

A related ACP toolkit provides practical resources to help physicians implement ACP's principles for patient and family partnership in care in their practice

Mark Your Calendar

11 – 13 April 2019 – ACP Internal Medicine Meeting (IM 2019 in Philadelphia, PA)
4 September 2019 – Combined Air Force / Army ACP Chapter Meeting Pre-Course
USU Faculty Development
Medical Student Reception
5 – 7 September 2019 – Combined Air Force / Army ACP Chapter Meeting (San Antonio, TX)



Newest Air Force Chapter Members

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

Newest Members:

Christine DeStefano, MD
George Gallardo, MD
Jay Wesley Anderson

Newest Resident / Fellow Members:

Jack Zepeda, MD
LT Parker W Woody, DO
CAPT Jamie L Gordon, MC USAF
Keith B Wright
CAPT Daniel Ford, MD
CAPT Samuel R Theis, DO USAF
Matthew Luthman, DO
Jessica John, MD USAF
Nathan Wroten, DO
Alexis Rivera Gonzalez, MD
Melinda Vasser, DO
Cody Hedrick, MD
Joe Yuhas, MD
Christina Steinhauser, DO
Chungting Kou, DO

Newest Medical Students:

Bryan Harper
Beth Burgess
Jacob Packer
George Stayer
Jaron Hansen
Averyl Shindruk
Brian Snoad
Rachel Connell
Richard Powell
Alizabeth Weber
2LT Ashley M Madison, MC USAF
Tyler Wilson
Nathaniel Hinckley
Soukaina Noor
Tabitha Estica
Nathaniel Ford
Patrick Wise
Connor Kenney
Craig Fisher
2LT Janice M Bonsu
John P Bustamante
Lijah Vann Gardner
Michael Chado
Laura Barrera
Dana Dekruyf
Nicolas Ferry

Newest Professional Affiliate

Shane Cordrey, PA