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U.S. Air Force Governor's Newsletter July 2018

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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 am honored again to write to you as your Governor! I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer! Please take a few minutes of your time to review this email. There is a lot of important information as it pertains to both our chapter as well as national ACP.

For starters, you hopefully received an email about 2 weeks ago about our upcoming combined chapter meeting with the US Army chapter in September. I have repeated the information in this newsletter for you to review. I have already registered for the combined conference, so the registration link is live. I know that both the Army Governor and I are excited to host this great combined conference again in September!

In the Hot Topics section I have some information about interesting volunteer opportunities for both the chapter and nationally. I am looking for another Well-being Champion. There is also an opportunity to participate as a question writer for the Doctor's Dilemma competition that occurs annually at the national meeting. Finally, national ACP has released the 2017-2018 Annual Report and will be holding their inaugural town hall webinar on 25 July 2018. All of this will provide insight into how both our chapter and national ACP aim to serve your professional needs.

Finally, as a reminder, last year at this time I talked about transitions and brought to your attention the need to update your ACP status. Please take a few minutes to be sure to update your ACP profile if you haven't done so in a while.



Army – Air Force Chapter Meeting

The registration link for the Army - Air Force ACP Chapter Meeting from 6 - 8 September 2018 is now OPEN! In addition to a great selection of topics and speakers, poster and podium competitions, and our social hour, our combined meeting has been approved for 11.5 hours of CME and 11.5 MOC points! I've registered—have you?

To register for the meeting, please use this link.

Resident/Fellow member Captain (Dr.) Jonathan Aun has worked diligently to develop a website with additional information about the conference, which includes a schedule, uniform information, hotel reservation, and transportation information. Click this link to learn more.

In addition to the educational content of this meeting, it will be an important forum for me to introduce the team helping me run the chapter, review chapter finances, vote, and hold a townhall meeting. The chapter meeting is important for ALL chapter members, regardless of whether you're a medical student or a Master of the ACP. Please plan to attend.

As I've mentioned in earlier email communications, USU will very graciously be sponsoring a Faculty Development Pre-course (pre-meeting) session on 5 September 2018 from 1300 - 1730 hours. The link to register for the pre-course is now live. There are 50 seats for the first plenary and then 25 seats for the 2 concurrent talks after that. While this program is open to all who can attend, the request at this time is that faculty be given priority. Residents may attend but given the limited space USU would allow faculty to have priority. When you follow the link to register, if you are not registered for the self-service site you can register and then sign-up. Faculty (credentialed providers) will receive both CME and an USU Faculty Development Certificate credit. The CME is awarded in October when the fiscal year closes.

The Army Governor and I are excited to host our first medical student reception which will follow the Faculty Development Pre-course starting at 1730 hours. Both the Faculty Development Pre-course and the medical student reception following will be at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio, the hotel for the Army-Air Force ACP Combined Meeting. Uniform of the day for the Pre-course and the medical student reception will be civilian clothes as most people will likely be travelling earlier that day to attend the meeting.

I would also like to remind everyone that at the chapter meeting we will be awarding the Major General Archie Hoffman award to two of our stellar ECPs: one to an ACP member at a “field” (non-academic) hospital and one at an academic teaching platform. To nominate someone, please submit a 1 page letter on AF letterhead summarizing the nominee's accomplishments. Then, either the nominee or sponsor can send the letter and the nominee's CV to Major (Dr.) Derek Smith. Submission deadline has been extended to 31 July 2018. Please specify your practice location so that we can assign the correct award designation (“field” or academic platform).

Again please start planning your fall conference travels by choosing our chapter meeting, so register today! I look forward to seeing everyone in San Antonio in September!



Ohio – Air Force Chapter Meeting

I would be remiss if I also did not mention that we will also be having our combined Ohio-Air Force meeting 4 – 5 October 2018 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. To find out more information about this great combined chapter visit the News and Meetings page.

The Ohio chapter has once again been very gracious to open speaking positions to members of the Air Force. If you attend you should learn a great deal from LtCol (Dr.) Boris Hristov, Chief, Radiation Oncology Clinic, Tumor Board Chairman, from Wright Pat and the other expert staff speaking. I am confident that this will be another fantastic combined meeting, and if you are able to attend please consider doing so.




In May this year 2nd Lt Kevin O’Gorman was awarded the Air Force Chapter of the ACP Award for Outstanding Achievement in Internal Medicine. Colonel (Dr.) Alyssa McMahanon is shown below presenting the chapter award to 2nd Lt O’Gorman. Congratulations 2nd Lt O’Gorman on your accomplishments while at USU!




Hot Topics

I. ACP Well-being Champions—Update June 2018

As you are hopefully aware, physician well being and the focus on ways to combat burn out is a high priority issue for multiple national and international physicians' organizations, to include national ACP. Instituted in late 2017/early 2018, the ACP asked each chapter to nominate a member to serve as a Well-being Champion. Col (Dr.) Alyssa McMahanon volunteered to serve as our chapter Well-being Champion and was trained by ACP at IM2018. The goal of the Well-being Champion program is to foster local communities of well-being by supporting chapter members, practices and organizations in addressing burnout and the conditions that create it. This training was an important first step; more great steps are coming.

ACP is now working on a number of next steps, including:

  • Mini Z links for every chapter. Well-being Champions indicated that they would like to survey chapter members on a regular basis regarding burnout/well-being.
  • Additional Champion training. ACP is planning to offer 5-6 virtual training sessions to the Champions over the course of this year.
  • 2019 Champion Training. Only 20 chapters of 85 have two newly-trained Champions. As we only have 1 trained member, I would like for this to serve as a call for volunteers. If you would like to serve as our 2nd Well-being Champion for our chapter, please contact me so that I can potentially submit your name to ACP.

II. Doctor's Dilemma Question Development Committee—Call for Volunteers

The Doctor's Dilemma® Question Development Committee launched earlier this year. 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, ACP is seeking 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 and qualifications for volunteering can be found at this link.

To apply for the Question Development Committee, click on this link.

If you have any additional questions contact Melanie Pizarro or at 215-351-2697.

III. ACP Announces the Release of the 2017-2018 Annual Report

ACP is pleased to announce the release of the 2017-2018 Annual Report of the Executive Vice President and CEO, lqaid=2288&elqat=1&elqCampaignId= which highlights activities, efforts and achievements ACP has undertaken over the past year, working both with and for members on behalf of internal medicine.

In conjunction with the release of the annual report, ACP will be holding a Town Hall webinar on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at 3:00 PM ET (see below).

IV. ACP Inaugural Town Hall Webinar

National ACP will be conducting its first all-member Town Hall webinar on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at 3:00 pm ET.

The Town Hall webinar will provide a retrospective review of the past year, and will feature speakers Ana María López, MD, MPH, FACP, ACP President; Andrew Dunn, MD, MPH, SFHM, FACP, Chair, Board of Regents; George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, Chair, Board of Governors; and Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Town Hall is being presented in conjunction with the release of ACP's 2017-2018 Annual Report of the Executive Vice President, and topics covered will include ACP activities and efforts over the past year in medical education, advocacy and public policy, clinical and ethical policy, physician well-being, and membership engagement. A question and answer session will follow. Members also will have the opportunity to submit questions and comments during registration.

National ACP expects this webinar will provide members the opportunity to interact directly with College leaders, hear more about ACP key activities and learn more about how and why we select priority issues, and additional opportunities for members to get engaged in ACP activities.

Please register for the webinar at this link.

This is the first of what ACP hopes will be at least three other all-member online Town Hall webinars in FY2018/19. They are forming the topics for these additional webinars, so please let me or contact them directly of any global issues you feel would be of interest to the membership.

If you have questions, please email Rebecca Moore.

V. Seeking Reviewers for Proposed Performance Measures on Primary Care and Chronic Illness

ACP frequently receives requests from medical societies, governmental agencies, and other external health care organizations to provide input or participate in projects related to clinical policies, such as clinical guidelines or performance measures. The level of participation varies from reviewing and commenting to participating in meetings in-person. These are important opportunities to collaborate and provide an internist's perspective in advocating for evidence-based approaches to care, therefore we are planning to connect frequently with you on a topic-by-topic basis in order to identify those who would like to participate, sometimes on short notice. Please keep a look out for our communications in the coming months.

At the present time national ACP is inviting Members to help inform ACP's response to a public comment period for 7 performance measures related to primary care and chronic illness. Clinical topic areas include osteoporosis and diabetes. These measures are currently under review for endorsement by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the public comment closes August 27, 2018.

If you are interested in participating as an ACP reviewer, please contact Kate Carroll by July 13, 2018.

About NQF: NQF is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that works to catalyze improvements in healthcare. NQF crafted a process to gather input from stakeholders across the healthcare enterprise and carefully evaluate performance measures considered for NQF endorsement.



New Fellows and members

I would like to extend my congratulations to the new Air Force Fellows of ACP:

Let's also extend a warm welcome our newest members:

David A Lindholm, MD FACP
Luke T Surry, MD

ACP Members:

Devin C Kelly
Eric J Austria, DO
Erlin J Marte, DO MD USAF
Brandon W Kuiper
Erin A Chicoine, MD
CAPT Jason L Brownell, MD
MAJ Amanda L Deans, MD
Michael U Williams, MC USAF
CAPT Kai Chin, DO
Peter C Johnson, MD
Daniel J Cybulski, MD
CAPT Diana Le
CAPT Nam D Nguyen, DO USAF
CAPT Jonathan P Pollock, MC USAF
CAPT Caroline H Nguyen, USAF
CAPT Jason M Thomas, MD
Steven Mudroch II, MD
CAPT Michael A McGarvey, USAF
Dayna Miyashiro, MD
CAPT Andrew Christian Luxhoj, DO
Abimael Jose Velez Velez, MD
CAPT Taylor J Atchley, MD
Nicholas Villalobos
Asha De, MD
LT COL John R Jochum, MD
LT COL Serafim Perdikis
CAPT Joseph M Yabes Jr, MD
CAPT Joshua Erlandsen, MD
CAPT Erin Dreessens, DO
Saurabhkumar M Limani, MD
CAPT Kyle Maier, MD
CAPT Valerie Grant Bedsole, MD, USAF
CAPT Nicholas G Keaton, MD
Dionne Rebello, MD
Josh Romain, MD
CAPT Robert Hull, MD,USAF
CPT Jared Beck, DO
Joshua Fields, MD
CAPT Amy Z Jiang, MD
CAPT Geoffrey A Bader
Douglas Deever, AHP MD USAF
Keith Glenn, MD
Sergei Robinson, DO
Michael Gonzales, MD
Elijah Grillo, MD
Jared Joffer, DO
Nathaniel Pascual, MD

ACP Resident/Fellow Members:

CAPT Ian Matthews, MC USAF
Alexander Yuan
Max Barnes
CAPT Jaclyn N Harris, DO
CAPT Katherine Dittman, DO USAF
Satoshi Ryan Shin
CAPT Alexander Digregorio, DO
John Levasseur
Matthew Nemero, DO
Daniel Bainbridge, DO USAF
Damien Morgan, DO MC USAF
Tyler Campbell
Christopher Kaatz, DO
Samuel Farrell, MD
Mark Schneider, MD USAF
Christopher King, DO
Zachary Eagle

Medical Student Members:

Chelsea Tyson
Bradley Phillips
Tyson Hamilton
Elisabeth Wynia
David Demasters
Joseph Pearman
Spencer Hart
Timothy Cho
Justen Despain
Emma Boesel
Rhiannon Flowers
David Shumway
Finianne Umali
Elaine Corpuz
James Dreher
Jessica Demes
Riley Pickett
Kyle Stevens
Jeanette Klamfoth
Lillian Harry
Christopher Anderson
Karen Thompson
Tenchee Lama Tamang
Shreena Reddy
Emily Masterson

Physician Affiliates:

Lauren Meziere




5 September 2018 1300 – 1730: USU Faculty Development Course (Marriott Plaza, San Antonio, TX)

1730 – 1930: Medical Student Reception (Marriott Plaza, San Antonio, TX)

6 – 8 September 2018 Army – Air Force ACP Chapter Meeting (Lackland AFB, TX)

4 – 5 October 2018 Ohio – Air Force ACP Chapter Meeting (Columbus, OH)

11 – 13 April 2019 ACP Internal Medicine Meeting (Philadelphia, PA)

While I am very excited about our combined chapter meetings in September and October, the national ACP meeting in Philadelphia, PA (IM2019) will be a fantastic scientific meeting and a great place to network, enjoy great food, and catch up with friends. If you are able to attend, you can register. I look forward to seeing you there!