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U.S. Air Force Governor's Newsletter July 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! Well, summer is here, a season defined not only by warm sunny days, barbequing, and time spent at the beach or lake but also by transitions. Medical students having graduated medical school, now onto the rigors of residency. Residents and fellows completing their training, entering the workforce as staff physicians. For senior clinicians, perhaps a time to reflect on accomplishments and define their future endeavors. Regardless, during this season of transition I hope that you keep ACP on your radar! Working at either the chapter or the national level, ACP has a host of clinical tools and professional opportunities that will help you continue to achieve clinician excellence and satisfaction serving our patients as their doctor!

In my January newsletter I had a picture of a barren tree out in the front of my yard. I received several emails and texts from friends expressing their concern about my lawn care skills. Granted, while their concerns about my lack of lawn care skills are not unfounded, despite the absence of a “green” thumb, the tree in my yard is making a successful comeback!


With my tree making a comeback, I now have shade in my yard from the summer heat, the birds have a home, and the aesthetics of my front yard have been restored. Carrying the metaphor forward, I hope that since the new year you have had time to define goals for your career and they are now starting to “bloom”. While some goals may not “bloom” this season, I nonetheless hope that you have had some time these past few months to shape the path for your professional growth.



Air Force / Army Combined Meeting

As you are already aware, 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. The meeting has been approved for 12 CME and 12 MOC points! We will once again have a dynamic group of speakers as well as breakout sessions, Doctor's Dilemma, and poster/podium presentations.

PLEASE READ BELOW—I've listed other important events that I am confident will enhance your meeting experience:

Hotel Reception – 4 September 2019 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM (at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio)

We will have food and a cash bar for meeting attendees to meet and mingle the night before the meeting. It will be held at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio, the meeting hotel. If you are a medical student, resident, or junior staff please stop by to meet senior staff for a chance to network and build mentorship.

ICTL / CMRP pre-course – 3 – 4 September 2019 (at BAMC)

We will also have a pre-course held 3 – 4 September 2019. As noted in several recent emails, the Army Individual Critical Task List (ICTL) and Air Force Comprehensive Medical Readiness Program (CMRP) were developed by the respective services to identify fundamental training and skills needed to build and sustain medical readiness. In an effort to facilitate the integration of the ICTL and CMRP requirements, the Department of Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) will host the first annual ICTL and CMRP Skill Education & Validation Course at the BAMC Simulation Lab. During the two day pre-course, participants will receive education, demonstration, and individual practice on specific skills within small group sessions. Participants will be given the opportunity to demonstrate those skills in a simulated environment with high-fidelity mannequins under the supervision of a qualified director. Participants completing the course will receive a certificate of official validation. There is NO registration fee for the course. To register for the course use the link. There is a brief anonymous pre-course survey prior to registration. The POCs for the pre-course are co-directors MAJ(P) Tyson Sjulin and Maj(sel) John Hunninghake. Hotel reservations and transportation for the pre-course will need to be made by the individual participant.

Medical Student get together – 5 September 2019 at 5 PM (at Gateway Club)

On 5 September 2019 (Thursday) during the Social Hour while the Army teams are competing in the first Jeopardy round, we will provide an opportunity to have medical students meet and mingle with IM Program Directors and IM Consultants for both services. This will be a new format for us but we are hoping that this will be an opportunity for our chapter medical students to ask the senior leadership germane questions about recent changes in the GME landscape and force shaping.

Inaugural awards – 6 September 2019 at 4 PM (at Gateway Club)

On 6 September 2019 (Friday) we will inaugurate two new chapter level awards this year at the evening social hour! 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!

Make your hotel reservations for the Combined Chapter Meeting in September here. I made my reservation and it worked smoothly:

The final day to secure the room rate at per diem ($126/night) is 15 August 2019. We will have transportation between the hotel and the conference center (as in years past).

To register for the Air Force / Army ACP Chapter Combined Meeting use this link.

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!



Ohio / Air Force Combined Meeting

I am also excited to announce that the Ohio/Air Force Scientific Meeting will be held 17 – 18 October 2019 in Columbus, OH. This year's meeting, “Changing How We Care,” will begin with two SEP sessions on Thursday, October 17th at 7:45 a.m. It will offer both a Hospitalist Update and a General Internal Medicine Update.

The meeting will open at 10:00 a.m. with a full schedule of events including Medical Student and Resident Poster Sessions, Resident Doctor DilemmaTM competition and the ever popular Ultrasound Workshops.

Dr. Michael Tan will once again be heading up the 4th annual 5K fun run bright and early on Friday morning beginning at 6:00 a.m. If you are looking for a gentler way to wake up, be sure to sign up for the Yoga class also beginning at 6:00 a.m. The meeting picks up again with breakfast at 7:30 and Dr. Nielsen delivering his morning comments at 7:50 a.m.

This year there will be a special social media presentation by Christopher Chiu, MD, FACP, best known for his “Curbsiders” podcast.



Hot Topics

ACP Issues Ethical Guidance on Professional Duties and Principles for Responding to Physician Impairment

ACP recently released a position paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine that examines the professional duties and principles that should guide the response of colleagues and the profession to physician impairment. The paper can be accessed through this link.

New ACP Toolkit Offers Resources on Delivering Patient-Centered End-of-Life Care

ACP recently published the “Toolkit on Issues in Delivering Patient-Centered End-of-Life Care and Responding to a Request for Physician-Assisted Suicide”, which can be accessed through this link.

The toolkit was developed for ACP members and includes resources for both physicians and patients. Resources for physicians include links to information on advance care planning, team-based care at the end of life, self-care when providing end-of-life care, and responding to a patient request for physician-assisted suicide. The toolkit is exclusive to ACP members and requires a login for access.

Introducing IMpower for Resident/Fellow Members

National ACP would like to introduce IMpower, the new ACP Resident/Fellow Communications program.

Starting in July, Resident/Fellow Members of ACP will start receiving monthly communications with information to support their personal and professional growth.

Developing communications centered on the unique needs of residents and fellows-in-training was a key initiative in the membership strategic plan approved by the ACP Board of Regents in 2018. Up until now, the College did not provide resident-directed communications.

National ACP is excited to be introducing the first in the series of these communications starting in July. This new communications program will be a combination of podcasts, webinars, chapter articles and ideas for local programs, check-lists/top ten lists, and email. The communications will cover non-clinical topics such as decision-making as a resident, financial planning, maintaining well-being during residency, and developing communication skills - especially related to difficult conversations with colleagues and patients. Recognizing that the needs of an intern differs from those of a third year, topics will have content specific to the training year.

National ACP has tapped into leaders from across the College as subject matter experts. In addition, we are working with our podcast collaborators - the Curbsiders and Adam Rodman (Bedside Rounds) - to develop content specific to residents. Curbsiders will develop podcasts on transitions throughout residency and into practice or fellowship, and Adam Rodman will develop a series of podcasts on the history and “greats” of internal medicine.

The inaugural issue will be on the history of internal medicine, with a podcast from Adam Rodman. It will be released with a communication from the Chair of the Council of Resident/Fellow Members (CRFM).



Mark Your Calendar

3 – 4 September 2019 ICTL / CMRP Skills Validation Course (BAMC, TX)

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)

23 – 25 April 2020 National ACP Meeting (IMM 2020) (Los Angeles, CA)



Newest Air Force Chapter Members

Please extend a warm welcome to our newest Fellow, Members, Resident/Fellow Members, Medical Student Members, and Affiliate Members honorably mentioned below. We applaude their transition and their interest in our chapter as well as look forward to their contribution to growing our chapter!

Our newest Fellow of the ACP:

Laura M Bridge, MD

Our recent Members:

Kuang S Chang, MD
John Hunninghake, MD
Gregory Buchek
Dianne Frankel, DO
Michelle N Lee
Janelle Gyorffy, MD
Andy Welstead, DO
Brittaini D Bunce
Jonathan Andrew Aun, DO
Howard Lee
Matthew J Rendo
Parker W Woody, DO
Farman Ali, MD, MBBS
Gilbert P Ancira
Jason Cromar, MD
Michael Veronneau, DO
Christopher Williams, DO
Micheal Massoud, DO
Alexander Fye, MD
Morgan Gettle, DO
Kimberly Wiley, MD
Jordan R Evans
Huiling Wolff-Koo, MD
Sarah Schall, MD
Sean Barnett, DO
Wingyee Wan, MD
Wendy Campbell
Mary-Liberty Gibbs, DO
Joseph Garcia, MD
Nicole Dillow, MD
Kirsten Lyke, MD

Our recent Resident/Fellow Members:

Matthew Fralish
Emma Craig
Brian S Chapman, DO
Noah Y Jo
Daniel V Foster
Callie Cheatham
Justin Sterett, MD
Kristin Stoll
Evan Manning
Brant Bickford
Timothy Wall
Matthew Schwartz
Brycen Wilson
Eric Karr, DO
Craig Clifford, DO
Peter Li, MD
Brian Dang, MD
Matthew Tunzi
Nicolas Ferry
Rocky Fox, DO
Chase Kruse, DO
Jared Vinson, DO
Michael Moulton, DO
Joseph Cervone, DO
Andrew Wyatt, DO
Matthew Rodrigues, DO
Marquise Westbrook, MD
Matthew Hagen, DO
Julia Timm Intili, DO
Matthew Bondaryk, MD
Harrison Fleming, DO
Krista Carlson, MD
Collin Clay

Our recent Medical Student Members:

Ky Raymond
Erin L Currey
Sarah Xiao
Nicholas Arnold
Manuela Gaviria
Haley Brooke Ehrlich
Ji-Min Park
Daniel W Shields Jr
Rachel M Hernandez
Dorie E Pitzer
Hanna Chang
William F Monat
Steven J Gibson
Khandase Tate-Nero
Jacob Lowery
Stacy Cook
Nicholas Novak
Kathryne Corrigan
James Bobco
Yonatan Dollin
David Bermejo
Stephanie Algenio-Anciro
Molly Brunz
Christian Figueredo
Mark Derasmo
Ryan Siu
Nhat Chau
Jacqueline Baude

Our newest affiliate members:

Brenda Johnson
William Stout


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