U.S. Air Force Governor's Newsletter June 2024

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Col Angelique N. Collamer, MC, USAF, FACP, ACP Governor

Col Angelique N. Collamer, MC, USAF, FACP, ACP Governor


From The Governor

Hello ACP Members! It was wonderful seeing many of you at the National meeting in Boston this April. I am sending many good wishes to all of you who are embarking on new adventures this summer as you start or end an internship, residency or fellowship program, assume an attending role for the first time, PCS to a new duty station, venture into civilian practice, retire from military service, or provide much needed continuity in your practice, clinic, service or volunteer work. My thoughts are with all of you, no matter what phase you may currently find yourself in.

As we approach graduation, our chapter is looking for new Medical Students, Residents and Fellows who would like to serve as Chapter leaders. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please reach out to me!

Our 2024 Tri-Service Planning Committee is in full preparation mode for our planned September meeting in San Antonio. A big Thank You to Dr. Joseph Yabes who has taken the lead as our Air Force Chapter Meeting Planner! Please feel free to reach out to either of us with questions at triserviceacp1@gmail.com. We are really looking forward to bringing our military chapters together again for a fantastic reunion and educational experience. Do block September 23rd through 25th in your schedules for the Monday through Wednesday meeting. The conference will be held live at the San Antonio Marriott Northwest. Advanced hotel registration is available here.

On a National level, the ACP Board of Governors has been advocating and working for you on innumerable policy issues and grappling with the many challenges that internal medicine physicians face in the current healthcare climate. The rapid introduction of AI into our patient encounters, the growing momentum over physicians' rights to unionize and the takeover of many of our healthcare institutions and systems by private equity companies have been main topics of conversation. I appreciate all of you who provided feedback on the proposed resolutions for the spring Board of Governors meetings. Please continue to send your input my way so I can ensure the voice of military medicine is well represented as we debate these crucial issues.

While we live in a rapidly changing environment, the pace of policy change and even written guidance inside our military facilities can take years. I strongly believe that the best way you can advocate for internal medicine and your patients is by being a physician leader daily on your teams, in rounds, in the clinic and with whatever administrative forces you may be facing. Don't hesitate to speak up and advocate for yourself, for physicians, for the practice of Internal Medicine and, most importantly, for your patients. Stay Strong and Aim High!

Thank you again for your continued involvement in our chapter and its activities. We couldn't be successful without your dedication and support. Best wishes for a wonderful summer and I hope to hear from you soon, whether in-person or virtually.





Highlights from the National Meeting: IM Week 2024

Many of us participated in the National ACP meeting this April in Boston. Below are just some of the outstanding accomplishments of our members.

We honored our recent Laureate award winners, Masters of the ACP, and new Fellows at Convocation. It was a significant moment honoring many from all our military chapters. Congratulations to all who were recognized!


Col (ret) Theodore Freeman was inducted as a new Master of the ACP. It is an honor to be recognized for Mastership in the ACP, a distinction that recognized an individual's lifetime work.

Dr. Heather Yun was recognized as our 2022 awardee of the Rechell G. Rodriguez Award for Mentorship of Women in Medicine and Dr. Jamie Geringer was inducted as a new fellow of the ACP.

For new FACP members, please take the opportunity to participate in convocation if you are able during the three years following election! The ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments and connect with colleagues.

Many of our members played a significant role in the National meeting; congratulations to Dr. Jaimie Geringer, Dr. Lacy Lowry, Dr. Sarah Schall, Dr. Timothy Sterling, Dr. Julia Timm Intili and Dr. Heather Yun who gave scientific presentations. Apologies for anyone I may have missed!

Our chapter is full of talented individuals and as your Governor I will do my best to recognize as many of you as possible. Please contact me with your ideas and nominations for the distinctions of Master of the ACP and for 2024 Laurette awards for our chapter. 

The College offers 23 national awards and a number of Masterships each year. Nomination information can be found here.



From the Scientific Meeting:

Our chapter had many resident, fellow and early career physician presentations! Just a few are featured here:


Our Chapter's Winning Resident Clinical Vignette Podium: Dr. Emma Marshall, WPAFB - A Case of Reverse Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy in an After Local Anesthetic with Epinephrine Injection


Our Chapter's Winning Resident Quality Improvement Podium: Dr. John Arthur and Dr. Rachel Cox, WPAFB – An Educational Workshop to Improve Feedback Perceptions in an Internal Medicine Residency


Our Chapter's Winning Resident High Value Care Podium: Dr. Bryan Harper, WPAFB – Increasing Identification and Engagement of Patients with Obesity Ready for Lifestyle Modifications


Our Chapter's Winning Resident Clinical Research Podium: Dr. Erin Currey, WPAFB – "That was really hard for me to watch": Qualitative Analysis of Medical Student Experiences of Death/Dying in the Clerkship Year


Our Chapter's Winning Resident Well Being and Professional Fulfillment Podium: Dr. Alicia Latta, WPAFB - Internal Medicine Resident Perceptions of the Role of the Patient Census


Dr. Daniel Slack from Travis represented our Early Career Physicians with his fantastic poster: Checkpoint Choke-up: Eosinophilic Esophagitis Interrupts Dinner Plans!


Strong Representation from Team Wright Patterson this Year! Congratulations to all and their Program Director, Dr. Kathyrn Burtson!


Doctor's Dilemma 2024

The motivated AF team from Keesler Medical Center won in the first round of Competition this year! Congratulations on a great showing! Will it be a three year sweep for Team Keesler in San Antonio?

The Keesler AF Doctor's Dilemma Team: Dr. Emanuel Keiler, Dr. Ethan Arnold and Dr. Albert Dizon and Program Director Dr. Amanda Deans.

Uniformed Service University Class of 2024 Arnyce Pock Air Force ACP Award



2d Lt Joy Abraham received the 2024 Arnyce Pock Air Force ACP award at the USU graduation awards ceremony in May. She has chosen Internal Medicine as her career, and we look forward to her continued growth and contribution to Air Force Medicine at the Keesler Internal Medicine training program. Congratulations Joy!



ACP National Council of Resident and Fellow Members

Congratulations to Capt Matthew A. Soderstrom from SAUSHEC Internal Medicine who was elected to the National Council of Resident and Fellow Members! Thank you for representing military medicine!


Dr. Soderstrom presenting at IM Week 2023



First AF ACP Lean In Circle

Dr. Jamie Geringer independently developed a first Lean In circle in San Antonio this May. She reports a successful meeting! Please reach out to Dr. Geringer if you would like to participate or form your own group.


From left to right: Kajal Patel and Cara Hojonoski (rising chief residents), Elena Crouch and Danielle Souza (rising PGY 3's), Jamie Geringer and Courtney Clutter (staff physicians).



Want To Help Understand Physician Burnout?

Our Pennsylvania ACP team is leading a nationwide survey on physician burnout. This is an IRB approved survey. Please help advance this important study by participating:




Member Spotlight

I'm looking to highlight more of our accomplished members in all stages of their careers, so if you would like to see your mentor, student, trainee, colleague, or even you featured, please let me know!



2024 Chapter Excellence Awards


Each year every ACP Chapter is evaluated for their activities and how they support their members. Chapters can be awarded a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Excellence Award based on their ongoing activities and new initiatives. Our chapter again earned the Silver Excellence Award. Criteria include such activities as undertaking efforts to increase visibility of the ACP, holding competitions for members, providing chapter financial reports to members, having Medical Student and Resident/Fellow members on the Governor's Advisory council, retaining members, and giving awards to chapter members. I would like to extend a special thanks to all those chapter members who assisted us in all these endeavors!



Interested in Fellowship (FACP®)?

Please check out the ACP webpage for more information about fellowship. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.

The basic requirements to apply for fellowship are board certification, licensure, clinical practice for 3 years out of residency, and being a dues paying member for the previous 3 years. In addition, additional requirements include other professional activities – teaching, community service, leadership, scholarship, etc. Please contact me if you have any questions about how to achieve fellowship.



New Chapter Members

Let's extend a warm welcome our newest members:

Our Newest Members:

Dr. Kava Afu

Dr. Rajashree Anandakrishnan

Dr. Ashley Barasa

Dr. David Batistig

Dr. Jacob Burlew

Dr. Ryan Carfi

Dr. Jason Corrless

Dr. David Demasters

Dr. Mark Derasmo

Dr. Justen Despain

Dr. Yonatan Dollin

Dr. Stephanie Howes

Dr. James Kang

Dr. Faith Kelly

Dr. Shawn Kim

Dr. Chungting Jimmy Kou

Dr. Bunnarack Kuch

Dr. Robert Landry

Dr. Alicia Latta

Dr. Howard Lee

Dr. Peter C. Li

Dr. Stephen Mazurkivich

Dr. Katherine McCroary

Dr. Raymond Mrozek

Dr. Kevin O'Gorman

Dr. Mayank Patel

Dr. Krista Shaw

Dr. Hayden Springer

Dr. Lauren Sweet

Dr. Oliva Vaughan

Dr. Trung Vu

Dr. Aaron Wolbrueck

Dr. Graey Wolfley

Our newest Resident/Fellow Members:

Dr. Joy Abraham

Dr. Abraham Cooper

Dr. Benjamin Curry

Dr. John Dimodica

Dr. Korosh Hamed Saedian

Dr. Harvey Lin

Dr. Allison Molstad

Dr. Yesol Oh

Dr. Roshin Papaly

Dr. Rachel Pray

Dr. Kristie Roberts

Dr. Adam Sanderson

Dr. Eric Williamson

Dr. Tyler Worthington

Our newest Medical Student Members:

Mohamed O. Ali, Jr

Fatima Sofia Bojorquez Ruiz, II

Jeffrey Bouma

Flor Carcamo

Brendan Carmody

Victor De Leon

Jinbum Dupond

Muhamed Faour

Vgv V. Gg, Sr

Jack Greve

Eungjae Kim

Pallavi Malladi

Nicholas McLaughlin

Gillian Miller

Jennifer Phan

Ajay Saraf

Claudia Studebaker



Mark Your Calendar!

2024 Tri-Service Annual Scientific Meeting

San Antonio Marriott Northwest Medical Center

September 23-25, 2004

The combined AF/Army/Navy chapter meeting will be held in San Antonio from 23 to 25 September 2024. Dr. Joshua Hawley-Malloy (Army Governor), Dr. Nancy Miller (Navy Governor) and I sincerely hope that you will choose this conference as your annual educational meeting and take advantage of the CME and MOC opportunities. We will once again have a dynamic group of speakers as well as breakout sessions, faculty development, poster/podium presentations, awards and recognitions of our outstanding colleagues. It will be a great meeting and I hope to see many of you there!

The registration hub will open soon and the link will be available soon.


Hotel reservations can be made now! A block of rooms is reserved at the conference hotel, the San Antonio Marriott Northwest Medical Center.

Please follow this booking link to make a reservation.

2024 Ohio / Air Force Scientific Meeting

Greater Columbus Convention Center

October 17-18, 2004

Details Coming Soon!