U.S. Air Force Governor's Newsletter October 2023

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

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


From the Governor

The summer has flown by and it is suddenly fall, a time of settling into new routines both at work and at home. I hope you are all finding calm moments following the busy summer PCS and vacation season. Time passes quickly in the clinic and hospital wards, and it is easy to lose connections with amazing colleagues and friends. I am looking forward to reconnecting with many of you during our upcoming fall meeting and hope you will be able to attend.

It was great to see many from our chapter at the National ACP Meeting in San Diego and congratulations to all who presented at the meeting! Scholarly activity remains strong among our members, and I was yet again impressed at the quality of all our resident and poster submissions this year! It was wonderful to see so many of our members delivering lectures on the national stage including Dr. Theodore Freeman, Dr. Matthew Carroll, Dr. Derek Smith, and Dr. Heather Yun.

Our 2023 Tri-Service Planning Committee is wrapping up final meeting details for the upcoming November meeting which will bring the Tri-Service scientific sessions back to the National Capital Region for the first time since 2012. It's not too late to register for the 8 to 10 November meeting and early bird rates are available through 14 October. Please feel free to reach out to our Air Force meeting planner, Dr. John Hunninghake, or myself with questions.

In addition to our Tri-Service meeting, we have been busy planning the joint Ohio State / Air Force chapter scientific meeting which will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on 19 and 20 October 2023. Many thanks to Lt Col Kathryn Burtson who is not only taking the Air Force lead on the planning committee but delivering several scientific sessions at the meeting. If you are local to Ohio or just looking for another great CME learning opportunity with Air Force colleagues, please consider attending the meeting!

I am so thankful for the privilege of serving as Governor of our chapter. It's hard to believe that it is already time for the election of your next Governor who will take over chapter leadership in April 2025. Many thanks to our Chapter Nominations committee for finding two very qualified candidates to represent our chapter—see details below!

If there is anything I can do to support you, please do not hesitate to reach out. I look forward to hearing from you and Aim High!





Highlights from the National Meeting: IM 2023

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

We honored our recent Laurette 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!


Some of our Tri-Service members who were inducted as Masters of the ACP: Dr. Matthew Carroll, Dr. Kevin Chung, Dr. Paul Hemmer, and Dr. James Quinn. It is an honor to be recognized for Mastership in the ACP, a distinction that recognized an individual's lifetime work.

Additionally, Dr. Ryan Collier 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.




From the Scientific Meeting:

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


Dr. My Linh Vu, BAMC.


Dr. Brian Elliott, WPAFB.


Dr. Bunnarack Kuch, WPAFB, our chapter's Clinical Vignette winner.


Dr. Carlos Martinez Licha, BAMC.


Dr. Matthew Soderstrom, BAMC, our chapter's Clinical Research winner.


Dr. Nicholas Eisenberg, WPAFB, our chapter's Quality Improvement winner.

Doctor's Dilemma


We had a fantastic showing from our Keesler Doctor's Dilemma team, Capt David Shumway, Capt Ethan Arnold and Capt Sierra Canapp, congratulations to all and special thanks to their coaching staff and Program Director Dr. Amanda Deans!



Uniformed Service University Class of 2023 Arnyce Pock Air Force ACP Award

2d Lt Zachary K. Matthews received the 2023 Arnyce Pock Air Force ACP award at the USU graduation awards ceremony in May 2022. He has chosen Internal Medicine as his career, and we look forward to his continued growth and contribution to Air Force Medicine at the SAUSHEC Internal Medicine training program. Congratulations Zachary!



Governor Election

I can hardly believe it, but it's time to vote for our next Chapter Governor! The Governor serves as the official representative of the College for the chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level.

This year we have two superb candidates running for Governor-elect, Dr. Brian Neubauer and Dr. John Hunninghake. I want to acknowledge and thank them both for their enthusiastic and dedicated work on behalf of our Chapter. Learn more about their background and experience by reviewing their biographies and candidate statements on our Chapter's Website.

The election will take place between September 29 and November 3. Members can vote online. The ballot includes your ACP Member Number and unique Election Passcode that is required to cast a vote.

Please note the following to ensure a smooth voting process:

  • Eligible voters are MACPs, FACPs, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an election date of 9/1/2021 or earlier.
  • ACP partners with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) to conduct the election.
  • Add noreply@directvote.net as an approved sender so your ballot arrives safely in your inbox.
  • The subject of the ballot email will be “ACP 2023 Governor-elect Election Voting Information.”
  • Ballots were sent electronically around September 29th.

For replacement ballots, print ballot requests, and election customer service, e-mail support@directvote.net or call 866-909-3549, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET. For general election information, contact Julie Sinkoff, Coordinator, BOG Relations, by email or call 215-351-2699.



2023 Tri-Service Annual Scientific Meeting

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Silver Spring, MD

November 8-10, 2023

The combined AF/Army/Navy chapter meeting will be held in Silver Spring, Maryland from 8 to 10 November 2023 with an optional readiness pre-course held on 6 and 7 November. 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. There will also be a unique opportunity for us to make a difference in the lives of veterans through our Friday afternoon volunteer project at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC.

It will be an exciting event and I hope to see many of you there!

Early registration fees are available until 14 October. Please visit the meeting hub to register and see the agenda for the meeting: https://www.acponline.org/node/401005

The meeting will also provide us an opportunity to meet as an Air Force chapter for updates on our chapter activities, to review chapter finances, discuss future plans and opportunities for chapter involvement and to hold a townhall meeting. I invite all chapter members to attend and look forward to our meeting!


Hotel reservations can be made now! A block of rooms is reserved at the conference hotel, the Hilton Doubletree Silver Spring. Please follow this booking link to make a reservation.

I can't wait to see you in Maryland!



2023 Ohio / Air Force Scientific Meeting

Greater Columbus Convention Center

October 19-20, 2023

The Annual Scientific Meeting will be held October 19th and 20th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus. As always, we have two days jam-packed with excellent educational opportunities.

Thursday will have several plenary sessions and breakout sessions along with our Resident Doctor's Dilemma Competition, Ultrasound sessions, and Student Poster Session. We will conclude with our popular Awards Reception where we celebrate this year's winners--it is always a fun evening.

Friday resumes with more great sessions as well as our Resident Poster competition.

Register Here!



Annual Awards Nominations

Please contact me with your ideas and nominations for the 2024 distinctions of Master of the ACP and for Laurette awards for our chapter. We look forward to recognizing our 2023 selectees at the Tri-Service meeting and national IM week 2024!

One of the goals of the American College of Physicians is to “recognize excellence and distinguished contributions to internal medicine.” As a way of achieving this goal, the College offers 23 national awards and a number of Masterships each year. Our chapter is full of talented individuals and as your Governor I will do my best to recognize as many of you as possible.

Nomination information can be found here: https://www.acponline.org/node/290905.

Thank you to Dr. Derek Smith for again heading up our awards committee. Like to be involved this year? Let me know!



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!



2023 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. Only 11 chapters received the Silver 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, giving awards to chapter members. I would like to extend a special thanks to 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: https://www.acponline.org/node/290773. Fellowship in the College is a widely recognized 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 after reviewing the link above.



New Chapter Members

Let's extend a warm welcome our newest members:

Our Newest Fellows:

Brandon Kuiper

Jacinth Ruddock

Our Newest Members

Cherylene Abalos Charles Jacocks Austin Yang
Christopher Kaatz Craig Yugawa Daniel W Shields, Jr
Grace E Smith Jeanette Klamfoth Jessica Demes
Jordan Hibbard Julia A Timm Intili Katherine Dittman
Luke M Meyer Madison Calder Matthew Bondaryk
Nathaniel D Ford Nicholas Y Eisenberg Steven J Gibson
Chloe L Waters Cody Ashcroft Cody Minor
Hamish Patel Dominic Bracero John-Henry L Dean
Jon Elliott D Brubaker Joseph Lee Pearman Joseph M Glendening
Kai G Lahm Lisa V Dykes Kevin White
Lusine Zakharian Joseph M Duren, Jr Kristen Spratt
Marc Gutierrez Mayank Patel Miles Campbell
Nicholas Arnold Rohan A Papal Stone Frankford

Our newest Resident/Fellow Members:

William Colthorpe Soyoun J Pak Niels A Ryden
Michael J Wells Melissa Postoll-Downs Luke Bechler
Lauren Spaeth Lakin R Dammer Kevin Shanahan
Karen Rodriguez Justin D Weeks Jacob Hess
Garrett Allen Eshaan S Zaveri Drew Hill
Donnel Thomas Oconnell C Penrose Chydubem B Nwaiwu
Catherine Malone William A Ketterer Nicholas P Symons
Nathaniel C Dusini Jared C Daddario Isaac M Swartzman
Devin J Moore David R Drysdale Cody L Kohout
Chusila S Lee Christine B Kwak Anthony Carbone
Boontharick Sopontammarak Amberly R Vaughan Zachary K Matthews
Rachel E Powers Emma Weiland  

Our newest Medical Student Members:

Franchesca Farris Cosme Spencer Renne Aleesa Rosas
Emma Curran Sabrina Wagner Jessica Sherwood
Cadina C Powell Hunter Thompson Seti Zepeda
Andrew M Marino Hannah Fancher Benjamin D Kim
Cong Wang Dyese Moody Alexander F Cahoon
Jonathan Sledge Nicholas Stinson Julia Asada
Kevin Gladin Hayden S Hall Giulia Disanto
Dana Lee Michael Silva Logan R Ramjit
Russell Welton Carson Max Ekaterina A Tangog
Audrey Garza Ryan Le Mason A Life
Erin Gulden    



Mark Your Calendar!

19-20 October 2023 – Ohio/Air Force Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH

6-10 November 2023 – Tri-Service Annual Meeting, Silver Spring, MD