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October 2013 Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, FACP, ACP Governor

From the Governor

Dear Colleagues;

I hope this note finds you all well and having enjoyed a lovely summer. The past several months have been busy and productive for the NM Chapter of the ACP. As you can see from the various articles in this month’s newsletter we have started several new programs that have been successful.

Before reviewing our accomplishments, however, I’d like to thank Betty Chang, MDCM, PhD, FCCP, FACP, who has served on our Chapter Council for several years while serving as Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency. In her time on the Council, she has been tireless in her advocacy for the residents and for resident education. Although she has generously and graciously agreed to continue to serve on the Council, she will be stepping back from moderating the resident oral vignette competition while assuming her new position as Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education. In her place, we are pleased to welcome Jennifer Jernigan, MD, to the Council. Dr Jernigan holds the position of Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and is medical director of the resident clinic.

Although I’m just in my second of four years as Governor, it is time to start considering our chapter’s Governor election next year. Thus far, it has been immensely rewarding to meet internists and subspecialists throughout the state, interact with residents and students, advocate for responsible heath policy and practice support, and promote excellence in education. If you are considering running for Governor of the chapter, please consider becoming more involved in the chapter now by becoming involved in one of our committees or by attending council meetings; here you may find more information about Governorship and more about leadership development for prospective Governors.

Even if not considering running for Governor, please do consider joining the Council. We are presently represented by general internists, subspecialists, students, retired physicians, academic physicians, and community physicians. We are diverse geographically, with councilors from Albuquerque, Shiprock, Clovis, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, and Taos, – and we can always benefit from more perspectives, ideas, and energy. If you are interested in learning more about the chapter or how to become involved, please feel welcome to contact me. We will have at least one opening for a Council position, and always welcome committee member input.

Speaking of input, I’m also eager for yours about Maintenance of Certification. ACP Leadership has begun monthly conference calls with the ABIM covering a broad range of topics. We have a great opportunity and responsibility to help improve this to better meet our needs and our patients’ needs. I urge you to provide feedback to me or to the College directly via the ACP Special Interest Group focused on Maintenance of Certification; your feedback provided either on that page or to me will be a part of a registry of issues that the College can share anonymously with the ABIM.

Lastly, these are turbulent times in medicine, fraught with rapid changes. Although friends, co-workers, and neighbors can disagree collegially on which of these are for the better or worse, I’m sure we all agree it’s easiest to be prepared when you see these changes coming. The ACP has valuable tools available for you on health insurance exchanges, advocacy, health policy, maintenance of certification, transitional care management codes, and ICD-10 – please avail yourselves of them. Please feel welcome to be in touch with your concerns and suggestions.

With best regards,

Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, FACP


The Annual Conference is next week!

The Annual Scientific Conference will be held October 17-19th at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque. You’ll receive 13 CME credit hours at our meeting where you’ll learn updates in ambulatory and hospital medicine, ethics, heart failure, infectious diseases, contraception, and more. Consider arriving early for the HealthInsight CME on Patient Safety, and staying late for an industry-sponsored symposium on osteoporosis.


Report from the Internal Medicine Interest Group & ACP at the Student Activities Fair

By Elizabeth Rodriguez, MSII

The student activities and organizations fair is always an exciting event. This year with several rows of eager organizations and over 100 new students making their way through the square the energy was palpable. Sitting on the other side of the table was a new and great experience. The level of interest in internal medicine was also wonderful with 51 students joining ACP and nearly 100 stopping for information. Many students were also highly excited about the internal medicine interest group (IMIG) resident mixer as they wanted more information about internal medicine. The ACP booth and the IMIG booths were located across from each other, allowing both parties to answer all the student questions. Having representatives from the residency program staff, several residents and ACP members really demonstrated our commitment to the students. Overall the event was an overwhelming success and I am so grateful for all the help and look forward to a wonderful year.”

We welcome our new student members!


Health Policy Internship for Students and Residents

This internship is a unique opportunity to work directly with the College's Washington staff to develop legislative knowledge and advocacy skills. The internship lasts for four weeks next spring, and awardees receive a generous stipend and invaluable experience. Please visit to learn more about this excellent opportunity.

Nas Manole, when an MSII, was awarded this internship in 2012, and reports:

“The internship itself was one of the most amazing educational experiences I have had. The first few days in the office, I met the staff and talked with them about their roles in the office. Everyone was very kind and very eager to teach me about the current issues facing primary care. I spent a lot of time researching these issues and even had the opportunity to contribute to a paper on medical student debt. Another part of the internship involved attending events both on and off Capitol Hill.”


Supporting Resident Education

We were pleased this year to provide food and beverages to the resident board review sessions held this spring and summer, and look forward to doing the same next year. Many thanks to Patrick Rendon, MD, former Chief Resident and current UNMH Hospitalist and Associate Program Director for his work on these.

Resident members receive chapter subsidized membership, free Annals subscription, reduced rates on ACP products and services including meeting registration and MKSAP, and numerous other benefits.

Chief Residents also receive numerous benefits, including digital versions of Internal Medicine Essentials/MKSAP for Students 5, Virtual Dx, Annals for Educators, Clinical Skills procedural videos, and Presentation Skills Workshop.

Many thanks to UNM for generously co-subsidizing the resident members fees, so that the residents may have free membership.


"New Mexico; Be It Ever So Humble"

By Barbara McGuire MD, FACP, MMM

Our lovely state of NM is sometimes disparaged for being last in this or that measure or first (as in worst), in another demographic or health indicator. Despite the importance of those indicators and the ample room we have for improvement, NM does have some features in our (Internal) Medicine history of which we can be quite proud. As you will read in the article to follow, our humble state was the first chosen to organize into a "Chapter" of Internal Medicine's most important professional society, the American College of Physicians. Many of the physicians drawn to NM in the early years of this past century were giants in their fields and put our state "on the map" with innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of TB and other infectious diseases. We NM Internists have always succeeded in delivering a lot of medical care, with little in the way of resources. This tradition continues today, e.g. characterization of the Hantavirus and development of Project ECHO telemedicine which serves all areas of NM. So, all members of NMACP can take special pride in our legacy and being counted among a unique group of physicians contributors to ACP. "

Here is a fascinating article about internal medicine and our chapter history.


Patient Safety Task Force/Hospitalist Committee

Our chapter was recently awarded funds to support the New Mexico Patient Safety Task Force. If you’re interested in participating in this state-wide collaborative work group, please check the New Mexico Hospitalists’ Collaborative Workspace wiki. There is presently involvement of physicians in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Taos, Shiprock, and Gallup – and more participation is welcome. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Rush Pierce, MD, MPH, FACP.


ACP Member Benefits

Physician & Practice Timeline: Professional Requirements & Opportunities

Following is a helpful at-a-glance summary of upcoming important dates related to a variety of regulatory, payment, educational, and delivery system changes and requirements. Check back frequently for updated information.

Are you using this free ACP Member benefit delivering free journal summaries to your inbox?

JournalWise, a free, time-saving, ACP Member benefit, is a mobile-optimized service that screens over 120 internal medicine journals for the highest-quality, clinically relevant and newsworthy articles with custom criteria that you determine so that only the articles (and e-tocs) you want are delivered when and how you want them.

This short, 2-minute video shows you how set-up is quick, easy and free!

For more information and to sign-up.

New, Free CME is available from Annals of Internal Medicine!

Introducing The Consult Guys! A unique and entertaining way to earn FREE CME from Annals of Internal Medicine!

The Consult Guys make learning a pleasure!

Hosted by Geno Merli & Howard Weitz, two, seasoned clinicians, educators, and comedians who answer questions from preoperative evaluations to clinical puzzlers. Each episode reviews topics essential for anyone practicing internal medicine or its subspecialties.

Enjoy, learn, and laugh while Geno and Howard entertain and teach you on their medical consult talk show:

Watch the videos and then take the companion CME quizzes

ACP Members and Annals subscribers can earn .5 CME credit per quiz. Nonmembers can purchase tokens for CME.

2 premier episodes are available now at annals.org/consultguys

Episode 1: Cleared for Surgery? Perioperative Risk Assessment

Episode 2: Stumper: A 23 year old with a myocardial infarction - will you get the right diagnosis?

Tune into a new episode each month.


Contact Information

Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, FACP
Governor, New Mexico Chapter

Lisa Sullivan
Chapter Coordinator
PO Box 31091
Albuquerque, NM 87190-1091
Phone: 505-697-1386
Fax: 505-433-4631
E-mail: newmexicoacp@gmail.com