As we enter the month of the Thanksgiving holiday, it is appropriate to offer ongoing gratitude to the many efforts of our staff and volunteers. In October, we hosted several events and engagement activities with members, organizational partners, and stakeholders and launched membership renewals. We had great engagement with the new cohort of residents beginning their journey and those continuing the next year of their training. We hosted an advocacy training (and encourage you to attend a future event to sharpen your advocacy edges) and individual visits to Capitol Hill to support action in preventive medicine. We also hosted the third annual Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal Lecture and Award with an amazing lecture by Dr. Camara Jones and the reaction panel of past-president Dr. Neal Kohatsu, American Academy of Family Physicians’ President Dr. Tochi Irocku-Malize, and CEO of the Council for Medical Specialty Societies, Dr. Helen Burstin, moderated by ACPM Fellow Dr. Reed Tuckson. If you missed the live stream, you can view the recording here.
We also hosted the annual gathering of our Committee Chairs and Board of Regents to review progress, discuss opportunities and align priorities as we plan for the year ahead. We are so grateful for the many efforts of busy physicians who volunteer their time and service to lead committees and serve the College with their many gifts and talents. While the Board was meeting in our DC office, they commented on our gratitude wall. It is a beautiful tribute prominently placed in our lobby expressing our appreciation to the many members who remember the College each year in their annual donations (we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization). Please keep your eyes open for announcements to make a donation or donate now toward the future leaders or to sponsor a resident or medical student to attend the ACPM Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. (Mark your calendars for April 18-21 and register to attend here). Your generosity and financial gifts matter —and they bring smiles to the next generation of preventive medicine physicians for sure!
So as you plan to gather with friends or family or to slip away to cuddle up with a good book over the upcoming holidays, may you find a smile on your face and warmth in your heart knowing you have a professional home at ACPM and a staff of caring professionals who want to ensure your specialty gains the respect it deserves and the prominence it commands. We are here for you and hope you can stop by the office to visit us and get to know the team.