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Committees & Task Forces

Develop your leadership path and get involved by serving on the Chapter's various committees and task forces.  A committee has permanent standing, whereas a task force meets as needed to address specific, time-limited issues.  Most committees and task forces meet at least two times per year via conference call.

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For information on any of our committees or task forces please email: info@nyacp.org

Committees (in alpha order)   

Task Forces (in alpha order)

*These committees and task forces are not currently accepting volunteers


Awards and Nominations Committee*

The Awards and Recognitions Committee is composed of the Chapter’s Executive Committee members.  This Committee meets annually to select nominees for ACP National Awards and Mastership, and determines any local Chapter awards to be given at the Annual Scientific Sessions, including Laureate awards and others.

         Committee Chair: Current Chapter President (Louis Snitkoff, MD, FACP)
         NYACP Staff: Heather Bennett, JD, PhD

Budget and Finance Committee*

The Budget and Finance Committee serves all three of the Chapter’s corporations, and includes the Treasurer of each of the corporations in addition to other non officer members.  The Budget and Finance Committee meets three times per year to oversee the Chapter’s finances, to draft and recommend an annual budget to the Council/Board, and to review recommendations of the auditors Chapter Council and investment counselors.

         Committee Chair: Robert McCann, MD, MACP
         NYACP Staff: Heather Bennett, JD, PhD

Bylaws Committee*

The Bylaws Committee meets on an ad hoc basis as needed to review and update the Chapter’s bylaws, make recommendations for approval of changes to the Council/Board.

         Committee Chair: John Maese, MD, MACP
         NYACP Staff: Heather Bennett, JD, PhD

Education Committee      

The Education Committee will meet on an ad-hoc basis to plan and promote the Annual Chapter Meeting. Activities will include suggesting topics, potential faculty, meeting format and will assist in meeting promotion.

Committee Chair: Naveed Masani, MD, FACP
NYACP Staff: Karen LaBello, CMP

Health and Public Policy Committee

The Health and Public Policy Committee's mission is to advocate for our patients, our members and the medical profession; Monitor, develop and act on legislative, regulatory and public policy developments in the area of health care delivery, focusing on issues that impact the provision of high quality and cost effective care to patients, Internal Medicine practice, public health and medical education; Formulate and make recommendations on the legislative agenda and advocacy program; and to Review and make recommendations on resolutions generated by Chapter members, districts, council members, committee and governors.

Chair: Linda Efferen, MD, FACP
NYACP Staff: Loretta Ponesse, CAE

Health Information Technology (HIT) Committee

Chair: Mitchell Adler, MD, FACP
NYACP Staff: Lisa Noel

Liaison Committee

The Liaison Committee will serve as the chapter's official delegate to the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY). The committe will seek to work with other professional and specialty organizations to create a forum for common issues and concerns.

Chair: Inderpal Chhabra, MD, FACP
NYACP Staff: Heather Bennett, JD, PhD

Medical Students Committee

The Medical Student Committee will meet as needed to plan and execute educational and membership programs for medical student members of the College.

Chair:  Joseph Wayne, MD, MACP
Vice Chair: Michael LoCurcio, MD, FACP
Medical Student Council Board Representative:  Peter Bhandari
NYACP Staff: Amanda Allen

Member Engagement Committee

The Membership/Communications  Committee's top priorities include membership recruitment, retention, and advancement to fellowship.   The Committee routinely monitors membership statistics and makes recruitment and retention recommendations to the Council for action and implementation.  In addition, the Committee continually seeks members who might qualify for Fellowship and encourages them to pursue and complete the Advancement to Fellowship application process.In addition, the committee is charged with the responsibility to create, distribute and evaluate the effectiveness and value of all aspects of communication from the Chapter to the membership.

Chair: Pamela Sullivan, MD, FACP
NYACP Staff: Loretta Ponesse, CAE

Quality and Patient Safety Committee

The mission of the NYACP Quality and Patient Safety Committee is to educate members on quality trends and initiatives, to guide the Chapter in quality project and improvement activities, and to provide members with resources and tools for incorporating quality improvement, patient safety and outcomes initiatives into their practice. The committee is charged with serving as an educational resource for NYACP members; serving as the central forum for linking all quality initiatives within the Chapter; communicating with Council and membership regarding ongoing quality and patient safety initiatives; participating in quality and patient safety project development and decision making with other partners; serving as a physician advocate and resource for evaluation of quality and patient safety measurement programs; and evaluating possible new quality and patient safety initiatives and requests for Chapter support.

Chair: Marla Koroly, MD, FACP
NYACP Staff: Lisa Noel

Residents Committee

The Residents Committee will meet as needed to plan and execute educational and membership programs for Resident Members of the College

Chair: Niket Sonpal, MD, FACP
NYACP Staff: Karen LaBello, CMP


Task Forces

District Activities

Each of the New York Chapter's 16 Districts has its own District Educational Planning Committee. Each Committee is charged with planning and executing local events within their district. To find out more about Chapter districts, please click here

          Chair: Various
          NYACP Staff: Loretta Ponesse, CAE (New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley)
                                 Lisa Noel (Western New York, Syracuse, and Southern Tier)

Early Career Physicians Task Force

The goals of the Early Career Task Force is to enhance the professional development and quality of life for young physicians, fostering their involvement in College activities, while ensuring their needs are being met.

Chair: Ankita Sagar, MD, FACP
NYACP Staff: Karen LaBello, CMP

Geriatrics Task Force

The Geriatrics Task Force mission is to keep NYACP HPP abreast of public health, legislative and public policy developments in geriatric care which addresses the complex needs of older people, focusing on health promotion and the prevention and treatment of disease.  The task force focuses on issues that impact quality of care patients, Internal Medicine practice, public health and medical education.

          Chair: Paula Lester, MD, FACP
          NYACP Staff: Amanda Allen

Resolutions Task Force

Chair: Larry Faltz, MD, MACP         
NYACP Staff: Heather Bennett, JD, PhD

The Resolutions Task Force works individually with members of the Chapter to mentor the development of resolutions for formal action.

Volunteerism Task Force

The Volunteerism Task Force promotes community service and public health activities within local districts and regions of the Chapter and reviews National initiatives to encourage volunteer engagement.

          Chair: John Maese, MD, MACP
          NYACP Staff: Amanda Allen

Well Being Task Force

          Chair: Lynn Cleary, MD, MACP
          NYACP Staff: Amanda Allen

The Well-Being Task Force will organize assessments regarding burnout and well-being for NYACP members, conduct educational programs across the state, partner with other organizations to foster regional programs that enhance well-being and professional satisfaction and will make recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding sustainability of these efforts.  Members of this task force have completed ACP training and are Well-Being Champions.  These Champions work “to assist … members, practices and organizations in combating burnout and informing them of [ACP’s] national efforts to improve the practice environment.”

Last Updated: 8.1.19


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