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2013 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Alberta Chapter

The ballots for the current Governors-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an electdate of 8/1/2011 or earlier) can vote online (www.directvote.net/ACP/) or mail-in ballot. You will need your mailed ballot with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to make a vote. Below are the bios and vision statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on August 26, 2013 and ends on October 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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Narmin Kassam, MD, FACP
Dr. Kassam

PLACE OF BIRTH: Uganda, Africa

EDUCATION: 1984-1987 Bachelor of Science (Biology, Math), Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton; 1987-1991 Medical Doctor, Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton; 1991-1992 Rotating Internship, Grey Nuns Hosp., Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton; 1992-1995 RI-RIII Int. Med. Res. Training, Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton; 1995-1996 Gen. Int. Med. RIV Res. Training, Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton; 1997-2003 Masters in Health Professions Education, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: See Education

CERTIFICATION: Sept 1995 Diplomate, ABIM; July 1996 Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Member, ACP, Nov 2010 Fellow, ACP

PRESENT POSITION: Division Director and Assoc. Prof. of Med., Div. of Gen. Int. Med., Dept. of Med., Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton Gen. Int. Med. Zone Chief, Alberta Health Serv., Edmonton, Alberta

ACP ACTIVITIES: July 1996 Member, Nov 2010 Fellow, Regularly attend ACP Annual Meetings at various sites

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: 2005-current Organizing Comm. Member, Annual Rocky Mountain/ACP Int. Med. Course

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: 2013 Postgraduate Prog. Accreditation Comm. Member, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons; 2012 External Examiner for Masters of Medicine Examination (MMe), Agakhan Univ., Nairobi, Kenya; 2010 Vice Chair, GIM Subspecialty Comm., Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons; 2006 Examiner, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: 2001-2013 Prog. Dir., GIM R4/R5 Training Prog., Dept. of Med.; 2011-2013 Chair, National GIM Prog. Dir. Comm.; 2010-2011 Chair, Dean’s Task Force on Generalism in Med. Ed., Univ. of Alberta; 2003-2006 Chair, National Electives Coordinators’ Special Interest Group, Assoc. of Canadian Med. Coll. (ACMC); 2001-2006 Year 4 Undergraduate OSCE Coordinating Comm. Member, Univ. of Alberta; 1998-2006 Undergraduate and Postgraduate OSCE Coord., Dept. of Med.; 1997-2006 Undergraduate Electives Coordinator, Faculty of Med., Univ. of Alberta; 1996-2000 Member, Int. Med. Res. Training Comm.

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Masters degree in Medical Education, with special interest in evaluation. Quality and health outcomes measurement in hospital systems.

Vision Statement

As ACP Governor for the Alberta Chapter, I look forward to strengthening the link that currently practicing and future general internists in Alberta have with the ACP. Although we have a significant number of members currently in Alberta, I believe there is a large group of internists that are unaware of the benefits that an ACP membership can provide them, which I plan on actively highlighting. Furthermore, we have a very small number of Fellows currently within our chapter and only a handful of Masters. I will actively encourage and support more deserving individuals in Alberta to apply for these distinctions. Finally, I look forward to being a liaison between members and the ACP leadership to bring forward issues and concerns relating to GIM practice in Alberta and serving on various ACP committees and groups to represent the Alberta perspective.


Jeffrey P. Schaefer, MD, FACP
Dr. Schaefer

PLACE OF BIRTH: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

EDUCATION: BSc 1986 (USask), MD 1991 (USask), MSc 1995 (UCalgary)

CERTIFICATION: FRCPC 1995, FACP 2012

PRESENT POSITION: General Internist, Clinical Associate Professor, and Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, University of Calgary / Alberta Health Services

ACP ACTIVITIES: Attendance/Presentations at Rocky Mountain ACP Internal Medicine Conference, Banff, Alberta

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Director, Internal Medicine (R4) Residency Program 1997 – 1999; Acting Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Calgary / Calgary Health Region Jan - Dec 1999; Rockyview General Hospital Department of Medicine Site Chief 2000 – 2007; Chair, Department of Medicine Academic Alternative Relationship Plan Management Committee 2008 – 2009; President, St. Andrews Heights Community Association, City of Calgary 2009 – 2013

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Vice-President, Section of Internal Medicine, Alberta Medical Association 2007 – 2008; Chair, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Physician Prescribing Practices Committee 2011 – present, Chair Research Methods and Evidence Medicine Course (MD440) 1999 - 2009; Medical Lead, Integrative Medicine Program, Calgary Health Region 2007 – 2009

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Information Technology, Medical Education, and Medically Unexplained Symptoms.

Vision Statement

I believe that physicians are not only well placed but obligated to contribute to the well-being of society. Patient advocacy will always be a priority. But also important is contributing to a healthy safer world where everyone can achieve their potential. Doing this requires physicians to be well informed, to care for themselves, and to learn from each other. My visions for the Alberta Chapter of the ACP are to enhance communication and collaboration among the current members, ensure that our members are connecting with the vast educational and support resources of this organization, and to improve on meeting the needs of Alberta and Canadian members in general while sharing what we have learned with our American colleagues.