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2013 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Iowa 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 via telephone 1 877 471 9647 (US only), 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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Joseph F. Szot, MD, FACP
Dr. Szot

PLACE OF BIRTH: New Hartford, New York

EDUCATION: 1990 B.S.magna cum laude St. Bonaventure University, Olean, New York, 1994 M.D. University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: 1994-97 Resident Internal Medicine/Primary Care University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University

CERTIFICATION: American Board of Internal Medicine recertified 2007

PRESENT POSITION: Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Division of Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa, Associate Chief of Staff for Graduate Medical Education, Interim Chief of Primary and Specialty Medicine, Iowa City VA Healthcare System

ACP ACTIVITIES: Fellowship 2009, 2009 Iowa Chapter Scientific Chapter Meeting workshops, 1)“Academic or Private Practice Which Is Right for You” 2)“Traditional, Ambulatory or Hospitalist Practice; Choosing a Career Path”, 2011 Iowa Chapter Scientific Meeting workshop: “Clinical Problem Solving”, 2007-present Judge for annual Resident’s vignette competition

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Member of ACP Chapter Council 2006-present, Advisor to ACP sponsored Internal Medicine Interest Group, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Clinical Executive Board Iowa City VAHCS, 2010-11 Chairman Medical Executive Committee Carver College of Medicine, 2009-10 Secretary Medical Executive Committee Carver College of Medicine

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: APDIM Program Planning Committee

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: General Internal Medicine, Evidence Based Clinical Practice, Medical Education

Vision Statement

Healthcare is undergoing dramatic changes with the scheduled implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The training of the next generation of physicians will evolve significantly with the implementation of the ACGME’s Next Accreditation System. The ACP is in a unique position to be at the forefront and positively influence these changes. As Governor I would advocate at the state and national levels and at the Board of Governors on issues most important to the membership of the Iowa Chapter. My major areas of focus would be to improve the quality of patient care, the professional satisfaction of internists and guarantee the training of the best internists of the future.


Scott A. Vogelgesang, MD, FACP
Dr. Vogelgesang

PLACE OF BIRTH: Minneapolis, Minnesota

EDUCATION: 1980 B.S. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1987 M.D. University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: 1987-90 Resident, Internal Medicine Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado, 1991-93 Fellow, Rheumatology Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C.

CERTIFICATION: American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) General Internal Medicine, ABIM – Rheumatology

MILITARY: United States Army: 1988 – 1995, Rank obtained: Major

PRESENT POSITION: Clinical Professor, M. Paul Strottmann Family Chair of Medical Student Education and Physician Training, Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Vice Chair, Education, Division of Immunology/Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine

ACP ACTIVITIES: Fellowship: 1994, Workshop on Musculoskeletal Physical Examination at ACP national meeting 1999, 2001, 2003, Workshop on joint injection/aspiration, chapter scientific meeting 2005, 2006, 2012

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Member of ACP Chapter Council (2002 - present ), ACP Clinical Vignette competition for residents and medical students – organized and judged (2002 – present), Scientific Meeting Planning Committee (2002 – present)

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Chair, University of Iowa Health Care GME Committee, Chair, Department of Internal Medicine Medical Education Committee, Pro Bono Work Community Health Free Clinic – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Clinical General Internal Medicine and General Rheumatology Medical Education

Vision Statement

“Medicine is currently in the midst of very significant changes; how to navigate them successfully isn’t clear but I see several opportunities for our chapter to embrace. The already successful advocacy efforts will need to be even more active if possible. To support this, communication within the chapter will need to be frequent and effective using multiple modalities. Education will be critical as medical knowledge continues to grow exponentially and the maintenance of certification system evolves. ACP has outstanding educational resources that we will need to use fully as we innovate with the scientific meeting. Following the national strategic plan, our chapter will need to redouble our efforts to engage students, residents and young physicians. We have a rich collection of talent within our chapter and I look forward to working with you in developing our response to these challenges.”

Contact Information

Mark W Purtle, MD FACP,
Governor, Iowa Chapter

Denise Floerchinger
Ph: 319-356-2732