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Governor's Newsletter, Fall 1999

Welcome from your new Governor. I had the honor of taking over the leadership of this Chapter at the end of April 1999 from your esteemed former Governor, Dr. James Tan. These last four months have been very busy; this is a large State with nearly 11 million people and has one of the larger Chapters in our national organization. At present, including those elected at the April 1999 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, our numbers are as follows: 1904 Members, 1203 Associates, 810 Medical Students, 707 Fellows and 9 Masters for a total of 4633 members. With the new Member and Fellow applications for April 2000, we hope for a substantial increase.

Just a word about the ACP-ASIM Annual Meeting in April 1999. It was a very successful one with one of the largest attendances, over 6,000. I continue to be impressed by the breadth and width of these annual meetings of the ACP-ASIM - they really cover every aspect of Internal Medicine, allow for wonderful interactions between physicians and are increasingly attended by a large number of young people, students and housestaff.

The Ohio Chapter usually has a combined Chapter breakfast at the Annual Meeting and this year it was held in conjunction with the Delaware, Eastern and Western Pennsylvania Chapters. There was a large attendance and it provided an excellent opportunity to get to know some of our neighboring Chapters.

Evelyn V. Hess, MD, MACP
Governor, Ohio Chapter

Follow-Up on the Merger of the ACP Ohio Chapter and the Ohio Society of Internal Medicine

We are pleased to report that the Bylaws for the new Chapter have been completed and approved. Also, all the appropriate documents for the formal merger have been completed, signed and at this time, are just waiting for the final signatures from Philadelphia. This merger will in every way strengthen the Ohio Chapter; I know that we all look forward to expansion of the Chapter, an increase in our programs and an exciting four years.

The Governor's Advisory Council met in Columbus in July 1999; reports from the various committees were presented with discussion of the possibility of some new committees, dropping some for which there does not seem to be a particular need. Dr. Mark Hess, your transitional Governor through September 2000, was asked to Chair an Ad Hoc Nominations Committee as there is a need for a number of new members of the Advisory Council. Accordingly, the following slate of members of the Ohio Chapter will be voted on at our Annual Meeting in Columbus, November 4-5, 1999:

  • Vice President: Bob Hamilton, Toledo
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Greg Rouan, Cincinnati
  • Class of 2000: Scott Stienecker, Lima
  • Class of 2000: Steve Goldberg, Cincinnati
  • Class of 2000: Mark Bibler, Cincinnati
  • Class of 2001: Andres Lao, Alliance
  • Class of 2001: Pat Ecklar, Columbus
  • Class of 2001: Burton West, Cleveland
  • Class of 2002: Jeanne McKibbin, Oberlin
  • Class of 2002: Virginia Wood, Dayton
  • Class of 2002: Doug Federman, Toledo

Governor's Conference - Asheville, NC, September 29-October 3, 1999

This was an exciting and extremely productive conference. I will give a full report at our Annual Business Meeting on November 5th; however, some highlights include:

  1. Major Theme - Antibiotic Resistance.
  2. Progress of the Doctors for Adults campaign.
  3. The endorsement of the Patients Bill of Rights'.
  4. The expansion and very lively involvement of both medical students and Associates in the ACP-ASIM.
  5. The need for National and Chapter partnerships for effective advocacy.
  6. The need for increased involvement of specialist and subspecialist internists in the National and Chapter organizations.
  7. Update on Y2K - it looks as if the College will be ready.

Reminder of our Annual Chapter Meeting - Hyatt Capitol Square Hotel, Columbus Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6

The Program Committee promises you an exciting and stimulating two days. We need you there to vote, to contribute and to enjoy yourself.

A Reminder on How to Advance From Membership to Fellowship

Fellowship in the ACP-ASIM has been awarded to approximately 25% of our national membership.

"How do I advance from Membership to Fellowship?" is a question frequently asked by you the ACP-ASIM members. Below is a summary of the requirements and pathways that a candidate must fulfill and/or meet in order to become a Fellow of the College.


  • be certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine;
  • have been a member in good standing for two years in either ACP or ASIM and have held a position in practice or in academia for at least two years since completion of training;
  • have an active medical license in good standing (if in clinical practice);
  • have confined professional activity to internal medicine or a subspecialty of internal medicine;
  • be proposed and seconded with detailed letters of support from two current Masters or Fellows with reference to character, ethics and medical activities, and outlining professional contributions and accomplishments;
  • be endorsed by the appropriate ACP-ASIM Governor;
  • have shown continuing scholarship and professional accomplishments; and document continuing professional activities, including teaching (both institutional and community-based); hospital committee work; public service and community activities; and participation in continuing medical education activities as both a student and a teacher.

Please e-mail comments or suggestions about the Ohio Chapter website to Evelyn V. Hess, MD, MACP, MACR