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Governor's Newsletter, Spring 2000

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

Governor's Column

Your Governor's Council met on November 5, 1999, just prior to our Annual Meeting. Some of the important topics discussed and some recommendations from the Council meeting were as follows:

  1. We will do all we can to encourage student and Associate participation.
  2. We will highlight at our meetings, "The Problem of Antibiotic Resistance."
  3. We will have a trial period of rotating the Annual Chapter Meeting throughout the State.

The Annual Business Meeting of the Chapter was held during the November meeting. The following slate of Officers were elected to the Governor's Council:

  • Vice-President: Robert Hamilton, Toledo
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Gregory W. 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: Douglas Federman, Toledo

Annual Ohio Chapter Meeting

Columbus, Ohio
November 5-6, 1999

I think this was our most successful meeting ever. There were over 400 attendees with 119 medical students in attendance. There were a total of 117 posters (16 submitted by medical students) in addition to eight oral presentations. The major visiting speakers included James J. Bergin, MD, FACP; Barbara A. Allen, MPH; and James Louie, MD, FACP.

As always, the "Meet the Professor" session with Drs. James J. Bergin, G. Richard Olds, Barbara Schuster and chaired by Dr. Gregory W. Rouan from Cincinnati, was very popular. Our dinner speaker was Dr. James Louie, Professor of Medicine, UCLA, who spoke on "Renoir, His Art and Arthritis." It was a stimulating, invigorating, fascinating talk with plenty of humor from Dr. Louie. The Awards ceremony honored three awardees:

  • Laureate Award - Partha Banerjee, MD, FACP; Wright State University Medical School;
  • Master Teacher Award - K.V. Gopalakrishna, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Case Western Reserve University Medical School; and
  • Master Teacher Award - Joseph P. Myers, MD, FACP; NEOUCOM & Summa Health System.

Prizes were also awarded for the best Associate and Medical Student presentations.

On the second day of the meeting, the ever popular MKSAP reviews were given. This year covered the Renal and Endocrine specialties. I particularly want to thank our Program Chairman, Mark Bibler, MD, FACP, Cincinnati, and all the members of his Committee for a very successful meeting. I also want to thank the many exhibitors who supported this meeting.

Chapter Committees

The following is a list of our active Committees:

  • Awards Committee
  • Medical Students Committee
  • Associates Committee
  • Program Committee
  • Health & Public Policy Committee
  • Program Director's Committee

I really want to encourage all ACP-ASIM Medical Students, Associates, Members and Fellows to take part in your Chapter activities. A very good way to do this is by volunteering for the Committees. All you have to do is let us know if you are interested and you can be appointed at our next Business Meeting.

New Fellows

I am delighted to congratulate the new Fellows of the College for Ohio. They will be honored at the Convocation ceremonies during the College's Annual Session this year in April, at Philadelphia. Their names are as follows:

  • Stephen A. Farkas, MD
  • Selim Newaz, MBBS
  • Ashok G. Kumar, MD
  • Eugene W. Pfister, MD
  • Elyse E. Lower, MD
  • Marc S. Rovner, MD
  • Erwin A. Maseelall, MBBS
  • Leonidas G. Vassilaros, MD

I really do want to encourage all Internists in our State to become active members of the College. All those Associates who have successfully obtained Boards in Internal Medicine, should apply for full Membership. Those who have been Members for a number of years and have fulfilled the various requirements, should apply for Fellowship. The following is a reminder of the requirements:


  • 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 teacher.

The next deadline for Fellowship application is June 1, 2000. Further information can be obtained by calling your Chapter office and speaking with Janet Matheson, Assistant to the Governor's Office. I am pleased to tell you that Janet Matheson, who until now has only been part-time, is now a full-time Assistant for your Chapter.

Annual Session - Philadelphia

April 13-16, 2000

This will be a wonderful meeting celebrating the New Millennium. Just about every aspect of Internal Medicine will be covered. The theme for this year is the "Emerging Antibiotic Resistance," surely a very important topic for all of us. As you know, recertification will now become important and it will be the theme of a two-day pre-session course. It is expected that there will be a very large attendance this year with the meeting in Philadelphia and I would encourage you to register as soon as possible. This can be done via ACP-ASIM Online or via Customer Service at (800) 523-1546, ext. 2600.

There will be a Reception of the combined Ohio, Pennsylvania and Delaware Chapters on Friday, April 14, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Four Seasons Hotel, Washington Room, near the Convention Center. All Ohio attendees are invited.

New Preceptorship Program

The College has initiated a new program, a preceptorship for medical students to provide them with an opportunity to spend time with Internists during their training. A College representative is to be appointed from each State, who will work with the College in Philadelphia. I am pleased to say that Michael Sostok, MD (Member), Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, has agreed to head this Preceptorship Program for Ohio. Those of you interested in this Program and in being actively involved, can contact Dr. Sostok at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, 231 Bethesda Avenue, ML 0535, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0535; Phone: (513) 558-7581.

Your Chapter Annual Meeting - October 13-14, 2000 - Cincinnati

In accordance with the decision made at the November 1999 Governor's Council meeting, it was agreed, at least for the next few years, to try a new system of having this year's meeting in Cincinnati, the 2001 meeting in Northern Ohio, possibly Cleveland, and the 2002 meeting back in Columbus. This is a large State and it was felt that varied locations will give members from different parts of the State more opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting. Dr. Mark Bibler and his Committee are well underway with the planning of this year's program. The meeting will be held at the Kingsgate Conference Center of the new Marriott Hotel, which is located next to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center campus. I can assure you that the facilities are really excellent, attractive and very comfortable with easy access from all the Interstates. Our main keynote address speaker and after dinner speaker will be Dr. Michael LaCombe from Maine. We encourage all of you to make a note of these dates and particularly to encourage Medical Students, Residents and new Members of the College to attend.

Chapter Awards

We will honor some of our very deserving Internists in the State with the appropriate awards. The three awards are: one Laureate Award and two Master Teacher Awards.

Please nominate people and write letters on those you think are deserving. The Chairman of the Awards Committee is Dale P. Murphy, MD, FACP, Vice-President - Medical Affairs, Summa Health System, 75 Arch Street #303, Akron, OH 44304-1698; Phone: (330) 375-3314; Fax: (330) 375-3760; E-mail: murphyd@summa-health.org.

Decision 2000 Campaign

This year the ACP-ASIM has launched a new initiative - the Decision 2000 Campaign - to elevate the problem of the uninsured on the national agenda. The College is working to secure commitments by Presidential and Congressional candidates to address the issue of the uninsured and to educate decision makers about the impact of health insurance on health status. This is a very political year with primary elections early in the year followed later in the year by the Presidential and Congressional elections. I have asked our Chapter Health & Public Policy Committee, chaired by Scott Stienecker, MD, to be very active in this Campaign. However, I wish to remind all of us that we should all play a very active role in helping our present and future leaders to make the very best decisions for the health care of all our citizens. The ACP-ASIM Customer Service Department has excellent brochures suitable for the lay public and you can obtain these by calling (800) 523-1546, ext. 2600 and ask for Product 510100190.

Your Governors, Officers and Staff of the Chapter, wish everyone a delightful Spring. Hope to see you in Philadelphia and of course, in Cincinnati.

Please note our new contact information:

Phone: (513) 558-6218
Fax: (513) 558-3799
E-mail: hessev@email.uc.edu and mathesja@ucmail.uc.edu

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