Congratulations to the South Carolina Chapter Governor-Elect, Patricia E. Sadler, MD, FACP. Our new Governor-elect will start her four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2014. As Governor, Dr. Sadler will serve as the official representative of the College for the South Carolina Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. In the meantime, Dr. Sadler will be working closely with Dr. Hawkins (the current Governor) and College staff to learn about the College and her duties as Governor. To learn more about Dr. Sadler, feel free to read her bio and vision statement below.
Patricia E. Sadler, MD, FACP
PLACE OF BIRTH: Clinton, SC
EDUCATION: Vanderbilt University, BA 1979, Chemistry and Psychology, Medical University of South Carolina, MD 1984
POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Medical University of South Carolina, internship in internal medicine, 1984-1985; residency 1985-1987
CERTIFICATION: ABIM 1987, Hospice and Palliative Medicine November 2010
PRESENT POSITION: Medical Director, Hospice of Laurens County, Inc.
ACP ACTIVITIES: FACP July 1, 2001, LEAD 2011
CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Program Chair October 2010 to present, SC ACP Council 2010 to present
HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic, Laurens District 56 School Board, Girl Scout Troop 304 and Troop 2093 leader, St. Boniface Catholic Church CCD instructor
AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Hospice and Palliative medicine and its integration in the healthcare arena especially over the next 20 years.
We, in the field of internal medicine, and, in South Carolina, face ongoing and new challenges in providing high-quality, evidence-based care in the arena of healthcare reform and in the arena of exploding healthcare costs, technology, and healthcare information technology. We also face ongoing issues with healthcare literacy in our disparate locations and populations. We continue to explore the burden of cost of medical training for our newest physicians and how that impacts our profession. While the challenges are complicated and huge, the ACP has consistently provided a platform for local advocacy leading to national agendas that ultimately improve us as doctors and improve the care we give to our patients. I consider the role of governor to solicit, assimilate, and promote the concerns of our internists in all of our diverse occupations, hospitalist and outpatient, primary care and subspecialist, urban and rural, then to advance our local agenda to the national agenda while developing relevant educational opportunities in our state.