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June 2011 Karen Clark, MD, FACP, Governor

Afterthoughts of the Past Governor, Dr. Charles Turner

dr. turner

To the West Virginia Chapter of the ACP I give my heartfelt thanks. Thanks for the opportunity to serve these few years as your Governor (2007-2011). It has been a very rewarding experience.

The preparation and completion of each annual meeting has been the most challenging task and the most rewarding events. Many thanks to each year’s program chairman:
Shelda Martin, MD (2007)
Michelle Nuss, MD (2008)
Heather Tarantino, MD (2009)
Larry Dial, MD (2010)

They are outstanding examples of ACP physicians and exhibited exemplary leadership in developing our yearly meetings.

Without the associates presentations and posters, our meeting would be seriously diminished. I appreciate the efforts of the program directors in encouraging the associates to participate in our meetings. Furthermore, great fun and excitement was provided by our Medical Jeopardy event and, as you know, those do not happen without much effort and many people participate in Medical Jeopardy and I want to thank each of them:

Charin Hanlon, MD, FACP
Patrick Ryan, DO
Nathan Lerfald, MD
Nicolas Young, MD
Larry Dial, MD
Lynne Goebel, MD, FACP
Michelle Nuss, MD, FACP

I acknowledge with great gratitude their work and loyalty.

We have been blessed to have Karen Frazier as the Executive Director of our Chapter. She has been the “glue” that has held the Chapter together and that has been accomplished with many hours of dedicated and knowledgeable service. To me, she has been an advisor and friend and I extend my sincere gratitude for her wonderful work and cheerful attitude.

The future of our Chapter is assured by the capable leadership of Dr. Karen Clark. She will experience many new friends at a State and National level and enjoy developing the programs of ACP to meet the challenges facing our profession.

The ACP is our professional home, where we grow as physicians and celebrate and strengthen our profession, while experiencing the collegiality we all need.

I look forward to continuing my work in the ACP and plan to see you all at our next State meeting.

Charles E. Turner, MD FACP


Words From Your New Governor

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to become more involved in the ACP. During my year as Governor-Elect, I learned so much from working with Dr. Turner, Karen Frazier and the staff at national. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support and encouragement. I hope to put what I learned from them to good use!

The WV Chapter has a long history of success. From regularly receiving the chapter excellence award, to the performance of our students and associates at the chapter and national meetings, we have much to be proud of! In order to continue to move forward, we need active participation from our membership. Earlier I sent out an e-mail asking for volunteers to participate in committees. Please consider using your talents by joining one of the following newly formed committees: Finance; Membership; Health and Public Policy: Awards/Nominations; Associates/Medical Students and International Medical Graduates.

Lastly, please e-mail me regularly with your concerns and suggestions. Together we can continue to make the WV Chapter a vital organization within the ACP. Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you at the October Scientific Meeting!

Karen Clark, MD, FACP


Chapter Meeting

We have signed a contract with the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke WV to host our state chapter meeting for the next four years. All meetings will be held in the month of October with this year’s meeting will be conducted October 21-23, 2011. Please hold these dates on your calendar. We would like to thank Laura Davisson, MD for acting as Program Planning Chair for this year’s meeting. We have an exciting meeting planned and will also host the Associate Abstract competition along with Medical Jeopardy. Bil Lepp will provide entertainment following the Governor’s reception by presenting “Laughter is the Best Medicine”. Bil Lepp is a nationally renowned storyteller and five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. For nearly twenty years Bil has been traveling the country sharing his hilarious tall tales to audiences of all ages. Lepp has been featured numerous times at major storytelling and corporate events across the country. Bil, who lives in Charleston, is the author of three books of tall tales, eight audio collections, and a novel.

More information to come! We hope to see you there!


Reinvigorating Primary Care

ACP has been working collaboratively with Primary Care Progress (PCP), a grassroots nonprofit organization that is building a network of advocates who share the vision of a healthcare system built on a robust foundation of primary care. Members from PCP leadership attended the recent PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home) Educational Summit hosted by ACP and discussed multiple opportunities available for ACP members to get involved with PCP on a local level.

PCP is a growing national grassroots network of energized primary care providers, trainees and primary care supporters coming together in local communities to engage in concrete activities that reinvigorate the field of primary care. Activities include efforts to raise awareness about the importance of primary care, to promote improvement in how care is organized and delivered, and to ensure that students and residents have the skills and knowledge to succeed in these redesigned models of providing care. Visit www.primarycareprogress.org to learn more.

Local chapters of PCP bring together medical students, residents and primary care providers around concrete activities to promote primary care, innovate care delivery, and learn the skills necessary to work in our rapidly changing health field.

If you’re interested in hearing more about PCP and what a local chapter might look like, please email info@primarycareprogress.org.


Congratulation to Our New Fellows!

Cathy Funk, MD, FACP
Leah Hopkins, MD, FACP
Issa Mayada, MBchB, FACP
Kuppuswamy Bairava, MBBS, FACP


2011 Associates Clinical Vignette Poster Winners

Internal Medicine 2011 – San Diego, California
Friday, April 8, 2011

Congratulations to Amy Kathryn Gessford, DO for winning at the National Level at the Internal Medicine 2011 for the Associate Clinical Vignette Poster Competition on April 8, 2011 in San Diego, California!! Dr. Gessford, a PGY 2 from Charleston Area Medical Center/West Virginia University (Charleston Division) Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Program, WV, was one of the ten winners from 300 presenters. Her abstract was titled “Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: Grass is not always Greener

A job well done Dr. Gessford! We are very proud of you!


Get Involved In Your Chapter

Our Chapter is looking to develop a more active group of committees. Each committee would report directly to a council member who would act as the committee Chairperson. We are looking for a diverse group of physicians with an interest in fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine through participation in one of the following committees: Finance; Membership; Health and Public Policy; Awards/Nominations; Associates/Students; and International Medical Graduates.

If you have an interest in serving your chapter as a committee member, please contact Karen Frazier at kfrazier@hsc.wvu.edu. Be sure to let us know which committee you are interested in, and give us a way to contact you with further information.

To find out more about the West Virginia Chapter, visit our Chapter’s Web site at www.acponline.org/chapters.