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2022 Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketches and Candidate Statements - Central America

The ballots for the current Governor-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (MACPs, FACPs, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an elect date of 9/1/2020 or earlier) can vote online or mail-in ballot.

You will need your mailed ballot or election email containing your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to vote. Below are the bios and statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting begins on September 30, 2022 and will end on November 4, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

For replacement ballots and election customer service, e-mail or call toll-free 1-866-909-3549, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Central. For general information, you may email Julie Sinkoff, MA, Coordinator, Board of Governor Relations, or call her at 215-351-2699.

José Luis Francéschi Diaz, MD, FACP 

Candidate Statement: I would like to become Governor to: Promote the “Choosing Wisely” campaign with internal medicine residents together with national medical subspecialities societies in the region; Promote “Choosing Wisely” activities for patients (showcasing the ACP to the community); Promote high value care and tips on how to bring patients into the conversation; Promote knowledge about telehealth at medical schools; Program physical examination workshops to medical students together with medical schools; Promote well-being and burn out prophylaxis skills among physicians; Promote humanized medical attention; Generate interest in evidence-based medicine and research in internal medicine residents; Promote the benefits and values of the ACP to members at different levels in the region together with school of medicine deputy; Encourage medical students to be engaged in the community with different activities; Continue with academic educational activities in all regions with some innovative formats.

Medical School Education: School of Medicine, University of Panama

Post-Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine, Hematology

Certification: Internal Medicine; Hematology; Bone Marrow Transplant

Present Position: Chairman and Medical Director, Centro Hemato Oncologico Panama

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities: Diversity and Equity Commission; Council Member; Organizer Committee, Chapter Meeting; Laureate Award 2019

ACP National Activities: Fellowship 2009

Other Appointments/Activities: President, Panamanian Society of Internal Medicine; President, National Drugs and Medicaments Committee; Webinars for Patients, Different Topics; Webinars for Physicians, Different Topics; Medical Director, Centro Hemato Oncologico Panama; President, Humanized Medical Attention Committee, National Cancer Institute; Unit Chief, Bone Marrow Transplant, National Cancer Institute; Telemedicine Committee, National Cancer Institute; Hospital Cancer Registry, National Cancer Institute; Clinical Professor of Semiology, University of Panama; American Society of Hematology; American Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Bone Marrow Transplant (expertise); Evidence Based Medicine (interest); Lymphomas and Myelomas

Monica R. Pachar, MD, DTM&H, FACP

Candidate Statement: To be part of the Board of Governors and represent my chapter represents a natural evolution within the activities that I have been carrying out in infectious diseases and neglected tropical diseases; it is to defend and transmit my ideals of a humanistic, inclusive and diverse medicine in the face of a changing world full of challenges and substantial changes in terms of social struggles and emerging problems in health; it would mean to guide the college to have a leading role in the response to problems such as irregular migration, COVID19, vaccination, social Justice and be the protagonist of the evolution in medical education that we are experiencing in the region; it is a commitment to maintain the tradition in the standards of ethics and excellence and to be a leader in the region as an active chapter creator of knowledge and promoter of change.

Medical School Education: Universidad Latina de Panama

Post-Doctoral Training: Hospital Santo Tomas

Certification: Certificate of Knowledge, Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health (CTropMed® Examination)

Present Position: Medical Attending, Infectious Diseases

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities: Chair, Early Career Physicians Council since 2020; Member, Volunteerism Network since 2021; Mentor, Mentorship Program since 2021; Member, Organization Committee, Annual Meeting since 2020; Speaker, Health Care Issues of the LGBTQ Community, Annual Meeting, Panama City 2022; Infectious Diseases Talk to Medical Students, Know the Specialist, Medical Student Council 2021; Chapter Leader Workshop, ACP's New Vision for Healthcare 2020; Mentorship, Coaching, and Sponsorship for Women Physicians 2020; Doctor's Dilemma Academic Evaluator and Jury, Medical Residents and Medical Students since 2020; Volunteer of the Year 2022; Early Career Physician of the Year 2021

ACP National Activities: Fellowship 2020; Volunteer Reviewer, National Abstract Competition 2020 & 2021; Participant (as an ID Fellow), National Abstract Competition, The Prevalence of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Patients at the HIV Clinic in Hospital Santo Tomas, 2016, Internal Medicine Meeting 2017

Other Appointments/Activities: Community Service: Field medical attention at Coclesito, Colon (May 2022), the Migrants reception center at the Darien Gap Jungle (San Vicente reception center, January 2022; and Lajas Blancas reception center, July 2021); Committees: Tropical Medicine Symposium for the Infectious Diseases Society of Panama since 2021 (1st Tropical Medicine Online Course in Panama [Online & Free] for health care professionals from low resource areas in Panama and Latin America [September 15, 2020]

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine; Medical Attention in Remote Zones and Jungles; Medical Education