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Governor-elect Candidates' Biosketches & Vision Statements

Antonio Suescum

Date and Place of Birth: 06/13/1939 - Guayaquil, Ecuador

Education: George Washington Univ. 1956-1959, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Med. 1959 -63

Post Doctoral Training: Washington Hosp.Ctr. 1963-64 (Rotating Internship) - Gorgas Hosp. 1964-67 Int. Med. Res.,

Certification: National Boards 1964, Panama Licensure Examination 1964 American Board of Family Practice, ABFP Recertification, FLEX

Present Position: Internist Clínica Hospital San Fernando, Panamá, Internist - Consultorios Médicos Paitilla, Medical Director ALERTA, S.A.,

ACP Activities: Member: Mar 1998 --- Honorary Fellow 1998, Fellow 1999, Participation in all Chapter annual meetings for the last 10 years. Attendance to College Annual Meeting yearly since 1998

Hospital/Community Service: Clínica Hospital San Fernando and Centro Médico Paitilla as Internist., I have participated in training in multiple courses of BLS, ACLS, ACLS Instructor, ATLS and ATLS Instructor, Started EMT training and EMS in the country in 1979. Including the training for Gorgas US Army Community Hospital, the Panamá Guardia Nacional, and the Panama Canal Commission, as Medical Director of ALERTA, S.A. I constantly engage in continued medical education of the younger physicians we employ, I supervise and evaluate their care and performance, and give onsite training, education and guidance to the EMTs Public education in first aid, BLS and first response is an integral part of my responsibilities in that position

Other Appointments: President of the Sociedad Panameña de Medicina Interna 1998-2000, Board of Directors Marbella Ochsner Medical Facilities 1995-1999, President of Asociación Médica San Fernando (AMESAF), Previously Worked At Gorgas Army Hospital (until 1987) Received "Commanders Medal for Outstanding Service", Recipient of by the Canal Zone Government Community Service Recognition Award both in Silver and Bronze degree, President of the Canal Zone Heart Association, President of the Medical Association of the Isthmian Canal Zone

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Prehospital Care, Pre-hospital Care Education, General Internal Medicine

Vision Statement

One of the goals our Chapter of the American College should have is to be the standard bearer of the teaching and safeguarding of Medical Ethics. This should be undertaken by distributing among our Members and Fellows the Manual of Ethics. Annals of Internal Medicine. 1998;128: 576-594. Available in the Spanish translation from the ACP. It should be part of the training of all Residents in Internal Medicine in our hospitals, and its content should be part of the curriculum of our Medical Schools. We should aim this teaching to the medical students as the future internists, surgeons, researchers, gynecologists etc. The Deans of the Schools and the Residency Program directors should be recruited to join the team of Ethics educators and guardians. A secondary goal would be to get sponsorship for a campaign of public education of what we are, based on the " Physicians for Adults" program.

Nuria Totorosa

Date and Place of Birth: August 3, 1945, Panama

Education: 1969, University of Panama, Faculty of Medicine

Post Doctoral Training: 1971-73 Internal Medicine Residency, Hospital Santo Tomas, Panama, 1973-75 Nephrology Residency, Hospital Santo Tomas, Panama

Certification: 1971 General Physician, Republic of Panama, 1977 certified for Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Panama

Present Position: Chief, Nephrology Service, Hospital Santo Tomas 1990 to Present

ACP Activities: Member 1993; Fellow 1997, Chapter Leader Network (Chair, Finance) 2001-Present; Speaker, International Leadership Conference, 1996 Annual Session; Member of the Organizing Committee of the Central America Chapter meetings since 1981-Present, Attended the regional meetings since 1981-2002, attended Annual Sessions 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002

Hospital/Community Service: Sponsorship of Nutrchogar, organization for the nutritional improvement of undernourished children

Other Appointments: Special Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Panama, 1986-87, and 1990-Present, Ad Honorem, Special Clinical Professor, Pathophysiology and Semeiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Panama, 1993-Present, Ad Honorem, Designated Medical Practitioner, Canadian High Commission, 1981-Present, Vice President, Panamanian Society of Nephrology and Hypertension, 2001-02, Coordinator, Quality Assurance Committee, and Scientific Seminars Committee, Hospital Santo Tomas 1992-Present, Former consultant, Gorgas Army Hospital, Former President, Panamanian Society of Internal Medicine, Former Chief, Department of Medicine, Hospital Santo Tomas, 1992

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Nephrology and Hypertension

Vision Statement

The ACP Central America Chapter meetings began in 1981 under the sponsorship of the Panamanian Society of Internal Medicine. Ten years ago the chapter reached its financial independence. Because we share the same goals, I believe the time has come to again join efforts in order to efficiently promote our specialty, avoiding duplication of effort. If elected Governor, I envision: 1. Maintaining open lines of communication with the Society of Internal Medicine through activities such as continuing medical education meetings, including joining regional meetings and the national congress of internal medicine. 2. Proactive mentorship of internal medicine residents, and internist to promote recruitment of new members. 3. Organizing community oriented health education and disease prevention programs. 4. Informing of the ACP's benefits, resources, guidelines, policies, activities, and the continuous changes in health care practice. 5. Advising local authorities in issues concerning public health care, certification, and recertification.