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S. Clark Fincher, MD, FACP, ACP Governor
Today, as I prepare to attend the Spring Board of Governors
Meeting in Boston and IM 2015, it is time for me to say "farewell"
as your Governor. On May 2nd, Dr. Omar Atiq will
take the reins and begin his four-year term. Dr. Atiq is both
well-qualified and well-suited for this role, and I have no doubt
he will do a superb job in leading our chapter.
Since my last newsletter, a lot has happened. Our annual AR
Chapter Meeting was held in Jonesboro at the NEA-Baptist Hospital.
We all enjoyed the excellent accommodations, wonderful
presentations, seeing old friends and making new ones. The meeting
was well-attended and successful in every way.
I appreciate all those who made it good, including program
chairs Adam Woodruff , Steve Woodruff, and
In addition to our usual residents' case presentations, won by
Dr. Jorge Jo Kamimoto, we were treated to a poster
competition by students and residents. This was won by
Daniel Hubbs. Winners were selected by our members
and cash awards given as prizes. In addition, a stipend will be
provided by the chapter for the poster winners to attend IM'
We are grateful to three members who contributed funds to offset
the cost of the prizes. They are Dr. Allison Moss Johnson,
Dr. Stacy Zimmerman and Dr. Todd Stewart
(for Mercy Health Systems). These financial donations are
The Awards Banquet was held on Friday night and Dr.
David C. Covey was presented with the Robert Shields
Abernathy Laureate Award. Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Covey.
The Volunteerism Award went to Dr. John S. Holston
for his involvement with overseas medical missions. The Chapter
Excellence Award was again achieved by our chapter and I accepted
on behalf of our members.
Membership is up a bit, mostly due to our excellent
participation in the medical student group. Thanks to Dr.
Toby Vancil for leading that effort.
Resident participation is good and we appreciate the efforts of
Drs. Keyur Vyas and Ryan Bariola
who lead that effort.
Finances are in good shape, per the treasurer's report of
Dr. John Holston at the meeting.
The annual George Ackerman Reading Retreat was held last weekend
and we await a report from Dr. Taylor Prewitt, who
has been leading this meeting for several years. Sadly, Taylor has
decided to give up the lead role in this meeting, but Dr.
Eric Del Giacco has graciously agreed to take on the task
for next year! Thanks Taylor and Eric.
Just a few days ago, as I'm sure you all know, one of ACP's
long-fought battles was finally won: the SGR was permanently
repealed by the US Congress!!! Although all of medicine was opposed
to this flawed formula for reimbursement, our national organization
was a leader in providing alternatives for funding which ultimately
led to this result. ACP lobbied hard and several from our chapter
went to Washington every year to lobby our delegation to repeal
this atrocity. Finally the hard work paid off! It is moments like
this that make us realize the benefits of our membership dues.
You may also have heard that changes have been made at ABIM. In
fact, after hearing from rank and file members and the Board of
Governors for months, the College Regents engaged ABIM in serious
talks that resulted in positive changes to Maintenance of
Certification (MOC) requirements going forward. Requirements will
henceforth be less difficult, more relevant to practice, and less
expensive. Thanks again to ACP acting for the benefit of us
In another piece of good news, our chapter was chosen as one of
two states, Louisiana being the other, to participate in an ACP
pilot project which will attempt to increase the rates of adult
immunization in our state. Adult immunization rates are poor
nation-wide and we will be embarking on a coordinated effort to
improve that in the coming months. The effort will be called "I
Raise the Rates".
Working with other organizations including the Arkansas
Pharmacists Association, AR Department of Health, UAMS, Arkansas
Immunization Coalition, Arkansas Medicaid, and Arkansas Aging
Initiative, we will be training several members as "Champions" who
will then spread their knowledge and techniques throughout the
state in an effort to educate and inform both the public and
doctors why and how to improve our rates for adult immunization.
Our chapter received a $10,000 grant for participation in this
effort. I hope you will all be open to participating in the success
of this effort.
One of the best things that we did during my term was to hire a
permanent Executive Director. Donna Seawards has
been with us for the past 2½ years and has proved such a
blessing to me, the council and the administration of the business
of our chapter. With her continued input and assistance, I see
great things ahead. Thanks, Donna.
Thanks to all the council members for all you did during this
term. We have a great group. It was a lot of fun and I can't thank
you enough for all your contributions.
Well, it has been quite an interesting five years. I've had
experiences I never dreamed of having due to my position as your
Governor. I thank you for giving me this opportunity and for your
confidence in me.
I plan to continue working for ACP and advocating for our
patients and members in other ways.
Our chapter is in good hands and in good shape; poised to
achieve greater things in the next four years as Omar leads us
Latha M. Achanta, MD, FACP
John S Holston, MD, FACP
Leslie G. Landrum, MD, FACP
Alice A Alexander, MD, FACP
Mohit Girotra, MD FACP
Rtika R. Abraham, MD, FACP Ahmad Kaako, MD
Chaitanya K. Musham, MBBS, FACP
Ahmed Y. M. Abuabdou, MBBS, FACP
Amjad M. Abualsuod, MD, Little RockMohammed A. Alhajji, MBBS, JonesboroAmy L. Brunt, MD, Little RockThalia Noella Casimire, MD, Hot SpringsMichael Church, MD, North Little RockDavid W. Clay, FayettevilleLynn M. Davis, MD, LowellAndres Duarte-Rojo, MD,PhD, Little RockPeter A. Goulden, MD, Little RockMatthew M. Haustein, MD, JonesboroSarah W. Jewell, Little RockSruthi Kanuru, MBBS, Little RockTyler A. King, MD, JonesboroAbdel Rahman M Lataifeh, MD, Little RockJuan I. Lombeida, MD, RogersPankaj Mathur, MD, Little RockNathanael David McLeod, MD, SpringdaleTeresa A. Nimmo, MD, Little RockAmanda J. Novack, MD, Little RockAnupam S. Pande, MBBS, Little RockChristopher Pease, DO, Fort SmithIndeevar Peram, MD, Fort SmithNaga Venkata K. Pothineni, MBBS, Little RockGirindra Raval, MD, Pine BluffDavid Rainosek, MD, Little RockRoy Rajan, MD MPH, Fort SmithMukesh K. Sharma, MD, Hot SpringsCPT Tiffany M. Shelton, MC USAF, Little RockRobin M. Singh, MD, Little RockLuke H. Smith, MD, RogersShannon S. Swift, MD, BatesvilleBeena Syed, MBBS, Fort SmithJohn Robert Tisdale, MD, Little RockPragya P. Tripathi, MD, BentonvilleRoland Crisologo Vizconde, MD, Fort SmithKendall D. Wagner, MD, Fort SmithElla Cathrine E Whaley, MD, Little Rock