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2014 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Delaware Chapter

The ballots for the current Governors-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an electdate of 8/1/2012 or earlier) can vote via online ( or mail-in ballot. You will need your mailed ballot with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to make a vote. Below are the bios and vision statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on September 3, 2014 and ends on November 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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Bhaskar S. Palekar, MD, FACP

Dr. Palekar

EDUCATION: BSc 1966 Bombay University, Bombay, India MBBS 1971 LTM Medical College, Bombay University

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internships: 1971-1972 LTM Medical College, 1972-1973 Lower Bucks Hospital, Bristol, Pennsylvania, Residency Internal Medicine: Episcopal Hospital/Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 1974-1977, Chief Resident Episcopal Hospital/Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 1976-1977

PRESENT POSITION: Internal Medicine - Beebe Medical Group, Lewes, Delaware

ACP CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: 2014 Delaware Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting, Governor's Advisory Council, ACP Executive Committee, Delaware Chapter Education Committee, Program Committee, Awards Committee Co-Chair (with Dr. Saberi), Lower Shore Symposium Instructor, Downstate Summer Rotation Medical Student Program

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: Elected Fellow in 2000, Chapter Laureate 2008, Leadership Day, Washington DC Legislators 2004, 2006 and 2008


CANDIDATE STATEMENT: Advised and encouraged by my peers and past Governors, I submit my candidacy for ACP Governor, confident in my ability to provide exemplary leadership. Working closely with previous Governors and extensive participation on committees at local and state levels has prepared me well. The first physician elected Chairman of the Beebe Medical Center Board, I enjoyed notable success leading fund raising efforts in critical situations, a skill I will apply to bringing ACP's level of education to the highest standard. As liaison with Emory University School of Medicine's co-educational program, for ten years I served as a driving force in "The Symposium by the Sea," and with Dr. Saberi, conducted the Lower Shores Symposium for the past 16 years. I pledge to enhance membership and fellowship with younger physicians and infuse our Chapter with new ideas. I will also increase collaboration among Delaware's three counties for greater cohesion and diversity.

Tabassum Salam, MD, FACP

Dr. Salam

EDUCATION: Bryn Mawr College, A.B. summa cum laude in Chemistry and Biology, 1993; University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, M.D., 1997

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine, Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann University Hospitals, 1997 - 2001

CERTIFICATION: Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, initial certification 2000, recertification 2010

PRESENT POSITION: Transitioning from the role of Associate Residency Program Director in the Department of Medicine of Christiana Care Health System to Senior Physician Advisor for Population Health in the Department of Quality and Safety at Christiana Care Health System

ACP CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Annual Scientific Meeting of Delaware Chapter, Program Planning Committee Chair, 2006 Annual Scientific Meeting of Delaware Chapter, Program Planning Committee Chair, 2007 Annual Scientific Meeting of Delaware Chapter, Program Planning Committee Member 2008, 2009 Judging of Associates' Abstract and Poster competitions, 2008 - present

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: Fellowship 2007, Attendance at Annual Meeting (2006-2009, 2013)

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: Population health, Continuing Medical Education, Interprofessional Education

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: It is a tremendous honor to be nominated as a candidate for the Governor of the Delaware ACP Chapter. I joined the chapter soon after coming to Delaware 13 years ago, and have been consistently impressed by the clinical excellence, collegiality and scholarly activity of our members and associates. As Governor, I aim to support our members in the changing world of maintenance of certification in Internal Medicine, by delivering medical knowledge and practice improvement content in novel settings and convenient, high-yield formats. I look forward to bringing pragmatic clinical resources to our internists to enhance their everyday practice. Attracting new members is essential to growing the depth and diversity of our chapter, and I would like to establish a mentorship program that matches our members with resident physicians and students. I want to advocate for our members, positioning the ACP to serve as the unified voice of internists in Delaware, and ultimately aim to raise the recognition for the dedicated care that we provide.