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District of Columbia Governor's Newsletter December 2018

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Ashesh D. Patel, MD, FACP, Governor

It is a great pleasure and honor to announce that Shmuel Shoham, MD, FACP has been elected by the members of the District of Columbia Chapter to serve as Governor-elect Designee. Dr. Shoham will start his term as Governor-elect after the Annual Business Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on April 13, 2019. Dr. Shoham will take office as Governor in April of 2020. To learn more about our new Governor-elect Designee, see his biography

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Shoham and also thanking Arrel Olano, MD, FACP for his candidacy.

Ashesh D. Patel, MD, FACP

Governor, ACP DC Chapter


Chapter Awards

Recently, the ACP DC Chapter held our 2018 Awards Luncheon. Awards were presented to:

Laureate Award – Patience White, MD, FACP


Chapter Leadership Award – Kacie Saulters, MD, FACP


Community Based Teaching Award – Raymond C. Martins, MD


Sol Katz Memorial Teaching Award – Chavon Onumah, MD, MPH, FACP


Volunteer and Community Service Award – N. Thomas Connally, MD, MACP


Walter Lester Henry Jr. MD Lifetime Award for Lifetime Teaching Excellence –

Samuel V. Spagnolo, MD


Carmelita Tuazon, MD


Congratulations to all of these deserving awardees! To nominate an ACP colleague, please send nominations including a CV and letter of nomination to Ann Tennett prior to March, 2019.




Medical Students from the ACP DC Chapter competed in an abstract poster competition at the Embassy Suites Chevy Chase Pavilion on Saturday, November 17. We were pleased to have twelve top-quality posters. Arrel Olano, MD, FACP organized the program and our judges were Amanda Magee, DO, FACP, Natalie Branagan, MD, FACP, and Nicole Brenner, MD. Thank you for your part in this program!

The winners of the competition received cash prizes. They were:

1st place

MRI and PET Imaging Diagnostics for Cardiac Sarcoidosis

Jonathan Day - Georgetown University School of Medicine

2nd place

The Association of Polymorphism rs3736228 Within the LRP5 Gene with Bone Mineral Density in a Cohort of Caucasian Young Adults

Mohamed J.H. Al-Amoodi - George Washington University School of Medicine

3rd place

Subcutaneous Administration of Angiotensin-(1-7) Improves Recovery After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Mice

Zachary C. Janatpour, B.S – School of Medicine Uniformed Services University

Other abstracts presented were:

Current Practices in Hepatitis C Screening in Pregnant Women in a Regional Health System

Ariunzaya Amgalan – Georgetown University School of Medicine

Pheresis Fiasco: Indication for Therapeutic Plasma Exchange in Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis

Dara Baker - George Washington University School of Medicine

Persistence in the Management of Refractory Peduncular Hallucinosis

Bhargava S. Chitti - George Washington University School of Medicine

Severe, Subacute Mitral Regurgitation and Chordae Tendineae Rupture as a Rare Consequence of Motor Vehicle Collision Airbag Deployment

Cassandra Godar, MS1 School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University

Stroke Disparities: Longer Lengths of Stay in Acute Stroke Patients with Medicaid

Rachel E. Grenier – Georgetown University School of Medicine

Prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) in HIV Patients

Emily Lai – Georgetown University School of Medicine

Baboon Syndrome: A Controversial but Clinically Useful Synonym for Symmetrical Drug Related Intertriginous and Flexural Exanthema (SDRIFE)

Marlyn J Moore - School of Medicine Uniformed Services University

Pupillometric Assessment of Small Doses of Opioid in a Pediatric Population

David Strum - George Washington University School of Medicine

Cervical Spine Computed Tomography Hounsfield Units Accurately Predicts Low Bone Mineral Density of the Femoral Neck

Alan Vanier, BS, 2LT - School of Medicine Uniformed Services University



2018 Chapter Excellence Award

I am pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the 2018 Chapter Excellence Award! The award recognizes chapters which successfully meet the standards for managing a chapter. In order to achieve the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet all basic criteria and ten optional criteria. Criteria include such activities as formulating an effective Governor's Council and committees, communicating frequently with membership, providing educational opportunities, recruiting and advancing members and celebrating membership through local awards. I would like to extend a special thanks to those chapter members who assisted me in all of these endeavors! For their hard work and dedication, we received this award.



Clinical Skills Center Call for Proposals

The Clinical Skills Committee (CSC) is seeking proposals for Internal Medicine 2021, which will be held in Orlando, FL on April 29–May 1, 2021.The CSC places a priority on interactive workshops that focus on the acquisition or improvement of procedural skills, physical examination skills, and communication skills. The CSC is most interested in workshops that have a high likelihood of changing physician behavior using proven teaching techniques or new and innovative teaching strategies that have yet to be tested.

To submit a proposal to the Clinical Skills Committee, please complete the Clinical Skills Proposal for 2021 . The deadline for proposals is April 26, 2019.



Make Your Voice Heard: Join ACP and the Physician Movement #ThisIsOurLane Responding to National Rifle Association over Policies

ACP's updated position paper on reducing firearm-related injury and deaths in the U.S. recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine has received major national attention and sparked the physician movement #ThisIsOurLane on social media.

On Nov. 7, the National Rifle Association (NRA) tweeted a link to an article on their website opposing ACP's recently updated policy on firearms safety, telling physicians, “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.” ACP and Annals immediately responded directly to the NRA's tweet, asserting that physicians engaging in advocacy to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms, like any other public health risk, is precisely in their lane. The College followed up with a comprehensive social and earned media effort to get the message out widely to the public and the profession.

Reaction on Twitter was swift and overwhelmingly in support of ACP's policy, with ACP members and other physicians and healthcare professionals declaring, “This IS my lane.” The hashtag #ThisIsOurLane is being used to tag tweets where physicians call attention to the impact of firearms violence on their patients. The ensuing viral ‘twitterstorm’ has resulted in nearly 1,000 additional physicians signing a pledge on the Annals of Internal Medicine website, formally committing to talking to their patients about guns whenever risk factors are present.

Make Your Voice Heard

Make your voice heard, and help us continue to raise visibility around this issue. Encourage other ACP members and physician colleagues to join the conversation on social media using #ThisIsOurLane, and tag @ACPinternists and @AnnalsofIM, and sign the pledge on the Annals of Internal Medicine website, formally committing to talking to their patients about guns whenever risk factors are present.

News Media Coverage

This issue is receiving significant media attention, which many national media outlets covering the Twitter controversy. The list below is a sample of some of the media stories to date:

NBC News

NRA opens social media war with doctors over firearms

USA Today

NRA told ‘anti-gun doctors' to ‘stay in their lane’ hours before mass shooting

USA Today (Opinion)

Medical professionals to NRA: Guns are our lane. Help us reduce deaths or move over.”

CNN (video)

Doctors share gun stories, demand action after NRA tells them to ‘stay in their lane’”

Huffington Post

NRA Tweets Warning To Anti-Gun Doctors: ‘Stay In Your Lane’”

The New York Times

Doctors Revolt After N.R.A. Tells Them to ‘Stay in Their Lane’ on Gun Policy

The Wall Street Journal

After NRA Rebuke, Many Doctors Speak Louder on Gun Violence


NRA Slams ‘Self-important Anti-gun Doctors' Hours Before Thousand Oaks Bar Mass Shooting


Nra Tells Doctors To ‘Stay In Their Lane’ When Talking About Gun Control




After NRA Mocks Doctors, Physicians Reply: ‘This Is Our Lane’”

The Washington Post

“‘Being silenced is not acceptable’: Doctors express outrage after NRA tells them ‘to stay in their lane’”

NBC 10 Philadelphia (Video)

NRA to Trauma Center Surgeons: Stay in Your Lane

The Washington Times

Doctors fire back at NRA after tweet telling physicians to ‘stay in their lane’”

Daily Mail

“‘We will not be silent about the toll of gun violence’: Doctor shares gruesome picture of herself covered

The Daily Beast

After California Shooting, Doctors Hit Back at NRA for Trying to Silence Them Over Guns

BuzzFeed News

Doctors Are Sharing Gruesome Photos Of What It's Like To Treat Gun Violence Victims

BBC News

“#ThisIsOurLane: Doctors hit back at pro-gun group NRA

CBS News

““Stay in your lane”: NRA slams doctors over guns, and doctors over guns, and doctors fire back


The NRA told doctors to “stay in your lane” on guns. I'm a doctor. This is my lane.”

“‘This is our lane’: Philly-area doctors blast NRA over hostile tweet


Why doctors are sharing their confronting hospital photos

The Washington Post (Opinion)

It's time to follow doctors' orders on gun violence

Los Angeles Times

Will the election and the Thousand Oaks killings finally move the needle on gun control?”

The Washington Post

Surgeons — many of them gun owners — recommend new gun-safety approaches” 

Los Angeles Times

Shot in the neck at 17, this trauma surgeon is now leading doctors against gun violence and the NRA


How Doctors And Nurses Cope With The Human Toll Of Gun Violence

Becker's Hospital Review

#ThisIsOurLane goes viral after NRA tells physicians to ‘stay in their lane’”

NBC News

The NRA denies the reality of gun violence. Doctors like me know it all too well.”


6 Reasons These Doctors Are So Outspoken About Gun Violence