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2015 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Statements

Mississippi 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 9/1/2013 or earlier) can vote online at(www.directvote.net/ACP/) 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 statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on September 21, 2015 and ends on November 9, 2015 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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Johnny "Buck" Franklin, MD, FACP

Dr. Franklin

EDUCATION: University of Southern Mississippi, BS 1976; University of Mississippi, MD 1980

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internal medicine, internship and residency, Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated hospitals, Houston, Texas 1980-83

CERTIFICATION: ABIM, American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP); American Society of Hypertension

PRESENT POSITION: Clinic Physician, G.V."Sonny" Montgomery VAMC, Jackson, MS; Adjunct Professor, William Cary College of Osteopathic Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Lincoln Memorial University, Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

ACP CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Advisory Council, Mississippi Chapter

ACP NATIONAL ACTIVITIES: FACP 2009

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: Medical Director, Gulf Coast Community Ministries, Free Medical Clinic 2002-present

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Hypertension

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: In this critical time in the practice of Internal Medicine, I stand uniquely qualified to represent all internists in MS. I have evolved from an independent solo practitioner in a small rural Mississippi town to group practices ranging from 2-40 members. I have been the chief of medicine or chief of staff of both for-profit and non-profit hospitals. I have been a medical director of one of the largest non-profit physician foundations in Mississippi, and the medical director of a faith based non-profit free clinic. Now I am a federally employed physician. Going from paper to computers for medical records, at 60 years of age I have had to master 4 separate software programs. I think I can therefore understand each perspective of our membership and would be honored to be given the opportunity to represent Mississippi on the Board of Governors.


Samuel "Calvin" Thigpen, MD, FACP

Dr. Thigpen

EDUCATION: B.S., Chemistry and Math, University of Mississippi, 1999 B.A., Philosophy and Psychology, Oxford University, 2001 M.D., University of Mississippi School of Medicine, 2005

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internal Medicine Residency, 2005-2008, University of Mississippi Medical Center Chief Residency, 2008-2009, University of Mississippi Medical Center Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, 2009-2012, University of Mississippi Medical Center

CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, 2008; Medical Oncology, 2012

PRESENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency University of Mississippi Medical Center

ACP CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: 2016, 2014, 2012: Program Chair, MS/LA Educational & Scientific Meeting, Point Clear, Alabama 2008-present: Mississippi Governor's Advisory Council 2013-present: Newsletter/Communication Committee 2013-present: Advisor, Council of Subspecialty Fellows, Mississippi Chapter 2013-present: Advisor, Council of Residents & Students, Mississippi Chapter (Evergreen Award at IM 2014) 2011-present: Coordinator, Mississippi Chapter Abstract Day (component of Evergreen Award)

ACP NATIONAL ACTIVITIES: IM 2015-present: Council of Early Career Physicians IM 2013, IM 2014: On-site Abstract Competition Judge IM 2011: Fellow, walked at Convocation IM 2011: Where to Go When the Counts Go Low, Practitioners' Morning Report: Hematology. Drews RE, Thigpen SC. Scientific program session, San Diego, CA. IM 2011: Young at Heart: Mediastinal Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma Invading the Right Atrium in an Adult. Thigpen SC, Saxon JT, Winscott, JG, Hamilton, RD. Poster presentation, ACP IM 2011, San Diego, CA. 2008-2010: Council of Associates

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: 2013-present: Chief Medical Officer's Clinical Advisory Group, University of Mississippi Medical Center 2012-present: Residency Review Subcommittee, University of Mississippi Medical Center 2012-present: Education Council, Department of Medicine 2013-present: Trainee Scholarship Fund Coordinator, Department of Medicine 2010-present: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mississippi Executive Board 2010-present: Rhodes Scholarship District XII Selection Committee 2007-present: Volunteer, Jackson Free Clinic

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: Internal Medicine Residency Education, Cancer Screening Hematology & Oncology in the general medicine setting

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: Membership, particularly among Residents, Subspecialty Fellows, and Early Career Physicians, has been a focus of the last several years of my involvement with the ACP. Our chapter has experienced significant growth among Residents and Fellows in training through promotion of scholarship, public health education, and community service. However, we face the same challenge that many chapters across the country face in growing our member foundation and keeping our early career physicians involved, and we are innovating to overcome those challenges by expanding our communication, our involvement opportunities, and our meeting offerings. As a current member of the Council of Early Career Physicians, I would provide insight to the Board of Governors not only on how we can connect with those launching their career in Mississippi, but also how we can reach those who are taking their first steps in academic or private practice nationwide.