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Mississippi Governor's Newsletter February 2019

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Samuel C. Thigpen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

S. Calvin Thigpen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

A quite belated Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that your January was a good start to the year and that you are excited about the opportunities the rest of 2019 holds for you. For our chapter, 2019 brings a tremendous opportunity with our meeting back within our borders for the first time since 2010! I hope that all of you are making plans to be in Jackson May 31 – June 2 for what is certain to be three days of outstanding CME, fantastic networking, and a wonderful celebration of internal medicine in Mississippi. Leading our efforts toward the chapter meeting content has been Dr. Wes Aldred, our Chapter Meeting Committee Chair. Everyone should receive the brochure that describes the content of the meeting in the coming week; it will contain hotel, CME, and MOC information. To view all of that information online, as well as to register, click here.


If you have any questions as you review the agenda, please don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. Aldred at, to me at, or to Nancy Youngblood, our Executive Director, at

In the lead up to our chapter meeting, we will be garnering vendor support to help fund the event. Directing this effort is our Development Committee led by Dr. Otis Gowdy, a nephrologist in Meridian. Dr. Gowdy did a phenomenal job with our 2018 chapter meeting fundraising, allowing us to remain financially sound into the current fiscal year. If you know any individual or any business (e.g., hospital, clinic, bank, etc) that would be interested in sponsoring the meeting and having a booth, please reach out to Nancy Youngblood at or Dr. Gowdy at Dr. Gowdy and Nancy have been working with VisitJackson to arrange discounts at local restaurants, progressive dinners, and museum tours. Be on the lookout for more information on each of these as the time gets closer.



Fellows and Masters in the College


In 2017-2018 we had a record number of Members get inducted as Fellows into the College. In addition, we had two Fellows get recognized as Masters – John Bower (pictured) and John Jackson – at Convocation in New Orleans. Those receiving their Fellowship are listed below, along with their hometown:

Sohail Abdul Salim - Brandon
Asghar Ali - Jackson
Fred Asher - Madison
Ken Ball – Madison
Thomas Barkley – New Albany
Rajesh Bhagat – Ridgeland
Ben Brock – Jackson
Neel Dadi – Shreveport, LA
David Duddleston – Madison
Steven Farrow – Biloxi
Amina Goodwin-Fernandez - Meridian
Otis Gowdy - Meridian
Jacob Graham – Hattiesburg
Derek Hansen – Tampa, FL
John “Bo” Hrom – Hattiesburg
Christopher LeBrun – Columbus
Lillian Lien – Ridgeland
Bharat Malhotra – Madison
Lindsey McMullan – Hattiesburg
Carter Milner – Jackson
Rahat Noor – Madison
Gary Nowell – Madison
Jason Parham – Jackson
Rachel Peery – Madison
Ghayur Qureshi – Biloxi
Eric Reiners – Madison
Charletta Scott-Bennett – Brandon
Thomas Shands – New Albany
Jinna Shepherd – Brandon
Pami Taylor – Tupelo
Risa Webb – Madison
Gwen Windham – Ridgeland




Next Governor Election

Also occurring this year is our election of the chapter's next Governor. The term of the Governor is four years, but it is preceded by nearly six months as Governor-Elect Designee and a full year as Governor-Elect to ensure a smooth transition, particularly when it comes to chapter strategic planning and chapter accountability to its members and to the national ACP office. Be on the lookout late this summer and early this fall for the announcement of the election and the ballot. If you know anyone who has an interest in serving as the Mississippi Chapter Governor, please contact the Chair of our Nominations Committee, Dr. Joe Files, at



Rural Physician Network

Our chapter is currently working with the internal medicine residency program in Jackson to create opportunities for primary care track residents to rotate for one month in a rural practice. This will allow them to experience primary care in a different way and potentially give residents exposure to nursing home practice, office based procedures, and the business of primary care. If you are in a practice outside of the immediate Jackson area and are interested in having a resident rotate with you for one month, please contact Dr. Jessie Lavender, or Nancy Youngblood at



Follow Us!


We recently conducted a communications survey across the chapter; thank you to those who provided answers and to Peyton Reves, Chair of the Council of Medical Students and member of the Communications Committee, who compiled the answers. It appears that the preferred means of receiving communication is email more so than social media. With that in mind, we will of course continue to email the chapter periodically with updates on local and national activities and also on items for your review and comment. However, there were many who shared that they are on social media and receive communication through that avenue. If you have not had a chance to follow us yet on one or both of our social media feeds, here are the URLs for each.


We will be updating the content and posting more frequently over the coming months, and we'll also follow you as you follow the chapter.



Job Fair

Our chapter has been exploring the idea of having a job fair for medical students, residents, subspecialty fellows, and early career physicians. This event would be in conjunction with another event, such as Abstract Day (Thursday, October 24, 2019) or our chapter meeting. If your clinic practice or hospital would be interested in participating in such an event, please contact me, or Nancy Youngblood,



Resolutions Process

If you have not had the chance to read the recent email to the chapter regarding the resolutions process, please know that we are always accepting ideas for Board of Governors resolutions. It wasn't until I had the chance to see the impact of resolutions on the ACP that it became apparent how important it is that we participate in authoring or co-authoring resolutions. The ACP has advocacy power on the national level; that has been quite clear over the last several years. Resolutions are the primary mechanism by which we can have influence on that advocacy power. If you know of things in your practice that you would like to change or of things within the ACP that you would like to see change, these are great opportunities for a resolution. Send your ideas to me,, as they come to you.



Newsletter Ideas

Our newsletters will be more frequent over the coming months. If you have ideas for those newsletters or information that you would like to share with the whole chapter, please send those to Nancy Youngblood,, or Peyton Reves, Thank you for reading and for being a part of our chapter!