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Warren H. Evins, MD, PhD, FACP, Governor
This is my final Newsletter as Governor of the American College
of Physicians for Nevada. My four year term ends on May 2, 2015, in
Boston at the ACP Business meeting on Saturday of Internal Medicine
2015. Then Evan M. Klass, MD, FACE, FACP Associate
Dean for State-Wide Initiatives at the University of Nevada School
of Medicine (UNSOM) becomes the Nevada ACP Governor for a four year
term ending in 2019. Please WELCOME Dr. Klass as our new Governor.
I am certain that Dr. Klass will need and appreciate your
assistance as members and chairs of our Chapter's committees and
councils and with our Annual Meeting programming. Please contact
Dr. Klass if you are willing to volunteer for any of these
I thank all of our Chapter members who have assisted our Chapter
and me with my duties as Governor over the past several years and
as participants in our Annual Meeting.
Susan Lynch, BHS, MBA. CPC-A served for almost
three years as our Chapter's Executive Director, a very part time
position, both paid and as a volunteer. Susan was the education and
practice management specialist for the Nevada State Medical
Association (NSMA), In 2014 she became half time while going to
school and in 2015 she became a quarter time employee. She left
NSMA in March 2015 to be a full time student in the BS in Nursing
program at Touro University-Nevada.
Dr. Evan Klass has served for almost six months
as Governor-Elect designee and one year as Governor-Elect. He and I
have conferred frequently. Jeanne Tremaine, the
Director of Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the University of
Nevada School of Medicine in Reno will be our Chapter's new
Dr. Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj, MD, MPH, FACP has
been the Chapter's Program Chair for the past four years. She is
the IM residency program director at UNSOM-Las Vegas and our
Chapter's 2015 Laureate.
The American College of Physicians was founded in 1915. This
year, 2015, is the Centennial year for ACP. Each Governor joins
with all of the other Governors elected in the same year as the
class of [their last serving year]. I am a member of the Class of
2015, the Centennial Year Class.
I am deeply honored and proud to have been able to serve for the
past four years as your Governor. When I was nominated to run, I
prepared a list of what I hoped to accomplish as Governor. I wanted
to increase the membership and participation of residents,
fellows-in-training, and medical students in Nevada in our Chapter.
I have succeeded in this and have met with residents, chief
residents, program and clerkship directors, and medical students.
Our Chapter has continued with its poster competitions and added a
Doctor's Dilemma™ competition. Both competitions send its
finalists to the ACP Annual Meeting, IM 2015 for this year. The
Chapter awards travel funding to the winners.
I wanted to increase the membership and participation of both
internal medicine generalists and sub-specialists. I have been less
successful in these areas, although I have kept trying. I have
believed in the Advocacy functions of the ACP on behalf of our
members and have worked tirelessly in this regard.
I wanted to increase the quality and participation in our Annual
Meeting and Scientific Session. I think that our quality is
excellent, but the participation is not as good as it could be. I
have tried several ways to enhance the meetings, such as
concomitant sessions, shorter lectures, skills workshops at the
University of Nevada School of Medicine's Clinical Skills Center,
SEP programs for ABIM credit (self-evaluation programs), a medical
bingo game for prizes, the Doctor's Dilemma™, and
the poster competitions among others.
Each meeting has included a one hour Ethics session (required by
the Nevada Boards for license renewal), a State of the College talk
usually presented by the ACP National President, and a talk about
legislation affecting internists and sub-specialists, usually given
by Bob Doherty, the ACP Senior Vice President for
Government Affairs and Public Policy.
I wish that I could have done more, but I was limited by time
and energy. Averaging all of the hours spent with ACP affairs per
week, I estimate that I spent at least 25 hours. My time included
representing ACP to the NSMA at their weekly legislative meetings,
where pending legislation is discussed and the lobbyists are
instructed. I answered queries from members, non-members, medical
students, and residents and mentored and encouraged qualified
physicians to apply for Fellowship in ACP. I responded to press
inquiries, contacted legislators, and answered emails from all,
including many from ACP that requested input, discussions, replies,
I thank you and offer my best wishes in your careers, future
endeavors, and medicine.
Thank you and GOODBYE.
The ACP Nevada Chapter held its 2015 Annual Meeting, Scientific
Session, Doctor's Dilemma™ competition, Awards
Ceremonies, Town Hall Meeting, Governor Elect Address, and the
state-wide finals of the Resident and Fellows-in-training and the
Medical Student's Research and Clinical Vignette Poster competition
on January 10, 2015. The event was held in the Auditorium of the
Southern Nevada VA Health Care System in North Las Vegas. It was a
rousing success with superb scientific talks, an exciting
Doctor's Dilemma™ competition with teams from Las
Vegas and Reno, and an inspiring power point presentations from the
Northern and Southern Nevada Regional Poster Competition's top two
winners in each of the four competition categories (Resident's and
Fellows-in-training research and clinical vignettes and medical
students research and clinical vignettes).
David A. Fleming, MD, MA, MACP, the President
of the ACP; Professor and Chair Department of Medicine, University
of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri, gave two talks.
One was the State of the College report and the second was an
update in preventive cardiology. Robert Doherty,
Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs & Public Policy,
American College of Physicians gave his insights into the next year
in Congressional medical legislation and Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services updates. Mitchell Forman, DO, FACR,
FACOI, MACP and Weldon (Don) Havins, MD, JD,
FACS led an interactive Ethics session. Fred
Toffel, MD, FACE, FACP spoke of the future of diabetes and
the artificial pancreas.
In the afternoon, Tillman Cyrus, MD, PhD, FAHA,
FACC gave a thoughtful and insightful talk about peri
operative cardiology management and Hide Shigemitsu,
MD updated interstitial lung diseases.
I would like to thank the following Chapter Leaders who served
during the past year. Actually, most of them served throughout my
four year Governorship.
Warren H. Evins, MD, PhD, FACP, GovernorEvan M. Klass, MD, FACE, FACP,
Governor-ElectMitchell D. Forman, DO, FACR, FACOI, MACP,
TreasurerT. Brian Callister, MD, FNM, FACP, Northern Nevada
RegionEugene L. Speck, MD, PhD, FIDSA. FACP, Immediate
Past GovernorSandhya Wahi-Guraraj, MD, MPH, FACP , Program
ChairSusan Lynch, BHS, MBA, Nevada Chapter Executive
DirectorAltaf Dawood, MD, Resident's Council ChairNageshwara R. Gullapalli, MBBS, FACP, Reno IM
Residency Program DirectorJennifer M. Hagen, MD, FACP, Women's CouncilJennifer Hwang, Medical Student's CouncilLauren E. Maxham, MD, Chief Resident's Council
ChairKalpana K. Reddy, MD, FACP, Membership
CommitteeAmit Rajaram, Medical Student's CouncilDaniel S. Shapiro, MD, FACP, Reno IM Department
Aditi Singh, MD, FACP, Early Career PhysicianNadeem Tariq, MD, FACP, Hospitalist and IMG
ChairJohn A. Varras, MD, FACP, Las Vegas IM Department
Dr. David Fleming, ACP President addresses the audience.
Governor Warren Evins (on left) presents the Volunteerism and
Community Service Award to Dr. Nadeem Tariq.
Susan Lynch, Chapter Executive Director, Governor Evins, and Dr.
Governor Warren Evins presents the Chapter Service Award plaque
to Dr. Aditi Singh.
Governor Warren Evins presents a Special Governor's Award plaque
for Chapter Service to outgoing Chapter Executive Director Susan
Governor Warren Evins bestows the Chapter Laureate Award,
plaque, and medallion to Dr. Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj.
Susan Lynch receives her plaque from Governor Evins.
Chapter Executive Director Susan Lynch, Governor Warren Evins,
and Program Chair Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj.