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Governor's Newsletter April 2015

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Governor's Welcome

Dr. Evins

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 positions.

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 Executive Director.

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, or action.

I thank you and offer my best wishes in your careers, future endeavors, and medicine.

Thank you and GOODBYE.

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Nevada Chapter Annual Scientific Session

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.

Nevada Awards

Nevada Laureates

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Chapter Leaders

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.

  1. Governor-Elect: Evan Klass, MD, FACP, FACE
  2. Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee: Mitchell D. Forman, DO, MACP, FACOI, FACR
  3. Chair of the Program Committee: Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj, MD, MPH, FACP
  4. President of the Northern Nevada Region (2011-2013): T. Brian Callister, MD, FHM, FACP
  5. Chair of Awards committee Eugene L. Speck MD, PhD, FIDSA, FACP
  6. Co-Chairs of Membership committee Kalpana Reddy, MD, FACP and Edward Forkos MD, FACP
  7. Co-Chairs of Hospitalists' Committee: Nageshwara Gullapalli, MD FACP and Nadeem Tariq, MD, FACP
  8. Chair of the International Medical Graduates' Committee: Nadeem Tariq, MD, FACP
  9. Co-Chairs of the Women's Committee: Catherine Goring MD FACP and Jennifer Hagen MD FACP
  10. Chair of the Chief Resident's Council: Lauren Maxham, MD
  11. Chair of the Resident's Council: Altaf Dawood, MD
  12. Co-Chairs of Early Career Physicians' Committee: Aditi Singh, MD, FACP and Cassandra Caprez-Davis MD, FACP
  13. Co-Chairs of the Medical Students' Council: Amit Rajaram and Jennifer Hwang
  14. Chair of the State-wide Poster Competitions: Asiti Singh, MD, FACP
  15. Chair of the Northern Nevada Poster Competition: Sujantha Pitani, MD
  16. Co-Chairs of the Southern Nevada Regional Poster Competition: Aditi Singh, MD, FACP and Kartika Shetty, MD
  17. Members of the Governor's Advisory Council are listed below:

Warren H. Evins, MD, PhD, FACP, Governor
Evan M. Klass, MD, FACE, FACP, Governor-Elect
Mitchell D. Forman, DO, FACR, FACOI, MACP, Treasurer
T. Brian Callister, MD, FNM, FACP, Northern Nevada Region
Eugene L. Speck, MD, PhD, FIDSA. FACP, Immediate Past Governor
Sandhya Wahi-Guraraj, MD, MPH, FACP , Program Chair
Susan Lynch, BHS, MBA, Nevada Chapter Executive Director
Altaf Dawood, MD, Resident's Council Chair
Nageshwara R. Gullapalli, MBBS, FACP, Reno IM Residency Program Director
Jennifer M. Hagen, MD, FACP, Women's Council
Jennifer Hwang, Medical Student's Council
Lauren E. Maxham, MD, Chief Resident's Council Chair
Kalpana K. Reddy, MD, FACP, Membership Committee
Amit Rajaram, Medical Student's Council
Daniel S. Shapiro, MD, FACP, Reno IM Department Chair
Aditi Singh, MD, FACP, Early Career Physician
Nadeem Tariq, MD, FACP, Hospitalist and IMG Chair
John A. Varras, MD, FACP, Las Vegas IM Department Chair

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Photo Gallery

Dr. David Fleming, ACP President addresses the audience.

Dr. David Fleming, ACP President addresses the audience.

Governor Warren Evins (on left) presents the Volunteerism and Community Service Award to Dr. Nadeem Tariq.

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. Tariq.

Susan Lynch, Chapter Executive Director, Governor Evins, and Dr. Tariq.

Governor Warren Evins presents the Chapter Service Award plaque to Dr. Aditi Singh.

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 Lynch.

Governor Warren Evins presents a Special Governor's Award plaque for Chapter Service to outgoing Chapter Executive Director Susan Lynch.

Governor Warren Evins bestows the Chapter Laureate Award, plaque, and medallion to Dr. Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj.

Governor Warren Evins bestows the Chapter Laureate Award, plaque, and medallion to Dr. Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj.

Susan Lynch receives her plaque from Governor Evins.

Susan Lynch receives her plaque from Governor Evins.

Chapter Executive Director Susan Lynch, Governor Warren Evins, and Program Chair Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj.

Chapter Executive Director Susan Lynch, Governor Warren Evins, and Program Chair Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj.

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