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It has been a while since the last Nevada Governor's Newsletter and a fair amount has occurred.
We had several new Fellows get hooded at the Convocation at the New Orleans Internal Medicine Meeting in April 2012. We had the Fall Board of Governors Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA , in September 2012.
On October 31st, the Northern Nevada Regional Poster Competition was held in Reno, with six Associate clinical vignette presentation and three medical student clinical vignette presentations. There was one medical student research presentation. I was delighted to be a Judge at both of the Regional competitions.
On November 2, 2012, the Southern Nevada Regional Poster Competition was held at the Las Vegas Simulation Center in Las Vegas, with seventeen associate and six medical student clinical vignette presentations and three associate research and six medical student research presentations.
The top three presenters in each of the four categories (research or clinical vignette, associate or medical student) was advanced to the state-wide competition (if there were enough entrants in the category).
At the state-wide Poster Competition there were seven associate clinical vignette presentations (as there was a tie for third place in Reno), five medical student clinical vignette presentations, three associate research and four medical student research presentations. This competition was held at the Chapter's Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, January 12, 2013.
I was elected in November 2009 as Governor-Elect Designee and served six months in that position. After the 2010 ACP Internal Medicine Meeting in April, 2010, I became the Governor-Elect and advanced to Governor at the end of the 2011 ACP IM Meeting in April, 2011.
My term as Governor is four years, running from 2011-2015. I am now in my second year as Governor of Nevada. I was able to attend two Board of Governors meetings as the Nevada Governor's voting representative, when the Governor was unable to attend.
The American College of Physicians was founded in 1915, and the end of my term will be the Spring ACP IM Meeting in April 2015, ACP's Centennial celebration. I am a member of the Governor's Class of 2015, the Centennial Class.
This year the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting and Spring BOG (Board of Governors) meeting will be in San Francisco. They will be held in Orlando, Florida in 2014 and Boston, Massachusetts in 2015.
In every Chapter's Governor's second year, there is an election for the new Governor-Elect designee. This Fellow will become the next Nevada Chapter Governor after the 2015 Boston ACP Internal Medicine Meeting. All physicians active in ACP Chapters are non-paid volunteers, including the Governor. Later this month or next, ACP will send out a notice to all Chapter members announcing that nominations for Governor-Elect are open. In order to run for the Governor-Elect position, a Chapter member must be a Fellow or Master; however, Nevada has no ACP Masterships and never had any.
An election will be held this summer for the Governor-Elect position. The winner will be announced in October or November 2013. The Nevada Chapter's Nominations Committee will select two candidates, who have agreed to serve, from all of the nominees. Our Nominations Committee is chaired by Eugene L. Speck, MD, PhD, FACP, Immediate Past Governor of Nevada. The other two members are Northern Nevada District President T. Brian Callister, MD, FACP, FHM, and Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj, MD, MPH, FACP, UNSOM-Las Vegas Internal Medicine Residency Program Director.
The Governor-Elect will attend online education classes and webinars hosted by ACP and work with the current Governor until his'her installation as Nevada Chapter Governor after the 2015 Boston ACP IM meeting in April, 2015.
Just to guide potential candidate's insight into the Governor's job, Dr. Speck spent most evenings after work (on average about 25 hours a week) on his ACP duties. I also spend, on average, some more time than that. I am retired and have somewhat more time to spend, but I also have a lot of other unpaid volunteer activities. The Governor is expected to attend the two Board of Governors meeting every year, which last six to seven days with travel for the Spring meeting and three to four days for the Fall meeting.
After speaking with some of the other Nevada Chapter Governors, I think that I may be the first Nevada Governor to serve on an ACP national committee. However, I am not the first Nevada Governor to apply for a committee position, which is very competitive. I was appointed to the ACP Credentials committee for 2012, and re-appointed for 2013. I initially applied to serve on three committees.
In February, 2013, Mitchell D. Forman, DO, FACR, FACOI, FACP, founding Dean of the Touro University-Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in Henderson, Nevada, and Nevada Chapter Treasurer was appointed to the Postgraduate/Chapter Education Committee for the 2013-14 term to begin in April 2013. I believe that Dr. Forman is only the second Nevadan to serve on an ACP National Committee. Congratulations, Dr. Forman!
Michael J. Bloch, MD, FACP, FASH, FVM, from Reno will be a featured speaker at the May 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Hypertension in San Francisco. If you are interested in learning more about new innovations and updates in hypertension, please attend.
American Society of Hypertension 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting
May 15 - 18, 2013
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, California
Free Registration for Trainees!
Come network with experts in the field of hypertension and hear keythought-leaders discuss the latest in:
The Scientific Sessions feature several innovative components designed to enhance the translation of basic and applied research into effective hypertension prevention and treatment strategies.
Highlights of the program include:
This program will address the day-to-day care of hypertension management(i.e. special populations, home and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, and application of guidelines.)
Hypertension Highlights is a full-day program dedicated to educating clinicians and scientists about some of the most interesting, controversial and evolving topics in the field. The program will include state-of-the-art presentations on Hypertension and the Brain, Obesity and Cardiometabolic Diseases and Modulators of Blood Pressure and Vascular Function. It is an ideal update for Hypertension Specialists and those wishing to become specialists in the field.
Please Join us in San Francisco.
Michael J. Bloch, MD, FACP, FASH, FVM
Certified Hypertension Specialist
Associate Professor, University of Nevada School of Medicine
The Board of Directors of the Nevada Chapter is named the Governor's Advisory Council (GAC). The last three meeting of the GAC were March 4, 2013, November 1, 2012, and June 26, 2012. The current members of the GAC are the last three GAC meeting Agendas are below.