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2014 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

New Mexico 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 8/1/2012 or earlier) can vote via online (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 vision statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on September 3, 2014 and ends on November 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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Betty Chang, MDCM, PhD, FACP

Dr. Chang

EDUCATION: Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology - SB Material Science Engineering, 1987-1991, Medical School: McGill University Faculty of Medicine - MDCM, 1991-1995, Graduate School: Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health - PhD Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation, 1999-2002

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internal Medicine Residency: Northwestern University - Evanston Hospital, 1995-1998, Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University, 1998-2002

CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine: 2008-2018, Pulmonary Medicine: 2001-2021, Critical Care Medicine: 2002-2022

PRESENT POSITION: Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

ACP CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Ex-Officio member of the New Mexico ACP Governing Council, 2009-present, NMACP Annual Meeting Associate Case Presentation Moderator, 2009-2012

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: ACP Medical Student Mentoring Discussant, 2010, 2011, Abstract Reviewer ACP Annual Meeting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, Abstract Judge ACP Annual Meeting, 2010, 2011, 2013

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Graduate medical education, Rheumatologic lung diseases, Medical accreditation

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: Medicine is constantly in evolution - new knowledge, diseases, treatment; more than that, we as physicians are constantly in evolution - how we practice, how we treat our patients, what we know. The ACP has always been a part of this evolution, if not guiding it, then helping practitioners to navigate it. I want to contribute to this process as a member of the Board of Governors. Several times in my career, I have been tasked to lead change and help others to make change. I believe I have been successful because of an open mind, a collaborative spirit, and a willingness to make hard decisions when needed. Working with young physicians, I believe I have been a positive influence on our future physicians. The skills I have gained will help me to be an effective Governor for New Mexico.


Keshab Paudel, MD, MBA, FHM, FACP

Dr. Paudel

EDUCATION: MD, MBA

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internal Medicine Residency from Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx New York; CERTIFICATION: ECFMG ABIM

PRESENT POSITION: Medical Director, Hospital Medicine Lovelace Health System/ Hospital Physician Partners

ACP CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Council Member, ACP New Mexico since Jan 2014, Planning Committee Member, ACP Southern Tier New York, May 2013

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: Fellowship March 2013

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTERESTEXPERTISE: VTE Prophylaxis Care Transition Communication between hospitalist and primary care physician

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: My priorities would be to establish higher standards of professional etiquette and professionalism for all the physicians and to promote a comprehensive system of continued medical education including but not limited to conducting active discussions about maintenance of certification (MOC) and its requirements. The ways to engage internist in the health care legislative discussion will be sought. Encourage involvement of early physician and residents in the college's activities including research, education and scholarly activities. Membership drive and outreach activities will be made active. Outperforming residents and physician will be rewarded and recognized. Quality improvement and primary care-hospitalist communication improvement initiatives will be established. I will try to be a bridge to connect between ACP and New Mexico Chapter for national and local issues related to internists and overall health care system. If I get elected I would strive to maintain the high standard set by our previous leaders.