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Dr. Julie Blehm selected for advancement to Mastership

(May 2021) Dr. Blehm was officially recognized with ACP Mastership during the 2021 Internal Medicine Meeting. Masterships are awarded because of “personal character, positions of honor, contributions towards furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine.” Before retirement, Dr. Blehm served as Senior Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Department Chair of Clinic Internal Medicine at Sanford Health for nine years, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Continuity Clinic and Associate Dean of the SE campus of UNDSMHS. She is a past Governor of the ACP North Dakota Chapter.

Dr. Neville Alberto receives North Dakota Chapter 2020 Laureate Award

(Fall 2020) Neville M Alberto, MBBS MD FACP is Professor of Clinical Medicine and the Chair of the Council of Transitional Year Program Directors (CTYPD), AHME. He is the Program Director, Transitional Year Residency & Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, University of North Dakota. Dr Alberto is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine and teaches Hospital Medicine at the Sanford Health System. He remains passionate about teaching learners to help patients feel heard and while teaching the use of Point of Care Ultrasound in further defining their care needs. He served as the Governor of the American College of Physicians, North Dakota Chapter from 2014-19 and remains involved in the educational, research and policy activities of the College.

The Laureate Award honors Fellows and Masters of the College who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research and in service to their community, their Chapter, and the American College of Physicians. The recipient of this award shall bear the title Laureate of the North Dakota Chapter.

Dr. Laura Nichols received 2020 Woman Physician of the Year Award

(Fall 2020) We recognize Dr. Laura Nichols as the 2020 Woman Physician of the Year. Dr. Nichols is a ND native and completed residency training at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. She has been practicing at Sanford Health since 2015. She was nominated by Dr. Jean Marie McGowan. Dr. Nichols also works hard to ensure patients have easier access, especially when they may have more complicated health issues. She tirelessly planned Sanford's LINK clinic for many months, and it came to fruition this spring of 2020. This clinic schedules post-hospital follow-up appointments for patients that do not have a regular provider. With the LINK clinic, more patients are getting proper follow up care, are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital, and now have established providers for continuity.She is an advocate for her students, patients, colleagues and this community. Laura Nichols is someone who will support you and you would want to support her.

This award honors an outstanding woman physician with a distinguished career in areas of exceptional patient care, medical education and/or research.

Dr. Donald Warne receives 2020 Fostering Diversity in Medicine Award

(Fall 2020) The Indians into Medicine (INMED) Program has been perhaps the most important and successful program in the country in training practicing physicians of Native American heritage. This program has thrived under the leadership of Dr. Warne. He also serves as Director of UND's Master of Public Health Program and has recently developed a PhD program in Indigenous Health.

America's native people are the most underserved in the country, but with leaders like Dr. Warne, there is hope for the future. The American College of Physicians is proud to recognize Dr. Warne for his great and ongoing contributions to American health care.

The award is given to a physician with outstanding accomplishments in advancing diversity in clinical medicine or research, and/or access to care in relation to diverse populations.

2 Local Organizations receive 2020 Volunteerism and Community Service Award

(Fall 2020) We recognize the North Dakota Department of Health Section of Disease Control and the Section of Laboratory Services for Community Service to North Dakota.

The Laboratory Services Section expanded from 19 employees in February to 135 employees in August in order to meet the demands for COVID-19 testing. In February there were zero tests being done for COVID-19. By the end of August the lab was doing 8000 tests per day!The Disease Control Section went from 30 employees in February to 160 employees at the end of August. This section of the NDDOH does disease surveillance, contact tracing, and data collection for COVID-19.The North Dakota Chapter of the American College of Physicians commends the ND Department of Health for their Herculean efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.


The Volunteerism and Community Service Award was initiated to honor members or associates of the North Dakota Chapter who have distinguished themselves in voluntary service in the area of medicine. Recipients of this award have distinguished themselves as true humanitarians to be honored for their voluntary contributions in medicine.

2020 ND Chapter Poster Competition Winners

(Fall 2020) We had a successful poster competition for UND medical students and residents on October 15, 2020. There were a total of 50 posters presented! Thanks to all judges and participants for making this event a success.

Thanks to our judges for volunteering their time and expertise!

Dr. Misty Anderson
Dr. Supha Arthurs
Dr. Kim Hammer
Dr. Amit Kaushal
Dr. Paul Mariani
Dr. Laura Nichols
Dr. Gopikrishna Paladugu
Dr. Siddharth Singhal

Poster competition winners will compete at the 2021 Internal Medicine meeting in the spring.

Congratulations to all!

ACP Research

Winner – Assessing the relationship of ambulatory antibiotic prescribing patterns among upper respiratory tract infections, 2017-2018

Connor J. Schweitzer and Austin J. Hewitt MS4

Runner-Up – Suicide-Related Over-the-Counter Analgesic Exposures Reported to United States Poison Control Centers, 2000–2018

Alexandra G. Hopkins MS3

View posters here

ACP Clinical Vignette Residents

Winner – A rare case of spontaneous splenic rupture in cat-bite induced tularemia

Emmanuel Fohle, PGY2

Runner-Up – Diabetes Insipidus, a Rare Complication of Sarcoidosis

Spencer Campbell PGY3

View posters here

ACP Clinical Vignette Medical Students

Winner – Reactive Arthritis: An Unusual Presentation of Acute Clostridium difficile

Anna Reinholz MS3

Runner-Up – Porphyria Cutanea Tarda: A Rare Presentation of Hemochromatosis

Michael Storandt MS4

View posters here

SHM Clinical Vignette

Winner – Don't forget the drugs! A case of severe mycophenolate mofetil induced colitis with hemorrhage requiring hemicolectomy

Stephanie Melquist PGY3

Runner-Up – Uncommon DKA presentation: low on sugars but, high on acids.

Suchita Kotnala MD PGY3, Anuj Mogla MD PGY2

View posters here

2020 ND Chapter Doctor's Dilemma Winners

(Fall 2020) The UND Internal Medicine and Transitional Year residents participated in our local Doctor's Dilemma competition. The winning team will advance to the national Doctor's Dilemma competition at the Internal Medicine 2021 Meeting. The annual ACP Doctor's Dilemma® competition is a hallmark program for the College. Held each year at the annual Internal Medicine Meeting, it brings together some of the brightest residents from around the world in a friendly but highly competitive environment. The competition tests the medical knowledge of up to 60 teams, each representing an ACP chapter. After three days of competition, the winning team is awarded the coveted “Osler Cup” and is granted a place in ACP history.

Special thanks to Dr. Riley Clark for hosting and Dr. Stephanie Melquist for organizing the competition!

The winning team is:

Dr. Stephanie Melquist - PGY3 Internal Medicine
Dr. Umama Zareen - PGY2 Internal Medicine
Dr. Mathew Gerving - PGY1 Internal Medicine

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all participants!

Have you . . . received an award, appointment, certification or other honor? Done some interesting volunteer work, had an article published, received a promotion? We'd like to share your good news in this section of the Chapter Web site. Please e-mail items of interest to Carla Mosser, North Dakota Chapter, ACP at