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Chapter News

We Request Your Feedback on the Proposed Fall 2022 Board of Governors Resolutions

(August 2022) We would like to request your feedback regarding resolutions that will be considered at the Fall 2022 Board of Governors Meeting. The resolutions have been posted on ACP Online for your review and cover an array of topics such as supporting paid sick leave for U.S. workers, covering insulin pumps under CMS Part B for insulin dependent diabetics, and integrating a health equity framework into methods for developing ACP clinical guidelines.

After considering the intent of each resolution and how it fits with the College’s Mission and Goals, please provide your feedback on each resolution and indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by August 31. Your input will be used as part of testimony on behalf of the chapter.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide comments regarding these resolutions. By providing your feedback on the Board of Governors resolutions, you have helped to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. Please visit the chapter’s Web site after the Fall 2022 Board of Governors meeting for updates.


Craig Nielsen, MD, FACP

Applications Now Open to Apply for the Million Hearts® 2022 Hypertension Control Challenge

(August 2022) The Million Hearts® 2022 initiative is now accepting applications for the Hypertension Control Challenge and encourages ACP members to apply. ACP is a partner in the Million Hearts Campaign, a national initiative that aims to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by reducing hypertension and implementing evidence-based strategies to improve cardiovascular health. 

The Hypertension Control Challenge identifies and spotlights health care professionals, practices, both solo and group, and health care systems that have achieved nationally laudable hypertension control rates. Applicants that have achieved hypertension control rates of at least 80% over a 12 month period are eligible to enter for possible recognition as a Champion. To learn more about the rules and eligibility requirements to become a 2022 Million Hearts ® Hypertension Control Challenge Champion, please visit All prospective Champions are required to complete the application form

The submission deadline is September 7, 2022.

New Advocacy Resources Available to ACP Members and Chapters

(August 2022) We would like to make you aware of two new advocacy resources available to ACP members and chapters.

Understanding Advocacy and Why We Do It - A Comprehensive Toolkit for Chapters

ACP has created an advocacy best practices toolkit to support engagement in and the efficacy of chapter-level advocacy at the state and federal level. This comprehensive toolkit breaks down the different methods and mediums for advocacy engagement and highlights all the programs and resources offered by ACP to make the most of chapters’ advocacy efforts. This toolkit is only accessible to ACP members. 

Reproductive Health Toolkit Now Updated

ACP's toolkit for chapters to utilize in navigating issues surrounding abortion rights and related policies in their states following the overturning of Roe v. Wade has been updated. The toolkit now includes sample letters that chapters can use to advocate with state officials and information on recent federal activity. 

For questions regarding these toolkits, please submit all requests through this questionnaire to ensure we can track inquiries and respond in the most timely and efficient manner." 

Are you a member of the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn)? Learn more here

Congratulations New Ohio Chapter Fellows

  • Jason Bertram, MD FACP
  • Pierre El Hachem, MD FACP
  • Katrina Feustel Johnson, MD FACP
  • Stephen D Pupillo, DO FACP
  • Saralaya, MD FACP
  • Brook Watts, MD FACP

(July 2022) Congratulations to the Ohio Chapter's newest Fellows. Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP® is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.

ACP Ohio 2022 Call for Doctor's Dilemma Teams

(July 2022) Please join us for the Annual ACP Ohio Doctors Dilemma on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. This year's competition will be for Residents only. Registration is now open and ends on September 20, 2022. Click here for rules and registration. 

We will not be charging a team fee. This allows us to align our competition more closely with the national ACP Drs. Dilemma competition. Instead, team members must be registered for the Chapter Meeting. Please make sure all team members are registered before September 20th.

We will be accepting 18 Resident Teams this year, so don't forget to sign up early.

Each team is allowed 3 players with 1 alternate. ALL players must be a member of the ACP, have a valid ACP number, and be registered for the Chapter Meeting to participate. Please check with your institution, online, or in your mailer for your ACP number.

Resident Doctor’s Dilemma competition is Thursday, October 20, 2022 from1:00 pm-4:15 pm at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Wrassman at

We hope to see you there! Good luck to all.

Patrick Brine, MD, FACP Chair, Doctors Dilemma Committee

Craig D. Nielsen, MD, FACP Governor, Ohio ACP Chapter



Description: This award honors those Fellows or Masters of the American College of Physicians in Ohio 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 and the American College of Physicians.

  1. Master or Fellow of the American College of Physicians for at least 15 (fifteen) years.
  2. Must be an exemplary physician involved in patient care.
  3. Must be a role model for younger physicians and house staff
  4. Must be recognized as a helpful consultant.
  5. Must be active in local teaching activities.
  6. Must be involved in services and activities in the American College of Physicians.
  7. Academic performance and publication is not necessarily a principle characteristic to be sought for this award.
  8. The awardee is to be nominated by a process that can originate from the Awards Committee or from any member of the Ohio Chapter, American College of Physicians. The nomination must document the personal attributes and accomplishments of the Master or Fellow being nominated.
  9. Current Curriculum Vitae of the nominee.
  10. Letter of proposal from an ACP member who knows the nominee well.
  11. Seconding letter from an ACP member who knows the nominee well.


Description: This award is to recognize Master Teachers of Medicine who have been active in teaching medical students, residents, and/or peers. The award is different from that of the Laureate Award which has as its emphasis on excellence in exemplary practice, consultation, and advice and support of colleagues.

  1. Master or Fellow of American College of Physicians.
  2. Documented 10 (ten) years of teaching beyond the nominee's completion of training.
  3. Nominations must come from one of the following:
    1. Chair of the Department of Medicine of one of Ohio's medical schools
    2. Program Director of one of Ohio's Internal Medicine or Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Programs.
    3. Director of Medical Education/Designated Institutional Official of an Ohio hospital.
  4. Current Curriculum Vitae of the nominee.
  5. Letter of proposal from an ACP member (or Associate Member) who knows the nominee well. This letter of proposal may be from the person nominating the candidate.
  6. Seconding letter from an ACP member (or Associate Member) who knows the nominee well.


Description: The Ohio Chapter Volunteerism and Community Service Award was developed to recognize the work of ACP members who are involved in volunteerism and community service activities. This award also enables the chapter to raise the level of awareness and promote dialogue and action in volunteerism within the State of Ohio. Volunteerism, like a commitment to continuing education, is an established tradition for internist.

  1. Master, Fellow or Member of the Ohio ACP. Self-nominations are not permitted.
  2. The services must have been performed on a voluntary basis and not as part of the requirements for completion of training, or as part of the duties of a paid position of the nominee.
  3. Volunteer work must have been done as a physician and must be medically related.
  4. Brief biographical sketch and contact information for the nominee.
  5. Current Curriculum Vitae of the nominee.
  6. Nominating letter from an ACP member, fellow or master that provides a detailed description of the impact that the volunteer program or activity has had on the target group or the general community.
  7. One or two letters of support besides that of the nominating physician may significantly strengthen the nomination. These letters may be provided by persons not affiliated with the ACP who are extremely familiar with the physician nominee in the course of the performance of the nominee's volunteer activity.


Description: This award seeks to honor an internist considered to be a role model by his/her peers. Nominees should possess excellent clinical skills, dedication to patients, enthusiasm for medical practice, leadership, and the ability to maintain humanity and a healthy balance between professional and personal interests that we can all strive to emulate. Internists who have championed innovations in practice to promote healthy patient behaviors will be given special consideration.

  1. Fellow or Master of the American College of Physicians or similar credentials.
  2. General internist or subspecialist.
  3. Has been in clinical practice or teaching setting more than 20 years.
  4. Has distinguished him/herself in his/her local or regional communities in one or more of the missions of the ACP including:
    1. Clinical practice
    2. Teaching
    3. Research
    4. Administration
    5. Professionalism
    6. Service to the community
  5. Curriculum Vitae of the nominee.
  6. Two supporting letters from physician members of the Ohio ACP. These letters should be from people who know the Nominee well and can attest to the effectiveness of the nominee in furthering the Mission of the American College of Physician.

Let's Celebrate our Local National Abstract Competition Winners

(May 2022) The Ohio Chapter would like to congratulate the following chapter members on their accomplishments at the 2022 Internal Medicine Meeting National Abstract Competition.

Resident/Fellow - Clinical Vignette, Poster Winner
A Case Series of COVID-19 Induced Secondary Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis

Sean M Masi, DO

Resident/Fellow - Research, Poster Winner
Improving Performance on Night Shift: A Study of Sleep Transition Strategies

Philip Cushman, DO

Medical Student - Clinical Vignette, Poster Winner
Giant Cell Myocarditis Presenting with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Derrick Lin

Resident/Fellow - Research, Oral Winner
Abnormal Vital Signs and Lab Values Significantly Increase the Incidence of Acute Findings on Abdominal CT Scans and May Help Reduce the Use of Abdominal CT Scans in the Emergency Department

Ammar Ahmad, MD

Resident/Fellow - Research, Oral Winner
SGLT-2 Inhibitor Prescribing Practices: Who’s prescribing them?

Christopher P Alcorn, DO

Resident/Fellow - Clinical Vignette, Oral Winner
Sacral Lytic Lesion with Neurological Symptoms as First Presenting Sign of Pancreatic Cancer

Ellen Tan, DO

Medical Student - Clinical Vignette, Oral Winner
CMV transverse myelitis in unmanaged HIV infection

Victoria Johngrass

Medical Student - Basic Research, Oral Winner
Incidence of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia in 779,000 patients following administration of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines

Will Patterson

View the complete list of podium presenters and poster winners at Internal Medicine Meeting 2022.