Ohio Governor's Newsletter August 2021

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Craig D Nielsen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Craig D Nielsen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Hello. Summer 2021 is coming to a close and I am sad to say that each year seems to go a little faster. Unfortunately, COVID has still remained an ever present reality this summer.

I remain thankful for the vaccine, hopeful for the upcoming Fall Booster shot and frustrated that our Ohio vaccine rates are not higher. And as we look toward the Fall and cooler weather, we remain hopeful that we will be able to hold our Annual Chapter Meeting (October 28 -29) in person. We are looking into webcasting the meeting as well for those of you who can't attend in person.

If COVID cases skyrocket we feel we have the ability to pivot to a virtual format similar to last year. I certainly hope things work out and we are able to gather together in Columbus.

In this Summer issue we recognize some accomplishments of our members.

Hope to see you soon!

Craig Nielsen



Ohio/Air Force Combined Scientific Meeting

The combined Chapters Ohio/Air Force Annual Scientific Meeting is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 28th and 29th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The theme for this year's meeting is “Pushing Past the Pandemic: Prevention and Wellness in 2021”. The Planning Committee has two full days of CME sessions available including an Update in GIM SEP Module, Drs. Dilemma competition, Resident and Medical Student Poster Competitions as well as resident and student specific sessions. Registration is now open!

This year we are once again working with “I Support the Girls” to raise funds and collect much needed items and funds for underserved women and girls throughout the State. More details to follow.

While we are excited to be planning an in-person event, we are quite aware of the current COVID situation, and we will be following all State of Ohio Health Department guidelines which might be in place at the time of the meeting. If we must pivot to a virtual meeting, we are preparing for that as well.

Please watch your email for any changes.



Town Hall

The Town Hall will be held on Friday, October 29th. Roberto J. Colon and Ellen Gelles are eligible for a second full term as At Large members on the Governor's Advisory Council and will be voted on at the meeting. There is one additional opening and Susan Tucker has been nominated. Additional nominations will be accepted at the Town Hall and voted on at that time.



Member Accomplishments

Congratulations to G. Patrick Ecklar, MD, MACP, of Columbus who has received Mastership in the American College of Physicians. Dr. Ecklar was officially recognized 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, Dr. Ecklar is Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Director, LSI Longitudinal Group/LSI Longitudinal Preceptor Group, and Associate Director, Advanced Management of Relationship Centered Care at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, His commitment to Mount Carmel Health System and The Ohio State University and its training programs has been unwavering,

Congratulations to David L. Bronson, MD MACP. Dr. Bronson has been named the recipient of the 2020-2021 Alfred Stengel Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the American College of Physicians. The recipient is a newly elected or previously elected Master of the ACP, preferably one who has served as an Officer, Regent, or Governor and who has completed official service. The selection is based upon loyalty and exceptional contributions to the aims and purposes of the College. This could include the development of a new program consistent with the Mission, Goals, and Core Values of ACP; representation of the College to other national organizations; leadership in promoting basic administrative changes to the College; or advancing membership priorities. Dr. David Bronson is Professor (Emeritus) of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He served as Governor, Chair of the Board of Governors, member of the Board of Regents, and as ACP President from 2012 to 2013.



Medical Students and Residents win awards at the 2021 National Abstract Competition

We are proud to recognize the following members whose work was recognized for excellence:

Nihaal Reddy, The Ohio State University College of Medicine “Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) induced Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and Recovery via Standard Treatment” (Medical Student Virtual Presentation winner)

Pritka Manaktala, MD, Canton Medical Education Foundation – “To treat or not to treat, that is the question: A case of simultaneous hemorrhagic conversion of stroke, STEMI and LV thrombus” (Resident/Fellow Virtual Presentation winner)

Karam Atli, CCF Lerner College of Medicine – “The Impact of Surgical Chronology on Outcomes of Patients Receiving Lumbar Spine and Lower Extremity Joint Surgeries” (Medical Student ePoster winner)

If you have any current news to share about yourself or a colleague that we can celebrate, please send it along to Jan Wrassman, Executive Director.



News from the National ACP Office

#ProudtobeGIM Campaign Opens Grant Applications

ACP and SGIM invite medical schools to apply for the #ProudtobeGIM grant. Selected institutions will receive an honorarium in the amount of $2,000 to host one or more local event(s) aimed at educating students and residents about the field of general internal medicine.

Grant applications that include participation of a local ACP chapter and/or an SGIM member on the leadership team will be given preference over those that do not. Preference is also given to applications that show strong institutional support (matching funds, in kind support, etc.).

All applications are due on September 30, 2021.


Why Inclusion and Equity Matter for Women in Medicine and the Profession


Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 3:00 p.m. ET

Meeting Information

Learn how you can be a champion for change and join the fight for gender equality for women in medicine. Join Susan Hingle, MD, MACP, FRCP, FAMWA, as she explores the impact of gender inequity in medicine and the importance of inclusion and gender equity and offers strategies for recognizing and addressing gender inequalities in medicine institutions and practices. This webinar is open to ACP members. There will be time for questions after the presentation.