Ohio Governor's Newsletter Holiday 2021

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Craig D Nielsen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Craig D Nielsen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

The Holidays are once again upon us and I look forward to the coming new year with hope that we will finally turn a corner and be able to return to in-person meetings with our colleagues. As you know, we were unable to meet for our annual chapter meeting for the second year in a row. However, Kevin Goist, MD, FACP, once again lead us and the Program Committee in putting on a superb live meeting that included not only great learning sessions but also a robust Drs. Dilemma competition and a live Awards presentation. We have news on our recent Governor-elect and are proud to once again announce that we have achieved the 2021 Gold Level Chapter Excellence Award for the third year in a row. Thanks to all of you who support our Chapter.

I wish everyone a Peaceful Holiday Season.

Craig D. Nielsen, MD, FACP



Ohio/Air Force Combined Chapters Scientific Meeting – Follow-up

Our second virtual chapter meeting took place on October 28th & 29th. This year the sessions were held in real time with questions and answers being able to be asked and answered as the meeting progressed. Our own Michael J. Tan, MD, FACP, Regent, shared with us what is happening with ACP on an international basis.

As of this printing, both resident and student posters are still being judged but we hope to have the results out before the end of the month.

We currently are planning to meet in person next fall for the 2022 chapter meeting. However, we hope to offer additional virtual sessions throughout the year so please watch your email for news.



Doctor's Dilemma Competition

Our Doctor's Dilemma competition was held live on Thursday evening with 11 teams competing for a chance to represent Ohio during Internal Medicine 2020 next spring.

Congratulations to Cleveland Clinic/Akron General for placing first. Team members Radisa Tosanovic, Abhilash Marakini, Muhammad Ali and David Gonzalez (alternate) were able to secure a win over our runner-up team from Mercy St. Elizabeth. Team members were Bryant Long, Pratibha Acharya, Bhavya Yarlagadda and Chitsimarn Mann (alternate).

We appreciate everyone's participation and spirit of competitiveness during this first virtual competition!



2021 Awards

Congratulations to the following Awardees for 2021:

Keyvan Ravakhah, MD, MBA, FACP – 2021 James S. Tan, MD, MACP Laureate Award
Donald Schoch, MD, FACP - 2021 James S. Tan, MD, MACP Laureate Award
Moises Auron, MD, FACP – 2021 Evelyn V. Hess, MD, MACP Master Teacher Award
Ellen J. Gelles, MD, FACP – 2021 ACP Ohio Internist of the Year Award
Ganesh Yadlapalli, MD, FACP – 2021 ACP Ohio Volunteerism and Community Service Award

If you know of someone who might be deserving of an award and meets the criteria, please forward their information (nominating letter and CV) to Debra Leizman, MD, FACP, Chair, Awards Committee or to Jan Wrassman, Executive Director

This year the Awards Committee brought back the program awards for abstract submissions. This year the winners are:


GOLD: St. Elizabeth, Youngstown
SILVER: Akron General Hospital, Cleveland Clinic
BRONZE: Ohio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital

Medical School:

GOLD: University of Toledo College of Medicine
SILVER: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
BRONZE: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine



Congratulations to our new Governor-elect Designee

It is a great pleasure and honor to announce that Moises Auron, MD, FACP has been elected by the members of the Ohio Chapter to serve as Governor-elect Designee. Dr. Auron will start his term as Governor-elect after the Annual Business Meeting on April 30, 2022. Dr. Auron will take office as Governor in April of 2023. To learn more about our new Governor-elect Designee, see his biography on the chapter website.

Please join us in congratulating Moises Auron, MD, FACP and also thanking Kevin Goist, MD, FACP for his candidacy.



Save the date! Leadership Day 2022 will be held May 17 & May 18, 2022.

Leadership Day is the College's annual two-day advocacy event that enables our members from across the country to bring our issues of concern to U.S. lawmakers. This is a great opportunity for the College and our members to bring our policy priorities to Congress and try to influence the legislative process on behalf of internal medicine.

How can you benefit from Leadership Day?

In addition to having an opportunity to meet with your legislators and staff in Washington, DC, participants are provided with in-depth briefings from White House officials, Capitol Hill staffers, and members of Congress; all of whom are among the top health care decision makers.

Participants will also:

  • Receive a comprehensive orientation on ACP's top legislative priorities.
  • Earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.
  • Learn advocacy skills that can be utilized back home.
  • Meet other internists who care about advocacy, including colleagues from your own state.
  • Learn about policy issues that impact your profession and your ability to provide quality care.
  • Get to know ACP leaders and staff.
  • Socialize and have a great time!

We have a limited number of reservations available to attend with the Ohio Chapter coalition. We try to keep an even split with medical students, residents, and members with first-time attendees given consideration. You must be a member to attend.

If you are interested in attending Leadership Day please contact Houman Varghai, MD, FACP, Chair or Jan Wrassman, ED



News from the Council of Medical Students

We are currently recruiting student members, and interested students should be on the look out for applications available through your Internal Medicine Interest Group. Please also feel free to email Rachana Raghupathy, Chair or Houman Varghai, Student Council Advisor with any questions about the positions available..



2021 Chapter Excellence Awards – Gold Level Winner!

I am pleased to announce that our chapter is in receipt of the Gold Level of the 2021 Chapter Excellence Award! The award recognizes truly extraordinary chapters that surpass excellence in chapter management. We are in the company of 45 other outstanding chapters. The Gold Level recognizes truly extraordinary chapters that surpass excellence in chapter management. Chapters must meet all Bronze and Silver criteria to be eligible for Gold. Additionally, expectations for Gold vary based on Chapter Size. (21 Gold criteria) Chapters which achieve this level receive a reward amount of $5000.

I would like to extend a special thanks to those chapter members who assisted us in all of these endeavors! For their hard work and dedication, we received this award.

If you would like to become more involved in your Chapter, please contact myself or our Executive Director, Jan Wrassman