Ohio Governor's Newsletter November 2022

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Craig D Nielsen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Craig D Nielsen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Hello Everyone,

The holidays are right around the corner and that means our Annual Chapter Meeting has come to a close. After being virtual for two years it was great to be back in person and to be able to welcome everyone who was able to join us.

In this newsletter we will highlight all of our chapter award winners as well as poster and Drs. Dilemma winners. I would also like to highlight our incredible program committee for putting together another successful meeting,

If you were unable to join us, I hope you will consider attending Internal Medicine 2023 in San Diego where we will continue to celebrate all of our chapter accomplishments and welcome in our new Governor.

Happy Holidays,

Craig Nielsen, MD, FACP




Ohio/Air Force Combined Scientific Meeting

The2022 Ohio/Air Force Chapters Scientific Meeting was held Thursday and Friday, October 21st and 22nd at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. I want to personally thank Kevin Goist, MD, FACP for once again putting on a great meeting. This was Kevin's last year as serving as Program Chair. He has continued to be enthusiastic about his role while steering us through two virtual meetings and getting us back to “normal” with this year's live meeting.



2022 Abstract Competition

Congratulations to the following poster winners. First place winners will automatically be entered into the National Poster Competition to be held during IM2023 in San Diego next April.

Residents Clinical Vignette:

1st Place: Margaret Brubaker, MD – University of Cincinnati
“The Great Imitator and the Pandemic: A Case of Avoidable Blindness”
2nd Place: Saeed Khoncarly, MD – Summa Health System/NEOMED
“Lyme Tamponade – An Unusual Acute Cardiac Manifestation of Disseminated Lyme Disease”
3rd Place: Alyssa Simmons, MD – St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital
“Granulomatous Hepatitis and Granulomatous-Lymphocytic Interstitial Lung Disease as a Presenting Sign of Common Variable Immunodef”
Merit: Cynthia Pung, MD – Summa Health System/NEOMED
“Fool Me Once, Shame on You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me and Treponema Pallidum”

Clinical Research:

1st Place: Arrsh Bajaj, MD – St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital
“Efficacy and Safety of Catheter Directed Therapy in Submassive Pulmonary Embolism”

Quality Improvement:

1st Place: Ashraf Alzahrani, MD – Cleveland Clinic Foundation
“Don't Stop the BANG: A Quality Improvement Project in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening in the Ambulatory Setting”

Medical Students: Clinical Vignette:

1st Place: Susie Min – University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
“Particle Emboli as a Complication of Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) During Treatment of Uterine Leiomyomas”
2nd Place: Aubrey Stickland – Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
“Simple Pharyngitis Isn't Always Simple”
Joshua Chang – University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
“A Shocking Presentation of Bi-valvular Endocarditis”
Blake Boehm – Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
“30-year-old with ITP Following COVID-19 Infection”
3rd Place: Yusef Saeed – University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Critical Coronary Stenosis Despite Negative CCTA and CAC=0”

Clinical Research:

1st Place – Jonathan Wright – Ohio State University College of Medicine
“Angiotensin-converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers Attenuate Stroke Risk Over Time”
2nd Place – Monika Satoskar – Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine
“Association Between Right Ventricular Dysfunction on Echocardiography and Pulmonary Embolism in COVID-19 Patients”
3rd Place – Galo Bustamante – Ohio State University College of Medicine
“Factors That Predict Success Rate and Return to Sport in Arthroscopic Patellar Tendinopathy Surgery: A Systematic Review”


High Value Cost Conscious Care:

1st Place – Alexia Markowski – Ohio State University College of Medicine
“Comparing the Outcomes of a Two-Day High-Value Care Elective Course for Pre-Clinical Medical Students Through Online and In-Pers”

Quality Improvement

1st Place – Anh Nguyen – Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
“Primary Care Office Staff's Attitudes Toward Firearm Safety Screening”

Congratulations to our Drs. Dilemma Team Champions!

The Ohio State University: MDs Aware will be representing Ohio at the National Drs. Dilemma Competition during IM2023 next April. The team consists of Kaitlyn Greiner, MD, Scott Friedland, MD, and Gabriel Kirsch, MD. The Silver Medal Winner was Cleveland Clinic Akron General and Bronze went to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.

Thanks to all teams who participated.

We are unfortunately losing another long time chair. Patrick Brine, MD, FACP is stepping down as chair of the Drs. Dilemma competition. Dr. Brine has run this competition for many years and will be greatly missed.



Chapter Award Winners

Congratulations to the following Chapter Award Winners:

The James S. Tan, MD, MACP Laureate Award was given to Michael Tan, MD, FACP, ACP Regent. It was our pleasure to honor Mike with an award that was named for his father. Both father and son have contributed to the Ohio Chapter with their service.

The Evelyn Hess, MD, MACP Master Teacher Award was given to Shakuntala “Rita” Kothari, MD, FACP and C. Julio Aponte, MD, FACP.

Debra Leizman, MD, MACP is our newest Master. Congratulations Deb!



Save The Date!

  • Internal Medicine 2023 – April 27-29, 2023, San Diego California
  • Ohio/Military Chapters Combined Reception – Friday, April 28th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Leadership Day – May 23-24, 2023
  • Ohio/Air Force Annual Chapter Meeting – Thursday and Friday, October 19-20, 2023
    Greater Columbus Convention Center



OU, OSU and Rutgers Requesting Participation for Opioid Use Disorder Survey

We are a team of researchers from Ohio University, Rutgers University, and Ohio State University who are working on an NIH/NIDA funded study to understand Ohio primary care provider (including internal medicine) perspectives on the treatment of opioid use disorder. We need your help to complete a 10-15 minute survey on your experiences and current practices. You will be compensated $20 via an Amazon gift card for completing the study.

This study, protocol #22-X-74, has been approved by the Ohio University IRB. Thank you for taking the time to support research on this important topic.

This is an external research project. Participation is voluntary and data will be collected anonymously.

Here is the link to take the survey



CME Opportunities

CARDI-OH is conducting a Webinar on Wednesday, November 16th from 12- 1 pm.

COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Health: Managing Patients and Incorporating a Telehealth Framework with Keynote Speaker Tamanna K. Singh, MD

For more information and to register please go to Cardi-OH Statewide Webinar: COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Health: Managing Patients and Incorporating a Telehealth Framework (Nov 16 from 12-1 p.m. ET)



Spring 2023 ECHO Clinic

Innovations in Diabetes and Cardiovascular Health. This is a FREE 12-week series presented by CARDI-OH and facilitator Goutham Rao, MD, FAHA. Thursdays 8-9 am beginning January 12 to March 30, 2023.

For more information and to register please go to Spring 2023 Cardi-OH ECHO Clinic, Innovations in Diabetes and Cardiovascular Health (Jan 12-Mar 30, 2023; 8-9 a.m. ET)