You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

You are using an outdated browser.

To ensure optimal security, this website will soon be unavailable on this browser. Please upgrade your browser to allow continued use of ACP websites.

You are here

Ohio Governor's Newsletter May 2018

Ohio Chapter Banner

Michael J. Tan, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Michael J. Tan, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

With the conclusion of IM2018, I am now in my final year as your Governor, and I can't adequately convey the privilege it has been to serve the College and our Chapter's membership. IM2018 exceeded expectations, and approximately 200 attended our combined Ohio/Air Force/Navy/Army Chapters reception. It was a pleasure to meet and reacquaint with colleagues who are spread across the country, and we look forward to future joint endeavors. In celebration of 25 years of John Tooker Evergreen Awards, the Ohio Chapter was also honored with two Evergreen All-Star Awards that highlight Chapter initiatives to improve membership. We are now in the process of the Governor transition, and Craig Nielsen will be working side-by-side with Jan and me to ensure a smooth transition and to focus plans for the upcoming years. Our first major business will be the Chapter's strategic planning retreat to be held at the beginning of May. This will be our opportunity to plan initiatives to strengthen our scientific meeting, membership, and advocacy plans. We will review our Chapter's priorities to strengthen alignment with the College. While MOC reform is still a key issue, physician wellness and satisfaction is on the forefront. In the next year, look for initiatives to improve communications between the Chapter and membership, to develop a more robust state-level advocacy presence, and requests for input on national resolutions to the College Board of Governors. These priorities are meant to increase your voice in the College. Thank you for being an Internist, and thank you for being a member.



Governor Election

At the conclusion of IM2018, Craig Nielsen, MD, FACP has officially become our Governor-Elect. He will assume the role of Governor at the conclusion of IM2019 which is being held April 11-13, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. We look forward to a smooth transition.



Internal Medicine 2018

We just returned from another successful Internal Medicine Meeting in New Orleans. We had 14 members recognized as New Fellows who walked in Convocation. Please congratulate Kalpana Bicknell, MD, FACP; Daryl Cottrell, MD, FACP; Maria Courser, MD, FACP; Estrelita Dixon, MD, FACP; Evelyn Erokwu, MD, FACP; Benjamin Holloway, MD, FACP; Colin Killeen, DO, FACP; Girma Meshesha, MD, FACP; Kunjam Modha, MBBS, FACP; Ama Paintsil, MD, MBChB, FACP; Patricia Radigan, MD, FACP; Ramachandran Ravichandran, MD, FACP; and Fowad Shahzad, MD, FACP.

Gregory W. Rouan, MD, MACP also joined Convocation as our newest Master.

Please take a moment to congratulate these members on their accomplishments!

Out of 511 Medical Student entries, April Choi of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine was one of ten winners chosen to present her abstract, “Case of the Tortoise and the Hare: When “Slowly-and-Surely” Loses the Race”.

Out of more than 140 Medical Students presenting posters, Grace Kim of Ohio State University College of Medicine was a winner for her Research Poster “How Aware Are We? Antibiotic Stewardship in the Setting of Acute Rhinosinusitis.”

The following members participated in IM2018 either by presenting a poster or by competing as a member of our Drs. Dilemma Team.

Resident/Fellow Member Young Achievers

Hind Alameddine, MD Riverside Methodist Hospital-Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist

Amer Aldamouk, MD St. Elizabeth Health Center/NEOUCOM Program-Research Poster Finalist

Katlyn Baxter, DO Riverside Methodist Hospital-Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist

Chantelle Carneiro, MD Cleveland Clinic Fdtn Program-Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist

Arjan Flora, MD University of Toledo-Research Poster Finalist

Garima Gupta, MD Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati-Research Poster Finalist

Noah Hagen, MD Mount Carmel Health System-Research Poster Finalist

Hoda Ilias, DO Fairfield Medical Center-Research Poster Finalist

Sravani Kamatam, MBBS St. Vincent Charity Hospital-Research Poster Finalist

Vincent Kang, DO Riverside Methodist Hospital-Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist

Amir Khan, MD Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati-Research Poster Finalist

Zubair Khan, MD University of Toledo-Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist

Morgan Manley, DO Wright State University-Research Poster Finalist

Mohamad Alahmad, MD Mercy Health Partners St. Vincent Mercy-Research Poster Finalist

Abdelmoniem Moustafa, MD University of Toledo-Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist

Jillian Pattison, DO Riverside Methodist Hospital-Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist

Gabrielle Sabino, MD Riverside Methodist Hospital-Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist

Divya Sachdev, MBBS University of Toledo-Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist

Andrew Schaefer, MD Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati-Research Poster Finalist

Ilana Schlam, MD Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati-Research Poster Finalist

Daniel Shonebarger, DO OUCOM Drs. Hospital Ohio Health-Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist

Rajpreet Singh, MD Mount Carmel Health System-Research Poster Finalist

Maen Al Dabbas, MBBS St. Vincent Mercy Medical Ctr-Doctor's Dilemma Participant

Khalid Changal, MBBS, MD St. Vincent Mercy Medical Ctr-Doctor's Dilemma Participant

Ghulam Ghous, MD St. Vincent Mercy Medical Ctr-Doctor's Dilemma Participant

Medical Students

Akaansha Ganju NEOMED-Research Poster Finalist

Eric Krumpelbeck University of Toledo-Clinical Vignette Poster Finalist



2018 Ohio/Air Force Chapter Scientific Meeting

The 2018 OH/AF Annual Scientific Meeting will be held October 4th and 5th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The theme for this year's meeting is “Making Sense of it All: Current Innovations and Controversies in Medicine.” Please be sure to mark your calendars. We are also planning for additional physician wellness activities including our third annual Governor's 5k and a yoga session. Watch your email for registration information.



Important Information Regarding ABIM SEP Modules at the 2018 ACP Ohio/Air Force Chapter Meeting

On Thursday and Friday, October 4th and 5th, 2018 the Ohio/Air Force Chapter Meeting will be holding SEP Module Updates in the following categories: Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine.

This will be the last time these modules will be offered to anyone. ABIM will only be offering Updates in Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine beginning July 1, 2018.

If you are planning to attend these modules and claim MOC points you must follow the conditions below:

  1. You must order the module(s) from the Physician Portal by June 30th, 2018. We are not able to extend the deadline. This means you must commit well before the meeting dates.
  2. The deadline for submitting the completed module(s) has been extended to November 15th to allow ample time for submission following your October 4-5 learning session.
  3. You will be able to earn 10 MOC points for each module.

Please be sure to observe the above deadlines. No exceptions will be able to be made.

ABIM is allowing registrants who order these modules through June 30 to complete the module and claim MOC after our Chapter Meeting. SEP participants who do not order the module by June 30th will NOT be able to claim MOC credit.

Meeting registration is scheduled to open on June 1, 2018 but you may order the modules anytime between today and June 30th. While we realize these are unusual circumstances we are happy to be able to offer these updates for 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Wrassman, Executive Director of the Ohio Chapter



2018 Medical Student and Resident/Fellow Abstract Competition

The deadline for submitting an abstract for the 2018 Medical Student and Resident/Fellow Abstract and Poster Competition has been extended to Midnight, May 31, 2018. Please visit here and find the submission form and contest rules.



2018 CALL for AWARDS Nominations

The Call for Awards Nominations is now open. We are accepting nominations for the following awards: The James S. Tan, MD, MACP Laureate Award, The Evelyn V. Hess, MD, MACP Master Teacher Award, the Volunteerism and Community Service Award and Internist of the Year Award.

Please view the awards nomination instructions and the full list of previous winners here.



Leadership Day 2018

Leadership Day 2018 will be taking place May 22nd-23rd in Washington DC. Registration is now closed but we have a large contingent of members attending this important venue including nine students and six resident/fellow members. Please stay tuned for a legislative update upon their return.



National BOG Resolutions

Twice a year, the Board of Governors hears resolutions that are submitted by chapters or Governor classes. These resolutions are key drivers to ACP policy. In an effort to increase the voice of the membership, the College would like to solicit more input from Chapter membership. In the coming months look for communications from the Chapter outlining the resolutions along with their key content. We will be soliciting your input in survey for free-text form so that we can ensure your opinions are heard at the Board of Governors meetings. In addition, we are looking to strengthen our local advocacy efforts as well as our local resolutions research. Watch for future communications to ensure your opinions are heard, and if you are interested in taking a more active role in any of our advocacy processes, please contact us.



Did You Know…

Did you know that there is a place on your dues notice to make a voluntary donation separate from your dues? Voluntary contributions to the Ohio Chapter support our early career physicians, resident/fellows and medical students with travel to ACP National Meetings and Leadership Day.



News from The National ACP Office

ACP Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing the Careers of Women in Medicine Renamed in Honor of the Blackwell Sisters

In honor of their achievements as women pioneers in the field of medicine, the “ACP Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing the Careers of Women in Medicine” will be renamed to the “Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing the Careers of Women in Medicine.”

The Blackwell sisters both earned medical degrees in the 19th century, an exceptionally rare accomplishment at the time. Elizabeth was the first woman in the United States to achieve her medical degree in 1849, and Emily became the third woman to earn a medical degree in 1854. The two would go on to have esteemed careers in obstetrics and gynecology.

Members interested in nominating women for the Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing the Careers of Women in Medicine can find more information at



ACP Publishes New Paper Examining Ways to Achieve Gender Equity in the Medical Profession

ACP published a paper on April 17, 2018 in Annals of Internal Medicine that examines ways to achieve gender equity in the medical profession. Achieving Gender Equity in Physician Compensation and Career Advancement provides a set of recommendations aimed at addressing the challenges women in medicine face, including equity in physician compensation, career advancement, and bias.

Promoting gender equity and eliminating the inequities in compensation and career advancement that physicians can face is a longstanding goal of ACP. In order to foster an inclusive environment that promotes growth and development for female physicians, ACP's paper calls for the adoption of equitable compensation policies in all organizations that employ physicians, investment in leadership development, negotiation and career development programs, and parental and family leave policies.



Smile! Add Your MyACP Profile Photo Today

You now have the opportunity to upload your profile photo in your MyACP page, which will be shown with your posts and replies in the Member Forums so other members can “put a face with a name,” and link to your profile to see your chapter affiliation, areas of specialty, and your professional activities and focus.

So don't be shy – share that smile with your ACP friends and colleagues, let them see the face behind the name (and bit about the person behind the face), then dive into the Member Forums and meet, greet, and discuss the wide and wonderful world of internal medicine.



Become Involved in Future ACP Meetings- Submit a Proposal for Internal Medicine 2020

The Internal Medicine Scientific Program Committee (IMSPC) and the Clinical Skills Committee (CCS) are now accepting proposals for Internal Medicine Meeting 2020, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA on April 23-25, 2020. Both committees welcome all proposals,* though faculty who have previously presented at ACP scientific meetings or chapter meetings are given the highest priority.

To submit a proposal to the Internal Medicine Scientific Program Committee, please complete the Proposal for Internal Medicine 2020 application. The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2018.