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Ohio Governor's Newsletter May 2019

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Craig D Nielsen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Craig D Nielsen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Happy springtime in Ohio!

It is truly an honor to begin my term as governor for the Ohio Chapter of the ACP. A special thanks to our outgoing governor – Michael Tan – and his outstanding stewardship of the chapter these last 4 years. And he won't be leaving us just yet! Dr. Tan has been seen selected to be on the National ACP Board of Regents. This is a tremendous honor. He will continue to make sure Ohio has a strong voice at the table.

In this month's newsletter, we outline the strong showing our Ohio membership had at the recently concluded Internal Medicine 2019 meeting as we look forward to our own chapter meeting in October 2019. Please save the date. We also highlight some key leadership roles that our members fill and provide some news of interest from the national ACP office.

Thanks again for your ongoing support of the best chapter in the land!

Craig Nielsen, MD, FACP



Membership Update

Membership remains steady with 5,423 members. The Ohio Chapter currently has 13 Masters and 934 Fellows. Please be sure to tell your colleagues about all of the member benefits available to them for joining ACP!




Ohio/Air Force Scientific Meeting – October 17-18, 2019

This year's meeting, “Changing How We Care,” will begin with two SEP sessions on Thursday, October 17th at 7:45 a.m. We will offer both a Hospitalist Update and a General Internal Medicine Update.

The meeting will open at 10:00 a.m. with a full schedule of events including Medical Student and Resident Poster Sessions, Resident Drs. Dilemma competition and the ever popular Ultrasound Workshops.

Dr. Tan will once again be heading up the 4th annual 5K fun run bright and early on Friday morning beginning at 6:00 a.m. If you are looking for a gentler way to wake up, be sure to sign up for our Yoga class also beginning at 6:00 a.m. The meeting picks up again with breakfast at 7:30 and Dr. Nielsen delivering his morning comments at 7:50 a.m.

This year we have a special social media presentation by Christopher Chiu, MD, FACP, best known for his “Curbsiders” podcast.

As always, if you are interested in helping to judge posters, please contact Jan as soon as possible.

Watch your mail for our complete brochure and be sure to register early!




Leadership Day will take place May 14th and 15th on Capitol Hill. It is a tremendous opportunity to learn about ACP's Advocacy activities and have a chance to speak with Representatives and staff about College concerns. This year, the Ohio Chapter has a record 25 members attending. If you are interested in Advocacy and would like to become involved with Health and Public Policy, please reach out to either Dan Sullivan, Chair, HPPC or Jan Wrassman .



Internal Medicine 2019

We have just wrapped up another successful Internal Medicine meeting in Philadelphia.

I am pleased to announce that Dr. David Savage, Cleveland Clinic PGY-1 competed as a finalist in the national ACP Innovations Challenge and took home the $5,000 audience choice award to support his project to build a software tool allowing disparate EHRs to communicate with each other.

Congratulations to the following poster winners:

Lauren Larkin, MS, Cleveland Clinic – Clinical Vignette: Atypical Presentation of Mycoplasma Pneumonia-associated mucositis syndrome in a young adult.

Logan Dilal, MD, Ohio Health - Hypertension: A Headache in Disguise

Vincent Kang, DO, Riverside Methodist - Household Bleach Inhalation and ARDS

Thanks to everyone who presented a poster at this year's meeting. Ohio was well represented by our members and we thank you!

Alexander W. Smith, DO
Alina Khil
Aneesh Dhore, MD
Aun Shah
Brianna French
Courtney Certain, DO
Eejung Kim, MD, PhD
Jafar Alzubi, MD
Jessica Weiss, DO
Johnny Chahine, MD
Keerat Ahuja, MD
Mansee Desai
Mark Saling, DO
Megha Chiruvella
Michael Nguyen, MD
Mohamed Eisa, MD
Navkirat Pannu, MD
Nicholas Amata, MD
Noah Hagen, DO
Omar Zaki
Pierre El Hachem, MD
Rabel Misbah, MBBS
Randol Kennedy, MBBS
Rayan El-Zein
Sami Ghazaleh, MD
Shadi Ahmadmehrabi
Tahani Atieh
Timothy Underwood, DO
Vishnu Charan Suresh Kumar, MBBS
Vybhav Jetty, MD
We-Am Hussain
Xem Bui
Zachary Tugaoen

The Ohio Doctor's Dilemma team represented by Mo’tasem Alkhayyat, Bilal Samhouri, and Mohammad Zmaili from Cleveland Clinic advanced to Round 2 before being eliminated.

Several of our members were chosen to present oral abstracts:


“Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Triple Negative Breast Cancer and Its Impact on Tumor Progression and Overall Survival: A Tertiary Care Center Experience”

Johnny Chahine, MD, Fairview Health System, Cleveland, OH

Clinical Vignettes:

“Guillain-Barre Syndrome Occurring After Aortic, Tricuspid and Mitral Valve Surgery: A Case Report and Literature Review”

Amer Aldamouk, MD, St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, OH

“A Difficult Diagnosis…Acute Mitral Valve Regurgitation Hiding Behind a Community Acquired Pneumonia”

Ali Hasnie, MD, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

“Multi-organism Sepsis Following EBUS-TBNA: An Unusual Complication”

Christine E. Hsu, DO, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH

“Brillinta Befouls Breathing: Brillinta Intolerance Post Cardiac Cath”

Geeti Sharma, MD, Case Western Reserve Health Education, NEOMED, Youngstown, OH

“A Sweet Success: Osmotic Reduction of Prolapsed Stoma Using Table Sugar”

Alexander Boscia, MS3 from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

The Ohio Chapter had 25 new Fellows walk in Convocation on Thursday evening.

Congratulations to all!



Member Highlights

Ashruta Patel, Cleveland Clinic PGY-1 officially started her 2-year term as an elected member of the ACP Council of Resident/Fellow Members (CRFM).

Emily Rose, Cleveland Clinic MS-1 started her 2year term as an elected member of the ACP Council of Student Members (CSM).

Both of these positions are key to the governing body of ACP.



New – ACP Wellness Champions

Rob Colon, MD, FACP and Kim McBennett, MD, PhD, FACP, have both completed training in the ACP Wellness Champions course which is held in conjunction with the Internal Medicine Meeting. Both will be working to bring enhanced well-being activities to the chapter and to our annual meeting.

For more information on ACP's Wellness Champions Program, please visit the ACP Well-being and Professional Satisfaction main web page



News from the National ACP Office

Certificate in Physician Leadership Program Deadline

In partnership with the American Association for Physician Leadership, ACP offers a flexible, 18-month-long Certificate in Physician Leadership program. Participants may select among tracks in Hospital Medicine or Primary Care.

The program includes a combination of formal training through 43.5 hours online coursework, online group discussions facilitated by leaders in internal medicine, and a capstone project that will demonstrate successful mastery of leadership concepts.

Participants may apply online by June 1, 2019 to enroll in the cohorts that begin work in July 2019. We encourage you to promote this program to your chapter members.

This program offers exclusive training by leadership experts and important career-building skills. In addition, ACP provides participants with access to a number of professional development and membership engagement opportunities.

Apply online

If you have any questions, please contact us .

New ACP Learning Activity: Caring With Compassion Focuses on Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Patients

Caring With Compassion, a new online learning activity focusing on care for socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, is now available from ACP.

The curriculum helps clinicians use team-based skills and bio-psychosocial models of care to provide personalized care for at-risk patients, including homeless, uninsured, and underserved patients. Caring With Compassion supports core knowledge regarding social determinants of health, the U.S. public health care system, effective team-based care, and biomedical conditions that disproportionately affect homeless persons.

Caring With Compassion is free to the medical community, and ACP members are eligible for free CME.Users must create a personal account for the site, which provides each user with an individualized learning dashboard. Educators may access a complete instructor's guide, and additional resources include a clinical application tool.

Learn More