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Ohio Governor's Newsletter November 2019

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Craig D Nielsen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Craig D Nielsen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

Hello all. It has been about a month since our recent Fall meeting. I would like to personally thank Kevin Goist MD, our Program Committee Chair, and Jan Wrassman, our Executive Director, for helping to oversee such a wonderful meeting. I also offer my congratulations to all our award winners – certainly an inspiring list.

In this newsletter we outline some key ‘save the date’ times for upcoming meetings of interest, our Ohio/ Air Force Fall 2020 meeting, the national ACP IM meeting this spring, and the date for the National ACP Leadership Day.

Thanks for your interest in our chapter and I wish you a safe and productive rest of 2019.


Membership Update

Membership has grown in 2019. Total membership for Ohio is 5753 with 14 Masters and 946 Fellows. Please be sure to tell your colleagues about all of the member benefits available to them for joining ACP!

Key Benefits of ACP Membership


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

We have just completed another successful combined Ohio/Air Force Chapter Scientific Meeting. We had well over 300 participants at our two-day meeting this year. Thank you to our Program Chair, Dr. Kevin Goist, and our entire Program Committee for putting together such a robust program, and thanks to all members who served as judges, faculty and moderators.

A special thanks goes to Dr. Heather Gantzer, a Regent of the College, and Chair-Elect of the Board of Regents, who traveled to Ohio to attend our meeting as well as serve as faculty and help judge posters. We also had a terrific showing for our 4th Governor's 5k with a significant increase in participation for a pre-session run on Friday morning. A large number of registrants signed up to attend our 2nd annual Yoga session and many of them stopped by throughout the morning for a quick relaxation session.

Congratulations to the following who were honored at our Awards Reception on Thursday evening:

K.V. Gopalakrishna, MD, FACP, FIDSA: The James S. Tan, MD, MACP Laureate Award
Stacey Jolly, MD, FACP: The Evelyn V. Hess, MD, MACP Master Teacher Award
Jennifer W. McCallister, MD, FACP: The Evelyn V. Hess, MD, MACP Master Teacher Award
Sally Namboodiri, MD, FACP: The Evelyn V. Hess, MD, MACP Master Teacher Award
Karen Monheim, MD, FACP: The 2019 Internist of the Year Award
Houman Varghai, MD, FACP: The 2019 Volunteerism and Community Service Award

Also, congratulations to Metrobolic Badassidosis II also known as the MetroHealth Internal Medicine Residency Program team who won the Drs. Dilemma competition for 2019. They will be representing Ohio at the national competition being held during Internal Medicine 2020 in Los Angeles. Team members are Akram Alkrekshi, MD, Aneesh Dhore, MD, Siew May Wang, MD and Sara Ghoneim, MD (team alternate). Special thanks go to Dr. Patrick Brine for once again organizing this year's Doctor's Dilemma!

Congratulations to the following Poster Winners. Our first place winners get a bid to their respective competitions in Los Angeles in 2020. Special thanks to Dr. Vijay Duggirala, Chair of the Medical Student Competition and Dr. Kevin Frey, Chair of the Resident/Fellow Competition.

Medical Students

Clinical Vignette

1st Place: Mariel McGuiness, Ohio State University
2nd Place: Ayushi Jain, University of Cincinnati
3rd Place: Perry Dinardo, Cleveland Clinic

Clinical Research

1st Place: Jordon Jaggers, Ohio State University

Resident/Fellow Members

Clinical Vignette

1st Place: Muhammad Soofi, MD, Wright State University
2nd Place: Christopher Buchsieb, DO, Riverside Methodist Hospital
3rd Place: Mansur Assaad, MD, Summa Health System
Merit: Jillian Thompson, DO, University of Cincinnati
Merit: Molly Hillenbrand, MD, University of Cincinnati

Clinical Research

1st Place: Yan Jiang, MD, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital
2nd Place: Abbinaya Elangovan, MD, CWRU/MetroHealth
3rd Place: Dilnoor Kaur Patti, MD, Mercy St. Vincent

High Value Care

1st Place: Jessica Weiss, DO, Mt. Carmel Health
2nd Place: Rachel Parker, MD, Cleveland Clinic

Quality Improvement

1st Place: Seba Hasan, MD, Fairview Hospital
2nd Place: Jaclyn Rivington, MD, CWRU/MetroHealth


Save the Date: 2020 Ohio/Air Force Scientific Meeting

Please mark your calendars for Thursday and Friday, October 29-30, 2020 for the Ohio/Air Force Annual Scientific Meeting. The Planning Committee has a great program lined up for you. Along with our annual Poster Competition and Drs. Dilemma Competition, we will continue our Physician Wellness features with our annual 5K run and Yoga sessions. Watch your mail for future updates. We hope to see you there!


Internal Medicine 2020

Internal Medicine 2020 will take place in Los Angeles, California from April 23rd-25th. Registration is now open. The Ohio Chapter reception will be held on Friday, April 24th from 6:00-7:30 at the JW Marriott at LA Live in Room Platinum C. We will once again be joined by the Air Force, Army and Navy Chapters of ACP. I hope you will join us for a fun evening of collegiality.


Leadership Day 2020

Leadership Day will take place on May 12th and 13th 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. Because this is such a popular event and space is limited, attendance must be approved by the Chapter.

Click here for more information about ACP's Leadership Day.


Member Highlights

Please join us in congratulating Glen D. Solomon, MD, MACP. Dr. Solomon became our newest Master of the Ohio Chapter on October 1st. Mastership is an award from the College and members are nominated and supported by colleagues. ACP By-laws state that Masters shall be Fellows who have been selected because of “integrity, positions of honor, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine.” Evidence of their achievements can come from many types of endeavors such as notoriety within their field and/or ACP chapter, research, education, health care initiatives, volunteerism, and administrative positions. The Master must be distinguished by the excellence and significance of his or her contributions to the field of medicine. For Mastership, ACP involvement is expected, with rare exceptions. This may include, for example, service to the College in an official capacity, participation in chapter activities, and involvement in the development of College products and educational programs. If you know of Fellows that may be potential candidates for Mastership or other Chapter awards, please let us know.


New Fellows

The following physicians were elected to Fellowship since July 1st:

  • Andre Aguillon, MD, FACP
  • Saaima Arshad, MBBS, FACP
  • Khurram Bari, MBBS, FACP
  • Christopher Bates, MD, PhD, FACP
  • Abhishek Bhardwaj, MD, FACP
  • Jackie Celestin, MD, FACP
  • Chad Coe, MD, FACP
  • Sravanthi Ennala, MD, FACP
  • L. Austin Fredrickson, MD, FACP
  • Marcio Griebeler, MD, FACP
  • Nicholas Horen, MD, FACP
  • Syed Zaker Jaleel, MD, FACP
  • Lisa Kearns, MD, FACP
  • Kirshan Lal, MD, FACP
  • Perry Lin, MD, FACP
  • Uddalak Majumdar, MD. FACP
  • Shengyi Mao, MD, FACP
  • Truc Nguyen, MD, PhD, FACP
  • Adam Rose, MD, FACP
  • Michael Sun, MD, FACP
  • Susan Tucker, MD, FACP
  • Yunpeng Wu, MD, FACP


Social Media

Be sure to “like” our Facebook page and follow our Twitter feed for updates and pictures.


News from the National ACP Office

Women in Medicine: Creating Gender Equality in Your Workplace

As part of ACP's Women in Medicine programing Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, FACP, has written an article on Creating Gender Equality in the Workplace for use in chapter newsletters. Please modify the article as needed for your chapter.

Additional chapter articles will be available in the coming months. If you have any questions, please reach out .

Article Copy:

Creating Gender Equality in Your Workplace

By Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, FACP

Research highlighted in the Harvard Business Review shows that organizations that are more inclusive of diversity are more innovative, analytical, productive, financially successful, and generally out perform those that are more homogeneous. Patient care is also improved by having a more inclusive and equitable healthcare system. It is because of all of these benefits that each of us has a duty to promote equity by creating practices and removing barriers to building professional fulfillment and leadership positions for our diverse workforce.

Although one third of the physician workforce are women, only one fifth of medical school professors, 13% of healthcare CEOs, and 6% of medical school deans are women. In each of these groups there are far fewer women of color, although medical students and early career physicians are more diverse than their more senior counterparts. These shifts in the workplace require us to develop skills, adopt tools, and implement processes to ensure equity for the benefit of the entire healthcare workforce and healthcare system.

So where do we start? Dr. Julie Silver of the #BeEthical campaign highlights a six-point process that can help all of us with the way forward:

  1. Examine gender data through the lens of an organization's mission, values, and ethical code of conduct
  2. Report the results transparently to all stakeholders
  3. Investigate causes of disparities
  4. Implement strategies to address disparities
  5. Track outcomes and adjust strategies as needed
  6. Report/publish results

When unsure where to start, it is okay to start small–such as a with a journal club article that can provide education and correct misperceptions, inviting a grand rounds speaker who can talk about #TimesUpHealthcare, or by bringing together colleagues to view and discuss the Creating Gender Equality in Your Workplace webinar by Sue Hingle, MD, FRCP, MACP. After that, build your team and start gathering data knowing that the work needs you and will be better for you having done it.


ACP Leadership Programs Available in Hospital Medicine or Primary Care

Respond by: Sunday, December 1, 2019

In partnership with the American Association for Physician Leadership, the ACP Leadership Academy offers a flexible, 18-month-long Certificate in Physician Leadership program with tracks in Hospital Medicine and Primary Care.

The program includes a combination of formal training through 46.5 hours of online coursework, online group discussions facilitated by leaders in internal medicine, and a capstone project that demonstrates successful mastery of leadership concepts.

Participants may apply online by December 1, 2019 to enroll in the cohorts that begin work in January 2020. 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.

If you have any questions, please contact us .