South Carolina Chapter Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Statements

The ballots for the current Governors-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an electdate of 1/1/2014 or earlier) can vote online or mail-in ballot. You would need your mailed ballot with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to make a vote. Below are the bios and statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on September 21, 2016 and ends on November 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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James W. Adamson, MD, FACP

Education: BS Agricultural Science, DVM, MD, Internal Medicine Residency

Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Present Position: Private Practice General Internal Medicine

ACP Chapter Activities/Leadership Activities: Served on Governing Council of SCACP, Chaired Diversity Comm. of SCACP, Recipient of Chapter Laureate Award

ACP National Activities: Attended all Annual ACP Meetings in past 12-15 years, Frequently attended ACP Leadership Day, FACP since 2003

Other Appointments/Activities: Physician Advisor for Case Management at Conway Medical Center,
Past Chief of Staff at Conway Medical Center, Past President of Conway Branch of the NAACP

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: Health Care Reform- ways to improve access to affordable care

Candidate's Statement:

I believe that I could bring a strong informed voice (from more than 30 years of primary care experience) to the Board highlighting the needs of people who lack access to affordable care (as well as advocating for them). This 'voice' should help to lead to the articulation of meaningful ideas to address these issues as an organization.


Mary Beth E. Poston, MD, FACP

Education: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, MD, 1999

Post Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine Residency, Palmetto Health Richland, 1999-2002. Academic General Medicine Fellowship, MUSC, 2002-2004

Certification: ABIM certificate # 211778, original certification 2002, recertified 2012

Present Position: Associate Professor and Residency Program Director, University of South Carolina, SOM/Palmetto Health Richland

ACP Chapter Activities/Leadership Activities: Executive Council 2000-present, Chair for Residents and Student Programs. 2004-present, Chapter Laureate Award, 2015, Co-Chair, Annual Scientific Session, 2014

ACP National Activities: FACP 2007, ACP Leadership Day on Capitol Hill, 2000-2014, various years
Faculty, Pri-Med Access with ACP, Ultrasonography for Primary Care Physicians, 2011-2012, Co-author, MKSAP 18 General Medicine Section, 2016

Other Appointments/Activities: Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, Palmetto Health. Richland-USC SOM, Physician, Palmetto Health.-USC Medical Group, Faculty Internal Medicine Practice (outpatient primary care), Physician, Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, Hospital Internal Medicine Palmetto Health Richland (hospitalist)

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: Point of care ultrasound for general internal medicine
Promoting regular physical activity in primary care, Post graduate medical education in general internal medicine

Candidate’s Statement:  

My first experience with ACP came in the form of presenting a winning abstract in the intern year of my residency. From that point forward, I have received value in countless ways from preparation for practicing and becoming board certified (and recertified) using MKSAP, to joining hand with colleagues to advocate for our profession and our patients via ACP Leadership Day. The professional support, learning opportunities, career advice and lasting friendships I have been fortunate to receive via my involvement with the South Carolina Chapter have literally been a "life line", enabling me to remain encouraged, committed, and fulfilled in my career in medicine. I see serving as the SC ACP Governor as the most appropriate way to give back to this organization that has been so supportive of me along the way. I look forward to the opportunity to make a contribution to the SC Chapter's continued growth.