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Dr. Parul Goyal leading India COVID-19 relief fundraising initiative

(June 2021) Dr. Goyal has been in contact with the hospital near her hometown in India and is leading the TN ACP Chapter's fundraising to help with COVID-19 relief efforts. Please consider donating generously to the GoFundMe account for this compassionate need.

India is scrambling with the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. More than 250,000 people have died due to the ferocious second wave and infection rates of people are climbing each day. Donations to this fund will help treat patients and help to slow the spread of the COVID-19. More resources are needed to respond to the outbreak in India, which has stretched the country's healthcare system to its limit. Hospitals are overcrowded, lifesaving supplies such as oxygen, ventilators, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies are in critical shortage.

The money raised through this fund will support hospitals and non-governmental organizations to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in India and give hospitals on the front lines of this crisis the resources they need to act quickly and protect the most vulnerable communities. One such hospital this fund will support is Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh, India.

With this fundraiser, we hope to help countless families from this pandemic selflessly. We stand together as a global community unified.

Dr. Ryan Mire becomes ACP President-elect

(May 2021) Ryan D. Mire, MD, FACP, has been named President-elect of the American College of Physicians (ACP), representing internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Dr. Mire's term as president-elect began on Saturday, May 2, 2021, at the conclusion of ACP's Annual Business Meeting, and he will be formally installed as president in April of 2022.

Dr. Mire will be the fourth African American physician to serve in the office of the president, following the distinguished Gerald E. Thomson, MD, MACP (1995–96), Charles K. Francis, MD, MACP (2004–05), and Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP (2015–16).

A proud native of New Orleans, LA, but current resident of Nashville, TN, Dr. Mire is a private practice internal medicine physician, past president of Heritage Medical Associates, and holds an academic appointment as assistant professor of clinical medical education for the University of Tennessee Health College of Medicine. He has served as vice chief of medicine and chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at Ascension St. Thomas West Hospital.

Dr. Michael Kevin Smith selected for advancement to Mastership

(May 2021) Dr. Smith was officially recognized with ACP Mastership during the 2021 Internal Medicine Meeting. Masterships are awarded because of “personal character, positions of honor, contributions towards furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine. Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He has served in medical directorship positions both in private practice and in academics. At Vanderbilt, he has served as a physician leader for EPIC implementation and Health Information Management.

Dr. Mukta Panda receives Book Award

(2020) Dr. Panda, won a 2020 Nautilus Silver Award for her book Resilient Threads: Weaving Joy and Meaning into Well-Being, and she models how we can each thrive by creating community and self-awareness. Dr. Panda is also co-author of a new Oath to Self-Care 2 and Well-Being link.

If you have any current news to share about yourself or a colleague that we can celebrate, please e-mail it to Renee Arnott.