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Tennessee Governor's Newsletter April 2019

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Tracey E. Doering, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Tracey E. Doering, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

I wanted to provide an update for all of you about our chapter and national ACP. I just returned from the Board of Governor's meeting and national ACP meeting in Philadelphia. It is so inspiring to go to the national meeting and see our colleagues sharing the same enthusiasm for internal medicine! Although we face the threat of burnout, we are fighting that well with collegiality and remembering why we chose this profession! National ACP continues to work hard on advocating for improvement in the practice of IM, and is very active with legislators in this regard.


Social Media

There continues to be emphasis on how to reach all members and keep them engaged. We have a face book page and I would encourage you to check that out and I will start tweeting updates from my twitter account. Please follow me on @tedoering. Facebook link



National ACP Meeting

We had great representation from the Tennessee Chapter at the meeting – several poster presentations, new Fellows, new Master and a national award winner! See below. My congratulations to all!

New Master

Charlene M. Dewey, MD, MACP

ACP Award for Outstanding Educator of Residents and Fellows

James B. Lewis, Jr., MD, MACP

New Fellows

Olumide Anifowoshe, MBBS, FACP
Anita L. Arnold, MD, FACP
Samuel O. Bada, MBBS, FACP
Margaret H. Baker, MD, FACP
Robert W. Bradsher III, MD, FACP
Amanda Finley, DO, FACP
Tesfaye R. Guyassa, MD, FACP
Adetola A. Kassim, MBBS, FACP
Eugene H. Ryan, MD, FACP
Howiada H. Salim, MD, FACP
Melissa L. Scalise, MD, FACP
Angus J. Webber, MD, FACP

Poster Presentations

Mary Gadalla, UTHSC-Nashville
Azadeh Raissi, MD, UTHSC-Nashville
Deepa Nair, UTHSC-Nashville
Dhairya Lakhani, Vanderbilt

Doctor's Dilemma®

UT-Chattanooga: Yazan Saba, DO, Sana Ghalib, MD, Muhammad Janjua, MD


Ivan Leroux, Artish Jefferson, Reonna Smith, Annalisa Wilson, and Thomas Stoval from Meharry
Sarah Harirforoosh, Mukta Panda, MD, MACP, and Zara Latif



Board of Governor's Meeting

I attended the Board of Governor's meeting prior to the national ACP meeting. Great updates from the College! This included update on the online learning center. There are modules on human trafficking, POCUS, and hundreds of other options that you can personalize. Find it on ACP Online . It is easy to obtain CME/MOC from these activities.

ACP continues to work closely with ABIM to try to design a better pathway for MOC, without summative examinations and with reduced expense.

We heard about all ACP is doing for advocacy including the ACP Vision for Health Care, drafted by our Health and Public Policy Committee (HPPC) and Medical Practice and Quality Committee (MPQC). You all have been sent an email to comment and do a survey on this. Please respond.

We are fortunate to have our own Dr. Ryan Mire as a member of the Board of Regents and the new chair of the Medical Practice and Quality Committee.

Keep up with advocacy by checking out the College's advocacy page where you can sign up there for e-newsletters that come out twice monthly with updates on ACP advocacy for us and our patients.

A group of us will be going to Leadership Day in Washington in May to meet with legislators on pertinent issues.



Local News and Committee Activities

The Chapter's Wellness Committee is headed by Dr. Mukta Panda and Dr. Ben Maddox. They hope to travel to the east and west and meet with many of you.

Finances: The finances of the chapter are in good standing and managed well by Dr. Kevin Smith.

Membership is stable, and I encourage you to renew when that time comes and encourage others to join.

Locally, Dr. Smith and I are actively involved in discussions regarding nurses/nurse practitioners seeking independent practice. That will come back up in legislation in 2020.

I would like to see us form a committee of international medical graduates, as there are a growing number of IMG physicians in our chapter and they are facing unique issues which arise regarding visas, practice location, and others. Please email me at if you are interested. Dr. Mihir Patel, Chair of our Early Career Physicians Council, has been in contact with me about visa issues as one example.



Save the Date!

Mark down your calendars for our chapter meeting at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin on October 11-12.




Please click on this link to see all of the potential awards and start nominating your colleagues for them!

I really cannot believe that two years of governorship is over, and I know there is much more to accomplish. Please let me know of anything I can try to help you with. Please continue to encourage our early career physician involvement as well as students and residents, as they are the future of our organization.

Thanks for all you do for your patients, colleagues, and our great profession.

Warmest regards,



Tennessee Governor's Newsletter April 2019