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March 2012 Warren H. Evins, MD, PhD, FACP, Governor

Governor's Letter

Warren H. Evins, MD, PhD, FACP

You are receiving this Newsletter because you are a member of the ACP Nevada Chapter. The Newsletter has been written and edited by Governor Warren H. Evins, MD, PhD, FACP.

The Chapter still needs volunteers, especially for the Membership committee, as Advancement to Fellowship mentors, the Women Physician’s Council, Newsletter editors and contributors, the Program and Planning committee, and so forth. If you have previously volunteered and not been contacted, please excuse my ineptness and respond again to wevins@yahoo.com or 702-458-2362. Thanks.


ACP Nevada Governor’s Advisory Council

  1. Warren H. Evins, MD, PhD, FACP, Governor-Chair
  2. T. Brian Callister, MD, FHM, FACP, Northern District President, Vice Chair
  3. Eugene L. Speck, MD, PhD, FIDSA, FACP, Immediate Past Governor
  4. Mitchell D. Forman, DO, FACR, FACOI, FACP, Treasurer, Dean Touro
  5. Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj, MD, MPH, Chair Program Committee, UNSOM-Las Vegas IM Residency Program Director
  6. Jennifer M. Hagen, MD, FACP, UNSOM-Reno IM Program Director
  7. Daniel S. Shapiro, MD, Chair of UNR Reno IM Dept
  8. Nischala Nanapaneni, MD, Chair Chief Residents’ Council-Associate
  9. Itha Karasinth Medical Student Touro Chair Medical Students’ Council
  10. Aditi Singh, MD, FACP, Co-Chair Young Physicians’ Council
  11. Nadeem Tariq, MD, Chair Hospitalists’ Council, Chair International Medical Graduates’ Council
  12. Kalpana K. Reddy, MD, Membership Committee Chair
  13. Lindsay Sanders, MD, PGY-1 Reno Chair Associates’ Council


ACP Nevada Chapter Committee Lists and Chairs

  1. Governor’s Advisory Council
  2. Executive committee (Officers: Gov, Treasurer, No. District President)
  3. Program and Planning – Dr. Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj
  4. Awards – Dr. Diane Chau
  5. Membership - Dr. Kalpana Reddy
  6. Finance Committee – Gov, Treasurer, No. District President, ED
  7. Bylaws – (Dr. James B. Holder III)
  8. Poster Competition – Dr. Alan Greenberg
  9. Doctor’s Dilemma™ - Dr. Nischala Nannapaneni
  10. Chief Residents’ Council – Dr. Nischala Nannapaneni
  11. Council of Associates - Dr. Lindsay Sanders
  12. Council of Medical Students – Itha Karasinth
  13. Council of Young Physicians – Drs. Aditi Singh, Cassandra Caprez-Davis
  14. Council of Hospitalists – Dr. Nadeem Tariq
  15. Council of International Medical Graduates – Dr. Nadeem Tariq
  16. Women’s Council


Internal Medicine 2012: ACP National Meeting

Get Re-Energized at Internal Medicine 2012, The ACP’s National Meeting, held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. New Orleans hosts the meeting this year with Pre-Courses April 17-18 and the Scientific Program April 19-21. Experience the excellence of an ACP meeting! Choose from more than 260 CME courses in internal medicine and the subspecialties presented by faculty unsurpassed in their fields. There are

  • pre-courses for in-depth learning
  • Clinical Skills Activities
  • The opportunity to earn ABIM MOC points
    • Hear evidence-based answers to some of the most frequently faced dilemmas in patient care at Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind sessions.
    • The year’s most important papers and their impact on patient care are presented at the Updates; each of the 15 sessions focuses on a different subspecialty.
    • With over 5,000 physicians in attendance, you can reconnect with former colleagues and build new relationships at receptions and special events.
    • After spending the day at the scientific sessions, enjoy culture and nightlife in New Orleans.
    • Earn up to 45 CME credits by attending pre-courses and scientific sessions

Register Early for 1st Choice of Reserved Sessions and Hotels.

Internal Medicine 2012 Educational Highlights include:

  • Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills
    A dynamic collection of educational activities provides hands-on learning to attendees at no additional fee.
  • LEAD Program
    Course attendees cultivate leadership skills through firsthand experience from seasoned leaders.
  • Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care
    A variety of sessions focus on Pulmonary Diseases in Critical Care.

Visit the Schedule planner to learn more.

Abstract Competitions

Associate and Student members from Nevada will present posters and abstracts at competitions at Internal Medicine 2012.

Exhibit Hall, Symposia, and Innovation Theater
  • Visit the Exhibit Hall
    Hours: Thursday & Friday, 10-4:30 Saturday, 10-2:30
  • Industry-Supported Symposia
  • Earn additional CME credit and enjoy a complimentary meal by attending an Industry Supported Symposia. Symposia Schedule will be available January 2012.
  • Innovation Theater
  • • Grab a bite and get informed at the Innovation Theater. During the breaks and lunch, stop by for a snack at booth 646 in the Exhibit Hall. Innovation Theater Schedule will be available January 2012.
Doctor’s Dilemma™

Our Nevada Chapter will have a team from the Internal Medicine Residency Program competing in this Jeopardy style medical quiz show, starting on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

Program Sessions in Associates, Residents, and Fellows-in-Training, Cardiology, Career and Professionalism, Clinical Pharmacology, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Ethics and Health Policy, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Geriatric Medicine, Health Information Technology, Hematology, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Disease , Medical Practice Management, Medical Student Program , Nephrology and Hypertension, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Perioperative Medicine, Psychiatry, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care, Rheumatology and Allergy & Immunology, Women’s Health, and Additional Topics will occur.

There will be a special Hospitalist Track.


Handouts will be available to registered Internal Medicine 2012 attendees on the College Web site beginning March 19, 2012. The site will be updated as material is received from faculty. To view or download handouts as PDF documents, go to im2012.acponline.org and click on the For Meeting Attendees link. Printed handouts will be produced only for pre-courses

Can’t attend Internal Medicine 2012?

Digital presentations are the next best thing to being there.

Order Today! Visit PlaybackACP.com/advance to pre-order Internal Medicine Digital Presentations at the discounted rate. Be sure to mention priority code MD1008.

Complete Webcast Package – Earn CME credit. All 18 Webcasts including Update Sessions, Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind, and Clinical Pearls distributed via on-demand web streaming and bonus DVD-ROM ($549) $499

Scientific Program Package -

170 Sessions plus CD-Rom Reference Material. Audio ($599) $499 AudioPoint* ($799) $699

Pre-Course Package – 5 Pre-Courses plus CD-Rom Reference Material. Audio $399 AudioPoint* $499

Complete Internal Medicine 2012 Package – Scientific Program & Pre-Course Package. Audio $749 AudioPoint* $995

Special Savings! Order by April 15, 2012 to get discounts on select packages.


Nevada Chapter Reception at IM 2012 Meeting in New Orleans

Our Nevada Chapter will again cosponsor a Nevada-Colorado Chapter reception at the New Orleans meeting.

Check the final program for the location and time of our scheduled Chapter reception. The reception lasts about 90 minutes. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the Chapter. Beverages are available. Come greet your Governor and visit with other Chapter attendees at the IM 2012 meeting.


Convocation and Opening Ceremony at IM 2012

The Convocation Ceremony will be held at the Morial Convention Center at 6:00 p.m. • Hall 12 • Open to all attendees. No tickets required.

Please join ACP leaders in honoring those recently elected to Fellowship. Recognized by their peers for outstanding medical scholarship and professional achievement, new Fellows march alongside their ACP Governor and local awardees in a moving ceremony. Designed to showcase excellence in medicine, Convocation includes the presentation of Masterships and specific individual and organizational awards granted by the College. The global community of internal medicine is represented by colleagues from the International Society of Internal Medicine, the European Federation of Internal Medicine, and the Royal Colleges and Academies, who join ACP leaders on stage to celebrate this important event.

Our Chapter will participate in this event.

Thursday, April 19th is the Opening Ceremony at 9:30-10:30 a.m. • Hall 12 • Convention Center. Open to all attendees. No tickets required.

All attendees and their spouses or guests are cordially invited to attend the Opening Ceremony, which is officiated by College President Virginia L. Hood, MBBS, MPH, FACP. The Opening Ceremony marks the official beginning of Internal Medicine 2012.

Don’t miss the keynote address by Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MBA, MACP, President & Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College.


Osler Cup and IM 2012 Meeting Highlights

The Internal Medicine 2012 Highlights: Key Messages You’ll Want to Take Home and ACP Doctor’s Dilemma™ Finals will occur at 5:15-6:30 p.m. in the Convention Center. It is open to all attendees. No tickets required.

Internal Medicine 2012 culminates in this wrap-up session.

Hear three outstanding clinician-educators share what they think are Internal Medicine 2012’s most important take-home messages. Then join in the excitement of the final round of ACP Doctor’s Dilemma™. The “Final Four” teams of residents who survive Thursday’s and Friday’s competitions will face off in the championship round of the Jeopardy-style test of knowledge. The winner takes home the Osler Cup—ACP’s coveted trophy.


Hospitalists’ Council Meeting International Medical Graduates Council Meeting

Dr. Nadeem Tariq, Chair of both the ACP Nevada Chapter Hospitalists’ Council of Southern Nevada and the International Medical Graduates’ Council of Southern Nevada is pleased to preliminarily announce a dinner meeting with a professional talk to occur on Thursday, April 26, 2012. Further information will be forthcoming.


Dr. Evins Elected to the ACP Credentials Committee

ACP Nevada Governor Warren H. Evins, MD, PhD, FACP, has been selected as a member of the ACP Credentials committee to serve a one-year term for 2012-2013. The term may be renewable.

The Credentials committee is a technical advisory committee that facilitates advancement to Fellowship, recommends policies and establishes guidelines and procedures that recognize demonstrated excellence and achievements in order to foster the maintenance of a broad membership base. It consists of nine members and meets in person twice a year in Philadelphia and in between by frequent teleconferences.


Dr. Evins Elected to ACCME Committee

Warren H. Evins, MD, PhD, FACP, ACP Nevada Governor has been nominated by the Nevada State Medical Association to the American Medical Associate, then by the American Medical Association to the ACCME’s (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) Accreditation Review Committee (ARC).

At the December 2, 2911 meeting of the ACCME Board of Directors, Dr. Evins was elected to the ARC for a two year renewable term.

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®), a nonprofit corporation based in Chicago, is responsible for accrediting US institutions that offer continuing medical education (CME) to physicians and other health care professionals.

The ACCME’s mission is to identify, develop, and promote rigorous national standards for quality CME that improves physician performance and medical care for patients and their communities.

The ACCME is supported solely by accredited provider fees and workshop registration fees.

The ACCME is successful in its mission only because of its dedicated volunteers. Taking into account national-level volunteers, intrastate accreditation volunteers, and CME committee volunteers, approximately 20,000 individuals across the country work in support of the ACCME system.

ACCME Accreditation: A National Model

ACCME accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory system that assures the public and the medical community that accredited CME is a strategic partner in health care quality and safety initiatives, providing physicians with relevant, effective education that meets their learning and practice needs.

Accreditation standards ensure that CME is designed to be independent, free of commercial bias, and based on valid content.

The ACCME accreditation system is recognized as a national model by federal and state government agencies, other health care accrediting bodies, and the profession of medicine.

Federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, have included accredited CME as a strategic partner in their public health initiatives.

The ACCME has long-standing collaborative relationships with the other institutions that oversee national CME accreditation and credit systems, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American Osteopathic Association.

Accredited CME: Reaching Physicians across the Country

There are approximately 700 ACCME-accredited organizations, known as CME providers, including medical schools; nonprofit physician membership organizations, such as medical specialty and state medical societies; hospitals/health care delivery systems; publishing and education companies; government and military organizations; and insurance and managed-care companies.

The ACCME also recognizes 45 state and territory medical societies as accreditors for approximately 1,450 local organizations, such as community hospitals, state specialty societies, and county medical societies, offering CME.

In total, there are approximately 2,100 accredited CME providers, including organizations accredited by the ACCME and by ACCME Recognized Accreditors.

Each year accredited providers offer more than 125,000 activities across the country.

Accredited educational activities draw more than 23 million health care professionals annually. These activities are offered through a variety of channels, including live meetings and courses, medical journals, and the Internet.

Physicians participate in accredited CME activities in support of their own practice-based learning and improvement. Participation in accredited CME also helps physicians meet requirements for maintenance of licensure, maintenance of specialty board certification, credentialing, membership in professional societies, and other professional privileges.

Supporting Education for Health Care Teams

The federal health care reform law and national organizations, such as the Institute of Medicine, identify team-based care as a critical component of health care improvement.

To reward organizations for offering team-focused education that improves patient care, the ACCME partnered with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the American Nurses Credentialing Center to develop a joint accreditation initiative.

With the joint accreditation initiative, the ACCME, the ACPE, and the ANCC seek to assure the public that health care teams receive education that is designed to be independent, free from commercial bias, based on valid content, and effective in improving the quality and safety of care delivered by the team.

Supporting International Continuing Medical Education

Throughout the years, the ACCME has supported CME initiatives with the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education in Brussels, and with government, health system, and CME representatives from a wide range of countries, including China, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the Sudan, and the United Arab Emigrates.

The ACCME recognizes two Canadian CME organizations as substantially equivalent to the ACCME’s accreditation system: the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.

The Accreditation Review Committee reviews and recommends criteria and policies for accrediting organizations that present CME programs. It also reviews and approves applications for initial accreditation or re-accreditation and progress reports. It meets in Chicago three times a year.

Dr. Evins will become a surveyor for nationally accredited CME organizations and for re-recognition of the forty-four State Medical Societies (other than the Nevada State Medical Association) that accredit intrastate CME organizations.


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Contact Information

Evan M. Klass, MD FACP
Governor, Nevada Chapter

Jeanne Tremaine
Executive Director, Nevada Chapter
Phone: 775-223-1463
Email: jeannetremaine4@gmail.com