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Please review the following information before casting your ballot for Governor-elect of the ACP Pennsylvania Southeastern Region.

Your official ballot will be emailed directly to you from ACP National.

Congratulations to both our fine candidates and best of luck to all members as you make this difficult decision.

Dr. Davis

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Name: Amy L. Davis, DO, MS, FACP

Medical School Education: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

Post-Doctoral Training: Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, ABIM; Hospice & Palliative Medicine, ABIM; Addiction Medicine, ABPM; All Active MOC

Present Employment Position: Independent Palliative Medicine Physician, Solo practice; Clinical Associate Professor, Drexel University; Medical Director, Optum

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities: Chair, Health & Public Policy Committee since 2017; Member, Health & Public Policy Committee since 2015; Participant, PA Delegation, National Leadership Day since 2013; Leadership Role, PA Delegation, National Leadership Day since 2018; Councilor, Governing Council 2014-2018; Reviewer, Resident Poster Competition 2016-2018; Pressman Award for Distinguished Service, 2017; Member, Annual Meeting Planning Committee 2017; Reviewer & Judge, Early Career Physician ePoster Competition 2017

ACP National Activities: Fellowship 2012; Member, Membership Committee since 2019; Capstone Reviewer, ACP-AAPL Certificate in Physician Leadership Program since 2019; Peer Reviewer, General Internal Medicine I, Palliative Medicine Section 2019 MKSAP

Other Appointments/Activities:  Small Group Facilitator, Ethics Curriculum, Drexel SOM; Co-Chair, Quality Committee & QI Education Workgroup, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM); Representative, PCPI & QIAC Committee, AAHPM; Member, Quality & Research Strategic Coordinating Committee, AAHPM; Secretary/Treasurer & Communications Coordinator, Board of Directors, Delaware Valley Palliative Care Collaborative; Member, Criteria Education Planning Committee, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM); Instructor, Criteria Workshop, ASAM; Associate Editor, Basic Science Section PC-FACS (Fast Article Critical Summaries for Clinicians in Palliative Care); Member, Publications Committee, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA); Subject Matter Expert/Technical Expert Panel: Criteria Application Project (ASAM), Palliative Care Metrics Development (CMS), and Pain Management

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Mitigation and Relief of Suffering; Pain Management, Substance Use Disorders, Chronic Illness, and their intersections; Healthcare Advocacy

Candidate Statement:  As the Governor representing Southeastern Pennsylvania, I would aim to provide members a forum where they belong, can grow, are supported, and have an amplified voice in healthcare’s evolution. I am a practicing independent palliative medicine physician, following patients across the care setting spectrum. Addiction medicine and primary care are also facets of my practice. During my career, I have had experience in most aspects of health care: clinical, academic, administrative, business, quality, and policy formulation. I look forward to continuing my broad involvement. I have learned the best paths forward are forged through listening to openly shared diverse perspectives. My background of experience will be a strong asset as we work together, ensuring our Chapter evolves to meet members’ needs in our rapidly changing world.

Dr. Ramirez

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Name: Rachel L. Ramirez, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: Emory University School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Training: Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester

Board Certifications: ABIM

Present Employment Position: Associate Program Director Internal Medicine Residency, Abington Jefferson Health

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities: Co-Chair, Council of Young Physicians ended 2016; Dinner Attendee to foster interest in Internal Medicine (hosted by ACP); Judge, Regional Poster Session, Doctor's Dilemma 2016-2019

ACP National Activities: Fellowship 2011

Other Appointments/Activities: Medical Director, Hartnett Health Services, Ambulatory Clinic, Abington Jefferson Health (teaching clinic for residency and treats underserved); Physician Representative, Abington Adult Medical Associates for Jefferson Medical Group Leadership Committee; Elected Member-at-Large, Medical Executive Committee 2016-2018; Community Lecturer, Primary Care Topics; Item Writing Task Force for MOC Questions, American Board of Internal Medicine since 2018

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Graduate medical education curriculum development, focusing on primary care; Caring for patients who choose bloodless medicine and/or surgery; Underserved medical care in our community

Candidate Statement: I believe I will bring to the Board of Governors a unique perspective. As a mid-career physician and educator, I have dedicated my time to fostering developing internists, caring and advocating for the underserved, and actively practicing primary care. I have many years of experience in each of these areas and will bring them forward as I represent my chapter. Our chapter is very diverse but unified in its desire to improve several issues, including but not limited to patient-centered care and health care disparity education, advocacy for equitable reimbursement, work-life balance, and all areas in between. There are many challenges our region faces, including the current pandemic and its myriad of effects on our communities. However, with my energy and passion I welcome the opportunity to serve our chapter for the betterment of our patients and fellow internists.