Dr. G. Alan Yeasted of Mt. Lebanon has stepped into his new role as Governor of the Pennsylvania Western Chapter of the American College of Physicians, the national organization of internists. His four-year term began during the organization's annual meeting held last month in New Orleans.
Dr. Yeasted brings to his new role a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon. He is also an internal medicine private practice physician and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Yeasted has been a fellow of the American College of Physicians since 1995. He has also been involved with the Allegheny County Medical Society as President in 2003, chairman of the Board of Directors in 2004 and member of the Board since 2005.
As governor, Dr. Yeasted will work with a local council, supervise chapter activities, appoint members to local committees and preside at regional meetings. He will also represent members by serving on the group's Board of Governors.
In preparation for his new role, Dr. Yeasted spent one year in what he described as a fairly intensive educational program offered by the internists' group. Each month, he studied a new subject and familiarized himself with topics such as membership, finances and organizational structure.
Dr. Yeasted described the group as progressive and academically oriented with a focus on keeping physicians updated on all aspects of internal medicine and patient care.
"The practicing physician does not have time to keep up with everything like this," he said. "It takes someone in my position to be able to inform them via newsletters and emails as to what they need to know to practice high quality medicine in this society."
He said his goals for the next four years include increasing the group's visibility in Western Pennsylvania, attracting more members and encouraging increased involvement of physicians within the organization.
"I think that there's always that small group that runs an organization," he said. "My goal is to increase the involvement of other members in the group and to also get them more involved in a statewide level."
Dr. Yeasted said he also plans to investigate ways to increase the group's diversity by attracting more women who he said are often reluctant to become involved due to the time constraints associated with juggling a career and family.
Dr. Yeasted said he is looking forward to serving as governor and that he has felt strongly about the internists group since his days as a resident.
"I think this organization is just wonderful on an academic level to make sure that we are practicing the best medicine we can for people," he said. "I'm willing to put my time in to continue that tradition."
The ACP is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. Members include 132,000 internal medicine physicians, related subspecialists and medical students.
Shannon Nass, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.