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ACEP15: EmCare Paints Beantown Green!

Posted on Thu, Nov 12, 2015
ACEP15: EmCare Paints Beantown Green!

Another autumn, another ACEP annual meeting in the books! EmCare leaders, physicians and recruiters traveled to Boston Oct. 26-28 for the American College of Emergency Physicians’ annual meeting, ACEP15.

As one of the world’s largest gathering of researchers, teachers and practitioners of emergency medicine, it’s a great opportunity for physicians to earn CME and for recruiters to meet with residents and practicing physicians looking to make a career change.

Congratulations Dr. Parker!

The highlight of ACEP15 was the election of Rebecca Parker, MD, FACEP, as president-elect of ACEP. Dr. Parker will serve as president-elect through October 2016, when she will assume the one-year post of President at the organization’s annual meeting in Las Vegas. Dr. Parker was serving as the Chair of ACEP’s Board of Directors.

“As the next President-elect, I have two visions: to establish emergency medicine as the nucleus of a new acute care continuum and to enhance our diversity,” said Dr. Parker. “Let’s create a new acute care continuum, with the emergency physician leading the charge. And let’s foster generational, racial and gender diversity within our specialty. As the next president, I will create a new Task Force on Diversity with our sister societies. We will take a new approach and make this an opportunity to re-invent our practice.”

Dr. Parker was chair of ACEP’s Board of Directors for the last year, and is an attending emergency physician with Vista Health in Waukegan, Ill. She also serves as senior vice president of Envision Healthcare and president of Team Parker LLC, a consulting group. In addition, she is a clinical assistant professor at the Texas Tech El Paso Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Parker has been active with ACEP for about 20 years. She has been a member of both the Illinois and Texas chapters’ boards of directors and chaired the chapters’ education committees. She has served in a variety of leadership positions on the Illinois ACEP Board, including president-elect, when she was elected to the national ACEP Board of Directors for the first time in 2009.

For national ACEP, Dr. Parker has served as chair of the Coding and Nomenclature Advisory Committee, chair of the Young Physicians Section, board liaison to the Clinical Emergency Medicine Data Registry (CEDR) subcommittee, and chair-elect of the ACEP Foundation.

New Booth, New President

EmCare unveiled a redesigned exhibitor booth this year. With an open floor plan and modern aesthetic, the booth promoted networking and conversation. Several monitors provided information about the company and its many employment opportunities.

Recruiters were armed with iPads to input candidates’ information and provide marketing materials to interested physicians in real time.

And, physicians were invited to the booth to meet EmCare’s new president, Ray Iannaccone, MD, FACEP, FACHE.

“ACEP’s annual meeting is one of our few opportunities to come together as a company and share our passion for emergency medicine with the rest of the world,” said Dr. Iannaccone in an email to the company’s physicians. “This is my first ACEP as President of EmCare, and I am very proud to represent our dynamic, cutting-edge organization. There are so many of our physicians that I haven’t had the opportunity to meet – yet. I’d love to hear your ideas and feedback about how we can continue to make healthcare work better.”

Dr. Iannaccone held “open door” hours to meet with practicing physicians.

EMRA Job Fair

The annual Job Fair sponsored by the Emergency Medicine Residents Association (EMRA) was held Oct. 26 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. A “speed dating” of sorts for emergency medicine residents and recruiters, the event provides an opportunity for job-seekers to meet with recruiters in the locations in which they want to practice.

EmCare recruiters met with residents seeking positions in Central, North Central, Northeast, Southeast and Western locations of the U.S., as well as those looking for openings at academic medical centers and at fellowship programs.

EMRA Party

New this year, EmCare co-sponsored the annual EMRA Party. Held Oct. 27 at Club VENU and ICON, the event was a spectacle of flashing lights, dance music and merriment. The nightclub atmosphere allowed residents to unwind at one of Boston’s premier clubs. In fact, the facility has hosted some of the top EDM and hip hop acts, including The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, 50 Cent, Fabolous and Ja Rule.

ACEP15 Closing Party

Despite the rain and wind, EmCare capped off ACEP15 with its signature sponsorship of ACEP’s Closing Party on Oct. 28 at the New England Aquarium. Attendees mingled with their co-workers, and with penguins, sea lions, stingrays, sea turtles and more! The evening included commemorate photos, catered food and musical entertainment, which got the dance floor moving.

The event was so popular that a pop-up overflow party was held at the Westin Boston, complete with a DJ, TVs for watching the World Series, and light refreshments.

Showcasing Medical Research

ACEP15 wasn’t all play. Several EmCare physicians presented research projects, including:
 

  • Stephen H. Anderson, MD, FACEP – “Coordination of Care Through the ED: Influencing Costs, Recidivism and Health Outcomes”
  • Matthew C. Delaney, MD - “Lost in FOAM: Free Open Access Medical Education for the Technologically Challenged” and “Fast Track Success: Avoiding Pitfalls and Getting Up to Speed”
  • Charlotte Derr, MD, RDMS, FACEP – “Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Scanning Lab”
  • Lucas Friedman, MD - “Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Lab”
  • Neil A. Gandhi, MD - “Physician Onboarding: Don’t Miss the Boat”
  • William P. Jaquis, MD, FACEP - “Are Your Patient Satisfaction Scores Driving You Mad? The 12-Step Program to Improving Your Patient’s Experience and YOUR Satisfaction”
  • Kirk B. Jensen, MD, MBA, FACEP - “Observation Medicine: Your Inpatient Fast Track” and “Engaging Your Physician Team: You Can’t Lead If People Won’t Follow”
  • Brian D. Johnson, MD - “Procedural Ultrasound Lab”
  • Thomas A. Mayer, MD, FACEP - “EDCAHPS: The New Beast on the Block,” “Not Another Complaint? What Do I Do?” and “Are Your Patient Satisfaction Scores Driving You Mad? The 12-Step Program to Improving Your Patient’s Experience and YOUR Satisfaction”
  • Alfred Sacchetti, MD, FACEP - “Pediatric Pain: Safe Sedation Practices,” “Antibiotic Stewardship in the Peds ED: Evidence-Based Approach to Common Infections in Pediatrics,” “PK-Trauma: Let’s Chat About Pediatric Trauma,” “Masters of Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Manage Common Conditions Like One of the Experts” and “Lessons My Patients Have Taught Me: Humor, Humility and Humanity Learned at the Bedside”
  • Adam B. Sivitz, MD - “Advanced Pediatric Ultrasound Lab: Kids Are Not Just Small Adults…Or Are They?”
  • David A. Talan, MD, FACEP - “It’s a Small World: Update on Outbreaks and Vaccine-Preventable Infections” and “Cruising the Infectious Disease Literature 2015”

We’re looking forward to ACEP16 in Las Vegas! If you’d like to join our team, visit the Careers section of our website to search more than 1,000 jobs.

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It’s Time for ACEP15!

Posted on Thu, Oct 08, 2015
It’s Time for ACEP15!

By Russell H. Harris, MD, MMM, FACEP, CPE

I joined the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in 1982. I was a new physician seeking career advancement, fellowship and clinical education, and ACEP provided the support that I needed then – and still does now.

With more than 32,000 members, ACEP is the largest and most influential emergency medicine organization in the world. The organization benefits EM clinicians in a variety of ways by providing:
 

  • Resources to help clinicians develop and improve their skills
  • Information and advocacy regarding new governmental regulations and policies
  • Insight into the latest emergency medicine technology
  • Tools and resources for continuing education and leadership development
  • Networking opportunities both locally and nationally

The association also advocates for fair payment for ED services, including assisting members with compliance disputes with private payers that violate settlement terms. The college also gives EM physicians a voice in Washington. In fact, ACEP’s political action committee, NEMPAC, is one of the largest and most influential PACs in organized medicine.

Opportunities for Networking and Research Abound

ACEP’s 33 sections provide opportunities for exploring your specific interests, networking with like-minded clinicians and pursuing research projects. Sections are focused such as air medical transport, women in EM, democratic group practice, emergency medicine informatics, telemedicine, EMA-prehospital care, forensic medicine, geriatric emergency medicine, observation medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, rural emergency medicine, toxicology, undersea and hyperbaric medicine and wilderness medicine.

The organization’s annual meeting, ACEP15, is a great opportunity to meet with your fellow clinicians, earn CME and review the latest research conducted by your peers. During the Research Forum on Oct. 26 and 27, clinicians will present and discuss original research at the world’s largest gathering of researchers, teachers and practitioners of emergency medicine.

Several EmCare clinicians will present research projects at ACEP15, including:
 
  • Stephen H. Anderson, MD, FACEP – “Coordination of Care Through the ED: Influencing Costs, Recidivism and Health Outcomes”
  • Matthew C. Delaney, MD - “Lost in FOAM: Free Open Access Medical Education for the Technologically Challenged” and “Fast Track Success: Avoiding Pitfalls and Getting Up to Speed”
  • Charlotte Derr, MD, RDMS, FACEP – “Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Scanning Lab”
  • Lucas Friedman, MD - “Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Lab”
  • Neil A. Gandhi, MD - “Physician Onboarding: Don’t Miss the Boat”
  • William P. Jaquis, MD, FACEP - “Are Your Patient Satisfaction Scores Driving You Mad? The 12-Step Program to Improving Your Patient’s Experience and YOUR Satisfaction”
  • Kirk B. Jensen, MD, MBA, FACEP - “Observation Medicine: Your Inpatient Fast Track” and “Engaging Your Physician Team: You Can’t Lead If People Won’t Follow”
  • Brian D. Johnson, MD - “Procedural Ultrasound Lab”
  • Thomas A. Mayer, MD, FACEP - “EDCAHPS: The New Beast on the Block,” “Not Another Complaint? What Do I Do?” and “Are Your Patient Satisfaction Scores Driving You Mad? The 12-Step Program to Improving Your Patient’s Experience and YOUR Satisfaction”
  • Alfred Sacchetti, MD, FACEP - “Pediatric Pain: Safe Sedation Practices,” “Antibiotic Stewardship in the Peds ED: Evidence-Based Approach to Common Infections in Pediatrics,” “PK-Trauma: Let’s Chat About Pediatric Trauma,” “Masters of Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Manage Common Conditions Like One of the Experts” and “Lessons My Patients Have Taught Me: Humor, Humility and Humanity Learned at the Bedside”
  • Adam B. Sivitz, MD - “Advanced Pediatric Ultrasound Lab: Kids Are Not Just Small Adults…Or Are They?”
  • David A. Talan, MD, FACEP - “It’s a Small World: Update on Outbreaks and Vaccine-Preventable Infections” and “Cruising the Infectious Disease Literature 2015”

ACEP is an important organization for clinicians in our field, and ACEP15 is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work. If you’re an emergency physician and haven’t registered yet, the clock’s ticking … I look forward to seeing you in Boston at the end of the month!



Russell H. Harris, MD, MMM, FACEP, CPE, is Chief Executive Officer of EmCare’s North Division. Dr. Harris also is the Vice Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, N.J., a position he has held for more than 20 years. He serves on the emergency medicine faculty of Thomas Jefferson University and is a frequent lecturer to residency programs. Dr. Harris is a past-president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He also served on ACEP’s EMTALA Task Force, and in 2008 was recognized as a leader in governmental advocacy and Hero of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Harris received his master’s degree in medical management from Tulane University and is active in the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Harris served a two-year term as the health policy fellow assigned to the New Jersey State Senate Health Committee. He is a retired captain of the U.S. Navy, having received two Navy Achievement Medals. Dr. Harris serves on the Governor of Pennsylvania’s Advisory Health Board. He has published more than 20 articles in medical journals and textbooks.
 

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