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ACEP16: It’s Vegas, Baby!

Posted on Mon, Oct 03, 2016
ACEP16: It’s Vegas, Baby!

The action and opulence of Las Vegas is the backdrop for the largest gathering of emergency medicine clinicians – ACEP16.

Hosted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the annual scientific assembly is a great opportunity to meet with your fellow clinicians, earn CME and review the latest research conducted by your peers.

Rebecca Parker, MD, FACEP, executive vice president with EmCare, will be sworn in as the organization’s next president, and several EmCare-affiliated clinicians will present during the conference, including:

  • James Ahn, MD, FACEP
  • Vikhyat Bebarta, MD, FACEP, FACMT
  • Charlotte Derr, MD, RDMS, FACEP
  • Vi Dinh, MD, RDMS, RDCS
  • Michael Gerardi, MD, FACEP
  • Jacob Hennings, MD, FACEP
  • Kirk Jensen, MD, MBA, FACEP
  • Thom Mayer, MD, FACEP
  • J. Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FACEP
  • Arun Nagdev, MD
  • Michael Nelson, MD, MS
  • Alfred Sacchetti, MD, FACEP

Hit the Career Jackpot!

Perhaps most importantly, ACEP16 is the biggest venue for recruiting the best and brightest in the field. EmCare’s booth, located at S3026, will feature a classic Las Vegas theme.

Our recruiting team will be available to answer candidates’ questions and match them with opportunities from coast to coast – a winning combination. With nearly 1,000 client sites at some of the top hospitals and health systems in the country, opportunities abound for both residents and seasoned clinicians looking for a change. And new this year, we’re rolling out a national version of our elite EmBassador Travel Team program, which will provide flexible clinical opportunities for high-performing clinicians looking to live where they want to while working at both new and current EmCare client sites.

“The EmBassador Travel Team is the best of both worlds: the ability to experience different practice locations and premium compensation,” explained Jim McMillin, director of recruiting. “Learn more about this exciting program at ACEP.”

And, clinicians are invited to stop by booth S3026 to meet EmCare’s President, Ray Iannaccone, MD, FACEP, FACHE.

“There are so many of our physicians that I haven’t had the opportunity to meet – yet. Please stop by EmCare’s booth so that we may meet in person,” Dr. Iannaccone said. “I’d love to hear your ideas and feedback about how we can continue to make healthcare work better.”

Supporting the Interests of Our Clinicians

EmCare is proud to support several specialized ACEP sections during ACEP16 and beyond. EmCare is the lead sponsor of the section meetings for ACEP’s Young Physicians Section and the American Association of Women Emergency Physicians during the conference.

Additionally, many EmCare clinicians are involved with other ACEP sections, including Rural Emergency Medicine and Air Medical Transport.

Important Dates
  • Oct. 16 - Visit EmCare at the EMRA Job and Fellowship Fair
  • Oct. 17 – Residents are invited to join EmCare at LIGHT nightclub at Mandalay Bay for the annual EMRA Party
  • Oct. 18 - ACEP16 Closing Ceremony at Drai’s Nightclub and Beachclub at The Cromwell sponsored by EmCare
  • Nov. 2-5 – Visit EmCare at Booth 9 at the ACOEP Scientific Assembly in San Francisco

See you in Las Vegas!

For more information about job opportunities with EmCare, visit our Career Section.


Featured Clinician: Jeff Davidson, MD, FACEP

Posted on Wed, Sep 14, 2016
Featured Clinician: Jeff Davidson, MD, FACEP

The heart and soul of our practice are our clinicians. Meet Jeff Davidson, MD, FACEP, the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas.

Years with EmCare: 18 years

Years practicing medicine: 22 years

Why did you decide to become a doctor? I had many positive influences when I was younger that opened my thoughts to becoming a physician. My father practiced podiatry and was a great influence on both me and my sister, who practices anesthesia. I learned that the practice of medicine was a lifelong commitment of learning, training and practicing. I was drawn to the idea that you would continually need to challenge yourself to stay atop of practicing medicine. I knew that my personality and drive were ideally suited to becoming a physician and committing to taking care of others.

Why did you choose your specialty? I chose the specialty of emergency medicine because I knew I had the attributes to succeed in the practice. I enjoy the challenge of multitasking and thinking quickly.  I also knew I would enjoy the day-to-day challenge of not knowing what might happen next. Emergency medicine also trains a doctor to be able to engage in other aspects of medicine. EM physicians are naturals for providing medical direction for EMS, sports teams, athletic programs, AED programs, specialty guidance for airlines, cruise ships and more. I also wanted to practice a specialty that would be able to work with all other medicine specialties, and EM is the only choice that provides that access.

What career did you want to pursue when you were younger? I've honestly always been attracted to practicing medicine. 

Describe one of your greatest professional accomplishments. I've been fortunate to have many accomplishments of which I am very proud. I have been the Chairman of the Valley Hospital Medical Center ED for more than a decade. During that time, I helped develop the first Certified Stroke Center within the Valley Health System at our ED, and was named the 2008 Emergency Department Physician of the Year by the American Heart and Stroke Association. In 2010, I helped develop the first hypothermia resuscitation program in our system. I've also had a successful career working in the sports of boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA). I was a Nevada state athletic ringside physician for 10 years before becoming a medical consultant to the UFC and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). I still work as the chief independent medical consultant for those organizations.

What is in the pockets of your lab coat? I prefer to stay light on my feet; I carry only a list of the patients I'm attending to and my cell phone.

What would be your ideal category on “Jeopardy”? Travel

How do you stay organized at work? It’s a mindset. You need to develop a systematic way of dealing with the multitasking of emergency medicine. I use a chronological system as my day and work continue on. I'm diligent in completing the earliest tasks as a priority if possible. I keep things simple this way and don’t delay or forget.

What are your tips for “leaving work at work” and not getting burned out professionally? I enjoy work; this is the first priority for every doctor. When I’m in the ED, I'm 100% engaged in my work and the people and patients around me. When I leave work, I go straight to the gym most of the time. This provides a transition from the chaotic environment of the ED to my personal life. I think the best ways to remain excited about working in medicine are to prioritize your interests and diversify yourself.  Make sure you work enough that you get a positive experience from being there, and participate in as many other activities as you want to fulfill yourself. These activities can be family, personal sport activities and goals, or other types of work that contribute to your total development. The main thing is to not do too much of just one thing, but become good at many things.

What’s the best advice you’ve received about work or life? Wake up every day ready to take on the challenges of the day. No day will ever be the same, therefore, you will always have something new to learn and new tasks to complete. There will be many days that are difficult. Learn to master these days as well as your best days.

What do you enjoy outside of work? I work out in the gym one to two hours a day. Many days are with the same group of individuals or my two sons. I enjoy working with the MMA athletes I do medical consultation for, and travel to many of the UFC events. I also enjoy working as the medical consultant for The Ultimate Fighter reality show.

What’s your favorite inspirational quote? I always say, "Do or do not, there is no try," which Yoda said in Star Wars. I feel this is the best way to accomplish the most.

What qualities make a successful doctor? Understanding, patience, caring, compassion, dedication and perseverance

How would your co-workers describe you? Dedicated, perseverant, compassionate, hardworking and driven

Tell us something that most people at work don't know about you. I'm actually a very private person.

What are you currently reading? "Tough Jews : Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams" by Rich Cohen. I read mostly nonfction, but intermittently I review "The 48 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene.

What’s your favorite TV show? House of Cards, Blacklist and The Walking Dead (yes, I enjoy the drama!).

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of? Raising my two sons successfully and my attention to personal health.


Featured Clinician: Michael Barnum, MD, FACEP

Posted on Thu, Sep 17, 2015
Featured Clinician: Michael Barnum, MD, FACEP

Hollywood’s Las Vegas is all about gambling, cocktails, showgirls and a “devil may care” attitude. But for Michael Barnum, MD, FACEP, the bright lights and 24/7 energy of the city is an apt backdrop for his true passion: changing the way medical care is delivered in Vegas – and beyond.

Dr. Barnum wears many hats: he’s the Medical Director of Las Vegas operations for Evolution Healthcare, EmCare’s sister company specializing in the care and management of patients with complex cases in the home and alternate settings. He’s the Assistant Medical Director of AMR’s Las Vegas operations, and is the Assistant Medical Director of the Emergency Department of Valley Hospital Medical Center, also in Vegas. He, too, is “on” nearly 24/7!

Using his relationships within the local medical community, he’s working to advance Envision Healthcare’s goal of developing a provider network to coordinate care no matter where or when a patient’s needs occur.

“While many have talked about a true continuum that would serve patients with exactly the right care at the right time at the right place, it’s a daunting task that has never really been done before,” a peer explains. “The Las Vegas market is our first truly integrated opportunity, and thanks to the vision and leadership of Mike Barnum, patients are cared for through every phase of their unplanned medical care.”

Dr. Barnum’s understanding of each component of the continuum of care and his willingness to try new delivery models is allowing unprecedented teamwork throughout the Las Vegas Valley. It’s his “pioneering spirit” that has enabled this diverse team to come together to produce outstanding results, according to his peers.

Despite his many management responsibilities within multiple organizations, Dr. Barnum still takes his job as physician seriously, going above and beyond every day for his patients. In fact, when a patient was discharged after joint replacement surgery and couldn’t fill her prescription for pain medication, Dr. Barnum drove to six pharmacies to find the proper medication.

Board-certified in both emergency medicine and emergency medical services, Dr. Barnum shares his love for the art and science of EMS on his popular “VegasEMSDoctor” podcast series, helping train the next generation of pre-hospital clinicians. His enthusiasm and excitement are contagious.

His peers say that he’s just as comfortable on the streets of Las Vegas at 2 a.m. as he is in a hospital board room discussing practice innovations. He is an effective strategic and operational leader who is collaborative and creative – a passionate combination that isn’t just staying in Vegas.

Dr. Barnum received a bachelor’s degree from University of California, San Diego, and attended University of Pennsylvania’s post-baccalaureate pre-medical program in Philadelphia before earning his medical degree from Temple University’s School of Medicine, also in Philadelphia. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento. He is a past-president of the Nevada chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has a background in firefighting and was a fire department training officer. He worked as an EMT in both field and emergency department positions and holds certificates in Swift Water Rescue and Vertical Rescue. Dr. Barnum also is a pilot and an Eagle Scout.