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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