In January, Wright State University Emergency Medicine residents and faculty helped lead a course designed to teach law enforcement officers basic skills needed to save lives in the line of duty.
Dr. Jason R. Pickett, Assistant Director of Operations for the Division of Tactical and Emergency Medicine at Wright State, was instrumental in the
development of the course curriculum, which is geared toward law enforcement personnel and SWAT team members. Among other topics, the course included lessons on gunshot wounds, evaluating the severity of an injury, stopping life-threatening bleeding and managing airways in critical situations where it may not be safe to send in EMS technicians.
Along with Dr. Pickett, participants from Wright State University included faculty members Brian Springer, MD, FACEP; James Brown, MD, FACEP; and John Wightman, MD; as well Emergency Medicine residents Bridget Nestor-Arjun, DO; Meaghan Keville, MD; Scott Rubenstein, MD; Jeff Robinson, MD; and Eddie Smith, MD.
Ohio ACEP is currently accepting nominations for the 2012 Emergency Medicine Physician of the Year Award and The Bill Hall Award for Service to Ohio Chapter ACEP. Presented each year, these awards recognize outstanding physicians that have made a difference in the field of emergency medicine.
The recipient of the 2012 Emergency Medicine Physician of the Year Award
will have demonstrated excellence in clinical practice, served as a role model for other physicians and have actively served in community service and education. Additional criteria and nomination instructions can be found here
The Bill Hall Award
is named in honor of Dr. William Hall, President of Ohio ACEP in 1974 and 1975 and Chapter Treasurer from 1979 to 1985. It is presented to a past or present member of the Ohio ACEP Board of Directors to recognize his or her contributions of time and enthusiasm for advancing emergency medicine and patient care. Additional criteria and nomination instructions can be found here
Nominate an EMS Colleague for the Star of Life Awards!
To kick off National EMS Week, The Star of Life Awards
Ceremony will be held on May 16 to recognize outstanding EMS personnel from all over Ohio. If you have an EMS colleague that deserves recognition, download a nomination form
2012 Emergency Medicine Review
EMR Long Track (5-day course)
August 20 – 24, 2012
October 22 – 26, 2012
EMR Fast Facts and Fundamentals (3-day course)
Held at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Columbus, the EMR course is great for physicians preparing for the Qualifying Exam, ConCert Exam, continuous certification or for those looking for CME and a comprehensive EM review. These acclaimed courses are taught by world-class instructors from around the country and boast a 97 percent pass rate!
John Pakiela, DO, FACEP, for being selected to serve as the State Board of EMS co-chair.
Carol Cunningham, MD, FACEP
, for being presented with the 2012 James Keaney Award
by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine
If you know of a member that deserves to be congratulated, let us know!
Leaders Wanted—Board of Directors and Councillor nominations due April 1
Interested in a leadership role in Ohio ACEP? Consider submitting yourself as a candidate for the Board of Directors or as a Councillor! There are six open Board of Directors seats up for election this year, as well as five Chapter Council seats and thirteen Alternate Councillor seats to serve on the Ohio delegation at the October 6-7, 2012 Council meeting in Denver. Officers and Councillors will be elected by Chapter membership at the All Ohio Emergency Medicine Assembly
on June 5.
Attn: Laura Tiberi, CAE
3510 Snouffer Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215
2012 Emergency Medicine Legislative Day
Save the date for April 18! Join the Ohio ACEP Board of Directors for meetings with legislators and learn how to become an effective state advocate for emergency medicine. Stay tuned for further details.
Tell us how you’d like to get involved!
2012 Leadership Development Academy Class Selected
Do you have another special interest related to the field of emergency medicine? Let us know by contacting Justin Spicer
The Ohio ACEP Board of Directors has approved the candidates for the 2012 Leadership Development Academy. Congratulations to:
Eric Adkins, MD, MSc; The Ohio State University Medical Center, Grove City
Saurin Bhatt, MD, MBA; Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Shaker Heights
Deborah Kimball, MD, MBA; MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland Heights
Gerald Maloney, Jr., DO, FACEP; MetroHealth Medical Center, Bay Village
Bradley Raetske, MD; Mid-Ohio Emergency Services, Columbus
Alison Southern, MD; Summa Akron City Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls
Melissa Tscheiner, MD; MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland
Washington’s Medicaid Battle—from bad policy to worse
In December, we reported on an important court ruling that struck down Washington State’s plan to impose a limit of three covered emergency department visits per year for Medicaid recipients. Our colleagues at Washington ACEP and National ACEP, along with many other health and patient advocacy groups, stood firm against the law, and in November, a Thurston County court agreed, ruling the plan unconstitutional.
In an unfortunate development, Washington officials are pursuing a new policy
which is arguably even worse for Medicaid patients and their doctors. Under the new plan, Medicaid will not pay for any ED visits later deemed “non-emergent”. Again, Washington ACEP has raised serious concerns about the rule, which would leave patients to decide which symptoms are serious and which are not.
National ACEP, Washington ACEP and other physician and hospital groups are appealing to doctors around the country to sign an online petition
urging the Washington State Legislature to halt the plan and take up an alternative proposal which would reduce costs while also protecting quality care.
Kasich Delivers State of the State Address
On February 7 in Steubenville, Gov. John Kasich delivered his State of the State address from the auditorium of Wells Academy. He told attendees he wanted to break with tradition and deliver the speech outside Columbus in order to highlight the accomplishments of the school.
The Gov. made no major policy announcements but touted several accomplishments from his first year in office. Among the accomplishments mentioned were successes in closing down “pill mills” that illegally distribute prescription pain medications—a signature initiative of his administration. Also mentioned were the Governor’s efforts to reduce health care costs, led by the head of Kasich’s Office of Health Transformation, Greg Moody.
Welcome New Members
For the full transcript of the Governor’s State of the State Address, click here