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John L. Lyman, MD, FACEP
President, Ohio ACEP
In this issue:

Reminder—2011 LLSA Test expires March 31

ACEP Opens Comment Period on tPA Policy

In response to a Council Resolution passed at the 2013 ACEP Council Meeting, ACEP has posted its clinical policy on the use of intravenous tPA for a 60-day comment period. To offer input on the policy, complete the public comment form on ACEP’s website.
EMS Grant Applications Available

The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) Division of Emergency Medical Services is now accepting grant applications from all EMS agencies for the 2014-2015 award year. All applications are due Tuesday April 1, 2014. For more information and to apply online, see the ODPS EMS Grant webpage.
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President's Message
When the system works: victories for Ohio’s emergency docs

One of the core missions of Ohio ACEP is its tireless advocacy for emergency physicians and their patients. Yes, we have wonderful educational offerings. Our Board Review course is the Granddaddy of them all and is regarded by many as “the best.” And yes, we have fantastic leadership training. We pride ourselves on preparing new generations of physicians to accept the mantle of the physician leaders who came before them. And then there’s advocacy, a pillar of our Chapter since its inception.

But there are a couple problems that come with advocacy. For one, so much goes on behind closed doors, and it may be difficult for the emergency medicine community to appreciate what is done. Sometimes the most important victories in advocacy are victories because they never see the light of day. [Read More]
Board Member Spotlight—Dr. Thomas Lukens

Dr. Thomas Lukens grew up in Pennsylvania outside Philadelphia and went to undergraduate school in Richmond, Virginia and then to Miami Ohio for his Master’s degree in zoology. In was during his time at Miami University where he fell in love with all things Ohio—Hueston Woods, Cincinnati chili and his future wife, Nancy Breiner; though not necessarily in that order!

After receiving his Master’s degree, Dr. Lukens was then off to the bright lights of the Lincoln Park section of Chicago and medical school at the University of Chicago. [Read more]
Member Kudos

Carol Cunningham, MD, FACEP, for being selected by the Institute of Medicine to serve as a panelist and workshop facilitator at the 2014 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Preparedness Summit in Atlanta in April.

Congratulations to newly-named ACEP Fellows approved after ACEP13 through the end of 2013!
  • Daniel J Bachmann, MD, FACEP
  • Emily Jean Maupin, DO, FACEP
  • Nishit Mehta, MD, FACEP
Thanks to Dr. Jennifer Frey, Research Program Director at Summa Health System, for bringing the following accomplishments to our attention!

Rami A. Ahmed, DO, FACEP, and Brad Gable, MD, for teaching a “sold out” workshop, “From Bleeding to Blacklights: Procedures You Did Not Know You Could Perform With Your Simulator,” at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in San Francisco

Mary C. Bhalla, MD, FACEP, for becoming board certified in the subspecialty of Emergency Medical Services by ABEM

Mary C. Bhalla, MD, FACEP; Amos Burgess, MD; Ryan Hartman, MD; Francis Mencl, MD, FACEP; Christopher Myers, DO; Scott Wilber, MD, FACEP; and Jennifer Yee, DO, for their poster presentations at the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians in Tucson, Arizona

Francis Mencl, MD, FACEP, and his team, who were awarded a research grant by the Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Medical Services for “Characterization of Ohio EMS and Dispatch Systems”

Kirk Stiffler, MD, FACEP, and his team, who were awarded a program grant for the third year by the Ohio Department of Health entitled “Expanding HIV testing in Ohio Emergency Departments” 

Scott Wilber, MD, FACEP, and his team, who were granted a subaward for the NIH-funded research study “Improving Syncope Risk Stratification in Older Adults” 

If you know of a member that deserves to be congratulated, let us know!
March 4 & 5

Take part in something remarkable. 
Register now for a celebration of Emergency Medicine’s Past, Present and Future.
“We should be very proud that many of emergency medicine’s founders had their roots in the Midwest, specifically Ohio. This event is a critical part emergency medicine’s history, past, present and future.”
—Joan Kolodzik, MD, FACEP
Past President, Ohio ACEP
March 4

Join us for a Red Carpet Legacy Reception, followed by the exclusive screening of 24|7|365: The Evolution of Emergency Medicine, the documentary that honors the men and women who pioneered emergency care and forever changed the practice of medicine.
24|7|365—Extended Trailer
March 5

Chapter members, Ohio state legislators and invited guests will gather to explore the role of physician advocacy and the future of emergency medicine and recognize outstanding contributions to EM during the Annual Elections and Awards Luncheon. Featured speakers include:
Dr. L. Anthony Cirillo

Dr. Cirillo serves as the Director of Health Policy & Legislative Advocacy for Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP)...  [Read more]
Dr. Michael J. Gerardi

Dr. Gerardi, of Morristown, NJ, serves on the faculty for emergency medicine/pediatric emergency medicine at... [Read more]
Check out the event agenda.

Members are strongly encouraged to register today!
Members in the News

Joshua Adamow, MD
“What You Didn’t Learn about Critical Care in Residency”
February/March edition of EM Resident magazine

Michael Frank, MD, JD, FACEP
“Sheltering Personal Assets from Medical Malpractice Liability Is Overrated”
February edition of ACEP Now

Kevin M. Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP
“Lack of Data for Evaluating Venothromboembolic Disease In Pregnant Patients Leaves Physicians Looking for Best Approach”
February edition of ACEP Now

Howard K. Mell, MD, MPH, FACEP (interview)
“10 Questions: Howard K. Mell, MD, MPH”
MedPage Today

Howard K. Mell, MD, MPH, FACEP (interview)
“Philip Seymour Hoffman Death Could Point to RX Drug Abuse Link to Heroin”
WAER Syracuse Public Media
Recent News & Opinion

The Role of the Emergency Department in the Accountable Care Era—by Dr. James Augustine, for the Athena Health/Harvard Business Review initiative, Leadership Forum, January 21

Super Bowl 2014: Portable emergency room headed for Meadowlands—The (New Jersey) Star-Ledger, January 22

Firearms hospitalize about 20 kids a day: Study—, January 27

Psych Bed Shortage Threatens Public Safety—MedPage Today, January 28

How to Stop Heroin Deaths—by Dr. Robert S. Hoffman, Op-Ed contributor for The New York Times, February 6

Let Patients Decide if They Need ER Care—by Dr. Noah K. Rosenberg, commentary in the Providence Journal, February 9

Combating Human Trafficking—EM Resident, February/March edition

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