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40th Anniversary Retrospective

The All Ohio EM Assembly Program and 40th Anniversary Retrospective is now available for download!

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Welcome New Members!

Emily R. Bacon
Nael Bahhur, MD
Stephanie B. Benjamin
Ryan Box, DO
Roderick Dimitri Cousins, MD
Joshua Enyart
Christopher M. Gifford
Christopher Michael Gooch, DO
Zachary N. Hourmouzis
Angela K. Johnson
Fadi T. Kasyouhanan
John Andrew Kim, MD
Ronald Lavoie
Anthony McKeen
Robert McMorrow, DO
Juan D. Montoya 
James S. Morrison
Michael Moss
Meenakshi Munshi, MD
Phuc K H Nguyen, DO
Kristin Michelle Peoples, DO
John Rosevear, MD
Jacqueline Roth
Jeffrey T. Ruwe
Marisa Scofield
Imran Shaikh
Nicholas Ryan Sherman, MD
Lem Smith
Joe H. Snow
Rohit Tonk, MD
Jeffrey J. Van Laere
Arjun S Vibhaker, MD
Randy L. Wallace, MD
Lisa Warner, MD
Christi Woods, DO
Kevin Yavorcik
Kyle Yeager
Bryan Zorko

President's Message

For years, emergency physicians have been treating an increasing number of victims caught up in the opioid abuse epidemic. I suspect nearly all our practicing members have encountered the problem at some time in their careers. As the visibility of the epidemic has increased, so too has the concern of Ohio’s public officials. 

As part of his focus on fighting opioid abuse, the Governor assembled a cabinet-level taskforce—the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT). One of GCOAT’s initiatives was to develop statewide guidelines designed to help hospital emergency departments address patient expectations and common considerations when prescribing controlled substances. 

Ohio ACEP welcomes the state’s interest in combating widespread opiate abuse. In fact, EM physicians were among the first to offer assistance to the taskforce. However, when a serious problem suddenly becomes the subject of such intense interest, well-meaning policymakers can sometimes overreach or enact measures that are counterproductive.

That’s why Ohio ACEP was involved in many of GCOAT’s discussions and helped to develop these guidelines. Our goal was—and is—to help ensure that unintended consequences don’t affect our members’ ability to provide patients with appropriate care. 

In May, GCOAT released their Opiates and Other Controlled Substances (OOCS) Prescribing Guidelines to emergency physicians, as well as guidelines to help patients know what to expect when visiting EDs. We need your feedback. What do you think of the Prescribing Guidelines? Have they been helpful? I encourage each of our members to weigh in by completing a brief survey. These eight short questions will give us vital feedback on an issue that affects us all.


Mike Smith, MD, FACEP
President, Ohio ACEP

Board Member Spotlight - Dr. John Lyman

Dr. John Lyman came to Ohio in 1974 with his pickup truck, his dog, his motorcycle, and not much else. He was lured to the Buckeye state from California to continue NASA-funded research centered on biorhythms, especially as they related to biomedical data obtained during space missions. [Continue reading...]

Decision 2012

On Tuesday, November 6, we have the chance to determine Ohio’s course on the issues most important to physicians—especially maintaining and improving Ohio’s medical malpractice climate. That’s why we urge each and every one of our members to exercise their right to vote and cast their ballot for pro-physician candidates. 

Check out Ohio ACEP’s election guide, including a non-partisan explanation of Issue 2. And for additional voting information, including everything you need to know about absentee ballots, early voting and what’s on the ballot in your area, visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s Elections & Voting webpage.

Leadership Challenge Retreat

Members of the Ohio ACEP Board of Directors, the Leadership Academy Class and staff attend the Ohio ACEP Leadership Challenge Retreat at Camp Joy this week. There was perhaps no greater demonstration of personal leadership, no moment more purely human, rich and joyful than this- Dr. Tom Tallman finishing the high ropes course, 'Stairway to heaven' climb. In 2010, Tom fell from a roof and suffered a spinal cord injury that initially left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. The high ropes course this week- which he insisted he participate in as a member of the team (he had his own spotter and was very safe!) - was only the latest step in his continuing recovery. Tom- You are an inspiration.

There will be more photos and a full camp report in the next edition of our e-news!

Member Kudos

Robert I. Broida, MD, FACEP, for his article, “Be Aware: State Opioid Prescribing Regulations,” in the September, 2012 edition of the Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Newsletter

Kevin Klauer, DO, FACEP, EJD, for his column, “The Evolution of CCTA,” appearing in Emergency Physicians Monthly

Kevin Klauer, DO, FACEP, EJD and Michael Phelan, MD, FACEP, for their article, “Assessment of Medicare's Imaging Efficiency Measure for Emergency Department Patients with Atraumatic Headache,” appearing in the September, 2012 issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine

Sharon Mace, MD, FACEP, for her article, “Clinical Policy: Critical Issues in the Initial Evaluation and Management of Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department in Early Pregnancy,” appearing in the September, 2012 issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine

David Baehren, MD, FACEP, for his commentary, “A Size Too Big,” appearing in the August edition of ACEP News

Finally, congratulations to all the Ohio ACEP members selected to serve on National ACEP committees!

If you know of a member that deserves to be congratulated, let us know!

Prescribing Controlled Substances in the ED

On October 11, the Ohio State Medical Association is offering a conference designed to familiarize physicians with technologies to identify opioid abuse, discuss prescription misuse with patients and minimize the medical-legal risks associated with prescribing controlled substances. For more information, or to register, check out OSMA’s event brochure.

Recent News and Opinion

Second Opinion: The Scars Deep Inside – from Emergency Medicine News, July, 2012 edition

Dr. Edwin Leap explores the emotional toll practicing EM physicians are expected to endure, often in silence.

Patient dumping remains a concern for nation’s EDs – August 27, American Medical News

A new case study in Health Affairs says hospitals have been slow to implement policies to take on the problem of “patient dumping.”

The Night the E.R. Staff Can Never Forget -- from The New York Times, August 16, 2012

Times reporter, Erica Goode, profiles the emergency physicians who treated victims of the July 20 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

*Photo credit: Matthew Staver for The New York Times

Identifying Sex Trafficking in the EDfrom Emergency Medicine Monthly, September 4, 2012

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