2012 Election is in the Books—Future looks bright for Ohio tort reform
After what seems like a marathon, the 2012 election is finally (mercifully!) over. The campaign calls have stopped. Slowly but surely, the yard signs and bumper stickers are coming down. And most importantly, the Smith residence—a house divided between Democrat and Republican—is now at peace, temporarily.
With the election over, our thoughts turn to what the results will mean for our future. Of course, the greatest attention throughout the campaign season has been on the Presidential election. As physicians, we have had a great stake in this race, especially because the result would decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Regardless of your personal beliefs about the law, the reelection of President Obama has assured that implementation of the ACA will go forward. As this process plays out, the job of emergency physicians will be to guide implementation and regulation, while continuing to advocate for improvements to the law.
Here in Ohio, we were proud to support three candidates for Ohio Supreme Court—Justice Terrence O’Donnell, Justice Robert Cupp and Judge Sharon Kennedy. As part of our support for these candidates, we sent a series of e-bulletins to tell you about their philosophy of defending medical malpractice reform and the importance of electing them to the Court. We also asked members to join the Ohio ACEP Board of Directors in contributing to their campaigns, and I want to extend my sincere thanks to those that stepped up to answer the call.
I’m happy to report that two of these three candidates—Justice O’Donnell and Judge Kennedy—won their elections. As a result, the balance of the Ohio Supreme Court remains squarely on the side of upholding tort reforms.
Members have consistently reported that the most valuable member benefit Ohio ACEP provides is advocating for the issues emergency physicians care about most. I couldn’t agree more. And as our Chapter moves forward, our most important goal will be to continue our advocacy for Ohio ACEP members and their patients.
Michael Smith, MD, FACEP
President, Ohio ACEP
Board Member Spotlight - Dr. Michael McCrea
Dr. Michael McCrea’s passion for teaching emergency medicine is evident in all aspects of his career. In 2009, he joined the Emergency Medicine Residency faculty at St. Vincent’s in Toledo as Director of Simulation Education. Earlier this year, he became the program’s Assistant Program Director and won the “Attending of the Year” Award from the program’s residents. [Read more…]
2012 turned out to be a good year for incumbents, both nationally and in Ohio. The GOP maintained control of the Ohio General Assembly, while the Ohio Supreme Court races favored tort reforms. Nationally, Democrats retained control of the US Senate, while Republicans held onto their majority in the House of Representatives, despite Democratic gains. [Full election recap…]
The following members had articles published in the November edition of the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Congratulations!
Jillian L. Schwaab, MD; Diane L. Gorgas, MD; and Travis R. Eastin, MD – Promoting Collaborative Relationships between Emergency Medicine Residents and Nursing Staff: A Novel Nursing Liaison Program
Steve Warrington, MD, and Matthew Beeson – The Benefits of an Emergency Medicine-Directed Orthopedic Rotation
Travis R. Eastin, MD; Michael Patrick O’Connell, MD; Diane L. Gorgas, MD; and Jillian L. Schwaab, MD – A Novel Approach to the Asynchronous Learning Curriculum
Nicholas Kman, MD, FACEP, and Daniel R. Martin, MD, FACEP – A Tiered Mentorship Program Improves Number of Students with an Identified Mentor
Travis R. Eastin, MD; Diane L. Gorgas, MD; and Jillian L. Schwaab, MD – Low-Fidelity Hand Model for Teaching Digital Nerve Blocks
Michael D. Smith, MD, FACEP; Nicole Ann Veitinger, DO; and Thomas Noeller, MD, FACEP – A Novel Use of Simulation: Medicolegal Simulation
Chad Donley, MD; Travis R. Eastin, MD; Diane L. Gorgas, MD; and Jillian L. Schwaab, MD – There's Always Room for a Low-Fidelity Model: Teaching Facial Regional Anesthesia With a Gelatin Model
David P. Bahner, MD, FACEP; Nilesh Patel, MD; Chad Donley, MD; and Nicholas Kman, MD, FACEP – @EDultrasound: A Social Media Curriculum
Nicholas Kman, MD, FACEP – Direct Observation: There Is an App for That!”
If you know of a member that deserves to be congratulated, let us know!
(photo credit: Chang W. Lee for The New York Times)
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’s ED Director of the Year Award recognizes and celebrates emergency physician leaders who have demonstrated exemplary collaborative skills in the emergency department. Any ACEP member, physician group or hospital leader may nominate an ACEP member by completing a nomination form
. Nominations will be accepted until February 18. For more information, including nomination process and award criteria, visit EMF’s Emergency Department of the Year page