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40th Anniversary Retrospective

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Mary Francis, MD

President's Message

Power outage reveals ED staff’s unity, professionalism

Happy New Year on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Ohio ACEP. I hope your 2013 started well and you feel recharged for the coming year.
Though it wasn’t exactly restful, New Year’s Day gave me hope for a great 2013. I thought all I wanted for Christmas was some Reglan, but it turned out I needed electricity more.
On January 1, I was working a shift at my hospital when a sudden power outage sent the ED into disaster mode. Of course, electricity or not, the mission to care for critically ill patients continued.
Our ED team performed fantastically. During those several hours without electricity, the staff soldiered on and made use of their training and ingenuity to continue doing their jobs. I was amazed and proud of how we came together to get through the power failure.
Then it occurred to me that events like this, while amazing, are also routine in our field. We are problem solvers. We do more with less. We overcome obstacles and deal with surprises on a daily basis. This is what it means to work in emergency medicine.
Time and again, we have seen emergency physicians stay behind to care for their patients during devastating natural disasters—true crises—like Hurricane Katrina, the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and Hurricane Sandy, to name a few. 
In the coming year, emergency physicians will again focus our attention on important issues like malpractice reform and fair reimbursement and we will no doubt gain ground. And if the past is any guide, we may also have our share of setbacks. 
But emergency physicians—maybe more so than any medical specialty—are equipped to deal with whatever obstacles are put in our path. While we fight for reforms to provide the best possible care for our patients, we are prepared to deliver more care with fewer resources. It can be easy to forget this fact while experiencing frustrations or working under adverse conditions. But sometimes, something as simple as a power outage is all it takes to remember what we are capable of.
Best wishes for a happy New Year,
Michael Smith, MD, FACEP
President, Ohio ACEP

Board Member Spotlight - Dr. Matthew Sanders

Aside from practicing medicine, one of Dr. Matt Sanders’s greatest professional interests is in advocacy and health policy. As a graduate of the 2011-2012 class of Ohio ACEP’s Leadership Development Academy, Dr. Sanders puts his advocacy and leadership skills to use serving as Chair of the Ohio ACEP Government Affairs Committee. [Read more…]

New Edition of Rivers’ Oral Board Prep Products Now Available!

New for 2013, Ohio ACEP is proud to announce the 10th edition release of Dr. Carol Rivers’ Preparing for the Oral Board Exam in Emergency Medicine. Both residents and attending physicians can order their copy now! 

The 10th edition Oral Board audio program has also been released. Listen and learn! Improve your chance for success on the exam by listening to simulated encounters!

Nominations, Applications for 2013 Leadership Development Academy Are Now Being Accepted!

Do you know about Ohio ACEP’s Leadership Development Academy? The innovative yearlong program is designed to empower tomorrow’s physician leaders with critical skills in leadership, communication and advocacy through guided, hands-on learning experiences.
For more information about the program, including the application process or to nominate a colleague, check out our 2013 Leadership Development Academy brochure. Applications and nominations will be accepted until February 15.

Member Kudos

James J. Augustine, MD, FACEP, for his column “EMS priorities at a shooting incident with multiple casualties” which was posted at 
David F. Baehren, MD, FACEP, for his commentary, “Waypoints of the journey,” which was published in the January edition of ACEP News
Charles L. Emerman, MD, FACEP, for being interviewed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article “More Local Hospitals See Flu Patients Increasing
Diane L. Gorgas, MD, for her Columbus Dispatch column, “Emergency medicine: HPV alters oral-cancer expectations
Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, for his Emergency Physicians Monthly column, “A Proud Member of the 700 Club
Congratulations to the following Ohio ACEP members for their contributions to the 10th edition of our Oral Board product line—Dr. Carol Rivers’ Preparing for the Oral Board Exam in Emergency Medicine and the supplement Audio Program!
Senior Associate Editors: Ann M. Dietrich, MD, FAAP, FACEP; Randall W. King, MD, FACEP; and Thomas W. Lukens, MD, PhD, FACEP
Contributors: Michelle Blanda, MD, FACEP; Paul De Saint Victor, MD, FACEP, MHA, CPE; Emile El-Shammaa, MD; Anna Mandir Helms, MD; Colin G. Kaide, MD, FACEP, FAAEM; Nicholas E. Kman, MD, FACEP; Sheri Knepel, MD, FAAEM; Michael J. McCrea, MD, FACEP, FAAEM; Donald A. Moffa Jr., MD, FACEP; Michael S. Omori, MD, FACEP; Michael J. Stoner, MD, FACEP; John R. Queen, MD, FACEP; Kristen Schmidt, MD, FACEP; Austin Wellock, MD; Sandra L. Werner, MD, RDMS, FACEP; and Daniel P. Zelinski, MD, PhD
If you know of a member that deserves to be congratulated, let us know!

Nominate a Colleague for the Bill Hall Award, EM Physician of the Year

As you start 2013, take a minute to recognize colleagues who made a difference in 2012. We are looking for nominees for the Bill Hall Award for Service and the EM Physician of the Year Award. For more information, including nomination instructions, see the awards criteria for the Bill Hall Award and EM Physician of the Year Award. Nominations are due March 11, 2013.

Now Accepting Nominations for EMS Star of Life Awards!

Know an EMS Star that deserves a little extra recognition for a job well done? The EMS Star of Life Awards were created by Ohio ACEP and the Ohio Division of EMS to recognize outstanding achievements and to honor those in Ohio's EMS system whose accomplishments rise above the day-to-day excellence of that system. Nominate them today! Deadline for submissions is March 8.

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