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QIPS Resident Quality Award

Do you know an outstanding resident graduating this year? Nominate him or her for a Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (QIPS) Resident Quality Award. Recipients of the award receive a free 1-year QIPS membership, publication in the QIPS Newsletter and recognition at the 2013 ACEP Scientific Assembly in Seattle! Nominations are due, August 1, 2013.

MCEP to Host Michigan EM Assembly

On July 28-31, the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians will host the 40th Michigan Emergency Medicine Assembly (MEMA) at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island. For additional details, including assembly agenda, hotel information and registration, check out the 2013 MEMA brochure

West Virginia ACEP Emergency Medicine Summit

On Saturday, September 7, the West Virginia Chapter of ACEP will hold their Emergency Medicine Summit 2013 at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia. For more information, including hotel information and registration, check out the EM Summit 2013 brochure.

National ACEP Saving Millions Campaign

In an effort to help the public and lawmakers understand the unique role of the emergency department team and to bolster support to overcome the many challenges emergency physicians face, National ACEP launched a campaign in May 2013 called “Saving Millions” with a series of print ads, radio messages and a coordinated editorials in influential communications nationwide.
To learn more about the Saving Millions campaign and how you can spread the word, visit

Survey: ED Sign-Outs!

ACEP's Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Section (QIPS) has teamed up with the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation (EMPSF) and released a short survey to gain a better understanding of emergency department sign out practices. Your response will help develop tools to improve physician sign out communication and practices nationally. 
***Please complete this short survey NOW.*** 
Thanks for your participation, and please feel free to forward the survey to nursing and physician colleagues in your ED and beyond!

Recent News and Opinion

Emergency doctors can help lower costsThe Baltimore Sun, June 6
The Emergency Department: The Nexus of HealthcareBecker’s Hospital Review, June 6
OSU emergency department to get $4.8 million makeoverColumbus Business First, June 10
Expanding Medicaid coverage is not a cure-allWashington Post Opinion Column by EM physician, Roberta Capp, MD, June 13

President's Message


As I assume the role of Ohio ACEP’s President, let me begin with a series of “Thank You”’s. First and foremost, a thank you to the Chapter membership for showing confidence in me and allowing me the opportunity to serve in this role. It is truly an honor to serve as your President, and I will do my best during the coming year to continue this Chapter on its path of excellence.
Second, a sincere thank you to Mike Smith, my predecessor, for leaving the Chapter in such excellent fettle, thereby facilitating a seamless transition. Mike has done a great job this past year feeding the strengths of the Chapter, while at the same time adapting to the ongoing changes in the house of medicine that impact Chapter operations.
The Chapter’s infrastructure is second to none. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the Executive Director, Laura Tiberi, and her superb staff. I know they will guide me as they have done with those preceding me, and I am indeed fortunate to work with such a well-organized and cohesive team.
It’s difficult to imagine functioning in this role without the support of one’s family and parent organization. To Premier Physician Services, your encouragement and support during the coming year is truly appreciated. To my family, a heartfelt hug and thank you for standing with me and supporting me during the year ahead.
During the coming year, I will continue the Chapter’s strategic focus on the three legs that hold up the Ohio ACEP stool. Foremost among these is Advocacy, a continuing and critically important strength of Ohio ACEP. Two years ago, long-time Government Affairs Committee Chairperson, Dr. Catherine Marco turned over the reins to Dr. Matthew Sanders, who has done a terrific job over the past year, including his important work representing Ohio ACEP on the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT). This year, Dr. Sanders will be joined on the Government Affairs Committee by co-Chair Dr. Brad Raetzke (any jokes about needing two males to do the job of one female are hereby considered politically incorrect!). Under Matt and Brad’s leadership, I can promise continued excellence.
The second leg of this stool is Education. The Medical Education Advisory Committee is led with consistent excellence by Chairperson Dr. Ann Dietrich. We are rightfully proud of this part of Chapter operations, and we will continue to provide the emergency medicine community with a variety of educational resources. While our Board Review course might be considered the backbone of our offerings, we are delighted to have been able to grow and offer new endeavors over the past decade. For example, the Dr. Carol Rivers’ line of board review products became part of our armamentarium within the past few years. You have my assurance we will continue to nurture and evolve this important component of Ohio ACEP.
The “newest” leg is that of Leadership. The Leadership Development Academy is truly the ongoing lifeblood of Ohio ACEP, and as President I couldn’t be happier with its organization and direction. The Membership and Leadership Development Committee oversees this program and Dr. Sara Laskey, who has co-Chaired the Committee in exemplary fashion over the past few years, welcomes a new co-Chair, Dr. Tom Lukens. The Leadership Development Academy has helped develop many current and future leaders in Emergency Medicine, at the community, state and national levels. We are proud beyond words of the quality of leaders who have graduated from this program.
One of my major goals during the coming year will be to maintain continued excellence in these Chapter divisions. With the leadership at the head of each of these divisions that should be a relatively easy thing to do. In fact, probably the best thing I can do is “not get in the way”.  
Along with nurturing these three pillars of Ohio ACEP, I intend to reach out to each emergency medicine residency program in the state. We are fortunate to be blessed with many excellent allopathic and osteopathic programs here in Ohio. While I referred to the leadership program as the lifeblood of the Chapter, the same could be said of the residency programs. The importance of bidirectional involvement between the Chapter and the programs cannot be overstated, and I intend to cultivate and nurture these relationships to that end.
There is a saying often attributed to an ancient Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” In terms of health care, we undeniably find ourselves in interesting times. It is a time of transformation where no one knows exactly where the delivery of health care is headed. Though many would consider this something of a “curse,” I happen to believe EM physicians, as integral components of the health care system, have a unique opportunity to help decide the course of this transformation and make the system better and more efficient for our patients. As a medical specialty with a “can do” spirit, I know many of our colleagues share this optimism, and I invite each of our members to become involved in guiding our health care system’s transformation in a positive direction.
Please know “my door is always open”. Feel free to call or write with your ideas and suggestions. I look forward to working with you and for you during the coming year.
John Lyman, MD, FACEP

Board Member Spotlight - Dr. Paul Culler

In addition to his clinical duties with Premier Physician Services, Dr. Paul Culler is passionate about service to his Marion County community. A resident of the area for over 20 years, he has been a member of the Marion Rotary Club, served on the Marion Community Foundation Board of Directors and currently serves on the Board of Directors at his church and as President of the River Valley High School Music Boosters. He has also served as the River Valley High School team physician since 2000 and coached his children’s youth sports teams for 12 years before “retiring” in 2010. [Read more]

2013 Emergency Medicine Assembly

Ohio ACEP Board of Directors and Councillor Elections

At the 2013 Ohio ACEP Annual Meeting in Columbus, President-Elect, Dr. John Lyman, officially began his term as Chapter President as Dr. Michael Smith moved into his role as Immediate-Past President. The following Ohio ACEP Board members were also elected to serve as officers:

Michael J. McCrea, MD, FACEP
Robert I. Broida, MD, FACEP
Purva Grover, MD
Drs. Thomas Lukens, Purva Grover and Thomas Tallman were re-elected to the Board of Directors for three-year terms.
Dr. Alicia Shelby was also elected as the resident representative on the Ohio ACEP Board of Directors.
The following candidates were elected to serve two-year terms as Councillors to ACEP Council:
  • Eileen F. Baker, MD, FACEP
  • Saurin Bhatt, MD, MBA, FACEP
  • C.C. Halloran, MD, FACEP
  • Gary R. Katz, MD, FACEP
  • Catherine Marco, MD, FACEP
  • Daniel R. Martin, MD, FACEP
  • Michael D. Smith, MD, FACEP
Congratulations to these candidates on their election!
For a complete list of Ohio ACEP’s Board of Directors and Councillors, see our Chapter Leadership page.

Bill Hall and EM Physician of the Year Awards

On June 4 at its Annual Meeting, Ohio ACEP awarded the 2013 Bill Hall Award for Service and the 2013 Emergency Medicine Physician of the Year Award to a pair of tremendous physicians who have worked tirelessly on behalf of their patients, colleagues and their medical specialty. Each year, these two honors are presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the specialty of emergency medicine in Ohio. This year, the Bill Hall Award for Service was presented to Dominic Bagnoli, MD, FACEP (pictured above), and the 2013 Emergency Medicine Physician of the Year Award was presented to Thomas Hetrick, MD, FACEP (pictured to the right). [Read more]

2013 Ohio ACEP Emergency Medicine Assembly Recap

The Ohio ACEP Emergency Medicine Assembly was held on June 3 & 4 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Medical students, residents, attendings, academics, administrators and clinicians alike benefited from a program that included both career and education topics as well as time to spend networking with colleagues and exhibitors. The event gave first-timers an introduction to the Advocacy, Education and Leadership pillars of Ohio ACEP.

The Welcome Reception and EMRA/Ohio ACEP Night at the Ballpark on June 3 were a home-run hit! [Read more]

Did you attend? Please click here to complete a 2013 event evaluation and/or to claim your CME.

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Member Kudos

David F. Baehren, MD, FACEP, for his commentary, “Dangerous crossroads” which was published in the May edition of ACEP News; and his commentary “Culture of silence” which was published in the June edition of ACEP News
Michael S. Beeson, MD, FACEP; John C. Bradford, DO, FACEP; Amber Bradford-Saffles, DO, FACEP; Nicholas Jouriles, MD, FACEP; Brian F. Keaton, MD, FACEP; and Nicholas Reinhart, DO, for being featured in the Akron Beacon Journal article, “Akron General leads nation in emergency medicine training: Hospital boasts oldest community-based program in U.S.

Thomas E. Carter, DO, FACEP, for his article, “An Acute Inability to Cope” which was published in the June edition of ACEP News
Diane L. Gorgas, MD, for her article, “Emergency medicine: Extreme workouts can be dangerous” which appeared in the Columbus Dispatch
Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, for his column, “tPA and the Problems of ‘Indication Creep’” which appeared in Emergency Physicians Monthly
Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, who will take over as Medical Editor-in-Chief for ACEP News in January 2014
Joan M. Kolodzik, MD, FACEP, for being interviewed in the Urbana Daily Citizen article, “Emergency department at Mercy Memorial announces partnership
Margarita Mendoza, MD, for representing University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine, with her interesting and confident case presentation of a patient with Pott’s disease at the Clinical Pathologic Case (CPC) Conference at the SAEM Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia
Vicken Totten, MD, FACEP, for being re-elected to Secretary Treasurer of SAEM’s Global Emergency Medicine Academy
Thanks to Dr. Vicken Totten for bringing Dr. Mendoza’s accomplishment to our attention!
If you know of a member that deserves to be congratulated, let us know!

Leadership & Advocacy Conference

On May 19-22, 500 emergency physicians from all over the country—including nearly 30 physicians from Ohio—converged on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, for National ACEP’s annual Leadership and Advocacy Conference. The Conference featured meetings with legislators, media training and opportunities to learn how to effectively advocate for emergency medicine. Ohio ACEP is proud to participate in the annual conference because we know that a physician who understands how to engage with public officials, the press and the public is emergency medicine’s best possible advocate. 

Left to Right: Drs. Ali Southern, Alicia Shelby, Saurin Bhatt, Erol Kohli, Michael McCrea, Gary Katz, Mike Smith, Baruch Fertel, Robert Broida, and Matt Sanders


Dr. Gary Katz (left) and Dr. Baruch Fertel (right) with Congressman Brad Wenstrup, a DPM (center)

Thanks to all the great Ohio EM physicians advocates who participated!

Heidi Abraham, MD Joel Ascher, MD
Dominic Bagnoli, MD, FACEP Saurin Bhatt, MD, FACEP
Robert Broida, MD, FACEP Baruch Fertel, MD
Gary Katz, MD, MBA, FACEP Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP
Erol Kohli, MD Christopher Lloyd, MD, FACEP
John Lyman, MD, FACEP Michael McCrea, MD, FACEP
Howard Mell, MD, MPH, FACEP Donald Norris, MD, FACEP
David Packo, MD, FACEP Bradley Raetzke, MD
Matthew Sanders, DO, FACEP Alicia Shelby, MD
Michael Smith, MD, FACEP Alison Southern, MD, FACEP
Melissa Tscheiner, MD, FACEP Austin Wellock, MD

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