WA-ACEP sent its largest group yet to ACEP’s Legislative and Advocacy Conference (LAC) May 15-18 in Washington, DC. Seventeen members from Washington State visited with legislators to advocate for Emergency Medicine on subjects such as opioid and EMS issues, mental health reform and EMTALA. More information will be provided in the Spring WA-ACEP Newsletter to be published next week.
Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, FACEP took over the reins of the chapter at the annual meeting, 2016 Summit to Sound held April 27-29 in Seattle. Schlicher succeeds John Matheson, MD, FACEP as President. Other officers elected were: Pat Solari, MD, FACEP as President Elect; and Liam Yore, MD, FACEP as Secretary/Treasurer. Board Members elected were: Drs. Cameron Buck (reelected to second term), Jaime Delcampo, Raul Garcia, Jamie Jenkins and Gregg Miller. See a complete list of WA-ACEP Board Members.
WA-ACEP Board Members are available for education directed to your physician group, training program and staff. See our list of guest lecturers available to speak at your upcoming meetings and conferences.
Help protect Emergency Medicine in Washington State by donating $250/year (the cost of one $5 cup of coffee a week) to the WA-ACEP PAC Coffee Club! Coffee Club members will receive a free lapel pin and recognition in newsletters, emails, and other member communications, and help build Emergency Medicine’s voice in Olympia. Learn more and donate.
WA-ACEP Board Members Drs. Stern and Mitchell with Past Resident Liaison Dr. Wong, publish results of 2014-2015 Washington ED Ebola Preparedness Survey. “Ninety-five percent of respondents moderately or strongly agreed that it is important to have a predesignated hospital to care for [Ebola virus disease] EVD patients,” according to the report. Read more.
As a result of legislation passed in 2015 all active Washington state physicians, physician assistants and those physicians and PAs holding a retired active license must complete a one-time six-hour training in suicide assessment, treatment and management. See this model list of training programs that will be accepted. To meet this new requirement, the Washington State Psychiatric Association is offering one-day, six-hour workshops on suicide care training. The workshops, instructed by WSPA President-Elect Jeffrey Sung, MD, will be held on May 21 and June 25 from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Swedish Medical Center First Hill Campus in Seattle. The workshops will use lecture, video-based educational tools and writing exercises to address approaches, formulation and clinical responses to suicide risk. Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) members receive a discounted registration fee to attend. The training is approved for six CME credit hours. Visit the WSPA website for details and to register. See results of WA-ACEP survey on EM-focused CME to meet the requirement.