Washington ACEP News

Jan. 24 – 30 will be the first ACEP Emergency Medicine Wellness Week

wellnesDuring the week, members and others will be invited to make a pledge to lead a healthier lifestyle.  You will be given suggestions of various activities to start or changes to make in your life.   They will include selections related to physical heath, emotional wellbeing, connections with others, and career engagement.  Additionally, medical directors and administrators will be encouraged to support and encourage their clinicians and find ways to contribute to increased wellness and improved working environments for those they manage.  WA-ACEP plans to get involved so expect more information to come.

WA-ACEP Board Members Featured in November issue of ACEPNow

Liam Yore, MD, FACEP, takes on Balanced Billing, while Jennifer L’Hommedieu Stankus, MD, JD, FACEP takes on other American Ninja Warriors.

Much to be proud of if you were a WA-ACEP member in Boston Oct. 25-29:

Past President Chris Kang, MD, FACEP Elected to ACEP Board
ChriswebCongratulations to Christopher Kang, MD, FACEP who was elected to the American College of Emergency Physicians’ National Board of Directors during the Council Meeting Oct. 25 in Boston. Chris’ accomplishments and experience within WA-ACEP and at the national level are extensive, and speak to his innate ability to lead effectively from the front as well as behind the scenes. Chris is trusted by all who know him, and brings a sincerity and humility to everything he does.  He is always looking at ways to make others shine; rarely seeks personal credit, and always finds a way to help others benefit from his efforts.

Chris joins fellow WA-ACEP Past President Steve Anderson, MD, FACEP on the ACEP Board. WA-ACEP is proud of Chris and Steve and looks forward to their many years of service to the College.


WA-ACEP Board Member Darin Neven, MD, FACEP and Team Win Hackathon

HackathonWinners-562x336Time-saving innovations for emergency departments took top honors at the second annual EM Hackathon, where physicians collaborated with computer programmers, engineers, and other experts to tackle challenges facing emergency medicine.  The winner of the $3,000 grand prize was a team called VOXDOX, which developed a system to help physicians spend more time with their patients and less time with the computer.

VOXDOX team members were Darin Neven, MS, MD, an emergency physician at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington; Alister Martin, MD, MPP, emergency medicine resident with Harvard Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital; Rafael Aroutiunian, MD, CCFP, an emergency physician at McGill University, Montreal; Anil Tarachandani, PhD, CEO of USINLIFE biotech company; Maryam Zekavat, MIT graduate and computational biologist at the Broad Institute; Christina Kayastha, software developer at Vistaprint; and Binam Kayastha, a computer science student at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The team created a natural language enabled system that integrates voice-activated software with electronic medical records, allowing physicians to order tests, labs and medications and to retrieve patient information at bedside.

Enguidanos Receives ACEP’s Horizon Award at ACEP15

Enrique EnguidanosEnrique Enguidanos, MD, FACEP received the American College of Emergency Medicine’s 2015 Horizon Award for outstanding contributions and participation in ACEP Council activities within the first five years of Council Service. Enrique has rapidly embraced the spirit and conduct of the ACEP Council process, and emerged as an active, respected, and effective leader within the Council. Enrique received the award during ACEP15 in Boston Oct. 25.



Marv Wayne Recognized at ACEP15

WayneCongratulations WA-ACEP Past President Marv Wayne, MD, FACEP on his ACEP Longevity Award with 41 years, longest active career in EM.




Congratulations Drs. Schlicher and Enguidanos

WA-ACEP President-Elect Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, FACEP was elected Washington State Medical Association assistant secretary-treasurer at the annual meeting Sept. 27. WA-ACEP Past President Enrique Enguidanos, MD, FACEP was elected a new WSMA Board of Trustee. WSMA installed Dr. Ray Hsiao as president. Dr. Hsiao is a child psychiatrist and addiction specialist at Seattle Children’s, where he also serves as the co-director of the adolescent substance abuse program.

WA-ACEP Past President Steve Anderson, MD, co-authors ACEPNow Article

Drinking from the Fire Hose: Surviving Your First Year on the ACEP Board of Directors

State Supreme Court Halts Effort to Expand Certificate of Need

The Washington State Supreme Court agreed with a WA-ACEP-supported amicus brief challenging the Department of Health’s rule expanding the reach of the Certificate of Need (CON) review program. The court decided unanimously July 9 that the Department of Health exceeded its scope of authority with the 2013 rule that would have dramatically expanded the purview of the CON in Washington State. The amicus brief, submitted by the Washington State Medical Association with financial support from WA-ACEP, expressed concern that the rule might require a CON review for arrangements such as new agreements between physicians and medical practices with hospitals, exclusive contracts between physician specialty groups and hospitals, and any other type of joint services agreements with hospitals.

MERS Resources Now Available

The ACEP Epidemic Expert Panel has created a fact sheet about Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as well as compiled other useful resources for emergency physicians. MERS is a potential severe illness that should be considered in patients presenting with symptoms of a respiratory illness who satisfy certain travel/exposure criteria. Find the resources at www.acep.org/MERS.

Viewpoint: Fighting Psychiatric Boarding through Induced Crisis

By WA-ACEP President Enrique Enguidanos, MD, FACEP; and WA-ACEP Secretary/Treasurer Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, FACEP – Emergency Medicine News Feb 2015

ACEP Develops Measles Fact Sheet, Resource Page

The United States has experienced a record number of measles cases (Rubeola) in 2014 (more than 600 patients), which is the greatest number in more than 14 years. This virus represents a challenge to Emergency Medicine because it is highly infectious and has been rarely seen in Emergency Departments in the recent past. ACEP developed a Fact Sheet about this disease for a review of its presentation, clinical course and implications for your Emergency Department. Visit acep.org/measles for more information and for new resources added as needed.