Washington ACEP News

2016 WA-ACEP Summit to Sound

Online registration is now closed.  Please register on-site if you wish to attend the WA-ACEP annual meeting, the 2016 Summit to Sound April 27-29 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle. Take a look at our impressive line up of speakers and topics!

Guest Lecturers

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.

Join the WA-ACEP PAC Coffee Club


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.

Results of WA State Ebola Preparedness Survey

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.

James Nania, MD, FACEP to Receive the WA-ACEP 2016 Nancy Auer Meritorious Award

Dr._Jim_Nania (1)Although he originally intended to be an internist, Dr. James Nania realized after one year of post graduate experience that what he like best was working in the Emergency Department. Emergency Medicine residencies were developing in the Chicago area and Dr. Nania joined a brand new program at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. His Residency Director, Dr. Mark Olsky, was an early advocate for the development of emergency medicine in the Midwest and inspired his small group to embrace the challenge of this new specialty.

Upon completing his residency, Dr. Nania took his first job at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, hoping to blend a career with adventures in the mountains and on the lakes. He remained in practice at Deaconess for 30 years and served as Medical Director of the ED for the last 25. During his tenure, Deaconess opened a Level II Trauma Center, established an emergency hyperbaric program, implemented a Rapid Diagnostic and Treatment Unit, and developed the first “Virtual Bed,” a telemedicine link to rural hospitals.

Dr. Nania will receive the award April 28 during the WA-ACEP Summit to Sound. Learn more.


Comments Sought for Draft Clinical Policy on Suspected Transient Ischemic Attack

The Clinical Policies Committee of ACEP has completed a draft clinical policy, “Critical Issues in the Evaluation and Management of Adult Patients With Suspected Transient Ischemic Attack in the Emergency Department.” The draft is now open for comments until April 16, 2016. Click here to view the draft policy and comment form.

New Suicide Care CME Requirement

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.

Register for ACEP’s 2016 Leadership and Advocacy Conference May 15-18

LACThe 2016 Leadership & Advocacy Conference (LAC) will celebrate emergency medicine’s accomplishments and continue to work for a better political environment for our specialty and our patients. The conference includes special training for first-timers and a deeper dive for seasoned participants to help build upon your already-valuable Congressional connections.

We’ve brought in the Nation’s experts to lead our discussions. Monday’s luncheon will feature political analyst Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and Columnist for the National Journal.

When Charlie Cook makes a pronouncement based on his analysis of the political scene in America, people who want to be “in the know” sit up and listen. For more than two decades he has been Washington’s most trusted – and most accurate – voice on all things political, whether it’s the outcome of a Congressional, gubernatorial, or presidential election.

For more information or to register, please go to: http://www.acep.org/lac/.