July 2017

President Letter

Dear Colleagues

My name is Patrick Solari, and it is an honor to serve as Chapter President for Washington ACEP, and work with an outstanding Board of Directors. Washington State is a wonderful place to live, and Washington ACEP helps make it a great place to practice emergency medicine. I would especially like to welcome those who recently completed their training, or are new to Washington State. Congratulations!

When I think about why I joined ACEP coming out of residency, it came down to two things: 1) I wanted to advocate for emergency physicians and our patients, and 2) I wanted to be a part of a community of emergency physicians, the people who “get it”, who know both the joy and the challenges that come with being an emergency physician. Over the course of the next year, I hope every emergency physician in our state feels like they are a part of a community, and that WA-ACEP continues to help them take outstanding care of patients.

Our Emergency Medicine community was definitely on display at the recent Summit to Sound Conference in Seattle. WA-ACEP welcomed outstanding national and local speakers for 3 days of education and fun! We are already starting to plan next year conference, so mark your calendars for May 31st - June 1st, 2018 and join us for the best conference yet!

As many are aware, this is a time of great uncertainty in the legislative arena. Nationally, as we wait to see what happens with the repeal of the ACA and possible introduction of the AHCA/BRCA, our national ACEP leaders have been a strong voice for requiring insurance companies maintain essential health benefits and support the prudent layperson standard. Locally, the issue of Balance Billing/Fair Coverage remains front and center, and our chapter is working hard to preserve fair coverage for our patients and fair reimbursement for our emergency physicians. It is important for all emergency physicians to speak up, and let our legislators know how to support emergency medicine and maintain access to care.

I hope all our members have a wonderful summer, full of personal and professional success! Thanks for all you do to keep the people of Washington safe and healthy. As we continue our mission to serve the emergency medicine community, please contact me if we can be of assistance.


Patrick Solari, MD FACEP
WA-ACEP President

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2017 Annual Meeting Wrap Up

Thank you to the more than 125 emergency medicine providers who joined WA-ACEP for its 2017 Summit to Sound April 26-28 in Seattle. Nationally recognized experts at the meeting were Drs. Hans House, Haney Mallemat, and Tracy Sanson.

Topics covered included pulmonary management, generations at work, travel-related infections, pediatric seizures, and human trafficking. A special Journal Club session entitled Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Addiction was presented by WA-ACEP Resident Liaisons, Drs. Justin Bacon and Sabiha Barot.

This year, pre-conference workshops were offered on Wednesday, April 26. Participants attended the ultrasound sessions expertly led by Aaron Cronin, PA; Michael Perrault, MD; Matt Nilan, DO; and Adeyinka Adedipe, MD. Drs. Van Wall and Tak Watase received high marks on the meeting evaluations for their presentation during the High Risk Cadaver Lab.

WA-ACEP also inducted new board members and officers during Summit to Sound. Patrick Solari, MD, FACEP took over the reins as the chapter’s president, succeeding Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP; Liam Yore, MD, FACEP and Cameron Buck, MD, FACEP were named President-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer, respectively.

Board Members elected were: Drs. Jonathan Alke, Elizabeth Borock, Carlton Heine, Matthew Sisk and Thomas Tobin.

WA-ACEP would like to thank members of the 2017 Summit to Sound Planning Committee for their work on the meeting: Drs. Steve Anderson, Jamie Jenkins, Chris Kang, Ryan Keay, John Matheson, Steve Mitchell, Pat Solari, Jenn Stankus, Susan Stern (Program Chair), and Ryan Walsh.

Mark your calendar: The 2018 Summit to Sound will be held May 31-June 1 at the Bell Harbor in Seattle.

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Jobe Recognized During Summit to Sound

Kathleen A. Jobe, MD, FACEP, received the 2017 Nancy Auer Meritorious Achievement Award April 28 during the Summit to Sound meeting. The award recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond the norm in emergency medicine to improve the quality of patient care and support the efforts of the chapter.

As a long-time member of the Washington State EMS and Trauma Council and a driving force behind the creation of the Cardiac and Stroke Trauma Action Committee, Dr. Jobe helped crystallized a statewide approach to the rapid identification and appropriate triage of cases. Her leadership impacted the state, our practice, and our patients.

Dr. Jobe is an attending physician in the University of Washington Medical Center's Emergency Department (UWMC ED) and an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Emergency Medicine. She served as medical director of the UWMC ED from 2003-2011. She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder and her M.D. from the University of Colorado, Denver. She completed residency in internal medicine at University of Washington. She then worked as an attending physician in the Harborview ED. from 1989-1994, then moved to UW. She is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is a past-president of the Washington ACEP chapter.

She served as the chair of the Emergency Cardiac and Stroke TAC for the state of Washington from 2007-2014. She is the chief medical officer for WA1-DMAT and Deputy Regional CMO for Region X (WA, AK, ID, MT) for the National Disaster Medical System within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Previous winners of the Nancy Auer Award are Drs. Jim Narnia, MD, FACEP (2016); Marv Wayne, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA (2015); Ted Walkley, MD, FAAP, FACEP (2013); and Cindy Markus, MD, FACEP (2012).

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WA-ENA Received the 2017 Guardian of Emergency Medicine Award

Andi Foley, DNP, RN, ACCNS-AG, CEN, President of the WA-Emergency Nurses Association, accepted the Guardian of Emergency Medicine Award on behalf of her chapter. The award recognizes individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond the norm to protect the safety net of emergency medicine, improve the quality of patient care delivery, and work to support the efforts of WA-ACEP.

WA-ACEP values the WA-ENA's partnership as we explore solutions to emergency care delivery. In these times of ever growing challenges of boarding and crowding, dangerous understaffing, and sicker patients, their dedication and support to the emergency care safety net is making the difference.

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Suicide Prevention CME Training Available Oct. 13

Due to legislation passed in 2015, medical professionals, including physicians and physician assistants, are now required to complete a one-time, six-hour training related to recognizing suicide risks in patients.

The training must be taken by the end of the first full CME reporting period after January 1, 2016 or during the first full CME reporting period after initial licensure, whichever is later. For example, if an MD's reporting period expires in 2016 he/she will have until their birthday in 2020 to take the training. If a PA’s reporting period expires in 2016 he/she will have until their birthday in 2018 to take the training.

The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is offering training that meets the CME requirement Friday, Oct. 13 at the Seattle Airport Hilton. The training is free for WSMA members and PI insureds. The cost for others is $150. Register here. The training will be held in conjunction with the WSMA Annual Meeting and House of Delegates.

Learn more about the CME requirement

See a list of approved training programs

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Join the WA-ACEP PAC Coffee Club

What is WA-ACEP PAC?

WA-ACEP is the Political Action Committee of the Washington Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians. The WA-ACEP PAC was created in 2012 to build our voice in Olympia and impact the state’s political climate. This is often best achieved by contributing to candidates whose voting records are supportive to Emergency Medicine issues.

Why Contribute to the WA-ACEP PAC?

WA-ACEP PAC is the only political organization whose sole mission is to support candidates who advocate for Emergency Medicine in Washington State. By providing contributions, the WA-ACEP PAC helps develop strong supporters for Emergency Medicine. PAC donations open doors to legislative offices so we can tell our stories. What does advocating for Emergency Medicine in Washington State mean?

  • Promoting the principles of Emergency Medicine, including access to care and fair billing
  • Working for policies that improve the healthcare environment in Washington State for physicians and patients

Who Can Contribute to WA-ACEP PAC?

Individual members of WA-ACEP may contribute. Federal law prohibits WA-ACEP PAC from accepting donations from other sources.

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Calendar of Events

UW Medicine EMS & Trauma Conference 2017
September 25 & 26, 2017
DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport, Seattle, Washington
Sponsored by Harborview Medical Center and Airlift Northwest
Learn more

Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2017
The Sick and Injured Child
September 27, 2017
Courtyard Marriott, Tacoma, WA

Washington, DC
Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2017
Learn more

EM Leadership Summit
Nov. 10, 2017
The Conference Center at the Seattle Tacoma International Airport
Register Online

38th Annual Current Concepts in Emergency Care
Dec. 3-8, 2017
Maui, Hawaii
Learn more

WSMA Legislative Summit
Jan. 31, 2018
Olympia, WA

ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference
May 20-23, 2018
Washington, DC
Learn more

2018 WA-ACEP Summit to Sound
May 31-June 1
Bell Harbor Conference Center
Seattle, WA

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Washington ACEP Board

Patrick Solari, MD,FACEP
Liam Yore, MD, FACEP
Past President
Cameron Buck, MD, FACEP
President Elect
Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP

Jonathan Alke, MD
Elizabeth Borock, MD
Jaime Delcampo, MD, FACEP
Raul Garcia, DO, FACOEP
Carl Heine, MD, FACEP
Jamie Jenkins, MD, FACEP
Catharine Ryan Keay, MD, FACEP
Brian Livingston, MD, FACEP
Gregg Miller, MD, FACEP
Matthew Sisk, MD
Susan Stern, MD
Jennifer L’Hommedieu Stankus, MD, JD, FACEP
Thomas Tobin, MD
Julianna Yu, MD

Stephen Anderson MD FACEP
Past President (Non voting)
Enrique Enguidanos, MD, FACEP
Past President (Non voting)
Christopher Kang MD FACEP
Past President (Non Voting)
Justin Bacon, DO
Resident Liaison
David Cheever, MD
Resident Liaison

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