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President's Message - April 2017
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April 2017

Heidi Knowles, MD, FACEP

Welcome to another Emphasis update!

As I write my first contribution to the TCEP newsletter, I feel awed by the great honor that has been placed on me to be your representative – for this I am thankful and will do my best to represent you well. Additionally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the TCEP Board of Directors for volunteering to work tirelessly on behalf of all EM physicians, our patients and our specialty.

I began this journey as a rural “community doc,” feeling all alone, in a single coverage ED with intermittent (at best) specialty back-up. It was after a long shift, with several frustrations, that I thought there must be something I can do. After multiple unanswered emails / letters (yes, actual hand-written letters!) to representatives and administrators, I reached out to TCEP, hoping that I could have a bigger voice. That is when I found my “team,” my emergency medicine family, where things could truly get done, where this “rural, East Texas doc” could actually have a voice. I know that we all have the same or similar struggles across the state and want you to know that you, too, can have a voice, through TCEP.

As we begin planning for the upcoming year, discussing what drives someone to maintain their membership in TCEP, a quote by Phil Jackson comes to mind –

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

This is exactly why I am a member… TCEP is my team – one that I’m proud to be part of. There are battles that are much bigger than you or I, battles that simply cannot be won by an individual. When legislative issues arise that may affect your job, your pay or your ability to practice medicine, TCEP is here to defend you. When insurance companies attempt to limit patients’ access to emergency care, TCEP is here to protect it. When you need quality CME, TCEP can provide it for you. These are just a few of the reasons I am an active member and I will work to ensure that by this time next year, the value of a TCEP membership will be obvious to each and every one of you.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or issues that you think could affect Texas Emergency Medicine. If you are looking for ways to be more involved, join a committee or apply for the TCEP Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship and get started today!

See you in Austin at the next First Tuesday, May 2, 2017 — I am truly looking forward to working with you all this year!

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