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President's Message - October 2017
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October 2017

Heidi Knowles, MD, FACEP

Welcome to another edition of Emphasis! I first want to say our hearts go out to our Texas Emergency Medicine colleagues as they continue the process of cleaning up, repairing and healing the wounds left by Hurricane Harvey. I was so impressed by the outpouring of love, support and the willingness to volunteer time to assist fellow Texans. Additionally, my thoughts and prayers go out to our colleagues who have friends and family suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The devastation is immense and effects will be long-lasting. I encourage everyone reading this to follow the link in this newsletter to donate funds to assist in their recovery process.

Learning from this year's events, our TCEP EMS Committee will begin working on a disaster response plan so that we can provide a more organized, immediate response when these crises occur. Our goal is that TCEP, working with state and national agencies, can be the resource emergency physicians reach out to when looking for ways to provide assistance.

Currently, your Board of Directors is preparing to meet once again, to discuss our progress through the year as well as future plans for the College. TCEP Councilors and Alternate Councilors (representatives of the College elected by you) will be gathering to prepare for the ACEP Council Meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC, two days before Scientific Assembly. We will be discussing / debating resolutions that, if voted into place, will ultimately govern our organization. TCEP has put forth several Resolutions this year that promise to make this year's Council Meeting a little more interesting! These Resolutions are discussed in more detail in the Council Delegation Report by Diana Fite.

The Residency Visit Program has had a successful start to the year, having already completed visits to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Dell Medical School – UT Austin programs, with Baylor Scott & White in Temple set for November. This program allows us to take the message of active involvement, advocacy and the business of Emergency Medicine to our colleagues-in-training.

Plans are underway for our annual meeting, TCEP Connect 2018, which will be held at the Hilton – Americas in Houston, April 12-15. A new venue, fantastic speakers, and exciting lecture formats are coming together to form what we hope will be the biggest and best TCEP meeting ever! Keep your eyes open for announcements coming soon! We have secured a great room rate of $159/night so book your rooms now as the room block is limited. (TCEP group code is: 1EP).

Finally, we continue to actively monitor for issues that arise that may have an impact on Emergency Medicine, at the local, state and national levels. If you should hear of anything concerning relating to the practice of Emergency Medicine, please let us know so that we can assist as needed. As you receive your renewal statements for TCEP and ACEP, remember, your membership is important! By maintaining your membership, you allow us to have an organization that has the potential to make a huge difference – there truly is power in numbers.

Representing over 2,000 Emergency Medicine Physicians gives TCEP the weight needed to encourage our legislators to actually listen when we have concerns. Currently, we are the third largest ACEP Chapter in the country, behind New York and California. Encourage your colleagues to join so we can have even more impact. Remember:

If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.
-African proverb

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in Washington, DC at ACEP's Scientific Assembly! As always, if you have any questions / concerns, please let me know. TCEP is here for YOU – we are your Emergency Medicine family and, together, we will go far!!

Heidi Knowles, MD, FACEP

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