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President's Message - Nov 2017
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November 2017

Heidi Knowles, MD, FACEP

It’s that time of the year again! Christmas decorations are going up, turkeys are on all the ads as Thanksgiving approaches and ACEP Scientific Assembly has come and gone in what feels like record speed.

Your Board of Directors and Councilors, directed by Delegation Chair, Dr. Diana Fite, represented Texans well at the ACEP Council Meeting, making me feel extremely proud to be a part of this organization – one that is willing to take risks in order to make change happen. TCEP presented resolutions that stood up to the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) this year, requesting options in the maintenance of certification (MOC) process as well as financial transparency of the organization. For the first time, after many conference calls and discussions, we have seen a concerted effort from ABEM to hear our members’ complaints and a willingness to make changes that will make the MOC process more meaningful for everyone. We will continue to monitor for those changes and have promised to revisit the discussions with ABEM if it does not happen.

Additionally, during the ACEP meeting, TCEP Board Member, Alison Haddock was elected to the ACEP Board of Directors and two TCEP members were recognized for their contributions to Emergency Medicine. Dr. Laura Medford Davis was given the Council Horizon Award and Dr. Compton Broders, past TCEP President and Emergency Medicine legend, was given the prestigious John A. Rupke Legacy Award. We are very fortunate to have such outstanding leaders in Texas!

Next year, ACEP Scientific Assembly will be held October 1-4, in San Diego, California. In 2018 we will be celebrating ACEP’s 50th Anniversary so mark your calendars and begin making plans to attend now!

Here in Texas, the Education Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Lynn Roppolo, is actively planning TCEP’s Annual Meeting, to be held in downtown Houston, April 12-15, 2018, at the Hilton Americas. With newly designed lecture formats, a new speaker forum, and a more robust research forum, this meeting is shaping up to be one of the best ever! Nominations are currently being accepted for TCEP’s Board of Directors and ACEP Councilor / Alternate Councilor positions. Elections will be held at the Business Meeting, Saturday, April 14. If you are interested in one of these positions, please let us know as soon as possible.

On the legislative side of things, the Government Affairs Committee, under new direction of Co-Chairs Drs.Theresa Tran and Bruce Moskow, is getting prepared for whatever issues may come our way this year. In particular, the House Insurance Committee will be meeting in Austin, December 6th and we will have physicians ready to testify on behalf of Emergency Medicine during these discussions. It will be essential for us to educate the committee members on narrow insurance networks, balance billing and importantly, the prudent lay-person standard.

As you can see, there are a lot of things going on as the year winds down. We are a successful organization that is able to accomplish many things due to one thing: the commitment, passion and energy of our volunteers. Without people volunteering to be on the board of directors or chair and be on committees, this organization would not exist. More importantly, Emergency Medicine as we know it, would not exist. I want to say THANK YOU, to everyone for doing what you do. As a specialty, Emergency Medicine truly makes this world a better place… people like YOU make Texas Emergency Medicine something special. During this wonderful time of year, hug your family and friends, thank your neighbors and your patients… we are truly blessed. Happy Holidays!

Heidi Knowles, MD, FACEP

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