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President's Message

September 2014

Bruce Moskow, MD FACEP

In the sweltering heat of August in Texas, what could be more fun than to think of Strategic planning? Nevertheless, your Board met last month and worked diligently on a plan for the next year and beyond. A strategic plan gives us a roadmap for where we want to put the limited resources we have, both in time and dollars. As a volunteer organization, we don't have a surplus of either.

First, we narrowed our priorities list. Then we set goals in each area. Goals were chosen to be important to TCEP, potentially obtainable, and with specific enough data points that they could be tracked. Committees were assigned to each goal. These won't be the only things we work on this year, and new events can always push the priorities around. But it's our start.

For this year, the priorities:

  1. Communications with EM Physicians, both members and potential members.
  2. Membership  (reducing attrition and reactivating lapsed members)
  3. Education (continuing the strong meetings and adding new educational opportunities)
  4. Legislative influence (how can we keep our voices strong in the upcoming session?
  5. EM workforce issues  (where are we going to get enough EM physicians to make up for the sudden expansion of jobs in the FSED's?)

The specific goals for each:

Communications with EM Physicians, both members and potential members
Establish a TCEP Communication Committee and plan by September 26, 2014
Increase communications with TAEFC

Increase the number of new members by 100
Retain 90% of the Texas EM residents and 90% of out of state EM residents who move here, as members.
Establish a discount program for members
Increase members in TMA and AMA so TCEP has a voice
Discount program, ED Medicine, EMRA Antibiotic Guide, other subscriptions. Member benefits will be communicated twice a year.
Identify one resident per program to research where Texas graduates are relocating
Establish two contacts per residency program and schedule monthly conference calls
Create a new member packet "Welcome to Texas Practice"

Establish 3 Simulation lab courses in the next year
Rebrand Annual Meeting for the upcoming year
Update Practice Workshops
TCEP Quality and Patient Safety accreditation
Survey for educational needs
Additional labs and LLSA
APP course in February 2015

Legislative influence
Preserve current tort laws in Texas
Advocating for practice protection
Develop a key contact system for every new elected official to increase influence
Expose more residents to First Tuesday at the Capitol
How to plan a political fundraiser

EM workforce issues
Annual National meeting in conjunction with TAFEC within 12 months. The purpose of the meeting will be to learn how to set up a Free Standing ED. No CME offered.
Polling current members as to their ideas and concerns at a minimum of once a year.

That's our start. But as Burns said: The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, / Gang aft agley. So we'll be prepared to quickly react as the situation changes. Which is, after all, what emergency medicine is all about.

Bruce Moskow, MD

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