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The Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP) has five (5) Board positions available for 2016. If you are interested in serving on the FCEP Board of Directors, please submit a letter of interest to the Board Nominating Committee no later than May 15, 2016 either by mail or email.
If you’re sending you letter of interest by mail, use the below attention and address:
Attention: Beth Brunner
If you’re sending your letter of interest through email, send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
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a) Member of Chapter for at least two years prior to nomination.
Elected directors shall serve a term of three (3) years and shall be eligible to serve a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms. The vacant seats of the directors shall be elected by mail or electronic ballot by a majority vote of the members voting.
b) Active involvement in Chapter as evidenced by committee membership or other activity.
The Board of Directors shall meet at least four (4) times per year. Notice of all meetings of the Board of Directors shall be sent by mail to each member of the Board at his or her last recorded address at least 10 days in advance of such meetings. Alternatively, notice of all meetings can be transmitted electronically to the last known electronic mail address of the member. Notice may be waived with the written consent of two-thirds of the Board members. Unless prohibited by law, Board meetings may be conducted by other means of communication including telecommunication. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Board.
Board members will take office at the Annual Board Meeting immediately following the election of officers on August 4, 2016.
Children who require emergency care have unique needs, especially when emergencies are serious or life threatening. Access to optimal emergency care for children is affected by the knowledge and skill level of the responding EMS personnel. This course is designed to educate EMS professionals on how to assess a pediatric patient in the field. Our one-day robust program includes both didactic lectures and hands-on skills stations. Didactic lectures will cover topics like trauma, pain management, transport and special needs as it relates to the pediatric patient. Skills stations will complement didactic lectures. To learn more about the event and to register, CLICK HERE.
For over 40 years, ClinCon has provided the highest quality education to EMS professionals by integrating pre-hospital care research and cutting edge clinical practice. ClinCon offers the continuum of emergency medicine professionals an all-encompassing educational experience that focuses on strengthening practical skills and enhancing clinical knowledge in order to provide the highest quality of care to their patients.
The event is July 12-16, 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
The conference is open to the entire continuum of emergency care professionals:
Click here for more information and to register today!
- EMS/Fire administrators
- EMS Medical Directors
- EMS educators
- Emergency Physicians
- Emergency Physician Assistants
- Emergency Nurses
- And other allied health professionals
The Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation and Florida College of Emergency Physicians’ Emergency Medicine Written Board Review Course is designed to prepare residents for their qualifying exams and seasoned physicians for the recertification ConCert exam. This 4-day course provides a comprehensive review of the core content. In addition, we will define the key approaches for the acute management of commonly presenting emergency medical conditions. This comprehensive review is also perfect for advanced practice providers, nurses and other health professionals seeking emergency medicine education. Faculty from University of Florida (Jacksonville & Gainesville), University of South Florida, Florida Hospital, Orlando Health, and Mount Sinai Medical College (New York & Miami) have teamed up to bring you this powerful, comprehensive Emergency Medicine Board Review Course.
Click here for more information and to register today, and check out the recently released promotional video for FCEP/FEMF’s 2nd Annual Emergency Medicine Written Board Review Course!
- A four day all-inclusive program
- Created and delivered by expert faculty from various academic institutions & residency programs
- Ideal for physicians preparing for recertification, residents preparing for qualifying exams, or the medical professional looking for an intensive overview of emergency medicine
- Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Click here to see the promo video.
The EMLRC has been a leader in lifesaving education throughout the United Sates for more than 20 years and is both a CECBEMS and Florida Department of Health accredited provider of continuing education for the EMS community.
EMLRC's Paramedic Refresher Course is for the practicing paramedic wishing to re-certify.
This course is a four-day course, held over a period of two weeks, on the following days: April 15 & 16, 2016 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and May 6 & 7, 2016 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Emergency Medicine Learning & Resource Center in Orlando, Fla.
To register, click here. To view the agenda, click here. For more information on hotels, click here.
Symposium by the Sea is an educational opportunity designed for the busy emergency physician, resident, nurse, physician assistant, and allied health professionals with a high-demand for information regarding their ever-changing practice environment. In addition to education sessions, the conference features other exciting events such as Simulation Wars “SimWars”, Florida EM Resident’s Case Presentation Competition (CPC), Wine, Beer & Cheese Reception with Exhibitors, Medical Student Forum, EM Resident’s Association of Florida Networking Reception, and social events on Friday and Saturday Evenings. For more information and to register today, click here.
Save the dates and mark your calendar with all of FCEP's upcoming events!
Click here to see the 2015-2016 FCEP Annual Calendar.
Don't forget the next FCEP committee meetings, FCEP Board meeting and FEMF Board meeting are on April 20 and 21!
Per FCEP Bylaws and ACEP Allocation of Councillors for Florida, FCEP has 17 Councillor positions, 4 alternates (per FCEP Bylaws) for the October 14-15 ACEP Council Meeting to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
FCEP currently has 12 Councillors who were either elected last year (two-year term), or serve as Immediate Past President, President, or President-elect.
There are five positions available for the 2016-2017 term.
If you are interested, please email email@example.com no later than April 10, including information on your involvement listed in this pdf.
A new, FREE access CE course focusing on Prehospital Pain Management for Adults, Children, and Special Populations is now available! This online learning module covers pain assessment in the field using pain scales and the OPQRST-APSN method; pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments; patient safety aspects of pain management and much more! The module includes a large pediatric focus and provides 2 hours of CEU/CMEs. This module and the PAMI Pediatric module can be used to meet pediatric CME/CEU requirements for emergency care providers at medical director discretion or can be adapted to individual agency needs. Visit the PAMI website at http://pami.emergency.med.jax.ufl.edu/ to learn more!
Committee interest for FY 2016-17 is now open. Various ACEP publications will outline the process for members and information is also on the ACEP web site. Members interested in serving on a committee, and who are not currently serving on a national committee, must submit a completed committee interest form and CV by May 16, 2016.
Sacred Heart Hospital in beautiful Pensacola, Florida is seeking a Medical Director/EM Attending physician for their very busy, quality focused Emergency Department.
The ideal candidate will be a Board-certified, experienced Emergency Medicine physician with demonstrated leadership expertise. Position requires a minimum of five (5) years director experience. Candidate must be a team player and possess superior interpersonal and communication skills.
Responsibilities include (but not limited to):
The candidate will commit to at least four (4) days/week administrative time and an additional 20% clinical load. This position is employed by Sacred Heart Medical Group, the premier medical group in the region, and provides a very competitive salary with a medical director stipend and a robust benefits package including enhanced CME allowance, malpractice with pre-paid tail coverage, pension plan, and more.
- Process improvement
- Quality Assurance
- Liaison with hospital administration and medical staff
- Department management
- Coverage of clinical shifts
For more information, please contact Sacred Heart Health System Physician Recruiter Valarie Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacred Heart Health System is part of Ascension Health Care, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system. We are located in beautiful Pensacola, a hidden jewel on the Gulf Coast.
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The state announced recently that Palm Beach County has its first travel-related case of Zika virus. The person had traveled to Suriname.
Palm Beach County has been added to the Declaration of Public Health Emergency.
A total of 700 people have been tested for Zika by the state's public health laboratory. 33 were Palm Beach County residents.
NWF Daily News
From 2015 to 2016, almost every law enforcement agency across three counties has responded to teens who have attempted to kill themselves.
At least three have died.
Only Crestview, Valparaiso, and Shalimar police have not had a teen suicide call in that time period. And although the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t label reports specifically for suicide or attempts, it estimates 20 instances where deputies were called to help a teen. Officials there couldn’t say how many teens had died.
Hospital bed delays can be frustrating for everyone: emergency medical personnel, staff at hospitals and, of course, the patient and his or her family.
According to Marion County Fire Rescue, the local agency that transports the greatest numbers of patients for emergency medical care, the wait for an open bed can range from the optimal half-hour up to several hours.
The good news is, rescue and hospital officials have pledged to work together to solve the problem, and some plans already are in place to reduce the delays.
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If you show up at the emergency room of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, you'll have only a one-in-four chance of leaving there with a prescription for opioid pain pills.
Doctors there are now using alternate pain medications and other methods to reduce pain for 75 percent of their patients.
St. Joseph's is believed to be the first ER program in the nation to embark on a program to reduce opioid prescriptions. During its first two months, three-fourths of its 300 emergency room patients had their pain managed without opioid pills, according to hospital officials.
Adults with autism are increasingly showing up in emergency rooms, with a new study finding that such visits more than doubled over a five-year period.
In an analysis of emergency room visits across the country, researchers found that individuals with autism ages 22 to 64 accounted for 2,549 per 100,000 admissions in 2006. That figure skyrocketed to 6,087 per 100,000 admissions by 2011.
Penn State News
Whether an aneurysm appears as a ballooning and weakened artery in the brain or in the body's biggest blood vessel, the aorta, the results can be serious — even deadly.
Yet not all aneurysms are created equal. Cerebral and aortic aneurysms often occur for different reasons and require different treatments.
The New York Times
My patient was a college student brought into the emergency room after a minor car accident. Although CT scans showed no spinal fractures, he had severe neck pain and spasms. Instinctively, I prescribed Percocet for pain and Valium for muscle spasms. But I didn’t know then what I know now: These two drugs, when taken together, could interact and cost him his life.
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A 3-year-old program in the state of New Jersey has reduced emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations for long-term care residents who display problematic behavior.
The Statewide Clinical Outreach Program for the Elderly (S-COPE) was launched because "a disproportionate number of older adults from long-term-care nursing facilities were presenting to psychiatric emergency rooms and being hospitalized," Lucille Esralew, PhD, the clinical administrator for the program, told Medscape Medical News.
Despite evidence suggesting a lack of benefit, cardiac catheterization and prophylactic percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are often recommended prior to noncardiac surgery, a national registry study found.
In analysis of patients getting diagnostic catheterization before noncardiac surgery in the absence of acute coronary syndrome or other clear indication for revascularization, 60.6 percent were asymptomatic.
Emergency departments around the country continue to struggle with overcrowding and, in some cases, come up with options for delivering care in different ways.
For example, in Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital's ED is at capacity less than five years after opening a $500 million expansion, The Boston Globe reported. Eight out of 10 ED patients have to wait for care, in part because more patients require complex, time-consuming care, according to the article.
Scientists do not yet understand the biological mechanisms underlying the detrimental effects of traumatic brain injuries — and as a result, effective treatments remain elusive. In fact, how to deal with even a mild concussion is the subject of debate: Some doctors prescribe rest for several weeks whereas others claim this may have negative consequences and urge patients to stay active.
Now, it turns out that the type of rest patients get may be key.
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