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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 (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 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 email@example.com.
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.
FCEP's very own Michael “Mike” Lozano, MD, FACEP and Sanjay Pattani, MD, FACEP will be participating in ACEP’s Diversity Summit on April 14 at the ACEP national office as a part of ACEP’s continuing vision of fostering diversity and inclusion within the specialty. Congratulations!
FEMF/FCEP Education & Academic Affairs Co-chairs and FEMF Board Member Dr. Salvatore Silvestri lecturing at Orange County EMS' Medical Director's Summit at Orlando Health on April 13.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 10, including information on your involvement listed in this pdf.
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 20th and 21st!
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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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.
Hart Heath Strategies Inc.’s “Request for Information Regarding Assessing Interoperability for MACRA: A Summary of the Request for Information”
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Florida is poised to become the second big state after New York to shield patients from surprise out-of-network medical bills, and California may not be far behind if lawmakers there can cinch a similar deal with physicians.
The issue has caught fire around the country, with even health professionals facing the personal experience of unexpected bills for hundreds or thousands of dollars.
The Tampa Tribune
The microscopic virus that is spread through mosquitoes and results in horribly deformed newborn babies appears to be at Florida’s gate and health officials are closely watching developments and gearing up for the onslaught.
Though no cases of the Zika virus have originated in the Sunshine State, 82 have been confirmed from people who contracted it in other countries.
New York Post
A year after it ravaged South Florida, flakka — the synthetic street drug known for causing psychotic outbursts — is virtually gone. The deaths. The hallucinating users. The arrests. All of it.
Broward County became infamous as the epicenter for the amphetamine, which made national headlines in April 2015 after slowly building on the scene for several months. Users tore off clothes as their body temperatures spiked to 105 degrees. Some hallucinated that they were gods or that they were being chased. One man impaled himself on a police department fence that he tried to scale to escape his imaginary pursuers.
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Emergency physicians used a patient's personal activity tracker and smartphone to identify the time his heart arrhythmia started, which allowed them to treat his new-onset atrial fibrillation with electrical cardioversion and discharge him home. The first case report using information in an activity tracker/smartphone system to assist in medical decision-making was reported online in Annals of Emergency Medicine.
A graduate student at Washington State University Spokane is the lead author on a research paper that shows an overall drop in emergency room visits and hospitalizations by patients who are served by the Spokane Prescription Assistance Network, which helps low income people get free and reduced-price medications.
However, the decrease did not apply to all types of medications nor ages within the study group, and some actually saw increases in hospitalizations and ER visits.
In a general sense, medical studies support the popular intuition — a staple of movies and literature — that suicidal behavior and substance misuse are linked. But the relationship between the two is not so simple. A new study of hundreds of suicidal emergency department (ED) patients from around the U.S. found that the significance of the link varied with age, gender and race. Across the board, however, the use of cocaine and alcohol together was a red flag.
Routine screening of emergency room patients for suicide risk might be an effective way to prevent it, a new study suggests.
Nurses at eight ERs were trained to screen patients for three suicide risk factors: depression, suicidal thoughts and previous suicide attempts.
Over five years, suicide screenings rose from 26 percent to 84 percent, and detection of patients at risk of suicide increased from nearly 3 percent to 5.7 percent, the University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers found.
By Ryan Clark
On Jan. 26, 2015, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced a timeline to move the healthcare system at large — including the Medicare program — toward paying providers based on the quality of care given to patients, as opposed to the quantity of care, which had been the model of use in the past.
The evolution from the fee-for-service model to value-based care is still a hot topic among those affected in the case management and healthcare industry.
Kaiser Health News
When Pam Lipp’s 18-year-old daughter Amanda needed to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital in 2010, she thought it would be easy to find her a bed.
Instead, Lipp says, “It was a nightmare.”
Her daughter had been admitted to a psychiatric crisis center during an episode of psychosis but she could only stay there for 72 hours. Lipp asked the crisis center for help finding her a bed and was told she was on her own.
By Christina Thielst
The American College of Healthcare Executives conducts an annual survey of community hospitals to identify the top issues of immediate concern. Not surprisingly, the CEOs of these hospitals are most concerned with financial challenges. Patient safety and quality, governmental mandates, personnel shortages and patient satisfaction round out the top five issues.
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