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A special thank you to everyone who came out to ACEP14! We heard some great discussions on the popular topics in our healthcare industry today and were able to get together as a Virginia Chapter and engage on our current topics, discussions and issues we're hearing about today. We look forward to seeing everyone at future VACEP and ACEP events. Mark your calendars with the latest ones listed today! Please take a look at just a couple pictures of VACEP in action during ACEP14.
VACEP Councillors Complete two-days of work in Chicago
367 Councillors vote on 46 Resolutions Impacting Emergency Medicine!
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ACEP Portfolio Tracker
Whether you are job hunting, need to be credentialed, or just trying to stay organized, meet your new best friend — the ACEP Portfolio Tracker. This online repository keeps your licenses, certificates, CVs, diplomas and more … all in a central location, all secure and all available whenever you need them!
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Mark Your Calendar: VACEP Winter Annual Meeting
Feb. 6-9, 2015
The Omni Homestead
Hot Springs, Virginia

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Ebola Virus Update #3
Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Health
Thank you for your ongoing collaboration in our efforts to prepare and respond to the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and the small number of cases in the United States. There continues to be no cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Virginia. As promised, I am providing the latest Virginia specific information about Ebola prevention efforts in this communication. Below is a summary of 1) Virginia’s post-arrival active monitoring program of travelers entering the U.S. from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, including those healthcare workers (HCW) who were caring for patients with EVD, and 2) information regarding other recently updated EMS and Emergency Department guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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VACEP’s Nomination’s Committee is soliciting emergency medicine physicians interested in serving on the VACEP Board of Directors.

If you want to share your leadership skills to help direct VACEP’s activities and actions please send an email to Bob Ramsey by Nov. 10.

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International Trauma Life Support, International Trauma Conference
Nov. 4-7 More Information
The Virginia EMS Symposium
Nov. 5-9 More Information
International Trauma Life Support Combined Provider Re-Certification, EMS Symposium
Nov. 6 More Information
OMD Training
Nov. 6-7 More Information
VACEP Board of Directors Meeting
Dec. 12 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
VACEP Office
VACEP White Coats on Call
Jan. 27, 2015 Richmond, Virginia
VACEP Hot Topics
Feb. 6-9, 2015 Omni Homestead Resort

Even small clusters of Ebola cases could overwhelm parts of US medical care system
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
The U.S. healthcare apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network. Experts broadly agree that a widespread nationwide outbreak is extremely unlikely, but they also concur that it is impossible to predict with certainty, since previous Ebola epidemics have been confined to remote areas of Africa.

Emergency physicians aren't to blame for opioid abuse
Medscape (free login required)
Emergency departments generate fewer prescriptions for opioid analgesics and are less likely to prescribe high doses for relief of non-cancer pain than office-based practices, a new study has found. "While we are sensitive to the need to develop strategies to reduce opioid abuse, emergency medicine physicians contribute little to these dangerous prescribing practices," said lead investigator Michael Menchine, M.D., from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles.

Two Virginia hospitals receive first ID risk management certification
Sentara Leigh and Sentara Virginia Beach hospitals are the first two hospitals to receive the DNV Healthcare Centers for Excellence infection mitigation management certification. DNV, a global certification organization, partnered with the hospitals to develop strategies to reduce infection and implement control measures above those required by current regulations. In a conference call, Scott A. Miller, M.D., vice president of medical affairs for Sentara Leigh Hospital, said before undertaking the process of managing infection risk (MIR), the present mindset was that nosocomial infections were a normal part of hospital admissions.



Google yourself, and 5 other habits of highly successful emergency physicians
Michael Silverman, M.D., FACEP, has run a few marathons, but he knows that when he’s training, it can affect how well he does his day job: chairman of the emergency department at Virginia Hospital Center for Emergency Medicine Associates in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Silverman pointed that out in his ACEP 2014 session, “Top Five Habits of Highly Successful Emergency Physicians,” to demonstrate the value he ascribes to self-reflection.
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The effect of malpractice reform on emergency department care
The New England Journal of Medicine
Many believe that fear of malpractice lawsuits drives physicians to order otherwise unnecessary care and that legal reforms could reduce such wasteful spending. Emergency physicians practice in an information-poor, resource-rich environment that may lend itself to costly defensive practice. Three states, Texas (in 2003), Georgia (in 2005), and South Carolina (in 2005), enacted legislation that changed the malpractice standard for emergency care to gross negligence. We investigated whether these substantial reforms changed practice.
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Healthcare media hype: Have you jumped on the bandwagon?
By Jessica Taylor
Mass media is a substantial power in modern culture, especially in America. We live in a mediated culture — where news both reflects and creates the culture. Our society is continuously bombarded with messages from a multitude of sources promoting not only products, but moods, attitudes and a sense of what is and isn't important in the world. So, is the media really honing in on what you want? Or are you jumping on the media-hype bandwagon? Let's take the most recent news stories of Ebola, for example.
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US moves to end patchwork of policies on returning Ebola workers
The New York Times
The federal government announced a new set of monitoring guidelines for people arriving from West Africa that stopped short of the tough measures instituted in New York and New Jersey recently, an effort to bring uniformity to a messy patchwork of responses by states. The new policy, which federal health officials said was an effort to strike a balance between safety and civil liberties, would require returning heath care workers, or people who had been near Ebola patients, to submit to an in-person checkup and a phone call from a local public health authority.
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For emergency workers, sadness follows fatal crashes, as does a sense of doing good
The Day
After a workday he could only describe in battle metaphors, John Gavin retreated to a room in his Old Lyme home with his acoustic guitar to sing his favorite Bruce Cockburn song, finding solace in familiar lyrics that gave voice to the pain and anguish he'd just witnessed. "I just strummed my guitar and prayed until I felt a release, and let it go," said Gavin, 56, a Lawrence + Memorial Hospital paramedic for 25 years. "I believe in God, and I believe it's not up to me who lives and who dies. Sometimes I do the very best I can and they still die."
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