Jun. 4, 2014

Call for FCEP Board of Directors Candidates

If you have ever thought to yourself that FCEP should do this or FCEP should do that, then the annual FCEP elections are your opportunity to get involved to help make some of those things happen.

Candidates must meet the following criteria (per FCEP Bylaws):

FCEP has five Board positions open. There will be three incumbents running.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please submit a letter of interest via email to Beth Brunner at bbrunner@fcep.org no later than June 12, 2014.More

July 17-20, 2014

Register Online Now!

Book Your Hotel Room Now!


Save the date!

Boca Raton Resort and Club
Boca Raton, Florida

This conference consists of lectures and hands-on skill stations (e.g. slit lamp, wound care etc.) and is designed to enhance the mid-level provider's knowledge and skills in caring for patients in the emergency department and urgent care setting.More

Symposium by the Sea


Registration for the Annual Meeting of the
Florida College of Emergency Physicians

Symposium by the Sea 2014
is now open!

Location: Boca Raton Resort and Club
Date: August 7-10

Please take a moment to review the conference brochure to learn about the exciting new events planned for this year's Symposium.

Symposium by the Sea 2014 Brochure

More symposium details can be found on the Symposium by the Sea 2014 Registration webpage:

Symposium by the Sea Registration

Don't forget to book your hotel room!

For reservations, call 888-543-1224; mention Symposium by the Sea
to get the $170 group room rate.


Reserve with group online


June 10, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
June 26, 2014 Webinar: "EMTALA: Avoiding the Consequences"
July 16, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
July 17-20, 2014 ClinCon
Aug. 7-10, 2014 Symposium by the Sea
Aug. 7, 2014 FCEP Board of Directors Meeting
Aug. 7-8, 2014 FCEP Committee Meetings
Aug. 7-8, 2014 Emergency Medicine Conference for Mid-Level Provider

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