Jul. 9, 2014

FCEP 2014 Board Elections

FCEP 2014 Board Elections
Vote today!

The following candidates were selected by the nominating committee to serve on the Florida College of Emergency Physicians Board of Directors.

The following question was asked of each nominee:
"What membership areas can or should FCEP be more involved with to support individual members and encourage new members?"
To view the candidate's answers, click Read More below.

The newly elected Board Members will take office at the Board of Directors meeting, August 7, 2014, which is held during Symposium by the Sea.

Ballots must be completed by July 25, 2014.

Symposium by the Sea

Symposium by the Sea
Overflow Hotel Information

The Boca Raton Resort & Club is SOLD OUT for Symposium by the Sea. Haven't made your reservation yet? That's okay, because we've arranged another great option for you:

Waterstone Resort & Marina Boca Raton - a Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
999 East Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432


Rate: $149 plus tax per night
Parking: $15 per day (valet only)
Group: Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation
Group Code: FEM

Reservations can be made using the customized registration link above or by calling the hotel directly and mentioning FEMF.

Symposium by the Sea will be taking place at
The Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
August 7-10, 2014

Symposium by the Sea 2014 Brochure

More symposium details, such as brief course descriptions and registration fees,
can be found on the Symposium by the Sea 2014 Registration webpage:
Symposium by the Sea Registration

ClinCon 2014

Register Online Today!

Book Your Hotel Room Here!

Emergency Medicine Conference for the Mid-Level Provider

Emergency Medicine Conference for the Mid-Level Provider

Registration is open!

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.

Click here to register today!

Date: August 7-8, 2014

Location: Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

Cost: $350 for a two day conference
For an additional $175, registrants may participate in Symposium by the Sea, happening simultaneously. For more details about Symposium by the Sea, click here.

Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014

Save the date!

Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014:
Defining the State of the Art and the Science

November 13-14, 2014
Orlando, FL

All providers involved with acute care as well as hospital managers and administrators will benefit from this dynamic program that provides a comprehensive overview of best practices in acute stroke care.More

Important FCEP dates

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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