|Oct. 29, 2014|
Great progress has been made in the construction of the new EMLRC, future home of FCEP and FEMF. This would not have been possible without the generous contributions of individuals and groups who are passionately committed to furthering emergency medicine. We are so grateful to all who have supported our cause!
The Capital Campaign still has a long way to go to raise 2 million in 3 years. We cannot reach our goal without the continued support of all FCEP members, and everyone who values lifesaving education and advocacy for emergency medicine professionals. All FCEP members should have received a “call-to-action” letter and pledge card from FCEP president, Dr. Ashley Booth-Norse. Please consider carefully what you ought to give.
FCEP COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEETINGS
Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014
CALL FOR FCEP COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Participation on an FCEP Committee is an essential part of our program activity. Committees help us with important initiatives such as setting our legislative and regulatory priorities. They also help us to identify clinical issues affecting patients and our members.
I encourage you to consider serving on an FCEP Committee. It is a great way to learn about how others are dealing with hospital ED issues and to help FCEP remain strong in so many areas.
Committees typically meet quarterly, in conjunction with FCEP Board meetings:
WHEN and WHERE:
Nov. 12, 2014 — Orlando Marriott Lake Mary
Feb. 18, 2015 — FCEP Offices, Orlando
May 20, 2015 — FCEP Offices, Orlando
Aug. 6, 2015 — Symposium by the Sea, Amelia Island
Please use these links to connect to the Committee Interest Form and view the Committee Objectives. More
EM Days 2015
Representing Florida through the ACEP Committee
FCEP wishes to congratulate members who have been recently appointed by incoming ACEP President Dr. Gerardi to serve on an ACEP Committee.
To see the entire list of members, click here.More
Be sure to Vote ... Election Day is rapidly approaching
FCEP would like to share a list of candidates we are supporting through our Political Action Committees, Physicians for Emergency Care (PEC) and Emergency Care for Florida (ECF).
To see the list of State Senator General Election 2014, click here.
To see the list of State Representative General Election 2014, click here.
If you would like to contribute to our PAC’s, here is the link to the FCEP website/PC, click here.More
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Monthly Prescribing Reference
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The New York Times
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