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Did you hear? “The ER physicians and hospitals have been abusing their privileges as providers of ER services for years,” according to the Chief Medical Officer for the Washington State Medicaid Program.
These are the statements that make involvement in organized medicine and participation in leadership at all levels critical. But where do we acquire the skills to combat these misperceptions and outlandish statements?
In May every year, there is a one of a kind event in Washington, DC called the ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference. It is an intimate conference with about 500 attendees, representing leaders in emergency medicine from across the country.
The conference focuses on principles of leadership, current issues in advocacy, media training, and practical everyday leadership challenges that will confront leaders in every state. It is also an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country.
When I first attended 5 years ago, I went as a member of the EMRA Chair’s Challenge and the incoming Legislative Advisor for EMRA – a neophyte to organized medicine by all accounts. It was an eye-opening experience to be talking with the leaders of our specialty. These were the people and faces that went with the legendary names I read about in Annals and ACEP News. Now I was talking with them, learning from their experiences and stories, and finding out how varied the opportunities were in emergency medicine.
From chairs of departments, leaders of advocacy groups such as the AARP, AMA delegates, speakers of the council, and so many others, I had the chance to see and live the history of our specialty. Then on the final day of the conference, we put it all together and walked up to Capitol Hill as hundreds of physicians representing our millions of patients to share our stories with elected officials and change the face of medicine.
This year it is my privilege to share with you my experience in Washington State, having put these skills into action on the local level. When I joined the Washington ACEP Board of Directors, I never imagined I would use so much of what I learned at LAC. From media training skills in doing press interviews and the gotcha journalism warnings, to relationships I have leaned on for statistical assistance in fighting misleading information, and the practice of speaking with legislators – these are all invaluable skills.
If you have the slightest of desire to join the leadership of emergency medicine in your hospital as a facility medical director, at the state level in an ACEP Chapter, nationally on a committee, or be involved in one of the hundreds of other ways possible, I encourage you to attend ACEP’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference in May. It is the conference that I walk away from every year re-invigorated and ready to take on the challenges of caring for our patients in the halls of our department, but also and more challenging often, the halls of the Legislature. You will not regret coming to DC, but you might just regret missing it!
If you haven’t signed up for this year’s ACEP Scientific Assembly in Boston, you should do so today!
The educational programs are awesome – with over 300 sessions covering the latest advances in clinical care, critical management, and health policy issues. The Colin C. Rorrie, Jr., Lecture will feature a discussion on health care reform, one of the year’s hottest topics.
Special sessions such as LLSA article reviews, the New Speakers Forum (which features up and coming presenters), Research Forum, and hands-on skills labs offer a wide variety of learning experiences.
The always popular Exhibit Hall will feature over 300 companies allowing you to meet and discuss new products and technologies with the people who make them.
Finally, don’t forget the social aspects of this meeting! Scientific Assembly gives you the opportunity to meet up and spend time with old friends and colleagues. Make plans before you leave on our Facebook page. And while you’re in Boston, take advantage of the historical sites, and maybe take some time to feast on clam chowder and seafood in the many great local restaurants.
Whether you are a first-time attendee or a seasoned veteran, you are sure to enjoy this spectacular conference. Check out the Scientific Assembly Web site and register today for the courses and social events you want!
Kenneth C. Jackimczyk, Jr., MD, FACEP
Chair, Educational Meetings Committee