EMphasis Newsletter - April




Hemant Vankawala, MD, FACEP
TCEP President

Connect 2019 held last month in Austin was packed with education and networking opportunities. TCEP’s Education Committee made some exciting changes to the format including multiple hands-on pop-up education sessions in topics ranging from ultrasound to resuscitation. The conference was even kicked off with a rousing session of group drumming! As many of you know, the Texas Legislature only meets...

Continue »TCEP CONNECT 2019 was a major hit! 

With close to 400 attendees, we had a very successful Annual Meeting in Austin March 22-25. Kicking off TCEP CONNECT 2019 was a riveting opening session by The Drum Cafe, followed by ACEP President Dr. Vidor Friedman. Throughout the day the Exhibit Hall was packed with...

Connect 2019



Michael Wainscott, MD Award 

Jason Lesnick, MD, was awarded the Michael Wainscott, MD Award in Austin at the TCEP Connect meeting for his contributions to the EMRA Council, and the ACEP Task Force regarding Utilization of Emergency PAs/NPs. He is a resident at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Emergency Medicine.

 Committee Leadership Award 

Dr. Theresa Tran received the Committee Leadership Award from Dr. Gerad Troutman.

 James Hayes, MD, award 

The James Hayes, MD, award (for outstanding volunteer service to TCEP) was given to Dr. Heidi Knowles by Dr. Troutman.

Government Relations Committee 


Theresa Tran, MD, MBA
TCEP Legislative Committee Chair

Priority Legislative Issues That Affect All TCEP Members. We are in the midst of the busiest time of the legislative session. The GRC, Board of Directors, and our lobbyists have been working daily to protect our patients and the professional interests of our members. Thank you to the members who participated in our first ever TCEP Legislative Day at TCEP Connect 19...

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US Acute Care Solutions

The best EM jobs in Texas are with US Acute Care Solutions! We offer full-time physicians an ownership opportunity, plus extensive benefits including 401(k). Search our available positions and locations to find your emergency medicine career with USACS at www.usacs.com/careers.

Welcome to our 2019-2020 TCEP Board of Directors!

Executive Committee
Hemant Vankawala, MD, FACEP, President
Robert Hancock, DO, FACEP, President Elect
Craig Meek, MD, FACEP, Treasurer
Sterling Overstreet, MD, FACEP, Secretary
Gerad Troutman, MD, MBA, FACEP, Immediate Past President

Board of Directors
Justin Fairless, DO, FACEP
Justin Hensley, MD, FACEP
Doug Jeffrey, MD, FACEP
Lorelle Knight, Medical Student Representative
Marcus Sims, MD, Young Physician Representative
Theresa Tran, MD, MBA
Sandra Williams, DO, FACEP
Lee Wood, DO, Candidate Member

Click here to view photos of our Board Members


Leadership and Fellows Program

Deadline is May 15th 

Looking for something more out of your practice but don’t know where to start? Become a TCEP Leadership and Advocacy Fellow! During this 1-year fellowship you will take a deep-dive into organized emergency medicine while networking and advocating with our specialty’s leaders. If you’re ready for more, or just want to see what else emergency medicine has to offer, the TLAF program is for you! Applications are due by May 15th, 2019. Learn more and get application form here:

APPLY NOW »EMRA 45 Under 45  

As EMRA celebrates its 45th anniversary, we want to celebrate YOU - the young influencers in Emergency Medicine who are shaping the future of Emergency Medicine by making a difference in your community, your hospital, and our specialty...

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Call for TCEP Committee Volunteers


TCEP needs your help! We can’t do all our work without volunteer leaders. Your ideas and involvement help move TCEP forward.

TCEP has various committees with open positions available to TCEP Members to get involved with. We’re currently holding our Call for Committees through May 15, 2019. Open committee positions include: Communications, CONNECT Programming, EMS, Membership, and TLAF.


What Organized Medicine Means to the Medical Student

 By Lorelle Knight
TCEP Medical Student Board representative

I’ve been asked a few times in the last three years to define ‘organized medicine’ for a medical school peer. The question would come from a student who had heard the term used in a lecture, had read the words on a “Matching into EM” PowerPoint, or had seen the descriptor in my old email signature. I was always quick to explain it in the context of physician advocacy and networking for health policy, but after a record attendance of medical students at TCEP Connect this year...

Continue »TCEP Holds Legislative Day in Austin 


Over 40 Emergency Physicians came to Austin on Monday March 25th for Legislative training and visits with Legislators. After hearing about the bills affecting the profession from Government Relations Chairman Dr. Theresa Tran, as well as TCEP lobbyists Michael Grimes and Price Ashley, attendees headed to the Capitol. Appointments with representatives and senators were set and members spent time discussing key issues with the legislators and staff.

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Scumacher Clinical Partners

Looking for a new opportunity? Check out our full and part-time openings available throughout Texas and the surrounding states.

Click here to browse openings

The Texas Medical Board & You

Kenneth Totz DO, JD, FACEP 

I would like to begin a series of articles introducing our members to the history of The Texas Medical Board (TMB), where it derives its powers, and the rules that they have developed to guide our medical practices. Unfortunately, due to where we went to medical school or a simple paucity of time in medical education, there is a vast void of medical-legal knowledge...

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Why I wanted to serve as the Young Physician representative on the TCEP Board

 By Marcus Sims, II, MD
TCEP Young Physician Member

I am honored to serve as the Young Physician representative to the TCEP Board of Directors. In addition to the work of the TCEP Board of Directors I will focus my efforts on three areas of critical importance to our organization and shared profession which are membership, leadership development, and advocacy...

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Recap of SIMS 2nd Annual National Conference

 By Tavisty Tarkenton, MSIII 

Lining up on a brisk Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas, 130 medical students entered the Medical Education and Technology building at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine to begin a weekend dedicated to the practice of medical simulation. Attendees included Texas medical students from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine...

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Calendar of Events
May 2 Residency visit at JPS Ft. Worth, TX
May 5-8 Leadership & Advocacy Conference (LAC) Grand Hyatt, Washington DC
May 7 First Tuesdays at the Capitol Austin, TX
May 17-18 TexMED 2019 Dallas, TX
July 20-21 TCEP Board of Directors Meeting Hotel Indigo, El Paso TX
Sep 13-14 TMA Fall Conference Bastrop
Oct 12-13 TCEP Board of Directors Meeting Innovation Center, Houston, TX
Oct 26-30 ACEP Scientific Assembly Colorado Convention Center, Denver CO
Nov 24-27 Texas EMS Conference Ft. Worth, TX
Dec 6-7 TMA Advocacy Retreat Austin, TX