Heidi Knowles, MD, FACEP

Working in my garden last week, trying to quickly get things done before the next storm rolled in, I realized how oddly similar Texas weather is to working in the Emergency Department. Bright sunny days, where lives are saved and patients are happy with your ability to relieve pain with ibuprofen, followed the next day by a crazy loud thunderstorm, riddled with tornados...

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Government Relations Committee


Diana Fite, MD, FACEP
Chair, Government
Relations Committee

For readers of our Government Relations Committee reports, I am going to take this opportunity to review the issues that we have been involved in or have been following that were mentioned in our last report, and summarize the outcome of each of them. Then in future issues, I will go into more detail for some of the more pertinent/interesting bills. The legislative session ended at midnight on May 29...

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The best EM jobs in Texas are with Emergency Service Partners, a founding partner of US Acute Care Solutions! We offer full-time physicians an ownership opportunity, plus extensive benefits including 401(k). Browse openings at


Are You Up for Renewal?
A large number of TCEP members have June 30 expirations dates. Is that you? If so, please don't let your membership lapse, and remember that we need you to keep TCEP strong. Renewing your membership online takes three minutes or less. Go to, and keep TCEP on your side.

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EmCare leads the way in Making Health Care Work Better especially for physicians. We provide the resources & support you need so you can focus on what's truly important patient care. We have more jobs, in more places. Staff & leadership openings. Contact 727-437-0846,

TCEP Director’s Message


Ken King
Executive Director

It is a great honor to be selected as TCEP’s new Executive Director. I think sometimes physicians forget the high esteem and respect their fellow citizens have for them. One of the most fulfilling parts of my new job at TCEP is to keep that regard and respect working for you. Texans understand that no state or community can thrive and prosper without access to quality and affordable health care. We need to cultivate and nurture that understanding...

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Go Army
TCEP Residency Visit From a Resident’s Perspective


RJ Sontag, MD

TCEP's visit to UT Health San Antonio served as an excellent introduction for our residency. In conversations with fellow residents, moments that stick in our memory include realizing the power of advocacy and understanding various ways to practice once we graduate...

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Permanente Medical Group

Central California (Modesto/Manteca)
Robust Salary + $350,000 FORGIVABLE LOAN PROGRAM

The Permanente Medical Group, Inc. (TPMG) seeks BC/BE EM Physicians to join us in the Central Valley: an hour from the ski slopes, world-class wineries, excellent public schools, affordable real estate. Send CV to: Narlyn Villaruel at Call: (510) 625-5932.

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At TMLT, we have you covered. No matter how your job evolves.

We know that seeing patients and providing excellent care is your primary goal. And we work hard to find new ways to support you. Contact us today to learn more about what TMLT can do for you at 800-580-8658 or

TMLT - protection for a new era of medicine.

Elections of Officers were held at the TCEP Board meeting as part of the annual meeting. The elected officers were:

New TCEP President:
Heidi Knowles, MD FACEP

New TCEP President Elect:
Gerad Troutman, MD, FACEP

New TCEP Treasurer:
Hemant Vanawala, MD, FACEP

New TCEP Secretary:
Robert Hancock, DO, FACEP


Photos from UTHSA Residency Visit

Highlights of UT Health San Antonio Residency Visit; TCEP joins residents for an evening reception in San Antonio.

TCEP thanks the following sponsors for this event:
Code 3ER, Emergency Service Partners, Emergency Medicine Consultants, EmCare, First Choice Emergency Room, IES, LEMA

Calendar of Events
August 16-17GETAC meetingAustin, TX
August 18Pediatric Readiness program meetingAustin, TX
September 14Corpus Residency Visit
September 15TMA Fall ConferenceBastrop, TX
September 16EMIG Colloquium (medical students)
September 28Austin Residency VisitAustin, TX
September 28-29Board meeting in AustinAustin, TX
October 27-28ACEP Council Meeting
October 29-November 1ACEP Scientific Assembly
November 18GETAC meetingFort Worth, TX
November 19-22Texas EMS meetingFort Worth, TX
December 1-2TMA Advocacy Retreat, Omni Barton CreekAustin, TX
January 26-27TMA Winter Conference
January 27-28TCEP BOD meetingAustin, TX
May 20-26EMS Week

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Phone: 512.306.0605 | Toll Free: 800.TEX.ACEP | Fax: 512.329.8943

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