Texas College of Emergency Physicians
TCEP EMphasis Newsletter




Hemant Vankawala, MD, FACEP
TCEP President

Since my last message, we have completed a legislative session, and continued to improve our structure and processes. Our Board will be meeting in El Paso July 20 and 21st and we have a lot to discuss. I want to commend Dr. Theresa Tran for leading our legislative team which includes our two lobbyists, Michael Grimes and Price Ashley. They worked hard to protect our profession and they did an outstanding job...

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Theresa Tran, MD, MBA
TCEP Legislative Committee Chair

Over the past 12 months, I have learned that elections matter, relationships influence legislation, and that it is critical for emergency physicians to engage in the legislative process. As I entered this legislative session, one thing stood at the forefront of my mind: to protect the free and independent practice of emergency medicine, a line that sometimes seems to get pushed further and further away from us...

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Please mark your calendars for CONNECT 2020, April 3-4 in Fort Worth.
Event registration and hotel reservation information will be distributed this fall!
We hope to see you there!


Dr. Diana Fite, chair of our TCEP delegation to the ACEP council, would like to remind all TCEP members that the deadline to submit resolutions for this year's ACEP council to consider is July 27 (with the rare exception of late or emergency resolutions).  Any two ACEP members together may submit a resolution.  Most resolutions are submitted by the state chapter, and if you would like the Texas chapter to consider submitting a particular resolution, then we need it by July 18 at the latest so that it can be discussed at the July board meeting.  Please contact Dr. Fite at 713-301-3564 (call or text) or at dianafite@mail.com if you would like to discuss an idea for a resolution or have her help prepare the resolution.  You may also contact any of the councilors directly, or the TCEP office at tcep@texacep.org.

The Dental Box
ACEP Leadership & Advocacy Conference
May 5-8, 2019 in Washington D.C.

30 TCEP members attended the Leadership and Advocacy program in Washington. Members visited with many legislators and staff on bills affecting emergency medicine.


TMA Chooses Houston Emergency Physician for President-Elect


Houston emergency physician Diana L. Fite, MD, was elected the new president-elect of the Texas Medical Association (TMA). The TMA House of Delegates policymaking body elected Dr. Fite to serve in this leadership role for one year, before she assumes the presidency. "It is my honor to serve as president-elect of TMA, the largest state medical association in the nation,” she said. “I feel like God has given me the opportunity to be ...

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Houston Emergency Physician Elected Speaker of TMA's House of Delegates


Houston emergency physician Arlo F. Weltge, MD, was elected speaker of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) House of Delegates, the association’s policymaking body. “It is an honor to be elected speaker, the presiding officer, of the Texas Medical Association’s House of Delegates,” said Dr. Weltge. He credits TMA for its embrace of collaborative governance. He has been an active member ...

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Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Texas Leadership & Advocacy Fellowship (TLAF) class!

Thirteen physicians have been selected to participate in the 2019-2020 class of TCEP Fellows. Congratulations to the following:

Rebecca Briggs, MD
Darrell Calderon, MD
Nora Demchur, MD
Brian Eby, MD
Whitney Faulconer, DO
Mohamed Hagahmed, MD
Laura Haselden, MD
Jason Lesnick, MD
Anisha Malhotra, MD
Jon Rogg, MD
Michael Rozum, MD
Chance Sims, DO
Chaethana Yalamanchili, MD

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New Texas Residency program: TTUHSC-Lubbock Emergency Medicine residency

A new Texas EM residency program has been established at University Medical Center in Lubbock, a Level 1 trauma center and tertiary referral center that serves as the primary teaching hospital for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.

The PGY1-3 program has been approved for 8 residents/year, with initial accreditation at the April RRC meeting. According to Dr. Trey Morris, Director of the program, they are accepting rotating medical students this summer and will interview this fall to take the first class in the spring 2020 Match.

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TMB Pain Management Rules

Kenneth Totz DO, JD, FACEP

In our last visit together I introduced you to the history and legislative birth of The Texas Medical Board (TMB). We reviewed how the Texas Legislature enacted the Medical Practice Act and then the Texas executive branch established The Texas Medical Board, an agency to enforce the Act and establish its own rules and regulations. The Medical Practice Act can be found ...

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The Ability to Intervene

By Lorelle Knight
TCEP Medical Student Board representative

Last week I found myself in an afternoon lecture without coffee. Fetal heart monitoring graphs would have been interesting if I'd had enough caffeine in my system or if I'd not just come off of OBGYN night shifts, but in that moment, I was having a difficult time paying attention. At some point, the lecturer began talking about umbilical cord prolapse....

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I am honored to serve as the Candidate Member of the TCEP Board

By Lee Wood, DO
TCEP Board candidate member

Thank you for your support! Let me tell you a little about myself- I grew up in Washington State and originally came to Texas 5 year ago for medical school. I attended TCOM where I spent two years in Fort Worth and two years in Corpus Christi, and I’m now about to start my PGY2 year at Baylor in Houston. I have followed ...

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How to Survive Medical School 101: A Practical Guide for EMIG Officers

By Sarah Smetana & Lenexa Morais
(UTMB Galveston Medical Students, Class of 2021)

“Island Time” – a way of life for Galveston Island locals and tourists exists from the 32-miles of sunny gulf shores to the streets of the 1850’s Strand Historic District. Instead of the relaxing mornings and beach-going afternoons; however, students from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) were busier than ever during the 2018-2019 academic year. Lead by our ...

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Calendar of Events
July 20-21TCEP Board of Directors MeetingHotel Indigo
El Paso TX
July 20Reception for El Paso MembersAnson11
El Paso TX
Sep 12Residency VisitTX A&M Christus Spohn
Corpus Christi TX
Sep 13-14TMA Fall ConferenceBastrop
Sep 26Residency VisitUT Austin Dell Medical
Oct 12-13TCEP Board of Directors MeetingInnovation Center
Houston, TX
Oct 26-30ACEP Scientific AssemblyColorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Nov 14Residency VisitScott & White
Temple TX
Nov 24-27Texas EMS ConferenceFort Worth, TX
Dec 6-7TMA Advocacy RetreatAustin, TX
Jan 25-26TCEP Board of Directors MeetingHyatt Regency
Austin, TX
Apr 3-4CONNECT 2020 Annual MeetingThe Worthington Renaissance
Fort Worth, TX
Apr 26-29ACEP Leadership and Advocacy ConferenceWashington D.C.
May 1-2TMA TexMed 2020Fort Worth, TX
Nov 22-25Texas EMS ConferenceConvention Center
Fort Worth, TX

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