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President's Message - September 2018
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September 2018

Gerad Troutman, MD, MBA, FACEP

It has been a busy few months…. And I am excited to tell you about our activities as we create the foundation of TCEP 2.0.

Many members, and even those of us elected to the board, often do not realize the number of day to day activities that must occur for an organization such as TCEP to simply exist. Bills must be paid, mail answered, regulatory requirements met… It is the mundane tasks that must happen so that TCEP can advocate on behalf of YOU. These tasks are usually reserved for an Executive Director, or the CEO of a nonprofit organization, that keeps the organization running smoothly and carrying out the will of the board of directors who ultimately answer to its membership.

Many members may not be aware, but TCEP has had some transition in our Executive Director over the prior 18 months. We had a couple of interims, but largely the board of directors and a few other key leaders have been running TCEP while we found that most perfect candidate to lead us into the future.

First, I owe a debt of gratitude to many leaders who have stepped up during our transition. Heidi Knowles, Dan Peckenpaugh and Bruce Moskow are three members (and past presidents) who have spent countless hours/weeks/months organizing information, paying the bills, and keeping the association going.

We undertook a rigorous national search for our new Executive Director. Thanks to the insights and efforts of two current Emergency Physician Chapter Executive Directors, Laura Tiberi (Ohio Chapter) and Bob Ramsey (Virginia), we were able to identify the skill sets we need to be a lead chapter of ACEP and effectively make things better for Texas emergency physicians. They assisted us in screening and doing initial interviews and I am proud to announce that with their help and our board of directors, we found the ideal candidate, Beth Brooks, CAE.

Beth has many years of association management experience starting with the Texas Dental Association. She has been the Executive Director for the Texas Pest Control Association, the Texas Society of Association Executives (that is the association of associations…yes, it really does exist!), and the National Association of Women in Construction. As the author of “The New CEO’s Guide” published by the American Society of Association Executives, she literally wrote the book on association management. TCEP is in GOOD hands! The first box of TCEP 2.0 is checked.

At our recent Board meeting in Houston, we approved updated PAC bylaws, discussed the new prescription pad changes, and have a plan to create a new website for TCEP. We also approved a new Lone Star Survivor program created by our medical student committee that is a quick 5-minute training session for the public on how to use a tourniquet. This is being offered at medical schools all across our state.

Many of us will be attending the ACEP Council and ACEP18 in San Diego where we will not only continue to advocate on behalf of our patients, but experience world class learning opportunities and helping steer ACEP into a direction we believe is best. I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. ACEP is the world’s largest gathering of emergency physicians.

I leave you with a picture from my hometown of Wichita Falls, TX which has the largest sanctioned century bike ride in the country, called appropriately, the Hotter’N Hell Hundred. Over 13,000 riders participated in the event and emergency physicians were there to make certain it was done safely. We get to do many cool things as EM Docs, and participating in such events is a career highlight of what I get to do every day.

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