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2018 ACEP Council Meeting
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This year’s annual ACEP council meeting was held in San Diego, California., on September 29 and 30, followed by the Scientific Assembly October 1-4. This year celebrated ACEP’s 50th year anniversary, so the council meeting and Scientific Assembly were particularly exciting with “extra-special” events!

Texas is the third largest chapter in the college, with 22 councilors. Only California and New York have more councilors than Texas. The Texas councilors for this year were: Drs. Sara Andrabi, Carrie deMoor, Justin Fairless, Angela Fisher, Diana Fite, Juan Fitz, Andrea Green, Robert Greenberg, Robert Hancock, Justin Hensley, Doug Jeffrey, Heidi Knowles, Laura Medford-Davis, , Heather Owen, Dan Peckenpaugh, Lynn Rea, Rick Robinson, Nick Steinour, Gerad Troutman, Hemant Vankawala, Jim Williams, and Sandra Williams. We also had 18 alternate councilors in attendance, plus we have seats in our section for all ACEP Past Presidents who wish to attend (Dr. Bob Suter and Dr. Angela Gardner) plus ACEP past speaker (Dr.Arlo Weltge). Two Texans are on the ACEP Board of Directors: Dr. Alison Haddock and Dr. Gillian Schmitz.

At last year’s council meeting, the councilors elected Dr. John Rogers (Georgia) to the position of president elect. However, in June Dr.Rogers stepped down from that position and Dr. Vidor Friedman (Florida) was elected by the Board to replace Dr.Rogers. One of the first orders of the council meeting was to ratify the Board’s election of Dr. Friedman, and Dr. Rogers was resoundingly honored by every single state chapter and ACEP section for his contributions to the college.

A total of 51 resolutions were considered at the council meeting this time, with several being commendation resolutions and several being memorial resolutions. Among the issues that we debated and considered resolutions about were: emergency physician suicides, burnout; mental health care and continued prolonged boarding of psychiatric patients; states that are requiring “safe discharge” from the ED (not about being clinically safe, but about having food, shelter, medication access upon discharge); advocating that CMS stop initiating policies that restrict quality emergency care; against ED copayment for Medicaid beneficiaries; inclusion of methadone use on the state drug and prescription databases; care of individuals along the autism spectrum in the ED; and multiple other issues.

Following the end of the council meeting is the President’s Award Gala. Many of our Texas emergency physicians have been recipients of various ACEP awards. This year “The Outstanding Contribution in EMS” Award was given to Dr. David Persse of Houston.

Please feel free to e-mail me () or call/text me (713-301-3564) if you wish to discuss this report.

Diana Fite, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.
TCEP Delegation Chair

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