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December 2013

Choosing Wisely Resources

Choosing Wisely campaign, which is focused on encouraging physicians and patients to talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary. ACEP released its list of five tests and procedures that may not be cost effective in some situations and should prompt discussion with patients in order to both educate them and gain their agreement regarding avoidance of such tests and procedures, when appropriate. To help you incorporate some of the recommendations in your practices, leaders at WA-ACEP developed Choosing Wisely: A Primer to the ACEP Recommendations PowerPoint Presentation. Click here to learn more about ACEP’s Choosing Wisely recommendations.

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Critical Need for Emergency Medicine Preceptors

MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program, a division of the UW Department of Family Medicine, opened a new training site in Tacoma. In September, 28 students from diverse backgrounds, including half with prior military experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, started classroom studies at the UW Tacoma campus.

In preparation for the students’ clinical experience, MEDEX is looking for physician leaders in Emergency Medicine to serve as clinical preceptors. Due to the intense competition from multiple disciplines throughout Washington State, MEDEX has experienced a serious shortage of training slots for students.  If you are interested in serving as a clinical preceptor, please contact Betty Steward, PA-C, Clinical Coordinator/Instructor, at or complete a Preceptor Intake Form.

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ACEP13 in Seattle: Largest Attendance in the Meeting's History

Although ACEP13 ended in October and the more than 7000 attendees have departed Seattle, the buzz from the meeting will linger and remain palpable over the coming year. Because of your support, attendance, and leadership, ACEP13 is now THE most successful ACEP conference ever! Thank you! Attendance at the kickoff party and our own Space Needle reception marked record-setting numbers.

Other highlights of the meeting:

  • Three Resolutions were approved by the national Council
  • WA ACEP members served on a national Pre-Conference Workshop and 10 national Committees
  • WA ACEP Journal Club went national as Drs. Enrique Enguidanos and Stephan Anderson presented a medical marijuana session
  • Members of the WA ACEP Board of Directors were able to talk in person with national ACEP staff on the Fair Billing Issue, Regionalization of Care, research on the impact of the legalization of marijuana on emergency departments, nationalization of an Opioid Prescription Monitoring System, and upcoming release of the National Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine.

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Get Ready for the 2014 EM Report Card

The WA-ACEP chapter is gearing up for the Jan. 16 release of the 2014 National Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine. Here are just some of the activities WA-ACEP has planned to discuss the Report Card’s findings and potential policies to address the state’s EM needs:

  • Conference Call for ED Directors Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 8:30-9:30 am to discuss the Report Card’s results (more information to come via the ED Listserv)
  • Report Card materials distribution to all Washington State House and Senate members
  • Interviews with national and local media outlets to discuss the findings
  • Communications and alerts to WA-ACEP members

The Report Card assesses the support that each state and the District of Columbia provides for their emergency care systems. Intended as a wake-up call for policymakers, the report should motivate state and national policy support for improving emergency care systems. Learn more about the Report Card.


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WSMA Legislative Day is Feb. 10, 2014

Help ensure that WA-ACEP has a great turnout out at the Washington State Medical Association’s 2014 Legislative Day Feb. 10 in Olympia. Governor Jay Inslee is the featured guest speaker at the day-long event. The governor will address his administration's health care priorities, which include Medicaid expansion, paying for quality instead of quantity, curbing state employee costs by improving and focusing on primary and preventive care, and stabilizing rural emergency services and primary care funding. In the afternoon, participants will be bused to the Capitol for meetings with individual legislators. Register today and make sure the voice of Emergency Medicine is heard throughout the event.

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Don’t Miss the 2014 WA-ACEP Summit to Sound April 30-May 2

We have an unbelievable line up of nationally renowned speakers scheduled for the 2014 Summit to Sound to be held April 30-May 2 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle.  The meeting features three days of effective strategies and scientific updates, including:

  • EM Culture and Healthcare Reform
  • Trauma
  • Critical Care
  • Extremes in Age
  • Ultrasound Vascular Access (includes attestation letter)

Other Highlights

  • Topic specific panel discussions with a host of local and national experts
  • Exhibitors to help you find solutions to your toughest challenges
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues from around the state

Need lodging?
A hotel room block has been arranged at The Edgewater Hotel.
Call the hotel at 206-728-7000 or book through the Passkey website to receive the special conference rate of $219 a night. Be sure to ask for the Washington Chapter ACEP room block. Reservations must be made by March 31.

Look for a meeting brochure and registration form in early 2014.

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Leadership Summit 2013

More than 60 ED leaders from all over the state attended the Emergency Medicine Leadership Summit held in November at the Seattle Airport Marriott.  During the meeting, ACEP Executive Director Dean Wilkerson provided a look at the Value of Emergency Medicine as well as the ACEP Strategic Plan. Mike Granovsky, MD, FACEP, discussed ways to Run an Effective EM Group. If you missed Dr. Granovsky’s highly rated talk, catch him at the 2014 Summit to Sound.

The 2014 EM Leadership Summit will be held at a Seattle airport hotel (TBD) on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

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Happy Holidays!

We had a tremendous year in 2013 at WA-ACEP and we’re looking forward to another year of EM challenges in 2014!

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