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September 2014

ACEP14: You Don’t Want to Miss It!

Make sure your fall schedule includes a trip to Chicago to attend ACEP14 Oct. 27-30. Several Washington Chapter members are on the agenda, including Drs. Nathan Schlicher, Stephen Anderson and Christopher Kang. The meeting features more than 350 courses, labs and workshops. Loads of social events and one of American’s finest cities make this a can’t-miss conference. Register today!

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Washington’s Anderson is an ACEP BoD Candidate

WA-ACEP is excited to announce the candidacy of Stephen H. Anderson, MD, FACEP for a position on the American College of Emergency Physicians’ National Board of Directors. The BoD election will be held Sunday, Oct. 26 in Chicago, prior to ACEP14.

Steve has served in multiple echelons of emergency medicine, as Medical Group Director, Hospital Chief of Staff, member of the Washington State EMS and Trauma Care Council, Chapter President of WA-ACEP, ACEP Public Relations Committee, and now the ACEP Council Steering Committee. Steve is a member and leader who brings passion and ideas to the table! 

Good luck Steve -- your Chapter is so proud!

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EM Leadership Summit/Mentorship Program is Nov. 5

The state’s ED Directors are invited to attend the 9th Annual EM Leadership Summit Nov. 5 at the Seattle Airport Marriott. The WA-ACEP Board Meeting will be held at 7:30 am, followed by the Leadership Summit from 10 am-4 pm. The day will conclude with the WA-ACEP Mentorship Program kick-off meeting/dinner. Mentees and mentors are invited to an informational meeting that will provide an overview of WA-ACEP and the mentor program, and expectations of mentors and mentees. If you are interested in being a mentor, please contact, or if you know of individuals in your groups who would like to become more engaged in WA-ACEP as a mentee, please email their names and contact information to

Register for the Leadership Summit today!

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Psychiatric Boarding: Catching Up

The Washington State Supreme Court granted a 120-day stay Sept. 5 to its recent ruling that ends the practice of psychiatric boarding in the Emergency Department. The court's decision means that the process used for Single Bed Certifications will remain in effect until Dec. 26. Between now and the end of the year, the state will be bringing online and providing ongoing payment for 145 new treatment beds for involuntarily detained patients. Many of these beds are located at freestanding psychiatric hospitals.

The WA-ACEP Board of Directors voted April 30 to join other healthcare organizations in an amicus curiae brief asking the state Supreme Court to uphold a Pierce County Superior Court ruling that psychiatric boarding is unconstitutional and the state must do more to adequately provide mental health services.

The court determined Aug. 6 that psychiatric boarding was unconstitutional and violate the state’s Involuntary Treatment Act. The state offered no remedy for the current situation or any guidance on how the ruling is impacted by EMTALA.

WA-ACEP leaders are meeting with the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) and the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) next week to continue to evaluate and refine medium and long-term strategies.

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2014 Annual Meeting Wrap Up

More than 125 members of the emergency medicine community attended the 2014 Summit to Sound – Northwest Emergency Medicine Assembly (S2S NEMA) held April 30-May 2 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle.

The Chapter hosted nationally renowned speakers Drs. Michael Granovsky, Paul Auerbach, Mark Rosenberg, and Robert Vissers, who provided updates on practice management, wilderness medicine, palliative care, and intubation, respectively. As in previous years, the crew from Madigan – led by Drs. Jeremy Johnson and Cameron Wolterstoff – coordinated and taught two impressive ultrasound workshops. Dr. William Hurley presented a new addition to the schedule, TeamSTEPPS Sim, which received rave reviews from participants.

Nicole Gibran, MD, provides a burn injury talk during the trauma symposium May 1.

Of course, we can always count on our home team to show up and play. Drs. Anderson and Schlicher provided yet another informative and timely Washington State Legislative Update. Our Madigan and University of Washington residents joined forces to offer insightful analysis on the Value of Coronary CT in the Evaluation of Acute Chest Pain. And colleagues from area hospitals and groups offered thoughtful presentations, proving once again that attendees don’t have to travel far to find top-notch speakers and educational opportunities.

Many thanks to WA-ACEP Board Member and Education Committee Chair Dr. Patrick Solari for his optimism and patience in organizing the 2014 meeting!

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Coming in 2015…

Make plans to attend the 2015 Summit to Sound – Northwest Emergency Medicine Assembly (S2S NEMA) to be held April 22-24 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle.

We are excited to host ACEP President-Elect Dr. Michael Gerardi and as well as other nationally renowned speakers. Plans are already in the works to offer a Cadaver Lab (non CME) and important workshops and symposia.

Make hotel reservations today at the Edgewater in Seattle and receive the special rate of $219/night.

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WA-ACEP Leaders Attend LAC in DC

The Washington Chapter was well represented at the 2014 ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference (LAC) last May in Washington, DC. Not only did several of the Chapter’s members attend the meeting, but several board officers could be found on the faculty list. WA-ACEP President Enrique Enguidanos, MD, led the Chapter Officers Forum with an overview of all the resources available to each of the states. Boardmembers Drs. Schlicher and Anderson told the Washington story – from three-visit crisis to Seven- Best-Practices success – to a packed house during the meeting’s general session. Finally, WA-ACEP Immediate Past President Dr. Christopher Kang moderated the Disaster Preparedness Forum.

Drs. Nathan Schlicher and Stephen Anderson present at LAC.

LAC concluded with a day of Capitol Hill visits. WA-ACEP leaders carried emergency medicine’s message to visits with Washington State’s House and Senate members.

Drs. Alison Haddock and Enrique Enguidanos visit with Washington State legislators.

Interested in the legislative process? You don’t need to travel to Washington, DC to make a difference; join the WA-ACEP Legislative Committee and make an impact locally. Contact the chapter office at to learn more.

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Friends of Nathan Schlicher

Dr. Nathan Schlicher, WA-ACEP Secretary/Treasurer, is running for a seat in the House of Representatives in the 26th Legislative District. If elected, Schlicher would be the only physician in the Legislature. Learn more about Nathan.


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Need CME?

Visit the WA-ACEP Calendar and get the latest on local CME opportunities.

2014 Pediatric Emergency Response Workshop
Sept. 19
8 am – 4 pm
UW Medicine Valley Medical Center
Renton, WA
View Flyer
View Brochure

Doctors without Borders (Medecins San Frontieres)
Recruitment Session

Sept. 30, 2014
7 pm
Belltown Community Center
415 Bell Street
Seattle, WA 98121
All interested physicians: join us to learn how you can put your ideals into practice.  For more information and to register visit:

UW Medicine EMS and Trauma Conference: Current Practices in Adult and Pediatric Trauma
Sept. 29-30, 2014
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Learn more and register

Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2014
Sept. 30, 2014
Jackson Hall Auditorium
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
Tacoma, WA

Washington State Community Paramedic Conference: What is the Future of Mobile Integrated Healthcare?
November 4-5, 2014
DoubleTree Hotel
Sea-Tac, WA
Read brochure

35th Annual Current Concepts in Emergency Care
December 7-12, 2014
Wailea Marriott
Maui, Hawaii
Learn more

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NewsWatch Contributions and Suggestions

The WA/ACEP NewsWatch is your newsletter! All member contributions are welcome! We encourage you to submit articles, letters, practices tips to share in the newsletter, or send us a question you would like answered or your ideas for future articles. Email your contribution and suggestions to the WA/ACEP office at

Washington ACEP Board

Enrique Enguidanos MD FACEP
Christopher Kang MD FACEP
Past President
John Matheson, MD
President Elect
Nathan Schlicher, MD FACEP

Stephen Anderson MD FACEP
Cameron Buck, MD
Russ Carlisle, MD
Dean Gushee, MD
Kevin Hanson, MD
Brian Livingston, MD
Heather Marshall, MD
Steven Mitchell, MD
Darin Neven, MD
Susan Stern, MD
Patrick Solari, MD
Liam Yore, MD
Juliana Yu, MD

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