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Texas College of Emergency Physicians
February 2013 Update
Welcome to another exciting installment of the TCEP Monthly updates. We hope you enjoy this month's feature articles.
   Emergency Medicine News
Rich Tomasheski, MS II, Baylor College of Medicine

Excellent teamwork with our STEMIs - 100% of patients went from door-to-balloon in 90 minutes, and our median door-to-balloon time was 47.5 minutes, which is right around the 90th percentile nationwide! This information came from the ACTION Registry-GWTG. See the attached PDF file for additional information.

Ben Taub General Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes BTGH's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

As newly appointed Chief Medical Advisor, Shkelzen Hoxhaj, MD, MBA, MPH, FACEP, advises Healthconnect regarding clinical quality, helping to ensure that HIE systems support providers in the transition of care process. He also serves as an ambassador to the medical community, and plays a key role in promoting Healthconnect's long-term vision to be an integral part of the Healthcare delivery system.  Healthconnect is building a robust health information exchange (HIE) with broad geographic coverage of 20 counties in the Greater Houston Area. Through this protected network, authorized participants can access important patient health information for enhanced safety, quality and efficiency of care. Existing hospital system networks will connect with each other and independent providers to create a network of networks. Everyone in the connected community should benefit from improved continuity of care and lower costs.  Pictured below are Dr. Hoxhaj, Amanda Reynado, PAC, Martin Luke, PAC and Charles Dangerfield, PAC.

image_copyW. Frank Peacock IV, MD, FACEP presented the promising results of the PRONTO study on clevidipine, for which he was the principal investigator. The study was presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2012 in Los Angeles, California under the title "Clevidipine Improves Dyspnea in Emergency Department Acute Heart Failure: A Randomized, Open Label Study" (Abstract 15606).

Cameron Decker, MD was sworn in as President of the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA), the world's largest independent resident organization, after being elected President-Elect in October, 2011.  Dr. Decker is the chief spokesperson for the organization, which has nearly 12,000 members and represents residents in approximately 95% of emergency medicine residency programs.

Congratulations to Greg Buehler, MD, MBA, FACEP on becoming an ACEP Fellow.

Congratulations to Amanda Reynado, PAC on completing the Houston Marathon on 1/13!

Mark Escott, MD, FACEP was featured on the front page of the Pasadena Citizen newspaper on Sunday, October 14th. We wish Dr. Escott the best of luck as medical director at San Jacinto! An electronic version of the article can be found here: http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/pasadena/news/former-student-comes-full-circle-to-serve-as-medical-director/article_1e399f17-108c-512f-b980-8b872099c6b3.html

Drs. Biykem Bozkurt, Bobby Kapur, Angela Siler Fisher and Shkelzen Hoxhaj recently appeared on the BCM Partnership Luncheon and Panel Discussion moderated by Sharron Melton, co-anchor of ABC 13's award winning morning newscast. There, they discussed the topic of "Code Red: What should you do in the vital seconds before help arrives?"  The panel discussion focused on the symptoms of heart attacks and stroke emergencies and how families and friends should be prepared to assist until EMS arrives.

newpic6c9dd95ff17ef374c23e987add16a94eBaylor College of Medicine was represented well during this year's American College of Emergency Physicians' Scientific Assembly in Denver, CO!

  • Accolades and Accomplishments
  • ◦    Nathan Deal, MD: completed 3 year term as EMRA president

         ◦    Ira Nemeth, MD: appointed to joint Taskforce with NAEMSP to build an EMS board review course

  • National Committee and Section Participation

         ◦    Ira Nemeth, MD: Chair, Disaster Section and Member of EMS Committee
         ◦    Nathan Deal, MD: ACEP Finance Committee and Member of Section of EM Practice Management and Health Policy
         ◦    Angela Siler Fisher, MD:  Chair, ACEP Membership Committee
         ◦    Liz Arrington, PGY-2:  ACEP EM Practice Committee
         ◦    Laura Medford-Davis, PGY-2:  ACEP EM Practice Committee
         ◦    Hashim Zaidi, MS II: EMRA EMS Committee
         ◦    Bobby Kapur, MD, Global Health Section Steering Committee and Past Chair of the Section

  • Lecture Presentations

         ◦    Bobby Kapur, MD: presented "Integrating Ethics into Global Health Training."
         ◦    Gil Shlamovitz, MD: presented the following lectures with an amazing attendance:

               ▪    Visual Diagnosis: Genitourinary Emergencies & Procedures – 230 attendees

               ▪    Manifestations of Irritations from Infestations: Icky Creatures and Bites – 293 attendees

               ▪    Visual Diagnosis in Emergency Medicine: Head & Neck -  378 attendees
               ▪    Master Clinician Series: Visual Diagnosis – 706 attendees

  • Councilors

         ◦    Ira Nemeth, MD: Councilor for Disaster Section
         ◦    Angela Siler Fisher, MD
         ◦    Shkelzen Hoxhaj, MD

BCM Emergency Medicine is on the web!

   TCEP 2013 Annual Meeting

TCEP 2013 Annual Meeting April 11 - 14, 2013
The Westin Stonebriar Resort • 159 Legacy Dr., Frisco, TX 75034 

The Annual Meeting Planning Committee, based on feedback from those of you who have attended the meeting the last few years, has planned a great conference for 2013.  We will be presenting lectures on a variety of subjects that has been important to Texas physicians in the past year.

Join our National ACEP Past President, Angela Gardner, MD, FACEP, for an update on current issues facing emergency physicians.

We will again have the Ultrasound Lab where attendees will learn about ED ultrasound and receive hands on experience by professional ultrasound technicians.

We anticipate a great meeting that will be well attended, so sign up early! 

Click HERE to Register >>>   
   News from the TCEP Medical Student Committee

Kenneth C. Stupka MPH, MSII, University of Texas Medical Branch Liaison Member

Brian Zwern, MSII University of Texas Medical Branch EMIG Vice President

Melanie Stanzer, MSIV Secretary-Editor, TCEP Medical Student Committee

The Medical Student Committee's New Year resolution is to continue to bring exciting emergency medicine opportunities to medical students in Texas and surrounding areas!

First, coming to a medical school near you we have began scheduling Medical Student Leadership Initiative dates. This event, piloted at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, and University of Texas Medical Branch last year, gives students an introduction to organized emergency medicine and unrivaled access to a panel of Emergency Medicine leaders (like most of you reading this article)! For more on how you can help build future EM leaders as a MSLI panelist, email Cordell Cunningham at cordellcunningham@gmail.com. The first visit of the year will be at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio School of Medicine on February 19, 2013 at noon. More dates will be announced closer to each medical schools chosen date!

Second, registration for the TCEP 2013 Annual Meeting is now open! Register here. It is April 11-14, 2013 at the Westin Stonebriar in Frisco, Texas. The Medical Student Track will take place on Saturday, April 13, which will be a very exciting day of student-oriented lectures and panels, as well as a residency fair! You do not want to miss this opportunity to learn more about emergency medicine, how to get ahead in the field, and of course to network!

Keep on checking the Medical Student Resource on the TCEP website for further details on the Annual Meeting and Medical Student Leadership Initiative dates!

This month we are honored to have Kenneth (KC) Stupka and Brian Zwern provide us an update on all the activities their EMIG at the University of Texas Medical Branch has been involved in. Enjoy!

Hopefully the New Year is treating everyone well. Down on the island, at UTMB Galveston, our Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) has been very busy over the course of the year past year. We have numerous opportunities for students interested in the field of emergency medicine.

It truly is an exciting time to be at UTMB Galveston. A number of activities that have been long in the planning process have finally come to fruition. First up, for the first time in over 5 years the student ride-along program partnership with Galveston County Health District EMS is ready to begin. The opportunity gives medical students the chance to experience and participate in the pre-hospital experience that is so vital to many of our patients. Our EMIG and Galveston County EMS are excited to have this program back and look forward to what it will do for both the community and medical education of our students.

Next up, students are now able to do a preclinical rotation in emergency medicine at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin between their 1st and 2nd year. The experience allows students a fantastic opportunity to learn firsthand what it is like to work in a high volume, Level 1 trauma accredited pediatric ED- also the site of a brand new pediatric EM fellowship. Students get hands on experience treating patients under the teaching of both residents and attendings in the emergency department. Furthermore, students are also able to participate in a mock code in which the students are taught the proper sequence of events in evaluating and treating a true emergency.

Also, new for this year, we have added two workshops were students are introduced to clinical skills such as intubation and suturing. Both workshops had outstanding participation and requests to become annual events.

Additionally, students in their pre-clinical years have an opportunity to shadow in our ED by coordinating through the department of surgery. Students are able to participate on the weekends between incoming and outgoing 3rd and 4th year student rotations. Interest in emergency medicine at UTMB is quite evident in that there are only a limited number of spots and they tend to go quickly. In addition, UT-H and BCM have graciously helped give our students opportunities to shadow in their hospitals in Houston- allowing our students to experience EM at two outstanding EM residencies!

Finally, UTMB also had several students attend the ACEP Scientific Assembly in Denver and the general consensus was that it was a fantastic experience. We would recommend the experience to anyone who has an interest in emergency medicine as it is a great opportunity to see and learn about all the unique areas of emergency medicine, the programs, and the people that make the field what it is, exceptional. Oh, and did we mention the networking opportunities…

feb13_medstudentpic UTMB students preparing for the intubation exercise.

Photo provided by: Chelsea Johnson, MSII, UTMB EMIG Clinical Experience Committee Chair

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