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Texas College of Emergency Physicians
April 2013 Update

There was an Emphasis Draft Update that was released prematurely due to faulty programming with Elite Email. We are currently working with the Elite Email's technical department to find the cause of this error.  This update was a draft in progress and does not reflect accurate information or the appropriate articles.  On behalf of the staff at TCEP, we sincerely apologize for this error.

James E. Coles, CAE, Executive Director

   JPS Residency Spotlight
Texas' Newest Emergency Medicine Residency Receives Ten Year Accreditation



Emergency Department Snapshot



Faculty Spotlight


Jeff Beeson, DO, FACEP is the Medical Director for the Emergency Physicians Advisory Board, providing physician oversight and management for the MedStar EMS system in Fort Worth, Texas. He is also an active Emergency Physician at Huguley Memorial Hospital and John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth as well as Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. He is a member of the ACEP EMS committee.


Yvonne Chow, MD, CAQSM, Medical Student Education Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, holds subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine and is serving as Co-Chair of the Emergency Medicine Education Sub-committee for the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine. Dr. Chow is also currently participating in the standard setting process for determining the minimum passing score for the American Board of Family Medicine Sports Medicine qualification exam for 2013 through 2015. She is a past TCEP Leadership and Advocacy Fellow.


Marco Coppola, DO, FACEP, Academic Vice Chair and Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency and Adjunct Clinical Professor, University of North Texas and Touro University is the ACEP Council Speaker and Chair of the Council Steering Committee. He is a past two-term President of the Government Services Chapter of ACEP and has served as Councillor for 20 years. Dr Coppola presently serves in the Texas State Guard as a Colonel and is the Deputy Surgeon of the Texas Medical Brigade. He served as the Chief Medical Officer in Operation Lonestar 2012, the largest combined military/civilian medical humanitarian mission in the nation serving the population of the Rio Grande Valley.He was recently awarded the Legion of Merit and holds the Surgeon General's "A" Proficiency Designator in Emergency Medicine.


Kathleen Delaney, MS, MD, FACP, FACEP, FACMT, Chair Emeritus, Department of Emergency Medicine is a continuing editor of Goldfrank's Toxicology, is frequently sought out to provide expert opinion, and serves on task forces and consensus panels. She is one of the most widely published authors in the medical literature. Her influence in Emergency Medicine is on an international scale and she continues to be a driving force in the maturation of our department.


Carrie de Moor, MD, FACEP, Emergency Department Medical Director and Trauma Liaison, currently sits on the TCEP Board of Directors and is the Co-Director of the TCEP Residency Visit program along with fellow JPS faculty member, Dr. Knowles. Dr. de Moor is a current member of the TCEP Membership Committee and the ACEP Membership Committee. She has served as a TCEP Councillor to ACEP since 2011. Dr. de Moor has served as a member of the Collin County Medical Society Board of Directors and as a County Delegate to TMA since 2010. In May, 2013 Dr. de Moor will assume the role of Chair of the Texas Medical Association Young Physicians Section. She was recently named to the Texas Monthly Super Doctors Rising Stars List for 2013. She has also been named a finalist for the 2013 EmCare Genesis Cup for her work on LEAN Processes for trauma care.


AJ Kirk, MD, FACEP, Associate Program Director, is active in both EMS and Trauma roles. He is involved in the Dallas Fire Department Special Operations Unit. He provides medical leadership to the American Airlines Center as the Assistant Medical Director. He is also Medical Director for the Tarrant County Hospital District Office of Emergency Management.


Heidi Knowles, MD, FACEP, currently serves as the Young Physician on the TCEP Board of Directors and is the Co-Director of the TCEP Residency Visit Program. Dr. Knowles is currently a Delegate for the Young Physicians Section of TMA and serves as a member of the TEXPAC Board of Directors. Dr. Knowles has served as a TCEP Councilor since 2011. She is also an active member of the TCEP and ACEP Membership Committees.


Richard Robinson, MD, FACEP, Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, is the incoming President of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians. He has served on the TCEP Board of Directors and as Councillor to the ACEP Council for six years. Prior to that he served as TCEP Education Committee Chair for five years. Dr. Robinson is a member of the Emergency Physicians Advisory Board in Tarrant County and is an At-Large member of the Board of the Tarrant County Medical Society. He also sits on the ACEP Bylaws Committee and the Council Steering Committee. Dr. Robinson was the founding Program Director of the JPS EM Residency Program before transitioning that role to Dr. Coppola in July, 2012. He instituted and continues to grow the process improvement program at JPS based on a culture of patients first.

chet Chet Schrader, MD, Director of Quality and Data, coordinates the Administrative Fellowship and scribe service. He manages department metrics reporting and contributes to operations improvement through his work with development of alternative care pathways. Dr. Schrader completed a Health Policy Internship through the ACEP Washington, DC headquarters. He also participates on the ACEP Federal Government Affairs Committee and Finance Committee. Dr. Schrader is a past TCEP Leadership and Advocacy Fellow.


Hao Wang, MD, PhD, RDMS, CPI, FACEP, is the Director of Research of the JPS Department of Emergency Medicine and currently serves as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board of JPS Health Network.  He is widely published in the Emergency Medicine literature.  Dr. Wang also leads the department's Journal Clubs.


Noah White, MD, FACEP, Assistant Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency, is a past TCEP Leadership and Advocacy Fellow. He has developed the JPS EM Residency didactic curriculum and is actively involved in investigating national trends in Emergency Medicine Residency curricula.

Nick Zezenarosanarosa, MD, FACEP, Executive Vice President and Patient and Family Centered Care Advocate is the Immediate Past President of Texas College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Zenarosa also served on the TCEP Board for six years. He often represents the interests of Texas' Emergency Physicians through testimony at public hearings of the Texas Medical Board and state legislative committees along with participation in coalitions such as TAPA. Dr. Zenarosa is active in JPS ED operations focusing on optimization of the patient experience.

Scholarly Activity

Our young residency program is currently on a fast track with respect to scholarly activity. The following is a sample of the department's output to date:

Jeff Beeson, DO: Drug Shortages on the Ambulance: What can EMS Do? Texas EMS Magazine

Kathleen Delaney, MD: (1) Use of RIFLE Criteria to Predict the Severity and Prognosis of Acute Kidney Injury in Emergency Department Patients With Rhabdomyolysis, Journal of Emergency Medicine and Clinical Policy
(2) Critical Issues in the Prescribing of Opioids for Adult Patients in the Emergency Department, Annals of Emergency Medicine

Jeri Rose, DO: What's Eating Your Wishbone? Sternoclavicular Septic Arthritis with Osteomyelitis, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine 

Hao Wang, MD, Kathleen Delaney, MD, Richard Robinson, MD, Ferran Ros, MD (Emergency Medicine Resident): The Role of B-type Natriuretic Peptide in the Evaluation of Congestive Heart Failure Patients in the Emergency Department, Journal of Clinical Diagnostics

Hao Wang, MD, Marco Coppola, DO, Richard Robinson, MD, James Scribner, MD (Emergency Medicine Resident), Veer Vithalani, MD (Emergency Medicine Resident), Carrie de Moor, MD, Kathleeen Delaney, MD: Geriatric Trauma Patients With Cervical Spine Fractures due to Ground Level Fall: Five Years Experience in a Level One Trauma Center, Journal of Clinical Medicine Research

Yvonne Chow, MD, Marco Coppola, DO, AJ Kirk, MD, Hao Wang, MD, and Noah White, MD submitted chapters on Mastitis, Postpartum Infection, and Postpartum Hemorrhage for the 5th Edition of the 5 Minute Emergency Medicine Consult.

Jeff Beeson, DO presented numerous lectures and participated on panel discussions at EMS lectures at the 5th annual STEMI Texas, ACEP's Advanced EMS Practitioners' Forum, AirLIFE's Emergency Care Conference, EMS State of the Sciences Conference, and EMS WORLD Expo.

Marco Coppola, DO presented numerous lectures and participated on panel discussions at the Annual Meetings of GSACEP, TCEP, and the ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference, and made several residency visits throughout the Great State of Texas. He presided over the ACEP Council Meeting in Denver and was instrumental in creating a new standing Council Committee: the Leadership Development and Advisory Group. He will preside over the Council for the last time this October in Seattle, Washington.

Carrie de Moor, MD presented Emergency Airway Management Update: New Toys, Different Drugs at TCEP's Annual Meeting.

David Fernandez, DO (Emergency Medicine Resident) presented The Accuracy of Interqual Acute Care Criteria in Determining Observation versus Hospitalization Need in Congestive Heart Failure Patients in the Emergency Department at TCEP 2012 annual meeting. Co-authors: Kathleen Delaney, MD, Richard Robinson, MD, Julie Gorchynski, MD, Nick Zenarosa, MD, and Hao Wang, MD

Ferran Ros, DO (Emergency Medicine Resident) presented Using the BOAT-S Score to Predict the Length of Hospitalization of Obese Congestive Heart Failure Patients in the Emergency Department at TCEP 2012 annual meeting. Co-authors: Kathleen Delaney, MD, Richard Robinson, MD, Nick Zenarosa, MD, and Hao Wang, MD

James Scribner, MD (Emergency Medicine Resident) presented Evaluation of Cervical Spine Fracture due to Fall from Standing Height at TCEP 2012 annual meeting. Co-authors: Marco Coppola, DO, Janet Rogers, MD, Terrell Caffery, MD, Rajesh Gandhi, MD, and Hao Wang, MD

Veer Vithalani, MD (Emergency Medicine Resident) presented Cervical Spine Fractures in Geriatric Trauma Patients at TCEP 2012 annual meeting. Co-authors: Marco Coppola, DO, Janet Rogers, MD, AJ Kirk, MD, Rajesh Gandhi, MD, and Hao Wang, MD

   EMRA Updates

Ije Akunyili, MD, MPA
Vice Speaker of the Council,
Emergency Medicine Residents Association (EMRA)

UT Health, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

We have several updates from the EMRA Board!

The EMRA Board of Directors is proud to partner with TCEP to bring the resident and medical student track of the annual TCEP conference in Frisco, TX.  Last year, EMRA decided to embark on more regional based meetings as part of our organization's strategic plan.  TCEP was receptive of the idea of attracting regional medical students and residents to its existing conference and this unique partnership was born.   Also, Texas will be the future home for EMRA's national Medical Students symposiums starting in 2014.   The choice of Texas was an easy one - we have large number of superb residency programs, vibrant Emergency Medicine Interest Groups and, of course an engaging TCEP Board.

The TCEP Board has provided generous support to EMRA's Legacy initiative, which is in its final stages of filming. The goal of the initiative is to produce a full-length documentary on the founding heroes of our specialty and to preserve the history of emergency medicine. EMRA has chosen Emmy-nominated producer Ann Prum and David Thomas, an Emmy-nominated creative director (The West Wing, Young and the Restless), to craft the documentary.  Doctor Brian Zink, emergency medicine's premier historian and author of Anyone, Anything, Anytime: A History of Emergency Medicine is also a collaborator on this project. A short video is available for viewing HERE

At EMRA we wish to continue providing better quality offerings to our members.  Keep an eye out for mobile apps for several of our print publications as they are rolled out in the spring and fall.  EMResident, our flagship magazine, is also undergoing a makeover.   We are unveiling a bigger, bolder and more refreshing version than ever with the same trusted content you have come to depend on from EMResident.

As always, it is a privilege to continue to work for all residents as your Vice-Speaker. On a personal note, this marks my last update before I finish my residency training.    The greatest blessing of these three years has been the opportunity to meet so many promising medical students and residents across our state and country.   While I look forward to my life in July as an attending, my energies remain focused on the transition to the Speaker of the EMRA council and advocating for Emergency Medicine Residents.  


TCEP 2013 Annual Meeting 

April 11 - April 14, 2013 

The Westin Stonebriar 

1549 Legacy Drive, Frisco, TX 75034 

Phone: 972.968.8137

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

Medical Student Update

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

melanie_stanzerThe Medical Student Leadership Initiatives continue to be a success and we are happy to announce our last MSLI date for Spring. It will be at Texas Tech University Health Science Center at Lubbock MSLI on April 30th.

Also, the Annual Meeting is just around the corner so don't forget to register on the TCEP website!

 Contact Information
Phone: 800.839.2237
E-Mail: texacep@gmail.com
Web: http://www.texacep.org/
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