TCEP EMphasis Newsletter - October 2019
TCEP EMphasis Newsletter
Hemant Vankawala, MD, FACEP
Hemant Vankawala, MD, FACEP
TCEP President
President's Message
As the President of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, I want to thank you for your membership and give you an update on what we've been doing. You know the challenges we face - willful and wanton standard, surprise billing ...

Legal Update
Kenneth Totz DO, JD, FACEP
Kenneth Totz DO, JD, FACEP
Are You Training Your Replacement?
This essay is not for the faint of heart. You may very well need an adult beverage before you read on. This brief introspection into our profession outlines my objective perspective on where we are headed in emergency medicine and medicine as a whole.
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Austin Residency Visit
Austin Residency Visit September 2019. Photo captions: Left to Right, Top to Bottom:
  • On Sept 26th, Dr. Doug Jeffrey spoke with EM residents during a residency fair at the Austin Dell Medical School
  • Dr. Justin Fairless speaks at the Austin Dell residency visit
  • Dr. Heidi Knowles welcomes the residents on Sept 26 in Austin
  • TCEP leaders at the Austin Dell Medical School residency visit, Dr. Justin Hensley, Dr. Doug Jeffrey and Dr. Jessica Best

Envision Physician Services

New ACEP Fellows from TEXAS – Congratulations!
Robert L. Barnes, MD, FACEP
Aaron K. Bassett DO, FACEP, FAAEM
Matthew Brice, DO, FACEP
James P. d'Etienne, MD, MBA, FACEP
Cameron Lee Earl, DO, FACEP
Steven Elsbecker, DO, FACEP
Steven Michael Field, DO, FACEP
Donald Garrett, Jr., DO, FACEP
Cassandra Y. Gelabert, MD, FACEP
Nathan J. Ham, DO, FACEP
Chad Timothy Holmes, DO, FACEP
Katherine Ann Holmes, DO, FACEP
Joshua Houser, MD, FACEP
Luke F. Husby, DO, FACEP
Adeola A. Kosoko, MD, FACEP
Monica I-Chia Lee, MD, FACEP
Laura N. Medford-Davis, MD, FACEP
Emmanuel A. Oke, MD, FACEP
Todd Phillips, MD, FACEP
Esi Quayson, MD, FACEP
Jada L. Roe, MD, FACEP
Jonathan Rogg, MD, MBA, FACEP
Jamie Roper, DO, FACEP
Elizabeth Sowell, MD, FACEP
Stephen P. Stewart, MD, FACEP
Todd E. Stewart, MD, FACEP
Steven W. Suggs, MD, FACEP
Theresa Tran, MD, FACEP
Amar Vira, MD, FACEP
Jennie MP Wang, DO, FACEP
Browning S. Wayman, MD, FACEP
Robert Weston, MD, FACEP

Texans named to EMRA Influencers 45 under 45
Michael David April, MD, PhD, FACEP
Cedric Dark, MD, FACEP
Carrie de Moor, MD, FACEP
Hilary Fairbrother, MD, FACEP
Alison Haddock, MD, FACEP
Amy Faith Ho, MD
Alex Koyfman, MD, FACEP
Salim Rezaie, MD, FACEP
Gillian Schmitz, MD, FACEP

SIM Course Coming to Ft. Worth
ABCD Medical Simulation Procedure Course
ABCD Medical Simulation Procedure Course
(Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Delivery)
Friday, February 7, 2020 • 8am - 4pm
Amon G. Carter Medical Simulation Training Center
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, TX
TCEP Members: $715 • Non-Members: $775

Medical Student Update
Lorelle Knight, MS-IV
Lorelle Knight, MS-IV
UTHSA Long School of Medicine ’20
2019 Medical Student Representative, Board of Directors, TCEP
Applying for an EM Residency in 2019: How have the numbers changed?
On September 15th, 2019, residency applications were due for fourth-year medical students. Of the 1700 or so fourth-years who will be graduating from Texas medical schools, an estimated 120 will be seeking residencies in Emergency Medicine.* Many of these students...
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Heather S. Owen, MD, FACEP
Heather S. Owen, MD, FACEP
TeamHealth Chief Safety & Quality Officer, EMC of TeamHealth, Past President, Texas College of Emergency Medicine
My Struggle with Burnout & the 4 Questions that Help Me Stay on Track
Hello, fall—it’s that time again! While many may immediately think of “back to school,” I’m actually referring to National Suicide Prevention Month, which was recognized during the month of September. Many of us have been impacted ...
Mohamed Hagahmed, MD
Mohamed Hagahmed, MD
TCEP Fellow
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
UT Health San Antonio
Flu alert: ‘Tis the season
Influenza season is coming. For some of us, it might have already arrived. Either way, you need to be prepared. The 2018-19 influenza season was moderately severe, lasting 21 weeks- the longest season ...

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Association Matters
Texas College of Emergency Physicians Association Matters
We hope that you notice and like this edition of the updated EMphasis e- newsletter. This is one of the projects we have been working on here at TCEP. Here is a recap of the recent TCEP Board of Directors meeting which was held in Houston on Oct 12 and 13th at the TMC Innovation Center.
TCEP Membership Growth:
2018 Sept 30 Membership - 2202
2019 Sept 30 Membership – 2256

TCEP Board of Directors Meeting
September Board of Directors Meeting

Wiegenstein Leadership Award
Sandra M. Schneider, MD, FACEP
Texas Member Sandra M. Schneider, MD, FACEP is the 2019 John G. Wiegenstein Leadership Award recipient. This award is for for outstanding contributions to the College. The award is named after John G. Wiegenstein, MD, a founding member and the first president of ACEP. Dr. Wiegenstein represents the epitome of leadership, both personal and professional. The award will be presented at ACEP Denver. The Wiegenstein Award is a plaque featuring an etched portrait of Dr. Schneider and her name will be inscribed on a master plaque at ACEP Headquarters.

Congratulations Dr. Schneider!

Robert D. Greenberg, MD, FACEP
Robert D. Greenberg, MD, FACEP
Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC)
What is GETAC and Why Should You Care?
The Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC), was created in 1999 by the Texas Legislature as a 15-member Council “to advise the department regarding matters related to the responsibilities of the executive commissioner ...
Lee Wood, DO
Lee Wood, DO
Baylor College of Medicine, Dept of Emergency Medicine
Vice-chair - EMRA Wilderness Medicine Committee
TCEP Board of Directors
Getting Involved is as Easy as Showing Up
One of the most frequent questions I am asked about any of my leadership positions is, “How did you get involved?”. Whether you are a new intern ready to take off the training wheels, an upper-level resident ready to take on ...

Calendar of Events
Oct 25-26ACEP Council MeetingColorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Oct 26Care Under Fire Pre-ConferenceColorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Oct 26-30ACEP Scientific AssemblyColorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Nov 14Residency VisitScott & White
Temple TX
Nov 24-27Texas EMS ConferenceFort Worth, TX
Dec 6-7TMA Advocacy RetreatFort Worth, TX
Jan 9Residency VisitUTSW
Dallas, TX
Jan 25-26TCEP Board of Directors MeetingHyatt Regency
Austin, TX
Jan 29Residency VisitUTHSCSA/ BAMC
San Antonio TX
Feb 7ABCD Simulation CourseAmon G. Carter Medical Simulation Training Center
Fort Worth TX
Apr 3-4TCEP CONNECT 2020 Annual MeetingThe Worthington Renaissance
Fort Worth TX
Apr 4TCEP Annual Business MeetingThe Worthington Renaissance
Fort Worth TX
Apr 26-29ACEP Leadership and Advocacy ConferenceWashington D.C.
May 1-2TMA TexMed 2020Fort Worth TX
May 7Residency VisitJPS
Fort Worth TX
Sep 24Residency VisitUT Austin Dell Medical
Austin TX
Nov 22-25Texas EMS ConferenceConvention Center
Fort Worth TX

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