EMphasis on Emergency Medicine in Central Texas
TCEP EMphasis Newsletter
APRIL 2021

President's Message
TCEP President, Robert Hancock, DO, FACEP, gives a quick update on COVID and TCEP activities.

Envision Physician Services

Texas Legislative Update
Theresa Q. Tran, MD, MBA, FACEP
Theresa Q. Tran, MD, MBA, FACEP
Chair Government Relations Committee
This session started with major uncertainty related to how to functionally conduct the state’s business during a global pandemic. Pandemic protocols and Covid-19 testing tents on the Capitol grounds have drastically changed the way legislators, staff, and advocates access the Capitol and policymakers ...
Top Left: Dr. Fite with Rep Julie Johnson; Top right: Dr. Lincoln at the Capitol March 2021; Bottom: Dr. Best testifying

The best EM jobs are with US Acute Care Solutions! We offer full-time physicians and ownership opportunity, plus extensive benefits including 401(k). Search our available positions and locations to find your emergency medicine career with USACS at www.usacs.com/careers.
Emergency Medicine Future Workforce Town Hall
May 5th, 6:00pm
Two years ago, ACEP convened a coalition of valued emergency medicine partners - ABEM, ACEP, AOBEM, ACOEP, CORD, EMRA, SAEM - to build and methodically analyze a suite of research that details the current and projected supply and demand for emergency care. The Emergency Medicine Physician Workforce: Projections for 2030 research reflects that we are facing – for the first time in history – a likely oversupply of emergency physicians in the next decade. On April 6, 2021, the leaders from each of the emergency medicine organizations met ...

Jarvis named Medical Director of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis, MD, MS, FACEP, FAEMS is an emergency physician at Baylor Scott and White Health in Round Rock as well as EMS medical director for the Williamson County EMS system, and medical director for Marble Falls Area EMS. He received his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed his residency at Texas A&M College of Medicine/Scott and White Hospital.
SCP Health
Gottlieb is an industry leader in end-to-end Revenue Cycle Management and Practice Optimization solutions for hospital and independent physician groups, specializing in Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist practices. Gottlieb helps their clients navigate the complex healthcare landscape by designing innovative and technology-enabled services that simplify and improve the financial experience.

Board Election Slate 2021
The elections will take place during the annual business meeting, June 26th - hybrid meeting in Austin, TX
Dr. Sterling Overstreet, MD, FACEP – Dallas (incumbent)
Dr. Sandra Williams, DO, MPH, FACEP – Houston (incumbent)
Dr. Jessica Best, MD – Austin
Dr. Richard Bradley, MD, FACEP – Houston
Dr. Shane Jennings, MD, FACEP – Dallas
Dr. Ira Nemeth, MD, FACEP – Houston
Dr. Anant Patel, DO, FACEP – Ft. Worth
Dr. Jeffrey Pinnow, MD, FACEP – Odessa
Dr. J. Lane Schnell, MD, FACEP – Tyler/Athens
Dr. David Siegel, MD, JD, FACEP – San Antonio
Young Professional Representative
Dr. Sara Andrabi, MD – Houston
Neil Wingkun, MD, MPH, FACEP – Houston
Candidate Member (Residents)
Pavitra Krishnamani, MD – Houston
Chi-Tam Nguyen, MD – Temple
Colten Philpott, MD – Aledo
Larrite Reed, MD – Temple
Stephen Schwartfeger, DO – El Paso
Medical Student Representative
Callie Adams, TTUHSC School of Medicine, Class of 2022
Ciaura Brown, MD/MBA Candidate, Dell Medical School, McCombs School of Business
Meredith Glyn Hosek, MD/MPH Candidate Class of 2023
Jordyn Johnson, OMS-III
Farah F. Mechref, TTUHSC School of Medicine, Class of 2022
Ashley Pollicelli, MS2 PRN Coordinator | M.D. Candidate | Baylor College of Medicine 2023

Professional Emergency Medicine Management


Assist in development and improvement of information via TCEP website.

Plan content for virtual webinars, podcasts and other opportunities. Plan 2022 Connect education/sessions.

Create plans for recruitment and retention of members. Develop quarterly member surveys if needed.

Gather input on needs of membership regarding jobs in Texas and determine resources. Work with ACEP on workforce initiative.

Review current program, plan, and organize the 13 Texas Residency programs with content and speakers.


Create/curate resources for members for distribution in newsletter, website and social media.

Offer resources and engagement for physicians working in rural health. Survey for needs.

Plan content for virtual webinars, podcasts and other opportunities.


© 2021 The New Yorker; Used with permission.
Photo by Aaron Hegert for The New Yorker
A Doctor’s Dark Year
Dr. Brian Kendall is an Emergency Physician in Lubbock and this article, focuses on his wife’s reflection on the past year. Dr. Brittany Bankhead-Kendall, is a trauma surgeon. They have given permission to share her personal story (which was originally printed in the New Yorker) in hopes that it might help other healthcare workers.

Read the full story at newyorker.com: newyorker.com/science/medical-dispatch/a-doctors-dark-year

Texas Leadership & Advocacy Fellowship (TLAF) application deadline approaching April 30th!
Click here to read more information about the program, and to apply.

TCEP MSC 2021-2022 Board Members
Blake Pruitt rising MS4 at TCOM
Sydney Loy rising MS4 at Texas Tech Lubbock
Kelley Grant rising MS4 at TCOM
Project Coordinator
Louisa Weindruch rising MS3 at TCOM
Advocacy Coordinator
Lauren Diercks rising MS2 at UTSW
Simulation Chair
Dan Hubbard rising MS4 at TCOM
Social Media Chair
Angela Nguyen rising MS3 at UIW
TCEP would like to thank our outgoing MSC committee members. You have done an amazing job on behalf of our medical student members throughout this past year!
Jomari Guerrero, UTHSA, chair.tcep@gmail.com
Lauren Bayliss, UTRGV, lauren.muenchow01@utrgv.edu
Callie Adams, TTUHSC, El Paso
Advocacy Coordinator
Alexa Weisbein, Texas A&M COM
Project Coordinator
Blake Pruitt, UNTHSC-TCOM
Social Media/OBS Coordinator
Angela Nguyen, UIWSOM
SIM Coordinator

Legal Update
Kenneth Alan Totz, DO, JD, FACEP
Kenneth Alan Totz, DO, JD, FACEP
Have you ever wondered why you are asked if there are multiple health insurance policies covering your dependent(s)? Read on, and you’ll find out why. Bill and Linda are married and expecting their first child. Bill, who works as a freelance photographer, was born April, 1, 1987. Bill purchased a high deductible ($10K) health insurance policy on the open exchange because Linda’s health insurance policy through her EM residency program was too expensive to cover him also ...
Team Health
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Go Army

At TMLT, we have you covered. No matter how your job evolves.

We know that seeing patients and providing excellent care is your primary goal. And we work hard to find new ways to support you. Contact us today to learn more about what TMLT can do for you at 800-580-8658 or www.tmlt.org.

TMLT - protection for a new era of medicine.

Calendar of Events

May 5
Texas Emergency Medicine Town Hall via Zoom. 6:00 PM
Virtual. Registration required.

May 6
Residency Visit
Virtual - Dallas

May 14-15
TexMed 2021
Hybrid Event
Click for Info

June 3
Residency Visit
Virtual - McGovern, Houston

June 26
TCEP Board of Directors meeting
Hybrid (in-person and virtual options) – details will be sent to membership once finalized

July 25-27
ACEP Leadership & Advocacy Conference
Hybrid - Washington, DC
Click for Info

*TCEP CONNECT 2021 Update*
The TCEP Board of Directors held a virtual Board meeting on January 30th. After much discussion, Connect 2021 will not take place. However, the annual business meeting will be held on Saturday, June 26th as a hybrid event.

There were many reasons for this decision including the well-being of our members and communities, as well as the constantly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and vaccine rollouts. We will soon begin planning for Connect 2022, and guarantee it’ll be an event you won’t want to miss!

Make sure you’re following all our TCEP social media accounts and website for updated information and resources
Texas College of Emergency Physicians - TCEP
Medical Student Committee (MSC) pages

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Texas College of Emergency Physicians - TCEP
Texas College of Emergency Physicians
401 West 15th Street, Suite 695, Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512.306.0605