EMphasis on Emergency Medicine in Central Texas
TCEP EMphasis Newsletter
APRIL 2022
Craig A. Meek MD MS FACEP
Craig A. Meek, MD, MS, FACEP
TCEP President
President's Message
It is important for all of us to CONNECT. Studies of orphans who had limited contact with others show dramatic changes in their personalities and in their lives. In business the importance of personal relationships with people we work with has always shown heightened sense of respect, efficiency, and trust. CONNECTion is important to us in our profession, in our personal lives, and in our growth...

Board of Directors Election to take place April 23
On Saturday April 23rd, the annual business meeting will be held at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Ft. Worth. At that time, the election of new Board members will be held.
Positions are open for Board members including Young Physician, Medical Student and Resident members.

To vote, you must attend the business meeting in person. To learn more about the nominees: https://www.texacep.org/tcep-board-slate-2022
Envision Physician Services

Envision Physician Services is seeking Emergency Medicine Physicians to join our team in Texas. We are a dynamic, physician-led organization offering diverse practice settings in attractive locations.

You’ll find the perfect opportunity – at any stage of your career



LumiraDx, a next-generation point of care diagnostics company, is transforming community-based healthcare with fast and accurate testing. Founded in 2014, the company manufactures and commercializes an innovative point of care diagnostic Platform that supports a broad menu of tests with lab comparable performance. Visit our website to discover more.
Legislative Update
Imperium Public Affairs
Imperium Public Affairs
“If you wait until January to figure out what the Legislature is up to — to get to work on the things you want done and the things you want to stop —you’re too late.” That quote comes from The Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey, and it could not be truer. There may be 278 days until the 88th Texas Legislature begins, but preparations are well underway now that the House and the Senate interim charges have been released...

Have a Voice on Capitol Hill: May 1-3, Washington
Come together for ACEP's Leadership & Advocacy Conference (LAC) to celebrate emergency medicine’s accomplishments and continue to work for a better political environment for your specialty and your patients. First-timers to the conference will be trained to educate your Members of Congress while seasoned participants will build upon your already-valuable Congressional connections.

We’ll tackle problems facing our specialty, develop tools to advocate at all levels, and build relationships with your Members of Congress. All while having a good time!

Choose to participate in person in Washington, DC or live stream from your home.

More information: https://www.acep.org/lac/
Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Banner State Emergency Physicians

TCEP is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 awards which will be presented at the awards luncheon during Connect 2022.
James Hays Legacy Award
Robert Hancock, DO, FACEP
Committee Leadership Award
Blake Pruitt, Chair of Medical Student Committee
Dr. Michael Wainscott Legacy Award
Jonathan Brewer, MD
Outstanding Volunteer
Dustin Williams, MD

Texas Outstanding Medical Student Awards
For many years TCEP has recognized a student from each Texas medical school for their dedication to the TX EM community! Join us in congratulating this group of students who were nominated by residency directors and fellow students.
MSC Officers – Congratulations to the incoming officers and thank you to those who served this past year.
Newly elected MSC Officers and Outgoing Leaders
Incoming Chair:
Louisa Weindruch
Outgoing Chair:
Blake Chatham

Incoming Vice-Chair:
Marcus Gonzalez
Outgoing Vice-Chair:
Sydney Loy

Incoming Secretary:
Katy Wyszynski
Outgoing Secretary:
Kelley Grant

Incoming Advocacy Coordinator:
Andrew Ginsberg
Outgoing Advocacy Coordinator:
Lauren Diercks
Incoming Simulation Chair:
Taylor Terlizzese
Outgoing Simulation Chair:
Dan Hubbard

Incoming Project Coordinator:
Murphy Marx
Outgoing Project Coordinator:
Louisa Weindruch

Incoming Social Media Chair:
Kendall Wallace
Outgoing Social Media Chair:
Angela Nguyen

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.
An Overview of TIME: Trafficking In Medical Education
Kendall Wallace, Second-year Medical Student at TCOM in Fort Worth
The words “human trafficking” usually evoke images of the underground, transcontinental, violent, and predominantly sexual exploitation of young women and children. In essence, the average person’s education on the broad topic of human trafficking extends no further than Liam Neeson’s 2008 film, Taken. According to the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline,1 however, there were 2,455 victims in Texas alone in 2019, and a staggering 22,326 trafficking victims nationwide. As these numbers reflect only contacts made to the hotline, it is likely that the true number of victims is far underrepresented in these statistics...

On March 26th the Emergency Medicine Interest Group in Galveston manned a health booth teaching the Texas Two-Step CPR. They were able to teach CPR to over 100 people in the Galveston community. The event was led by Andrew Ginsberg but many of the medical students were involved. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Go Army

Legal Update
Kenneth Alan Totz, DO, JD, FACEP
Kenneth Alan Totz, DO, JD, FACEP
To Compete, or Not to Compete, That is the Question
A Primer on Non-Compete Clauses
How many of you have blindly, willingly, or reluctantly signed an employment contract in your career, later to find out that the contract attempts to restrict (1) where you can work (2) for a certain period of time? I see a lot of hands going up out there! Unfortunately, most of our colleagues do not have an attorney or someone skilled in deciphering the legalese...
Emergency medicine claims typically involve diagnostic errors. In this case study, a patient was improperly triaged. When a claim was filed, TMLT quickly went to work and won a clear, decisive victory at trial.

Calendar of Events

April 22-23
TCEP re-CONNECT Conference
The Worthington Hotel, Ft. Worth
Click here to Register

April 23
TCEP Annual Business Meeting
The Worthington Hotel, Ft. Worth
Must be present to vote.

April 23
TCEP Board of Directors Meeting
The Worthington Hotel, Ft. Worth
RSVP by April 19th to tcepmeetings@texacep.org if you would like to attend

April 29-30
TexMed Annual Conference

May 1-3
ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference
Washington, D.C

July 15-16
TCEP Board of Directors Meeting
Cotton Court Hotel, Lubbock
RSVP by June 15th to tcepmeetings@texacep.org if you would like to attend.

October 1-3
ACEP22 Scientific Assembly
San Francisco, CA

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