Spring 2012

In This Issue:

  • Get Free Stuff
  • Advocacy Update - Affordable Care Act! 
  • Fear the IPAB - 12 Points ALL EM Physicians Should Know
  • Residency Highlight 
  • New MOC Center


Get Free Stuff

As always, I send free stuff.  On behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), we are happy to share with you key points from the updated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Policy for Adults, patient discharge instructions, and accompanying resources.

You'll receive:

  • For Clinicians: (Quick overview of key clinical updates and patient education tips)
    • Fact Sheet
    • Pocket Guide
  • For Patients: (Discharge instructions for patients)
    • Fact Sheet
    • Wallet Card

Limited quantity is available so hurry to claim yours by clicking here


Advocacy Update

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision on various aspects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act by the end of June.   

The primary issue to be addressed by the Court is the constitutionality of the individual mandate (Department of Health and Human Services, et al. v. Florida, et al.).  The Court also heard arguments on whether the individual mandate should be viewed independently or as an integral component of the overall health care reform bill (severability) (National Federation of Independent Business, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al.), and the expansion of Medicaid (Florida, et al. v. Department of Health and Human Services, et al.).  To read the transcripts or listen to the audio from the hearings, click here and look under “Argument Sessions."





Fear the IPAB

The IPAB represents one of the most controversial and contentious components of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act. Do you know what the IPAB is or how it may change the landscape of medicine? If not, then this week's feature article by recent EMRA-ACEP Health Policy Mini-Fellow Wael Hakmeh, DO, Fear the IPAB - The 12 Points all Emergency Physicians Should Know Regarding One of the Biggest Threats To Our Specialty is a must read!  Click here to read more...

Residency Highlight - University of Maryland 

Our emergency medicine residency program began accepting its first categorical residents in 1991. Since that time, the residency has expanded to also include a 5-year combined emergency medicine/internal medicine program and a 5-year combined emergency medicine/pediatrics program. Our medical center is the only one in the country that hosts all three of these emergency medicine residencies. Each year, we accept 11 residents for the categorical program and 2 each for the combined programs.

Residents in all three programs benefit from an intense and comprehensive training. Upon completion of our program, physicians are prepared to work at inner-city or rural hospitals and in community or university academic settings. Graduates are eligible for certification by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Our residents are encouraged to prepare manuscripts for submission to professional journals. Between July 2006 and December 2009, residents co-authored 28 (38%) of the 73 journal articles published by the Department of Emergency Medicine; a resident is the lead author of 21 of them. In total, 31 residents are named as authors on those publications.

We are committed to teaching and mentoring.  We constantly encourage the faculty and residents to contribute to the continued development of the curriculum and the program. Please read on to see what we offer! Our residency prides itself on innovation in emergency medicine education.

We believe strongly that residency is not simply a time when young physicians develop clinical excellence; it is also a time to learn about getting involved in the specialty and becoming a leader…in the workplace, in the community, in academics, and in national organizations. Our curriculum is geared toward teaching not only clinical excellence but also leadership and academic skills. 





ACEP's MOC Center 

Maintenance of Certification® (MOC) was designed by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to ensure that physicians are committed to lifelong learning and competency in their specialties. The MOC process is an ongoing measurement of six core competencies: patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, system-based practice, practice-based learning, and medical knowledge. Each of the 24 ABMS member boards has its own approach to MOC, but all follow the ABMS-required four-part process designed to keep certification continuous.

    Part I - Professional Standing
    Part II - Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
    Part III - Assessment of Cognitive Expertise
    Part IV - Assessment of Practice Performance

Visit the MOC Center to see how ACEP can now help you maintain your certification.  





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