Two Year Review and Farewell

Joseph E. Tonna, MD
Newsletter Editor

It has been a remarkable and fast paced two years. Anyone wanting to learn the process of people management, authorship, efficiency, productivity, article editing, and leadership should most certainly take on the role of newsletter editor. Working inside of the shoes of Nicholas Mohr, our last newsletter editor and incoming section chair, was difficult and exciting. I took on the role wanting to get experience in generating and disseminating ideas through producing and editing written works in the field of emergency critical care. I was not disappointed. I have, without a doubt, used this as launch pad for a research career. The relationships I have established and nurtured are invaluable and have facilitated collaborations and my own growth as a junior faculty. The field has grown SO rapidly. Being able to put my finger on the pulse of new ideas, upcoming leaders, and interact with the giants of our field has been an invaluable and irreplaceable experience. And a lot of hard work.

Over the past two years, I have been lucky enough to work with two remarkable individuals who have worked to ensure that, four times every year, we produced a newsletter filled with commentary, education, and new ideas. Dr. Susan Wilcox and Dr. Raghu Seethala have both endured the last 24 months with me, seeking out authors, writing, editing, and interviewing members of our community. They generated the bulk of the material over the two years, an under-recognized and thankless task. I could not have done the job without them, and I am so grateful for their effort.

Over my tenure, we tried to provide an opportunity for residents, fellows, and junior faculty to generate and then publish written works for our community. As academic faculty, while peer reviewed journal articles carry their weight in gold, a CV without written works is difficult to substantiate in the modern era. I hope that moving forward, the newsletter can be an opportunity for the receipt and dissemination of written works of interest to our community and of benefit to our junior members. I hope that in the coming years, the suggestion of one of our junior members and previous Rising Star speakers, Dr. Felipe Teran, can come to fruition, which is the integration of true peer review into newsletter content. While I’m not convinced of the sustainability of a full peer review newsletter beyond the editorial process my colleagues and I provided, the newsletter in coming years could begin to generate an ad hoc peer review service for the vetting of material, exposing new authors to this invaluable, formative, and occasionally harsh process.

Two years ago, I stated that we would feature articles on ECMO, pro-con pieces on controversial topics, up and coming topics of interest, articles on social media in critical care, and on maximizing collections and billing. I also wanted to provide a forum for junior and interested faculty to put forth their work. Looking back, we have managed to do these. I have been particularly proud of the articles written by our junior members. Most of these were mentored by senior faculty, and the result was that every other month we saw a new face in the newsletter. A few times, we featured an ultrasound article by our sister section, the ACEP Ultrasound Section. These articles were double published in our newsletter, as they had relevant education for our members.

As we approach the 2017 ACEP Scientific Assembly, I want to again express my gratitude to the Critical Care Medicine Section. This section has been a platform for debate, idea generation, opinion pieces, advocacy, and research. Chronicling this has been a pleasure and opportunity for me.

Lastly, and most of all, I want to express gratitude to Margaret Montgomery, our staff liaison, and my “boss.” Margaret has been at every leadership meeting, every newsletter meeting, and shepherded every incremental advancement. For any effort on our part, Margaret did 10 times that amount, and kept us all in line, on track, and on time. Thank you, Margaret, for making any of this possible.

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