Funded Projects

ACEP is proud to have funded the following projects under the Chapter Grant Program. Expand to read more about each project and view the outcome product.


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Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians

50th Anniversary Video | $2,000

Project Coordinator: Scott Weiner, MD

The Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2019. It will produce a short video featuring interviews with past MACEP Presidents that will be premiered at the MACEP Annual Meeting on May 1, 2019 and available on the chapter website.

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Missouri College of Emergency Physicians

Missouri Emergency Medicine Leadership Summit | $1,500

Project Coordinator: Christopher Sampson, MD, FACEP

The Missouri College of Emergency Physicians is creating an Emergency Medicine Leadership Summit in Missouri. This conference would be the first step in developing a relationship with the ED medical directors and providing a networking opportunity for them to connect with each other. Creating this environment will help Missouri EDs learn from each other, create better ED experiences for patients, and improve patient care in the ED setting.

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California ACEP

Medication Assisted Treatment in the Emergency Department | $11,667

Project Coordinator: Aimee Moulin, MD, FACEP

California ACEP has developed a MAT toolkit and will be disseminating badge buddies to its members. The goal of this project is to ensure that members take advantage of these resources and truly incorporate MAT into their practice. The chapter plans to record a podcast and conduct in-person training sessions with members to talk through how to set up MAT in their emergency department, the pros and cons of using it, and how they can incorporate it effectively into their practice.

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New Jersey ACEP

Emergency Medicine Compensation and Career Analysis: A look at the state of New Jersey compared to the Benchmarks | $3,983

Project Coordinators: Jenice Baker, MD, FACEP and Lauren Myers

NJ-ACEP will study the salaries of emergency physicians and use the data to empower equal employment and career negotiations. This analysis will be a helpful tool for all NJ-ACEP members as they make career decisions. The data will be presented at the NJ-ACEP Scientific Assembly in September 2019.

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New York ACEP

Advancing Wellness in Emergency Medicine | $3,600

Project Coordinator: Daniel Lakoff, MD FACEP

The Wellness Committee of New York ACEP will be creating awards to highlight departments and programs that go above and beyond to improve the quality of the work-life experience for physicians and demonstrate an "exemplary commitment to physician wellness". The chapter will create a toolbox for other state chapters to follow suit with their own set of awards.

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Opportunities for Women in Leadership (OWL) | $3,000

Project Coordinator: Arlene Chung, MD MACM

In line with ACEP’s commitment toward diversity and inclusion, New York ACEP is launching a longitudinal mentorship project aimed at promoting the advancement of women in Emergency Medicine. The objectives of the Opportunities for Women in Leadership Program are to:

  1. Provide leadership education and training
  2. Establish local and regional mentorship networks
  3. Create sponsorship opportunities, such as speaking engagements and avenues for publishing

This model for advancing women leaders in emergency medicine could be used in part or in its entirety by other ACEP chapters. In addition to the personal and professional growth of the mentees and mentors in the program, the other major deliverables will be the five recorded webinars and a series of articles published in the Empire State EPIC newsletter.

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Rhode Island ACEP

Community Outreach Education Initiative: “You’re the Help Until Help Arrives” | $13,500

Project Coordinator: Landon P Wood, DO

Community outreach initiative to educate and certify the Rhode Island public in basic skills that can be used in life-threatening emergencies. ACEP’s “You’re the Help Until Help Arrives” program is the framework for developing the education we want to provide. This program focuses on simple life saving techniques such as hemorrhage control using simple interventions such as packing, pressure, and tourniquets in addition to multiple other simple life saving techniques.

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Wisconsin ACEP

WACEP Rural Outreach Program | $5,750

Project Coordinator: Lisa J Maurer, MD, FACEP and Sally Winkelman

This initiative aims to form relationships and learn from the physicians, members or not, in the more rural areas of the state, with the hope that we can use what we learn to offer more resources that would benefit them in the future. We want to make sure all emergency physicians in Wisconsin:

  • Feel that they are safe at work and are supported in their wellness
  • Have access to ongoing education and resources to provide the highest value emergency care
  • Are valued members of the health systems where they work


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Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians

THC Brochure for Emergency Departments | $4,125

Project Coordinator: Andrew Milsten, MD, MS, FACEP

In light of a ballot initiative legalizing marijuana MACEP is producing a brochure of relevant information around the use of marijuana and will make it readily available (for free) in Massachusetts's ED Departments waiting rooms.

Outcome Product:

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Michigan College of Emergency Physicians

"Mind MI Head" Campaign | $10,000

Project Coordinators: Emily Mills, MD and Gregory Gafni-Pappas, DO

The Michigan College of Emergency Physicians (MCEP) launched Mind MI Head to reduce CT imaging of pediatric patients presenting to emergency departments with minor head trauma. Funded by an ACEP Chapter Grant, the campaign’s goal is to educate parents, families, and physicians on when CT imaging is and is not indicated. Checklists help determine if CT scans are necessary for children with head injuries. Weigh the Risk. Check the List.

Outcome Product:

Mind MI Head website.

2 short videos were posted to the MCEP Facebook page. View them here.

500 posters (PDF) and 2,500 badge buddies (PDF) were mailed to all urgent care and emergency departments in Michigan.

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Ohio Chapter ACEP

Choosing Emergency Medicine | $8,000

Project Coordinators: John Queen, MD, FACEP and Michael Messina, OMS-III

Ohio ACEP proposes to help bolster the choice of EM among medical students, for all the right reasons. Educating medical students today about the profession, will lead to the right choice, the right match, reduced attrition, and ACEP members from medical school through their career. This short video and podcast series will be produced for the use of any chapter and can even find a home/link on the EMRA webpage for medical students.

Outcome Product:

Coming Soon


Rhode Island Chapter ACEP

Recruitment, Retention and Engagement | $2,500

Project Coordinator: Marc Bialek, Executive Director, RI ACEP

Having a more vibrant chapter will help with advocacy at the state and national level. More events and better attended events leads to emergency physicians who are better educated on current emergency medicine issues and hot topics. Our goal is to see the chapter move towards 100% participation of RI emergency physicians.

Outcome Product:

Coming Soon


ACEP Chapter Executives

Chapter Executives Leadership Summit | $20,375

Project Coordinator: Tanya Pearson, Executive Director, MACEP; Chair, Chapter Executives Committee

Chapters play an important role in ACEP by advocating for the rights of physicians and their patients to ensure the delivery of the highest quality emergency care across the country. The 1.5 days Leadership Development Summit will provide Chapter Executives with the tools to become more effective leaders by gaining insights and developing a strategic mindset. Association professional speakers will present on a variety of topics which could include: Chapter governance and Leadership development; Financial Management; Strategic planning; Succession planning; Membership development versus membership marketing; Understanding Generational Differences amongst members; Revenue sharing programs/products; Value of Building a Strong, Advocacy Presence

Outcome Product:

The Chapter Executives Leadership Summit was held on November 30 and December 1, 2018 at ACEP HQ in Irving, TX. 31 chapter executives representing 40 chapters attended the event. Sessions included ACEP-staff led roundtables on a variety of topics including member communications and social media, membership, non-dues revenue and successful exhibit programs, and finance. Several lectures and interactive sessions were led by ACEP Chapter Executives and focused on strategic planning, governance and advocacy as well as tricks to running productive meetings and time management using apps and online tools. Association professional speakers did a presentation on Strengthening ACEP's Chapter Business Model. The Summit was extremely well received by the Chapter Executives and ACEP staff. It allowed chapter executives to connect with and learn from their peers, and prompted open dialogue and meaningful collaboration with ACEP staff. The mixed formats of roundtables, lectures and interactive-collaboration sessions was appreciated. The content was relevant and timely and offered tips and tricks for execs to take back to their chapter and implement right away.

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Chapter Executives and ACEP staff at the first Chapter Executives Leadership Summit, November 30 - December 1, 2018 ACEP HQ, Irving, TX.


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Ohio Chapter ACEP

Emergency Medicine Responds to the Opioid Crisis | $2,450 Grant

Project Coordinator: Ryan Squier, MD, FACEP

While a 2016 Chapter Grant allowed Ohio ACEP to prepare a video and a speaking kit for physicians to speak to schools, the 2017 Grant bolstered the reach of the state's emergency physicians to policy makers and schools by creating a website for the program and developing a social media plan.

Outcome Product:

To date, the Ohio ACEP Opiate Awareness Team has visited 18 high schools and organizations, reaching more than 7,500 students and parents.

NIX Opiates Resources & More Information

#EndTheEpidemic | #NIXopiates

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New Jersey Chapter ACEP

Women in Emergency Medicine | $4,450 Grant

Project Coordinators: Jenice Forde-Baker, MD and Kate Aberger, MD

Initiative that fosters an inclusive environment within the NJ ACEP chapter for women. The goal of the project is to have women leaders in NJ ACEP to reach out to engage women members and potential members to participate in an engagement program. The engagement program will be year-round to foster active participation at the chapter level and national level.

Outcome Product:

Small group session after our membership meetings focused on important women in leadership issues: negotiating tips, imposter syndrome etc., will be continued at future membership meetings. We will also continue to have focused events at LAC and at our scientific assembly focused on leadership issues and gender. If you are interested to replicate this program or for more information, contact NJ ACEP.

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Maryland Chapter ACEP

Behavioral Health Improvement Plan | $11,500 Grant (partial funding requested)

Project Coordinator: Jeffrey Sternlicht, MD

In the State of Maryland, Behavioral Health has reached crisis levels. Patients with mental health conditions are crowding Emergency Departments to levels not seen before. The net effects have compromised our safety net and caused delayed care for patients with emergent conditions such as Stroke, STEMI and Sepsis. Maryland ACEP is seeking funding to work with a P.R. firm with the goal of increasing awareness to the public and our lawmakers regarding this crisis and how it affects these patients and compromises our safety net.

Outcome Product:

The Maryland Chapter held a Legislative Reception in Annapolis on February 22, 2017. It was well-received and highly attended by both members of the Chapter, Legislators, and staff.

Over the course of the year, the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission has been examining issues related to emergency department wait times and boarding. In so doing, the Commission has been working with the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians to identify causes, including the impact that behavioral health needs have on emergency departments. Discussions have been on a forward path with a proposal under consideration to include certain emergency room standards in Maryland’s quality reporting. Given this positive activity, it would be premature to hire a PR firm. Funding requested was adjusted accordingly.

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Virginia College of Emergency Physicians

Improving the Effectiveness of ACEP Chapters with Limited Staff | $15,600

Project Coordinator: Leon Adelman, MD

Design a business model supporting effective delivery of available ACEP and other emergency medicine resources to chapters with minimal staff. Strengthen the path for industry leadership of emergency medicine physicians belonging to a chapter with minimal staff. Assist in the delivery of state-based services and leadership to chapters with minimal staff.

Outcome Product:

The authors of ASAE’s “Component Relations Handbook”, Trevor Mitchell & Lowell Aplebaum, did a 90-minute presentation “Strengthening ACEP’s Chapter Business Model” at the first Executive Director Summit on December 1, 2018. The search and implementation for the best ACEP/chapter business model will be ongoing because ACEP chapters operate independently and in their own way. A Chapter Toolbox will be developed. Valuable resources and programs will be identified and made available for chapters to serve today’s emergency physicians. The Toolbox delivery system will make it easy for time-starved chapters to utilize the Toolbox.

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Wisconsin Chapter ACEP

WACEP 2017 Spring Symposium: Moving Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Forward | $6,000

Project Coordinator: Lisa Maurer, MD

In accordance with our recently revised mission statement to always be serving our patients, our physicians, and our profession; the Chapter is making a concerted effort this year to encourage our members to engage in advocacy, attend events, give feedback, make requests of the chapter, and utilize our resources.

WACEP plans to host its Annual Meeting as a Spring Symposium on March 28, 2017. This day was chosen strategically, as it is the day before our state’s annual advocacy day for physicians at our state capitol. “Doctor Day”, has grown in popularity over the last few years, with well over 300 physicians gathering at the State Capitol in spring of 2016. We are excited to put together an event that will not only be invigorating to the membership, but also promote growth in future event attendance, general member engagement, and participation in the leadership roles of our Chapter.

Outcome Product:

WACEP hosted its Annual Conference "2017 Spring Symposium: Moving Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Forward" on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Our original goal was for 40 physicians and residents to attend the event. At the completion of the conference, we had 69 registered attendees and 14 registered exhibitors.

Feedback from the conference has thus far come in very strong, indicating a strong desire to continue offering an annual WACEP educational conferences. Plans are already in the works for a 2018 Spring Symposium.


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Florida College of Emergency Physicians

The Plug It Project - PAM | $4,500 Grant

Project Coordinator: Vincent G. Valente, DO

An initiative to create awareness in Florida surrounding the waterborne, free-living, freshwater amoeba, Naegleria Fowleri and resulting infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

Outcome Product:

Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM): Red Flags and Lifesaving Critical Care Tips for the Emergency Medicine Professional

This 60-minute presentation reviews the dangerous “brain-eating ameba,” Naegleria fowleri, that causes a rare and almost-fatal brain infection known as primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

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Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians

Suicide Prevention Course | $20,000 Grant

Project Coordinator: James Feldman, MD, FACEP

Development of an evidence based online CME program to help ACEP members engage patients and their families in specific steps to prevent suicide by reducing a suicidal person’s access to firearms.

Outcome Product:

The chapter hosted the online course (using a Learning Management System platform) on the members only section of their website and was accredited for 1 hour of CME. You may download a copy of the course presentation (PDF) to tailor to your chapter's needs.

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