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Democratic Group Practice

Section Officers & Staff

Robert Thomas, MD, FACEP
James Mullen, MD, FACEP
Secretary/Newsletter Editor
Sergio Hernandez, MD, FACEP
Immediate Past Chair
Michael L. Becker, MD, FACEP
David F. Tulsiak, MD, FACEP
Board Liaison
Stephen H. Anderson, MD, FACEP
Staff Liaison
Craig Price, CAE

Traditionally, democratic practice groups give their physician constituents an opportunity to make decisions by offering equal voting to all of its members. This practice model has its advantages and disadvantages, and the Democratic Group Practice Section is a forum for emergency physicians to learn more and also to provide input to the College.

The section’s objectives include educating emergency physicians about aspects of democratic group practice, including obtaining and maintaining a contract; understanding economic, hospital, and health care policy; furthering career opportunities; and maintaining career longevity and economic viability.


Featured Resources

Section Survey Results
The leaders of ACEP’s Democratic Group Practice Section recently surveyed section members to learn about our membership and how much variability exists among democratic groups.

Emergency Department Physician Group Staffing Contract Transition - An Information Paper
Created by the Contract Transitions Task Force in April 2018

Leaving the ED Residency Nest: Diversity of Practice
This presentation summarizes the main differences between democratic groups, contract management groups, and academic groups as well as explores questions and techniques to aid in interviewing and employment decisions. Our section recognizes that there will be different styles of emergency medicine practice, and a democratic group may not suit everyone’s practice style or needs. Our hope is that knowing the differences and how to draw them out during the interview process will lead to better decision making on job choices. May 2017. 

Before You Sign on the Dotted Line, Caveat Emptor – What Else Should You Know


Democratic Group Practice Section members may send an email to all members of this section via the section's engagED community address:  acep_democraticgrouppracticesection@ConnectedCommunity.org

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