For those of you that made it to Las Vegas and joined us for our gathering during the Scientific Assembly, thanks for coming and it was nice seeing you. For those of you unable to make it, allow me to give you a quick rundown of what happened. Our time was in part sponsored by Advanced HAZMAT Life Support (AHLS), and Dr. Frank Walter was able to share with us the origin story of AHLS, and how it has developed over the years. For those not certified in AHLS, check this out for more information. Dr. Jon Cole joined Dr. Walter in the educational portion of the meeting by presenting his process and perspective in the development and execution of this study. His shared experience in dealing with the multiple obstacles associated with doing a study on a nonconsentable population will prove invaluable for anyone attempting to recreate something similar.
Dr. Robert O'Connor was at the meeting on behalf of the ACEP Board of Directors. He filled us in on a number of issues, but primarily discussed the CEDR, or clinical emergency data registry, which is an ACEP-developed registry designed to measure and report healthcare quality and outcomes. This will ideally gain status as a qualified clinical data registry at which point it could play a part in allowing emergency physicians to interact with CMS in a prospective and productive fashion for national certification requirements.
Following Dr. O'Connor's update we were pleased to accept the ACEP Outstanding Section Newsletter Award of Distinction on behalf of past chair Dr. Shawn Varney and former newsletter editor Chris Rosenbaum. Thanks for the work and great job gentlemen!
The last main item of discussion during the meeting was of our specialty itself. We talked about how to effectively recruit into Medical Toxicology and how to better work as a section with outside organizations on joint efforts, specifically with the American College of Medical Toxicology, represented by Dr. Evan Schwartz. If any section members have thoughts on how our section can work to reach medical students and residents, or how we can better join forces with other organizations, let us know.
We hope to see you all at the section meeting during ACEP17 in Washington DC next fall. As a side note for those of you interested in exercising your EM and Med Tox expertise by attacking the hot button issue of opioids, consider adding the Pain Management Section to your membership profile when you renew things this time around; this is a new section looking for interested parties.
All the best, and thanks for your interest and participation,
Sam Stellpflug, MD, FACEP