January 10, 2019

2017-2018 Annual Report

Officers for 2017-2018:

Robert C. Solomon, MD, FACEP

Immediate Past Chair
Jay M. Baruch, MD, FACEP

Peter J. Paganussi, MD, FACEP

Newsletter Editor
Peter J. Paganussi, MD, FACEP

Seth C. Hawkins, MD, FACEP

Alternate Councillor(s)
David P. Sklar, MD, FACEP
Robert C. Solomon, MD, FACEP

Board Liaison
Rebecca B. Parker, MD, FACEP


Two newsletters were produced and posted online to section members in spring and summer 2017. The next newsletter is planned for winter 2018.

Facebook page

A section Facebook page was created in March 2014. Several section members and the section liaison are page managers, posting written articles and art and music pieces by section members as well as general announcements pertaining to the medical humanities. A Twitter account was created in November 2015 to increase the section’s social media presence.

ACEP 18 Meeting Summary

The twelfth annual Writing Award was given this year; next year’s award process will begin in June 2019. The sixth Visual Arts Award was given this year; next year’s award process will begin in June 2019.

Section Grants

The section was awarded a grant to complete their online medical humanities curriculum, “Humanities at the Bedside.” The Web site has been created (https://www.acep.org/humanities-at-the-bedside/) and was completed and ready for ACEP member use in February 2018. Feedback so far has been extremely positive.

The section was awarded another grant in June 2018 to create an electronic book of the past Writing and Visual Arts Award winners, entitled “Emergency Medicine Narratives: Emergency Medical Humanities Collection.” Dr. Hawkins is spearheading this project and is working on compiling the pieces and writing an introduction. We expect to publish in winter 2018 or spring 2019.

2018-2019 Activities as Related to Section Objectives

The section plans to pursue various projects including increasing membership, soliciting submissions for the annual Writing Award and Visual Arts Award, and expanding the Facebook page and other forms of social media to widen our visibility and encourage more people to join the section. We will continue to promote and update the Humanities at the Bedside Web resource.

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