Leadership Day

Enhance your leadership skills to become more effective in your hospital and in your state. Influential emergency medicine leaders will discuss relevant topics to help you stand out as a leader. Earn your CME in this complete day of leadership education.

Faculty and Courses (subject to change)
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Wednesday, March 15

7:30 am - 8:30 am Leadership Breakfast
  • Small/Medium Chapters - Abhishek Mehrotra, MD, FACEP
  • Large Chapters - Chad Kessler, MD, MHPE, FACEP
  • Sections - Kathleen J. Clem, MD, FACEP
  • Resident Leadership - Alicia M. Kurtz. MD
8:30 am - 8:40 am Welcome/Overview
Rebecca B. Parker, MD, FACEP, ACEP President; Robert W. Strauss, Jr. MD, FACEP
8:40 am - 9:10 am Leadership Resiliency during Times of Constant Change
Rebecca B. Parker, MD, FACEP 

The definition of burnout is the state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion with an inability to recover from the stress. Recent literature shows that the specialty of emergency medicine has the highest burnout rate. As leaders during this time of healthcare change, we must create opportunities to improve our practices while increasing our and our team’s resiliency.
  • Describe why the burnout syndrome develops in a time of constant change and cultural upheaval
  • List key tools for measurement and analysis
  • Demonstrate tangible techniques physician leaders can employ to improve satisfaction and promote practice resiliency.
9:10 am - 10:20 am Where the Rubber Meets the Road: The Intersection of Social Media and EM
Ryan Stanton, MD, FACEP (Moderator); Alicia M. Kurtz, MD; Howard K. Mell, MD, MPH, CMPE, FACEP; Karolyn K. Moody, Do, MPH

Where and how are you connecting to get information to expand professional relationships? More and more physicians are turning to internet and utilizing social media and FOAMed. We are literally a click away from simple and elegant platforms for education, friendship, and support. Multiple sites are available “real time” to interact with and discuss a constantly changing medical environment. With all of the benefits, there are also dangerous traps that can jeopardize a medical practice. This expert panel will present several ways to take advantage of many strengths of social media and some internet based resources while also highlighting some traps to avoid.
  • Review popular social media venues with strengths and weaknesses
  • Demonstrate best social media
  • Describe strategies to avoid pitfalls and reap the benefits of social media
  • Develop a personal blog and interact with others
  • Ask questions of the panel and address your issues and concerns
10:20 am - 10:35 am Break  
10:35 am - 11:45 am The Impact of Implicit Bias: Leaders Beware
Douglas M. Char, MD, FACEP (Moderator);  Adrian M. Daul, MD, FACEP; Vidya Eswaran, MD; Kevin M. Klauer, DO, FACEP; Aisha T. Liferidge, MD, FACEP; Bernard L. Lopez, MD, FACEP
Everyone has implicit biases that impact how we see ourselves and others. By definition, unconscious assumptions cause us to think and act in ways with limited or no awareness. As leaders we strive to collaborate with and mentor others to become successful. The way that we perceive and are perceived and how we identify with those who are different from us influences our ability to recognize the abilities of others. Effective leaders understand the scope and impact of implicit bias and seek out ways to reduce its influence.
  • Define Implicit Bias and give examples of how it influences thoughts and behaviors
  • Describe the role implicit bias played in personal decision making through personal anecdotes
  • Discuss strategies to recognize and mitigate the impact of implicit bias
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Lunch & Networking with ACEP President-Elect
Paul D. Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Conducting High Impact Meetings
Robert W. Strauss, Jr. MD, FACEP 

“Oh no! Not another meeting!” Convert your meetings from a boring “waste of time” to an energized engaging discussion that defines and accomplishes ambitious goals important to the participants.
Dr. Strauss will review when to and when NOT to have a meeting, and how to make the meetings you do have more effective and rewarding. Learn how to guide the overbearing, the sarcastic, the bashful, and the detractor. Discover effective methods to open and close discussions. This meeting will help to improve the rest of your meetings.
  • Describe effective meeting planning and preparation.
  • Develop an effective agenda.
  • List problems that occur during a meeting and methods to resolve them.
  • Review common traps that chairs fall into, such as wandering discussion, taking a side, berating members.
  • Describe what to do when the meeting has concluded.
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Leadership Under Fire: When Crisis Defines Us
Robert W. Strauss, Jr. MD, FACEP  (Moderator); Kathleen J. Clem, MD, FACEP; Chad Kessler, MD, MHPE, FACEP

The speakers will describe life changing crises that required them to go beyond their traditional leadership skills and manage an emergency medicine catastrophe. Each presenter will demonstrate how the ideals of transparency, going beyond a rigid/rules-based culture, and stepping outside of a normal organizational role led to success. Effective and open communication are paramount to gaining / regaining public and professional trust.
  • Define and discuss crisis management in Emergency Medicine 
  • Highlight examples of successful leadership in crisis
  • Share skills and tools on how to be a successful leader when crisis strikes
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Closing Remarks
Rebecca B. Parker, MD, FACEP; Robert W. Strauss, MD, FACEP

*Faculty and Courses Subject to Change 


The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Leadership Day
The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Leadership Day is approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 4.75 hours of ACEP Category I credit. 

Specialty Credit

The American Osteopathic Association designates this program for a maximum of 4.75 of AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity