October 11, 2018

From the Chair’s Corner

It is with great pleasure that we present our inaugural Medical Directors Section newsletter.  Personally, I would like to extend my greatest gratitude to your leadership team over the past year: Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP, Ryan Kealy, MD, FACEP, Anne Zink, MD, FACEP, and Leslie Mukau, MD, FACEP. They have been an invaluable resource for me, and I cannot begin to describe the work and dedication that each one has provided over the past year to bring this section to fruition.

If you are already a member of the Medical Directors Section, then I thank you for your support and contribution over the past year. If you are not a member, I personally invite you to join at the ground floor level to help develop this section going forward. In concert with the 50th anniversary of ACEP, I firmly believe this is a wonderful opportunity for the growth of the Medical Directors Section. The future of emergency medicine (EM) is vitally dependent on the current leaders in our respective emergency departments (ED’s).

The redesign of ACEP's website should give us significant potential for growth, but more importantly, meet a critical need for emergency department (ED) medical directors. The website will contain resources for directors in all stages of their careers, from new director status to seasoned director status. Our vision for the section website will include quick-links to high-yield podcasts, pitfalls in our department, departmental protocols, and hospital clinical/operational trends. The ever-changing healthcare field is in a dynamic state currently, and the lifeline of the future of EM is the next set of young leaders in our specialty. We need to have a forum to foster mentoring opportunities and development of the young emergency physician (EP) leaders.

Please reach out to any of the section officers with any recommendations or suggestions. I sincerely look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting at the 2018 Scientific Assembly in San Diego.

John L. Sy, DO, FACEP
Partner, Georgia Emergency Physician Specialists
Medical Director, Effingham Health System

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