Featured Courses

#NoSilenceonEDViolence: Workplace Violence Against Emergency Physicians (James D. Mills, Jr. Memorial Lecture)

Faculty: James P. Phillips, MD, FACEP

Do you feel safe in your emergency department? Half of reported workplace violence occurs in healthcare. A 2018 ACEP poll found nearly half of emergency physician respondents reported being physically assaulted; more than 60% of said the assault occurred within the previous year. It’s time to stop violence in the ED by changing policy to keep us safe! We’ll discuss staggering statistics regarding violence in our EDs, risk factors, underreporting, & expert recommendations to increase staff safety in lieu of future data. We will review Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, HR 1309 passed by the US House in Fall 2019 and the next legislative steps to protect and defend emergency clinicians from violence in the workplace.

  • Explain the nature of workplace violence in healthcare, particularly in emergency medicine, & review the last 20 years of literature.
  • Discuss the causes of such widespread violence against healthcare providers, the risk factors that may contribute, & the vast underreporting & identify deficiencies in their own hospitals.
  • Identify proposed hospital policy and legislative actions aimed to reduce ED violence and how to champion administrative support and political support to counteract the problem.

Annual Census Ten Million: Emergency Medicine in the State Capital (Colin C. Rorrie Lecture)

Faculty: Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, FACEP

As the Chief Deputy for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and a board-certified practicing emergency physician at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun enacts Michigan's health agenda through collaborative partnerships, evidence-based programs, and a social justice lens. Prior to her position in Detroit, she served as Chief Medical Officer of the Baltimore City Health Department, Director of the Center for Injury Prevention and Control at George Washington University, and in the Obama administration’s Office of Health Reform.  The discussion will highlight the intersection of her experience as a leader in public health and challenges faced by emergency physicians at the bedside, including innovation programs to address social disparities affecting emergency care, violence prevention, and the opiate crisis.

  • Describe trends in US public health that challenge our current thinking on socio-economic, gender, racial/ethnic and other social disparities.
  • Explore policy changes that have the potential to improve outcomes of emergency care.

Building a Better Workplace: Creating Diversity & Inclusion in your ED! (Nancy J. Auer Lecture)

Faculty: Diane M. Birnbaumer, MD, FACEP (Moderator); Vonzella A. Bryant, MD, FACEP; Nicole Franks, MD, FACEP; Tracy G. Sanson, MD, FACEP

Gender disparities are pervasive in medicine. The speaker will discuss the underpinnings of these disparities, how imperative equity is to the strength of our practice, & potential solutions.

  • Review evidence for gender disparities in salary & promotion in medicine & emergency medicine, & how they may harm our practice.
  • Describe the key underpinnings of gender disparities, including unconscious bias.
  • Discuss how organizations may strengthen their workforce with equitable practices.

Value Added by Research to Emergency Care (Brooks F. Bock Lecture)

Faculty: Richard Gordon, MD (Moderator); Joseph Piktel, MD (moderator); Jeffrey Kline, MD

The practice of emergency medicine evolves continuously, and cutting-edge research represents the most up to date knowledge.  This keynote session for the entire Scientific Assembly will highlight specific ways research is fundamentally changing our practice right now, and also share some of the newest findings relevant to emergency medical practice from the past year.

  • Recognize the importance of research to the specialty of emergency medicine.
  • Understand the function of research in improving clinical care
  • Gain exposure to current research findings that will change emergency care practice through abstract presentations.