MOCEP Presidents Message – March 2016
March is nearly upon us as I write this note. Spring will soon be here – a season for rebirth and change. The recent Presidential debates, primaries and caucuses have been both entertaining and terrifying (one of these individuals is going to be our next Commander in Chief!). The process is messy, boisterous and expensive – it’s pure Americana. The MOCEP Board has being working hard on your behalf, but isn’t nearly as contentious. MOCEP has undertaken some major changes this past year. We’ve embraced web technology and social medial like never before. Members said they wanted better access to happenings at the state level and we are trying mightily to respond. The webpage platform is now mobile friendly. We have started to build out the member section so that you can find meeting minutes, legislative updates, chapter information and educational opportunities more quickly and easily.
Thanks to the hard work of Jon Heidt (MOCEP Vice President) and Margie Wilson and Donna Vossen (MOCEP office) we had a very successful Advocacy Day in Jeff City. Dr. Gary Katz, former Ohio ACEP President attended on behalf of Schumacher Group. I’ve had the privilege of working with Gary in the past and he said that our Advocacy Day was as good as the event Ohio ACEP sponsors annually. While the venue got a bit noisy, the energy level was just right. I look forward to “growing” this annual event in conjunction with EMRA and other emergency medicine stakeholders.
It’s another busy year in Jefferson City. I hope that you are all receiving and reading MOCEP’s weekly Legislative Updates. Jorgen Schlemeier does a great job of keeping members informed about where various bills are in the pipeline. The state capitol may seem like a faraway place but the decisions made in Jefferson City directly impact every physician and emergency provider in Missouri. MOCEP is working hard to make sure that YOUR voice is heard. What happens at the state level is important, what happens at the national level is critical. Join with MOCEP leadership and attend the 2016 ACEP Leadership & Advocacy Conference, May 16-19th in Washington DC. Your presence is important – individuals can and do make a difference. If you‘d like to learn more about what’s involved in LAC contact me – firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have two great ways to build your Emergency Medicine knowledge and skills in the months ahead. MOCEP is joining with Mercy Springfield on May 5-6th for the 14th Annual Tom Steele Symposium on Emergency Care. The theme for this year’s conference is Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine. A day of hands-on Ultrasound is planned for Thursday May 5th. Come join with colleagues from across the Show Me State in learning ways to advance emergency care for your citizens. MOCEP will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday evening and host a reception for all attendees. Come be part of MOCEP, let your leadership know what you need and share your opinions about where we should be focusing our efforts going forward. If you want to work on your sun tan and golf handicap while exercising your brain then plan on joining us at the beautiful Sandestin Resort (www.sandestin.com ) in Destin, Florida for the SEC ACEP Education Conference, June 6-9th. MOCEP is one of 7 state chapters co-sponsoring this regional event. Learn in the morning and relax with family and friends in the afternoon.
Check the MOCEP website for more info about both opportunities.
As always let me know what’s on your mind – I’m here to serve the MOCEP membership.
Douglas Char, MD, FACEP