On June 25, 2018 ACEP President-Elect John Rogers resigned his position. The root of John’s decision was continuing criticism about his lack of emergency medicine residency training and board certification in surgery. As ACEP celebrates its 50th birthday this year in San Diego, John did not want his lack of emergency medicine board certification to divide emergency medicine organizations at a crucial time in our history. Despite the protests of the ACEP Board and the ACEP Council urging him to continue on as ACEP President in 2018-2019, John decided to resign.
I’ve known John for almost ten years. He has been an ardent supporter of the ACEP Rural EM Section as we dreamed of a rural EM textbook and the Journal of Rural EM. As an ACEP Board member, he routinely checked in to learn how he could be of assistance and was always available to act as a sounding board for our messaging with the Board and ACEP Council. I didn’t always see eye-to-eye with him, but I always respected his opinion and was glad that he understood the challenges of rural emergency medicine with the vision that ACEP could and should do more to assist acute care in non-urban settings.
In response to John’s selfless resignation this week, the Georgia Chapter of ACEP (John’s home state) would like to submit the attached proposal to ACEP Council and is hoping to obtain the endorsement of 100% of state chapters and ACEP Sections. As a member of MOCEP, I would like to propose that our state chapter endorse this resolution honoring John’s work to improve emergency care for all patients (elderly, rural, etc.). Thank you for considering.
Here is the Resolution for Dr. John Rogers thanking him for his service to ACEP and all that he has done to advance emergency care.