Even though the weather is beginning to cool down in Missouri as we have entered the fall season, the work at MOCEP is just starting to heat up! Even though we are off cycle with my quarterly president’s message, I wanted to provide you with a brief update on our work as we confront Anthem’s new policy on denying “non-emergent” emergency department visits.
Written By Gary Gaddis MD PhD, Professor, Emergency Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis
School of Medicine
One of the occupational hazards of being an emergency physician is “burnout.” A “burned out” physician has often begun to hate their job, and dreads going in for their next shift. To be a “burned out” physician is not good for patients, physicians’ families, and especially physicians. Much has been written about the topic of burnout, and it is said that over 70% of emergency physicians either suffer from it sometime in their career, or have it now.
ACEP Fellowship was first established in 1982 to honor members who made special contributions to the College and the specialty of emergency medicine. Requirements for Fellow Status include Active membership status for three continuous years; board certification by ABEM, AOBEM, or ABP certification for pediatric emergency physicians; and additional service to the specialty. Missouri is proud to announce that we have 11 new Fellows and one successful renewal.
A research study is being conducted on the effects of mindfulness meditation and psychological well-being among emergency medicine practitioners. Enrollment in the study will commence in early 2018. Participants who are enrolled will take part in an 8-week, online mindfulness meditation program and will complete several tests before and after the program. This form is to indicate general interest in participation.To learn more, about this study click here. Complete this form to show interest in the participation.
ACEP has provided the following information to MOCEP, and we encourage you to participate in these initiatives. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Loren Rives at ACEP, or Dr. Madeline Joseph or Dr. Kathleen Brown who serve as the ACEP Liaisons on the EIIC Advisory Board with any questions or clarifications.
The MOCEP Board of Directors held a Board Retreat July 22-23 in Columbia on the University of Missouri campus. The goal of the retreat was to identify priorities for the next two years and to evaluate current MOCEP activities and programs. We had a great turnout of board members and some additional members that were invited to attend as guests. I want to extend a big thank you to all that participated!