Important News & Information2018-07-18T13:33:41+00:00

ACOEP Statement on Gun Violence

Over the last few years there has been an increased number of high-profile mass shooting events that have raised the social awareness of gun violence. The prevalence of these incidents seems to be on the rise. With each new event, emotions rise and the cry for action increases. This past week the violence hit closer to home than ever, with the loss of one of our own physicians in her own emergency department at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. As emergency physicians we, the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, are [...]

November 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

ACOEP’s Committee for Women in EM Brings Human Trafficking Education Course to Scientific Assembly

More than 100,000 children are sex trafficked each year in the United States. While each case is different, the median age for children recruited into sex trafficking is 14-17 years old, with some victims as young as seven. Often emergency rooms are used to treat trafficked individuals, making it crucial for emergency medical personnel to be able to recognize and offer the appropriate treatment and resources in these critical situations. Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH), founded by the American Medical Women’s Association in 2014, developed the specific curriculum [...]

August 27th, 2019|Categories: News|

ACOEP to Assist Residents Following Announcement of OVMC Closing

Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC) and East Ohio Regional Hospitals (EORH) announced they are closing. The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians is actively working with OVMC’s program director to secure placement for 16 emergency medicine residents, as well as one emergency medicine/internal medicine resident. ACOEP invites any program directors who have residency positions available to contact Educational Programs Manager Kefah Spreitzer who is working directly with program representatives. She can be reached at 312.445.5702 or with any questions. “Residency is a critical, difficult time in the best of [...]

August 8th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy, News, Uncategorized|

Janice Wachtler, ACOEP’s Long-Time Executive Director, Announces Plans to Retire

After 27 years leading the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP), stalwart Executive Director, Janice Wachtler, BAE, CBA has announced plans to retire. Jan will remain on in an advisory capacity through January 2020, as she works with the ACOEP Board of Directors on a succession plan. A celebration of Jan’s work and accomplishments will be held in conjunction with ACOEP’s 2019 Scientific Assembly in Austin, Texas. Details are forthcoming! “Jan has served as ACOEP’s vanguard for over two decades,” said ACOEP Board President Christine Giesa, DO, FACOEP-D. “It’s [...]

July 29th, 2019|Categories: News, Uncategorized|

Congratulations and Thanks to ACOEP’s Geri Phifer

Executive Assistant Geri Phifer retires after more than nine years at ACOEP This week ACOEP staff gathered to celebrate the hard work and dedication of Executive Assistant Geri Phifer who is retiring at the end of July. Loved for her wit, warmth, and ability to always find the best price on office supplies, Geri has been a vital member of the ACOEP team since 2010. Geri has always kept the office running smoothly, particularly at conference time when much of the staff is away.  She handled many administrative [...]

July 26th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy, News, Uncategorized|

A Call to Action to Fight Against Surprise Billing

The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) is encouraged by progress made this week on the “No Surprises Act” in the House of Representatives, bi-partisan legislation designed to ban balance billing for emergency services of insured patients. Furthermore, it would set a reimbursement rate as the health insurers’ median in-network amount. The No Surprises Act was rolled into the “Reauthorizing and Extending America’s Community Health (REACH) Act” (H.R. 2328). Doctors Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon (R-IN) introduced an amendment adding an independent dispute resolution (IDR) to the appeals [...]

July 25th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy, News, Uncategorized|

ACOEP Stands in Solidarity with the Residents of Hahnemann University Hospital

The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians stands in solidarity with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, and the residents of Hahnemann University Hospital in opposition to the administration's attempts to sell residency slots. “Residents are not commodities to be bought and sold,” said ACOEP Board President Christine Giesa, DO, FACOEP. “This situation not only compromises the careers of the residents, it undermines critical training for young physicians. Actions such as this run counter [...]

July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

8 Questions with ACOEP’s Written Board Prep Course Chair, Brian Acunto, DO

Is there anything better than Chicago in the summertime?! Join ACOEP in our hometown this June 17th-21st at the new Aloft hotel located in the heart of downtown, for five days of course prep and learning with top-notch physicians. We sat down with the course’s chair, Brian Acunto, DO, and learned a little bit more about just how important this course is and what sets it apart from the rest. To register for this year's Written Board Prep, click here today.  What makes ACOEP’s Written Board Prep a must-take course [...]

April 29th, 2019|Categories: Publications|

Act Now for this Department Subscription Deal from WestJEM!

Sponsored Content WestJEM, one of ACOEP’s benefit partners, is offering residency programs the opportunity to become Department Subscribers.  This status is currently shared with more than 80 other emergency medicine academic departments nationwide, and offers open access dissemination of scholarly work for the programs. The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (WestJEM) is the official journal of ACOEP, focusing on how emergency care affects the health of the community and population, and how these societal challenges affect the composition of the patient population seeking care in [...]

February 12th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

ACOEP is ACCME Accredited!

The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) is pleased to announce that we have been granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Accreditation by the ACCME seeks to assure the medical community and the public that ACOEP delivers education that is relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence. ACOEP will continue to offer high-quality CME activities for DO and MD physicians through our dual accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing [...]

December 3rd, 2018|Categories: News|

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