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Emergency Medicine Days (EM Days) in Tallahassee is the premier advocacy event each year for The Florida College of Emergency Physicians.

Each spring, all FCEP members are invited to our state capital for face time with legislators. FCEP members gather with their colleagues lobbying for legislation to provide better access to quality care for our patients.

Registration is FREE for all FCEP members and special hotel rates are available for a limited reservation period.

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Hotel Information

Book your room today at Hotel Duval, in the heart of the Capital City!

Hotel Duval: 415 N Monroe St, Tallahassee
Reservations: (850) 224-6000
Group code: EM Days 2014

In the event that the Hotel Duval is booked, we also have a block of rooms at the nearby Aloft hotel, just across the street.

Aloft: 200 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee
Reservations: 850-513-0313
Group code: FCEP

March 3 & 4, 2014
March 20 & 21, 2014
Mid Florida Tech
2900 W Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, FL

The EMLRC has been a leader in lifesaving education throughout the United States for over 20 years and is both a CECBEMS and Florida Department of Health accredited provider of continuing education for the EMS community. EMLRC's EMT refresher course is for the practicing EMT wishing to recertify their licensure. It both meets and exceeds the Florida Department of Health Bureau of EMS' and the NREMT'S recertification requirements as it offers a maximum of 32 hours of continuing education. The course is based on Jones & Bartlett's EMT Transition Manual and includes topics on airway management, patient assessment, medical and trauma emergencies. Participants will also have the opportunity to recertify in CPR/BLS.


Continuing education hours have been applied for through the EMLRC, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) and the Florida Department of Health Bureau of EMS.


'The Gravity of Gravity — Senior Falls Prevention' online education course is now available

The Emergency Medicine Learning and Resource Center (EMLRC) is proud to provide this online educational portal (EMLRC Online) for the Emergency Medical Services Community.

This 6-Hour course discusses and demonstrates statistics, in-home hazards, risk factors, management of fall victims, model fall prevention programs and a case review.

To learn more about the course and to register, please visit

This course is made possible by an educational grant from The Winter Park Health Foundation.

Congressman Raul Ruiz visits FCEP members, Dr. Jorge Lopez, Dr. Vidor Friedman, Dr. Dale Birenbaum, and Dr. Sanjay Pattani last Saturday at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

Meet FCEP Board Member
Robyn Hoelle, MD, FACEP

Dr. Hoelle is from the chic and cultured Tampa, Florida. Growing up, she prized all of her happiest moments including camping in the breezy Florida weather with her family. While you thought camping was out of the ordinary for Dr. Hoelle, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that she is the 1995 Florida State Champion of Kung Fu, beating a boy to gain her title!

You will never catch Dr. Hoelle leaving the house without her Nalgene bottle for water and if she could she would fill her Nalgene bottle with ½ diet coke and ½ cherry coke to please her palette.

When relishing some time off, Dr. Hoelle enjoys running, spending time with her family, catching up on super hero movies, and adding to her collection of salt and pepper shakers.

Dr. Hoelle now works at the University of Florida, Gainesville, as an Assistant Professor.

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Save the date!
FCEP Board Conference Call
Feb. 6-10, 2014 Ohio ACEP, FCEP, FEMF Board Review Course
Feb. 11, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
Feb. 12, 2014 FEMF Board Meeting
Feb. 19, 2014 FCEP Committee Meetings
March 4, 2014 First day of Legislative Session
March 10-13, 2014 Emergency Medicine Days
March 11, 2014 FCEP Board of Directors Meeting
April 8, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
May 7, 2014 FCEP Committee Meeting
May 8, 2014 FCEP Board Meeting at FCEP
May 18-21, 2014 ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference
June 10, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
June 16, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
July 17-20, 2014 ClinCon
Aug. 7-10, 2014 Symposium by the Sea
Aug. 7, 2014 FCEP Board of Directors Meeting

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August 7-10, 2014

July 17-20, 2014

7th Annual Forensic Investigations Conference

Saint Luke's Health System is sponsoring their 7th Annual Forensic Investigations Conference, May 14-16, 2014, in Kansas City, MO! ACEP is trying to improve the availability of specific medical-forensic content for ACEP members (sexual assault, domestic violence, elderly and child abuse), as well as our forensic colleagues in nursing, criminal justice and advocacy. Last year we had over 480 participants who came to KC for forensic education, fun and great BBQ!

ACEP will offer a specific Pre-Conference, an "Advanced Sexual Assault Medical-Forensic Course for Physicians," on May 12 & 13. This ACEP Category I CME approved course has been well received by physicians, residents and program directors across the country and it concentrates not only on up-to date necessary clinical forensic skills, but important sexual assault program medical director, court room and legal issues. This intense 2-day presentation is taught by physician colleagues with over 50 years of experience in these medical-forensic areas.

Please click on the below link to access the full conference brochure details and registration.

Join Jackson Health System and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for their 4th Annual National Hospital Disaster Planning, Preparations and Response Symposium

February 14, 2014
Miami, Florida

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Turning physicians into leaders
Hospitals & Health Networks
Getting certified in medical management. Nine-day courses that cover managing people, marketing and leadership. Programs that gives residents management training to go along with their core clinical work. These are just a few examples of steps medical schools and health systems are undertaking to better train not just tomorrow's physicians, but tomorrow’s physician leaders. As health care continues to move from the antiquated volume and silo-based model, more of these programs are certain to arise.
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ED evolution: How to best serve elderly patients
Healthcare Design Magazine
In 2012, EDs were faced with a challenging future: Increasing demand coupled with diminishing profit margins. Solutions included Lean design and technology integration to deliver care faster and safer, as well as the exploration of cost-efficient standalone EDs to serve as a bridge between an outpatient clinic and acute care hospital. But there was another topic covered pretty deeply, too: The need for geriatric EDs. This trend is still picking up steam. In fact, the ECRI Institute recently released its Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List 2014. Among issues like healthcare-associated infections and cancer care technologies, there's issue No. 3: Emergency departments just for elderly patients.
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ICD-10 education must focus on clinical documentation improvement
EHR Intelligence
The race towards ICD-10 is quickly becoming a sprint as we hurtle towards the Oct. 1, 2014 implementation date, and the time has come for providers to start thinking about how to prepare the troops. Both coders and physicians need some training and education when it comes to the complicated new code set, but both paths have clinical documentation in common. In order for coders to do their jobs properly, physicians must learn how to bring their clinical notes up to par.
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South Florida Baptist Hospital offers option of ER appointments
The Tampa Tribune
South Florida Baptist Hospital is allowing patients with minor ailments to call ahead for emergency room appointments during certain hours. The hospital launched the service so patients don't have to spend their time in a waiting room, says Interim President Karen Kerr. "We wanted to offer patients with non-urgent conditions another option – the convenience of waiting at home rather than in the hospital when the ER is busy," said Kerr.
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CMS delays two-midnight rule
Becker's Hospital Review
CMS has delayed the two-midnight rule through Sept. 30 after fierce opposition came from hospitals, physicians and other healthcare groups. The two-midnight rule is a new regulation included in the 2014 Medicare inpatient prospective payment rule. According to a CMS update, the enforcement of the two-midnight rule will not begin until this October. This means Medicare administrative contractors and recovery auditors will not conduct two-midnight post-payment reviews of claims with admissions dates between Oct. 1, 2013, and Oct. 1, 2014.
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Researchers want ER docs to focus more on 'excessive' force claims
A newly published study that calls for ER doctors to give more attention to complaints from injured suspects about "excessive force" and "police brutality" has been published in a prominent medical journal. The authors, citing concerns by the ACLU and the World Health Organization about unnecessarily violent police behavior, argue that prisoners' injuries should be analyzed along guidelines similar to those used to assess child abuse and domestic violence, in an effort to identify cases of unwarranted use of force.
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Study: EHR beliefs tied to gender, personality
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
It's an established fact that for technology implementation to be successful, there needs to be some flexibility in order to meet the individual needs of those learning the new systems. Researchers at the University of Florida conducted a survey of 126 third-year medical schools to determine which personal characteristics related to their perceptions of electronic health record systems. Among their findings was that men were more likely than women to report that EHRs were easy to use. But some officials caution that it would be bad to place people in groups based on gender, culture or personality.
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