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  1. SEMPA is launching its new SEMPA Live! virtual education channel by kicking it off with FREE CME courses. SEMPA Live! is a must-attend event for anyone who works in emergency medicine. From EMPAs to health care providers engaged in the practice of emergency medicine, SEMPA Live! lectures provide essential clinical content and vital risk-management concepts for a wide range of specialists. Once a month through the end of the year, SEMPA Live! will be offering a free CME lecture for EMPAs with a live question and answer session. There will also be an opportunity to virtually chat with other EMPAs from across the country. To register, go to https://www.sempa.org/education/sempa-live/. Upcoming SEMPA Live! Events August 25, 2020 7pm Central Doom From Down Under: Scary GYN Stories and What I Learned From Them + Q&A Jenny Beck-Esmay, MD September 22, 2020 7 pm Central Pitfalls to Avoid the Management of DKA + Q&A George Willis, MD October 13, 2020 7 pm Central Cardiology Literature Review: What's New in 2020 + Q&A Tarlan Hedayati, MD November 19, 2020 7 pm Central *Registration opening soon* "Pain in the...": A review of recent literature on managing common painful complaints in the ED + Q&A Jessica Mason, MD & Jessie Werner, MD December 9, 2020 7 pm Central Pediatric Orthopedic Pearls and Pitfalls + Q&A Andrew Perron, MD
  2. Dear Colleagues, After careful consideration, SEMPA has made the difficult decision to cancel the SEMPA 360 conference in Chicago, IL, scheduled to take place March 16-20, 2020. We have been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local governments. In the last week, there has been an increase in the number of cases throughout the United States along with institutional-imposed travel bans. Last night Illinois declared a state of emergency. The health, safety and well-being of our members, staff, exhibitors, faculty, and the patients we serve is of the utmost of importance. SEMPA also feels that as emergency medicine providers on the front lines of health care, we should be focused on caring for our patients and supporting our communities during this trying time. In addition, we’ve heard from a large number of you that institutional travel bans and the need to remain available for emergency medicine services in your local communities will prevent you from attending the conference. We expect that number to grow. In addition, a large number of faculty for the conference have already cancelled their attendance, and we expect that number to increase as well. For these reasons, we determined that the impact from the COVID-19 outbreak has made holding the conference impossible at the present time. SEMPA will be issuing you a full refund for your 2020 SEMPA 360 registration. Due to the large number of refunds that will need to be processed, please allow at least two weeks to receive your refund. SEMPA has also instructed the Hyatt Regency to cancel all hotel reservations booked through the SEMPA block. If you do not receive your hotel cancellation in the next few days, please follow up directly with the hotel. This is a unique and unprecedented situation for everyone. While this has been one of the most difficult decisions the organization has ever had to make, we feel that it is the right decision for the health and safety of you and the patients you serve. Thank you for all that you do every day in the ED and your community. Sincerely, Dayna Jaynstein, MSPAS, PA-C SEMPA President
  3. Guess who's coming to SEMPA 360 in Chicago this year? The EM:RAP team will be returning for a day of fantastic education. There will also be time to meet some of your favorite hosts after the didactic session. Jess Mason, MD Danielle Campagne, MD Sean Nordt, MD Sanjay and Mike from Emergency Medical Abstracts Don't miss the EMPA event of the year! https://www.sempa.org/sempa360/
  4. Unfortunately, we don't at this time. It is a significant amount of work and expense to arrange the equipment and faculty. Hopefully you can join us in 2021!
  5. If you're having difficulty registering, we'd recommend contacting NCCPA.
  6. Our slit lamp workshops at SEMPA 360 always sell out. Get hands on education on how to use the slit lamp/tonopen, remove corneal foreign bodies, learn about emergent eye pathology and more. https://www.sempa.org/sempa360/Education/workshops/
  7. If anyone is interested, SEMPA is offering an emergency ultrasound course Jan 27-28, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. There are only a couple spots left so sign up now! https://www.sempa.org/education/ultrasound-jacksonville/
  8. @BirdDogPA We do not have confirmation from NCCPA but it traditionally has been at the end of the conference.
  9. We're working with the NCCPA. As soon as we receive confirmation, we'll announce it.
  10. @BirdDogPA More than likely, yes. We're working to confirm it with the NCCPA.
  11. Registration Now Open for SEMPA 360! Make a difference in your practice by joining us for SEMPA 360, March 16-20, 2020, in Chicago, IL for the most in-depth and comprehensive educational experience available for EMPAs. Register Now To: Increase your depth and breadth of medical knowledge Take your emergency medicine skills to the next level with hands-on workshops Learn about the specialty’s latest tools, trends and techniques Connect with colleagues from across the country Build a network of likeminded people And much, much more! And if you register today, you can take advantage of the deeply discounted early-bird rates! https://www.sempa.org/sempa360/
  12. This course is designed to be a "scan and surf" adventure with the education ending at 2 pm each day so participants have time to enjoy the location. With so much to do in Huntington Beach and the hotel offering a Beach Amenities Program, the SEMPA Ultrasound Course is the perfect balance of education and fun! The course will provide point-of-care ultrasound training to physician assistants working in emergency medicine. Didactic sessions will focus on concise, useful information, images, and video. Most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to learn the necessary skills through hands-on teaching and practice on models under the guidance of experienced faculty and sonographers. Objectives Upon completion of this program participants should be able to: List the standard views or “windows” for each of the six primary areas of emergency ultrasound - trauma, aorta, biliary, cardiac, pelvic and procedural applications
 Accurately interpret point of care ultrasounds
 Demonstrate the standard views or “windows” for each of the six primary areas of emergency ultrasound - trauma, aorta, biliary, cardiac, pelvic and procedural applications
 Limited to 50 participants 1:5 faculty to student ratio Hands-on scanning of live models Simulation technology incorporated Lots of practice time Earn CME towards your EM-CAQ Faculty from emergency ultrasound fellowship programs Learn the core applications to emergency ultrasound Meals included Time to enjoy all Huntington Beach has to offer For more information and to register: https://www.sempa.org/education/ultrasound-huntingtonbeach/
  13. We have thoughts but we're obviously a little biased. FL will be a little closer to you and a nice escape to a warmer climate during the winter. CA gives you the "scan and surf" experience. Can't go wrong with either one! https://www.sempa.org/education/us-landing-page/ And, if you want to attend a critical procedures course with hands-on training... https://www.sempa.org/education/procedures/ - SEMPA
  14. SEMPA is excited to roll out its new Mentoring Program specifically created for PAs new to emergency medicine; PA students interested in launching their career; or any seasoned emergency medicine PAs looking to advance and expand their profession and practice. How it works is that you fill out the online application and we match you with an experienced PA who can help guide your career. SEMPA mentors have years of experience in all types of ED settings and they have a wide variety of specialty interests. We will do our utmost best to match you with someone based on your profile and/or the specifics you give us so that you can get the most out of your mentoring experience. A SEMPA mentor can help with: Finding a job, preparing for a job interview and navigating contracts Understanding what emergency medicine educational resources are available What you can expect from the specialty Tips and tricks in making it through your shifts Guidance on moving up in emergency medicine Leadership development for new EMPA leaders And much more! Any SEMPA member is eligible to apply for a mentor through the SEMPA Mentoring Program. All you need is a desire to advance your career with the assistance of a mentor. Learn more and apply today! Get started here.
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