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  1. 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.
  2. Registration now open for SEMPA 360 being held April 14-18, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana! Come learn from the best educators in emergency medicine. Conference favorites include Kevin Klauer, Amy Keim, Haney Mallemat, Michael Winters, and Richard Cantor to name a few. The EM:RAP team will also be joining us again in New Orleans for a day of learning along with a special meet-and-greet to visit with some of your favorite EM:RAP stars! Over twenty workshops will give you the skills needed in emergency procedures, airway management, ultrasound, slit lamp, suturing, x-ray interpretation, teaching, ECG interpretation, and more! Over 40 lecture sessions will cover topics such as critical care, trauma, pediatric emergency medicine, ophthalmology, cardiovascular emergencies, GI disorders, infectious disease, literature updates, and high risk emergency medicine. There are also plenty of social activities to enjoy with old and new friends. A wine and cheese reception, opening party at Mardi Gras World, and the SEMPA Quiz Bowl competition will welcome you to the EMPA event of the year. CME is available for PAs, physicians, and NPs. The discount for early bird registration ends Feb 13. The hotel room block is also limited so sign up now! For more information: https://www.sempa.org/sempa360
  3. UNM EMPA RESIDENCY: The University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine is excited to announce that we are accepting applicants now for our 2019-2020 class. Applications will close Feb 1st, 2019. Our class will start the last week of June, 2018 for an 18-month program for 2 residents. This year we have expanded our eligibility to applicants graduating an ARC-PA accredited program prior to May 31st, 2019. We strive to equip physician assistants with the clinical experiences and didactic teaching that will enable them to practice high-quality, evidence based emergency medicine. Our graduates will have comfort and competence in the care of critically ill patients, the broad scope of emergent presentations, and the skills necessary to be leaders in their profession. Cirriculum (# of 4 week blocks) Dedicated Orientation Block (1) Adult ED, including dedicated longitudinal block in ED Resus Unit (8) Community ED (1) Peds ED (2) Medical ICU (1) Surgical ICU (1) Combined US/Anesthesia (1) Cardiology (1) Orthopedics (1) Toxicology (1/2) OB/GYN (1/2) Electives (2) Salary/Benefits: $57,000 yearly salary Access to health, vision, dental, disability insurance with employer matching Contribution to retirement Paid Vacation Paid travel and registration SEMPA 360 conference SEMPA membership $500 per year CME allowance ATLS, FCCS, and dedicated airway course in orientation Setting: New Mexico's only level 1 trauma center, academic hospital and children's hospital Tertiary referral center for large rural state, with high acuity patients Easy access to outdoor activities, climbing, biking, skiing, as well as wonderful food and culture Nationally recognized faculty in EMS, Critical Care, Wilderness Medicine, Simulation and many other areas Applications Open: October 1st, 2018 Applications Close: February 1st, 2019 Website: http://emed.unm.edu/education/prospective-applicants/physician-assistant-residency-in-emergency-medicine.html E-mail: cpkalan@salud.unm.edu
  4. Who all will be at SEMPA this year? I'll be there. It would be great to put some faces with names from here.
  5. Registration now open for SEMPA 360 being held May 3-7, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas! Come learn from the best educators in emergency medicine. Conference favorites include Kevin Klauer, Amy Keim, Haney Mallemat, Michael Winters, and Richard Cantor to name a few. The EM:RAP team will also be joining us in San Antonio. Twenty workshops will give you the skills needed in emergency procedures, airway management, ultrasound, slit lamp, suturing, x-ray interpretation, ECG interpretation, and more! Over 40 lecture sessions will cover topics such as critical care, trauma, pediatric emergency medicine, ENT, ophthalmology, cardiovascular emergencies, GI disorders, infectious disease, literature updates, and high risk emergency medicine. There are also plenty of social activities to enjoy with old and new friends. A wine and cheese reception, closing party on the Riverwalk at Lonesome Dove and Grotto, and the SEMPA Quiz Bowl competition will welcome you to the EMPA event of the year. CME is available for PAs, physicians, and NPs. The discount for early bird registration ends Feb 28. The hotel room block is also limited so sign up now! For more information: https://www.sempa.org/conference/
  6. Registration now open for SEMPA 360 being held May 3-7, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas! Come learn from the best educators in emergency medicine. Conference favorites include Kevin Klauer, Amy Keim, Haney Mallemat, Michael Winters, and Richard Cantor to name a few. The EM:RAP team will also be joining us in San Antonio. Twenty workshops will give you the skills needed in emergency procedures, airway management, ultrasound, slit lamp, suturing, x-ray interpretation, ECG interpretation, and more! Over 40 lecture sessions will cover topics such as critical care, trauma, pediatric emergency medicine, ENT, ophthalmology, cardiovascular emergencies, GI disorders, infectious disease, literature updates, and high risk emergency medicine. There are also plenty of social activities to enjoy with old and new friends. A wine and cheese reception, closing party on the Riverwalk at Lonesome Dove and Grotto, and the SEMPA Quiz Bowl competition will welcome you to the EMPA event of the year. CME is available for PAs, physicians, and NPs. The discount for early bird registration ends Feb 28. The hotel room block is also limited so sign up now! For more information: https://www.sempa.org/conference/
  7. SAVE THE DATE! SEMPA is once again holding its popular Ultrasound Course. Planning is still under way, but the course will be held February 22-23, 2018, at the University of Florida-Jacksonville, College of Medicine Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research. The Ultrasound Course has sold out the past couple years so sign up now to be among the first to know when registration opens. https://www.sempa.org/ultrasound-course/
  8. The Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA) will be holding it's annual conference, SEMPA 360, April 6-10 in Phoenix, Arizona. Come learn from the best educators in emergency medicine. Conference favorites include Kevin Klauer, Corey Slovis, Kenji Inaba, Michael Winters, Haney Mallemat, Chris Tomaszewski, and Fred Abrahamian. Our workshops will give you the skills needed in emergency procedures, airway management, ultrasound, slit lamp skills, suturing, x-ray interpretation, ECG interpretation, and more Over 30 lecture sessions will cover topics such as critical care, trauma, pediatric emergency medicine, psychiatric emergencies, cardiovascular emergencies, GI disorders, infectious disease, literature updates, and high risk emergency medicine. There are also plenty of social activities to enjoy with old and new friends. A scavenger hunt in downtown Phoenix, wine reception, opening celebration at Corona Ranch and Rodeo, and a Residency/Fellowship Quiz Bowl competition will welcome you to the EMPA event of the year. CME is available for PAs, physicians, and NPs. The discount for early bird registration ends Jan 31. The hotel room block is also limited so sign up now! Check out our new conference video https://www.sempa.org/360testimonial/. For more information: https://www.sempa.org/conference/
  9. The 2017 SEMPA Ultrasound Course will be held January 19-20 at the University of Florida-Jacksonville, College of Medicine Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research in sunny Jacksonville, Florida. The course will provide point-of-care ultrasound training to physician assistants working in emergency medicine. Focused, goal-directed ultrasound will be performed to answer a specific clinical question, which could change the next step in patient care. The course will also include didactic lectures, case presentations and hands-on skills labs to allow participants to use ultrasound machines on both live human and simulation models. The 2017 SEMPA Ultrasound will be directed by Petra Duran-Gehring, MD, RDMS, Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida-Jacksonville, College of Medicine. The course objectives and topics covered are: Objectives To introduce the participant to the use of focused point-of-care ultrasound through didactic lectures, case presentations and hands on ultrasound scan sessions. The focus will be on emergency medicine applications, specifically the 10 core EM modalities as recommended by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2008 guidelines, and will include new emerging scan protocols that have been shown to improve patient care and throughput. Topics to include: Ultrasound Physics and Knobology The Extended FAST Exam Renal Ultrasound Biliary Ultrasound Aorta Ultrasound Cardiac and Inferior Vena Cava Ultrasound Thoracic Ultrasound Pelvic Ultrasound Lower Extremity Deep Vein Ultrasound Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue Ultrasound Ocular Ultrasound Ultrasound Guided ProceduresCentral venous catheters Peripheral IVs Lumbar puncture Thoracentesis Paracentesis Arthrocentesis Abscess drainage and foreign body removal Nerve blocks Lectures will be recorded to allow participants to review material covered during lecture and will be available online for a period of time after the course. Educational materials including handouts, image case review files, and quick reference scan cards and lecture videos will also be made available to all participants online. The University of Florida Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research is located within a large facility spanning approximately 24,000 square feet and is divided into three areas in the Pavilion building on the UF Health Jacksonville campus. The Main Simulation and Conference/Instruction Area is a 7,000 square-foot area that was once a working hospital emergency department. The area is supported by an additional 800 square-foot conference and instructional area. SEMPA Ultrasound Course 2017 Flier.pdf
  10. PAs For Tomorrow (PAFT) recently responded to the Society of Emergency Medicine PAs (SEMPA) organization's letter sent to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). In short, ACEP Now - a publication of ACEP - recently published an article including commentary by Dr. Stack, the AMA President. You can read that article by clicking http://www.acepnow.com/article/ama-president-dr-steven-stack-talks-physician-shortages-and-apps/. SEMPA responded to that commentary with the letter below. Dear Editor, This letter is in response to the article featured in the September 14, 2015 issue of ACEP Now with Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP and Steven J. Stack, MD, FACEP, AMA President. On behalf of the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA), the national organization that represents all physician assistants who practice in the emergency setting, we would like to offer supportive comments and some essential clarification of the PA role in a physician-led health care team. As PAs, we wholeheartedly agree that physicians, by virtue of educational process, training and specialty certification, are the most highly educated and trained clinicians in the health care system. We also absolutely agree with the Truth in Advertising campaign that the AMA has spearheaded. As clinicians, who also have the patient’s greatest interests at heart, PAs by law, statute, and professional ethics, attempt to avoid any confusion or misrepresentation of our role, our title, and the profession. We feel that despite any advanced degree at the doctorate level, it is imperative that only a MD or DO be referred to as doctor in the clinical setting. SEMPA, as the organization that represents emergency medicine PAs, would like to clarify that while we support the term of Advanced Practice Provider (APP) when referring to PAs and NPs collectively, PAs and NPs are two professionally independent groups, each with their own individual unique philosophy, educational/training model, and goals. PAs value being members of a team that provides excellent care for patients, and believe that the team approach serves the patient more completely. For nearly 50 years, we, as physician assistants, have practiced medicine, with physician supervision, as members of a physician led healthcare team. PAs have never sought independent practice, nor do we foresee a change in the philosophy of our profession. In emergency departments across the country, PAs practice in a variety of roles to evaluate and manage patients and are proud of the work we do in emergency medicine. As highly skilled clinicians, we competently evaluate and treat a variety of emergency and acute care conditions with the clinical support and guidance of our supervising physicians and do not aspire to be perceived as physicians. Our professional policies endorse our roles as members of the health care team, which recognizes the physician as the leader of that team, and we will continue to make clear and consistent efforts to communicate our stance, which does not include independent practice. Respectfully Submitted, The SEMPA Board of Directors The BOD of PAFT feels there was an unfortunate lost opportunity by the SEMPA organization to clarify the expanded role that PAs play in the delivery of healthcare services as well as our role in medicine today - a role that has greatly matured and expanded over our profession's existence. The reality for our profession - and all of organized medicine for that matter - is that the healthcare industry will demand many things from us all in the near future. That means that we must have a progressive and enlightened vision of the PA profession beyond the 1970's era of PA practice. The reality is that PAs practice medicine and we do it well. Further, most clinicians with more than a few years of clinical experience practice quite autonomously, even in specialty care, including emergency medicine. A great many of us have the desire to have statute and policy reflect what we really do in the delivery of the quality healthcare services we provide to our patients. There really is no better time than right now to say that to the organized medical community and to advocate for ourselves professionally. First though, it seems we must say those things to ourselves as PAs and enlighten our own. Attached is the PAFT response to the SEMPA President and BOD. To date, PAFT has had no response from SEMPA. Nichole Bateman President, PAFT SEMPA ACEP Response.pdf
  11. Hello everyone, I'm a second year PA student about to start my emergency med rotation. I'm interested in doing research on an EM topic and submitting it for presentation at the SEMPA or AAPA conference, but I'm not sure how to go about doing this. I have limited research experience apart from being a lab tech for a geneticist, so I'm starting from scratch. But I'm motivated if given the guidance. I'd like to learn about what kinds of research students are able to do over the short (5-6 week) time span of a rotation, but can't find a way to filter those out in general academic search engines, etc. Any advice or guidance is much appreciated!
  12. Got my room reservation at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Got the time off. Wife got the time off. 5-yr-old is amped. It's still 2 months away as I write this, but who's going? Who knows where to get alcohol at Disney World? When should we organize the SEMPA Princess Breakfast? Will there be strong words and intense controversy over which is the best Disney movie? Watch this thread...
  13. It may be a little early, but let's brainstorm some ways to make that CME money stretch farther, thus freeing up cash for amazing dinners. The negotiated rate of $189 for the Marriott is decent... but I'll be staying two blocks away at the St. James Hotel, for less than $100 a night. And I get included continental breakfast brought to my room, and a nice little balcony overlooking either the city or the courtyard. Any other hacks, tips, or hints?
  14. By the way, the Academy did respond....today in their PA Professional Area. It seems not only are they aware, but have been for some time, and have been working to have it changed..... Media Reports Misstate Impact on PAs from FDA Advisory Committee Recommendations on Prescribing Hydrocodone Products 2013-01-28 The New York Times and numerous other media outlets incorrectly stated on Jan. 25 that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee recommended changes last week on prescribing hydrocodone products that would “ban nurse practitioners and physician assistants from prescribing the drugs, making it harder for people in underserved and rural areas.” According to two PAs who serve on the FDA advisory committee, and are AAPA members, it recommended in a 19-10 vote to only reclassify hydrocodone from a Schedule III drug to Schedule II. The recommendation would not ban PAs, nurse practitioners, or optometrists from prescribing hydrocodone products. Rather, it would limit prescribing the drugs in states where PAs and other healthcare professionals are not authorized to prescribe Schedule II drugs. PAs may currently prescribe Schedule II medications in all but 14 states. In a June 2012 letter to House and Senate conferees finalizing the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), AAPA recommended that a legislative proposal to reclassify hydrocodone products from Schedule III to Schedule II be eliminated from the legislation. AAPA acknowledged the serious problem of diversion and abuse of opioid drugs, as well as hydrocodone drugs. However, the Academy questioned whether limiting access to appropriate pain medication for patients with legitimate clinical need is the appropriate response. Additionally, other barriers are imposed on schedule II drugs, which can make access more difficult for some patients, such as the inability to phone in prescriptions or refill the prescription. This is what the advisory committee wrestled with in its deliberations. The recommendation by the FDA Advisory Committee does not automatically mean that hydrocodone products will be moved to the schedule II classification or that FDA will agree to the advisory committee recommendation. If FDA were to move forward with the advisory committee’s recommendation, it would be subject to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulatory process. The FDA briefing document from the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee may be reviewed online.
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