Monday, April 30, 2007

Greetings from D.C.

I’ve been in Washington D.C. for two days now, participating in ACEP’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference. Yesterday was a day of “pre-meeting” meetings. The Chapter Executives, Those professionals who provide staff functions for their respective chapters, met yesterday to exchange ideas and discuss matters relevant to the smooth functioning of the chapters.

The Council Steering Committee met to conduct the interim business of the Council and to set the agenda for the 2000 Council meeting in Seattle. The Audit Committee and the Finance Committee met to conduct the financial business of the college.

Several other committees met yesterday, including State Legislative/Regulatory Committee, the EMS Committee, the Federal Governmental Affairs Committee, and the National/Chapter Relations Committee. The Young Physicians section met and the NEMPAC Ambassadors conducted a Phone-a-thon to raise support for NEMPAC.

The Legislative and Advocacy Conference formally kicked off this morning, with 332 registrants from 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Government Services Chapter. ACEP was please to have one attendee from Australia in addition to the U.S. members. The California and Pennsylvania chapters tied for the most numbers of registrants (25), but the Michigan Chapter actually has 21 members and their Chapter Executive, Diane Bolland here. Ten of these members are participating in Michigan’s Chapter Leader Development Program. The program was piloted by the New Jersey Chapter through a chapter grant several years ago. With some adaptations, the Michigan Chapter has put the program to use with young physicians who show aptitude and potential for leadership. It may be early in the program, but it is exciting to observe this chapter as they develop their advocacy agenda.

I’ll be in D.C. until Friday, and I’ll keep the latest happenings posted. Stay safe.

Photo by Angela Gardner

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