Common Sense

Highlights for Scientific Assembly 2019

Don’t Miss the Keynote Speaker

We could not be more excited for Scientific Assembly 2019 in Las Vegas. Don’t gamble on missing any of the opportunities to meet with your colleagues
from across the country and hear some of the latest scientific material from your favorite speakers and some exciting new talent. Our ,keynote speaker this year, Matthew Wetschler, MD will share his perspective on life and career. Matthew is an emergency physician, artist, and former professional athlete who drowned and suffered ten minutes of cardiac arrest. Even though he has sustained right-sided weakness, he has developed his artistic talents, and works to explore our relationship with limits, edges, and the space beyond. We are looking forward to his message.

Come Early: Pre-Conference Opportunities

Our pre-conference sessions will include the ever-popular ultrasound, resuscitation, ECG, and LLSA reviews, as well as Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) waiver training and a session on military hemorrhage control. New this year will be a Written Board Review Boot Camp, for those of you taking the ABEM exam in April, and AAEM will jointly provide a teaching program with the Teaching CoOp, for those of you looking to brush up your teaching and presentation skills.

Back by Popular Demand

This year — back by popular demand — we will double the number of highly popular hands-on small group sessions. Our plenary speakers will cover the latest knowledge on cardiology, sepsis, trauma, resuscitation, critical care, and neurology. Also by popular demand, we will have the Airway Storytelling session, hosted by the unstoppable Billy Mallon. There will be many other events to participate in, such as Open Mic, Resident and Student Research Competition, WestJEM Competition and the RSA sessions. The Wellness Committee has some fun plans, including a new attendee welcome and a coffee crawl for you early risers.

New Panel: Patient as Educator

On Tuesday, the AAEM Scientific Assembly Subcommittee is delighted to announce a pilot format featuring patients as the educators in a session entitled: “Oncology Patient Perspective Panel.” In some diseases, there is no better way to learn about “best practice” than to hear from the patients themselves and see the emergency department (ED) encounter through their eyes. In this session, Dr. Jack Perkins (FAAEM) will serve as the moderator, and the panel will consist of oncologist Dr. Jennifer Vaughn, her patient Mr. Ben Bane, and the wife of her late patient Mr. Jason Price. Both Mr. Bane and Mr. Price spent dozens of hours in the ED with neutropenic fever, various chemotherapy complications, and other oncology related issues. Mr. Bane and Mrs. Susan Price will discuss details of their ED encounters in terms of what went smoothly, as well as opportunities for improvement. Dr. Vaughn will provide insight and expertise in a discussion of optimal collaboration between the emergency medicine provider and the patient’s oncologist.

This session will introduce a new “patient as the educator” format for educational sessions that may be utilized for future scientific assemblies. We will cover best practice in evaluation of neutropenic fever, optimal ways to initiate goals of care or end of life discussions, and the critical importance of collaboration with the patient’s oncologist regardless of the perceived severity of the presenting complaint. Please come to hear this engaging panel where the patients will give us their perspective. We guarantee it will be insightful and valuable.

Join Us!

Because we will be in Las Vegas, you will also have easy access to flights, and the opportunity to take in a show or maybe even practice your card shark skills. Don’t play the odds — join us for some of the best emergency medicine education and a great time!

Read the full feature article here!