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Emergency Medicine Reports Summit
The Top 10 Issues in Emergency Medicine Today*
The 2015 Emergency Medicine Reports Summit has ended. Check back for information and updates about 2016’s Summit!

Featured Speakers

We are honored to host a range of talented speakers. Click on a speaker's picture for more information.


The Emergency Medicine Reports Summit 2-day interactive seminar focuses on key issues emergency medicine providers face in the ED on a daily basis. Agenda topics are the result of a survey of 1500 emergency medicine physicians from across the US. Participants are urged to ask questions and engage in discussions during the workshops.

4:00 - 8:00 PM  Early Registration

8:00 AM  Registration Opens
8:30 - 9:30 AM  Breakfast
9:45 - 10:30 AM  Emerging Infections and Emergency Infectious Disease Concepts: David Talan MD (UCLA)
10:30 - 11:00 AM  Recent Advances in Managing CP: Frank Peacock MD (Baylor)
11:00 - 11:30 AM  Break
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM  What you want to know: 10 Hot Topics from audience participation and chosen by the speakers each day
1:00 - 2:30 PM  Lunch
2:45 - 3:15 PM  New Aspects of Toxicology for the ER: William Paolo MD (SUNY Upstate University)
3:30 - 4:30 PM  Workshop 1 - see below
5:00 - 6:00 PM  Workshop 2 - see below
6:15 - 8:00 PM  Dinner & CME Symposium: Managing Today's Anticoagulation Challenges with NOAC Use

Supported by educational grants from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

This program is not part of the Emergency Medicine Summit as planned by AHC Media and Global Medical Education. This event is neither sponsored nor endorsed by AHC Media and Global Medical Education.

Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Medtelligence.

6:00 AM  Registration Opens
7:00 - 8:30 AM  Breakfast
8:45 - 9:30 AM  Metabolic Nightmares in ER Practices: Diane Birnbaumer MD (UCLA)
9:30 - 10:00 AM  Hereditary Angioedema: Sandra Schneider, MD (North Shore-LIJ)
10:00 - 10:30 AM  Break
10:30 AM - NOON  What you want to know: 10 Hot Topics from audience participation and chosen by the speakers each day
NOON - 1:30 PM  Lunch
1:45 - 2:15 PM  Strategies to Love Your Job Again: Mission imPossible: Robert Strauss MD (University of Cincinnati)
2:30 - 3:30 PM  Workshop 1 - see below
3:45 - 4:45 PM  Workshop 2 - see below

Workshops will run simultaneously. Click on a workshop title to learn more.

Philip Giordano MD (Orlando FL)

Thom Mayer MD (BestPractices)

Christopher Raio MD (North Shore-LIJ)

Peter DeBlieux MD (LSU)

Richard Cantor MD (SUNY Upstate)

Joshua Broder MD (Duke University)

Sponsorship and Support Opportunities

AHC Media, LLC and Global Medical Education are offering limited sponsorship opportunities at the inaugural Emergency Medicine Reports Summit. The 2015 Summit will focus on the Top 10 Issues in Emergency Medicine Today. This years event is being hosted at the fabulous Encore, a luxury resort, hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

These sponsorship opportunities are ideal for partners interested in increasing visibility for their company and/or introducing new products and services to a dedicated emergency medicine audience. There will be at least 400 emergency physicians in attendance, along with residents and other emergency practitioners. There are 4 CME slots available; 2 breakfast and 2 dinner symposia. There are also 6 product theaters available; 3 theaters will run simultaneously on Days 1 and 2 during the lunch hour.

Click the button below to download a PDF with more information on sponsorship and support opportunities:


The Summit will be held at the beautiful Encore by Wynn, a luxury resort, hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Accreditation Information

Program Chair
Sandra M. Schneider, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Attending physician Department of Emergency Medicine, NorthShore University Hospital, Manhasset NY
Lead Nurse Planner
Kay Ball, RN, PhD, CNOR, FAAN, Perioperative Consultant/Educator, K&D Medical, Lewis Center, OH
1. Discuss new approaches to common emergencies such as chest pain and pneumonia.
2. Describe several ways to increase efficiency in emergency departments and decrease cost.
3. Describe new challenges to emergency practice such as emerging infections and new drugs of abuse and their management.
4. Review the treatment of unusual but serious emergency disorders such as angioedema and thyroid disease.
5. Identify how to improve the workplace to promote increased productivity and longevity in the field.
Target Audience
This activity is intended for Emergency Department physicians, nurses, and other associated department personnel.
Statement of Financial Disclosure
To reveal any potential bias in this continuing education activity, and in accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and American Nurses Credentialing Center guidelines, we disclose that:

Diane Birnbaumer, Peter DeBlieux, Frank Peacock, Sandra Schneider, Robert Strauss, Richard Cantor report no relationships with companies related to this field of study.

Josh Broder receives book royalties with Elsevier and the ACEP bookstore, and his spouse works for GlaxoSmithKline.

Philip A. Giordano is on the speakers bureau and a stockholder with Actavis. He is also a retained consultant with Merck.

Thom Mayer receives author royalties from American College of Healthcare Executives, Fire Starter Publishing, and McGraw-Hill.

Christopher Raio is a retained consultant with ZONARE and Vascular Pathways.

David A. Talan is a retained consultant with and on the speakers bureau of Actavis, is a retained consultant with Cempra, and received grant/research support from GlaxoSmithKline.
Accreditation Information
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AHC Media and Global Medical Education. AHC Media is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AHC Media is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity is joint provided with Global Medical Education.
Credit Hours
Earn up to 14.5 AMA PRA Category I Credits™ and 14.5 nursing contact hours
Instruction level
Requirements for Credit
To be eligible for documentation of credit, participants must attend the educational activity and complete an evaluation form. After successful completion of the evaluation form online, participants may immediately print their documentation of credit.
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Antibiotic Selection in the Emergency Department: DR. GIORDANO

Despite the myriad guidelines available to emergency physicians, choosing the right initial antibiotic regimen can sometimes be difficult. Guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, while extensive and well referenced, are often too broad to fit certain emergency department populations. Time pressure and diagnostic uncertainty add to the uniqueness of the emergency department patient. A modified emergency department based approach to antimicrobial selection will be discussed for many common disease types.

Recent Advances in Managing CP: DR. PEACOCK

Chest pain, and all the other manifestations leading a physician to consider the potential for acute coronary syndrome, is one of the most common Emergency Department presentations. U.S. demographics suggest that this will only increase in the next decade. Unfortunately, this large cohort is fraught with a high risk of adverse outcome (for both the patient and the physician), is biased by specialist input that ignores emergency department realities, and is confounded by regulatory confusion. This talk will review the literature from an emergency physician perspective and propose management strategies optimizing both patient outcome and ED efficiencies.

Managing Rashes in the ED: DR. CANTOR

Cutaneous complaints are common in pediatric patients. While most are transient and benign, there are some presentations that the caregiver must recognize and intervene immediately. This presentation will demonstrate the most commonly encountered rashes, from benign to those of a more serious nature.

Emergency Ultrasound: Stopping the Clock: DR. RAIO

Point-of-care ultrasound is often thought to be a time saver. This session will focus on the impact clinical ultrasound can have in the Emergency Department and time from the perspective of the treating clinician, the patient, the proceduralist, and the hospital administrator.

Metabolic Nightmares in ER Practices: DR. BIRNBAUMER

Patients with metabolic emergencies can be complex and precarious to manage. Using a case-based format, the session will cover the intricacies of managing patients with diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperglycemic crisis, thyroid storm, myxedema, and adrenal crisis.

Emerging Infections and Emergency Infectious Disease Concepts: DR. TALAN

Recently, numerous infection outbreaks have occurred both near and far due to old and new infections. Just as the first MERS cases were seen in the U.S., Ebola broke out in West Africa. Tropical infections became indigenously acquired as dengue and now chikungunya were taken up by domestic mosquitoes. Later measles resurged demonstrating we are literally not immune to worldwide infections. Debate followed about the risks and rights associated with vaccination (or not). The public questioned the effectiveness of this season's flu vaccine while controversy about drug company conspiracy and oseltamivir's (Tamiflu) ability to prevent complications continued. Outbreaks of meningococcal infection hit some of our college campuses just as a new vaccine was licensed for use in the U.S.

W. Frank Peacock IV, MD, FACEP

W. Frank Peacock IV, MD, FACEP is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Chair, and Research Director for Emergency Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas. He is currently on the board of directors, Chair of the publication committee, and has served as past President of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (formerly known as the Society for Chest Pain Centers). Dr. Peacock has and continues to serve as PI or co-PI for many high profile national and international clinical trials. Dr. Peacocks research focus is that of cardiovascular emergency medicine, and includes acute coronary syndrome, acute heart failure, venous thromboembolic disease, atrial fibrillation, biomarkers, improvements in emergency medical care and more rapid patient disposition.

With over 400 publications on heart failure and acute coronary syndromes, Dr. Peacock is also the co-editor of the textbooks Cardiac Emergencies, Short Stay Management of Heart Failure, and Short Stay Management of Chest Pain. He is the 2004 and 2010 winner of the Best Research Paper Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians and is the Codman Award recipient from the American Association of Group Practice.
Thom Mayer, MD

Dr. Thom Mayer is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BestPractices Inc., Executive Vice President of EmCare, Medical Director for the NFL Players Association, and Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University and University of Virginia Schools of Medicine. He is also a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University. He is one of the most widely sought speakers on healthcare customer service, trauma and emergency care, pediatric emergency care, medical leadership, and sports medicine. He has published over 70 peer- reviewed articles, 75 book chapters, and has edited or written 12 textbooks on emergency medicine.

Dr. Mayer was named the ACEP Outstanding Speaker of the Year in the second year the award was given and has twice been named ACEPs Over-the-Top award winner. On Sept. 11, 2001, Dr. Mayer served as one of the Command Physicians at the Pentagon Rescue Operation, coordinating medical assets at the site. The BestPractices physicians at Inova Fairfax Hospital were the first to successfully diagnose and treat inhalational anthrax victims during the fall 2001 anthrax crises, and Dr. Mayer has served on the Department of Defense on Defense Science Board Task Forces on Bioterrorism, Homeland Security and Consequences of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Robert W. Strauss, MD, FACEP

Dr. Robert Strauss practices clinically and administratively at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He is TeamHealths Corporate Vice President of Program Development. Upon completion of his residency at the University of Chicago, he remained at the University and held the faculty positions of Program Director and Vice Chair of the Department. He is a past chair of the Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine (RRC-EM).

Currently, Dr. Strauss is a Director for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Additionally he directs ACEPs ED Directors Academy, a four-phase ED Directors training and certification program, and he is a regular lecturer for ACEPs national conferences. Dr. Strauss has been awarded several ACEP awards including, ACEPs Outstanding Speaker Award, Outstanding Contribution to Education in Emergency Medicine, and Hero of Emergency Medicine. Among his contributions to the EM literature, he is the chief editor and contributor to McGraw-Hills Strauss and Mayers Emergency Department Management, Mosbys (Elsevier) Emergency Department Management: Principles and Applications, and ACEPs Contracts: A Practical Guide for the Emergency Physician.
Richard Cantor, MD

Richard M. Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEP is Director of Pediatric Emergency Services at University Hospital in Syracuse, New York. He is the Medical Director for the Central New York Poison Control Center. At Upstate Medical University, Dr. Cantor serves as Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics as well as the Director of the Fellowship Program. Also at SUNY, he functions as Advisory Dean, is a member of the Medical School Admissions Committee, and is on the Medical Alumni Board of Directors.

Dr. Cantor has held multiple leadership positions in the field of pediatric emergency medicine through ACEP and AAP. He currently serves on multiple ACEP Committees: Educational Meetings, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Public Relations, and Publications Advisory Board. He has also served on the editorial and development boards of national curricula including APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource. He received the ACEP Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award in 1994 and the ACEP National Education Award in Emergency Medicine in 2002. He is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Emergency Medicine Joint Sub-board in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
Joshua S. Broder, MD, FACEP

Dr. Joshua Broder is Associate Professor and Residency Director at the Duke University Medical Center Division of Emergency Medicine. He earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Duke University in 1994 and is a 1999 graduate of Yale Medical School. He completed emergency medicine residency training at the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 2002, serving as chief resident during his final year. In 2002 he joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, rapidly becoming the assistant residency program director in emergency medicine. He joined the Duke University faculty in November 2005.

Dr. Broder is recognized nationally for his teaching excellence, receiving the 2007 American College of Emergency Physicians national emergency medicine faculty teaching award and the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors national faculty teaching award. Dr. Broders research focus is emergency diagnostic imaging. He has published multiple peer- reviewed original research manuscripts documenting a pattern of increasing utilization of computed tomography in the emergency department, with associated significant radiation exposures to patients. Two of these studies were selected for oral presentations at the Radiological Society of North America meeting in Chicago in 2006 and 2007, providing international exposure for his work.
Sandra M Schneider, MD, FACEP

Dr. Sandra Schneider is currently the Director of Emergency Medicine Practice at the American College of Emergency Physicians and Professor of Emergency Medicine at Hofstra University in New York. She continues to work shifts on a per diem basis at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island. She was the founding Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Schneider is the Past President of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and Past President of the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine. She is also the Past Chair of the Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine and Past Chair of the Emergency Medicine Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a longtime Physician Editor for Emergency Medicine Reports.

Dr. David Talan received his medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical College in Chicago. He completed his residencies in Internal and Emergency Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of California Los Angeles and its associated medical centers. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Infectious Diseases. From 1993 to 2014, Dr. Talan was Chairman of the Olive View-UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine. He is currently faculty of the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. He is Professor of Medicine in Residence (Emeritus) at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Dr. Talan is considered an authority in the area of acute infections that result in severe morbidity and death. His research focuses on emergency department-based surveillance and epidemiological research of emerging infections and clinical investigations of acute infectious diseases. He has investigated skin and soft tissue infections, animal and human bites, rabies, tetanus, pneumonia, pyelonephritis, meningitis, and sepsis. He is principal investigator of a CDC-supported ED-based network for research on emerging infectious diseases.
Peter DeBlieux, MD

Dr. Peter DeBlieux completed medical school at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, his internship in Internal Medicine at the LSUHSC Department of Medicine, residency and chief residency in Emergency Medicine at the LSUHSC Charity Hospital. Dr. DeBlieux completed a Pulmonary Critical Care fellowship in the LSUHSC Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the LSUHSC Charity Hospital. He was Program Director of the LSUHSC Charity Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency for 10 years and is currently the Director of Resident and Faculty Development.

Dr. DeBlieux has held appointments with LSUHSC as Clinical Professor of Medicine and with the Tulane University Medical School as Clinical Professor of Surgery. He was attending in Emergency Medicine and the Medical Intensive Care Unit of LSUHSC Charity Hospital and Director of the LSUHSC Medical Student Skills Lab. Currently, he is Director of Emergency Medicine Services at the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans, LSUHSC Interim Hospital, ILH Director of Quality and Patient Safety, and Acting CMO ILH.
Diane Birnbaumer, MD, FACEP

Dr. Birnbaumer is board certified and residency trained in both internal medicine and emergency medicine. She is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a Senior Clinical Educator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. Dr. Birnbaumer has given over 2500 lectures in her career locally, nationally and internationally. She received the American College of Emergency Physicians Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award and the Outstanding Contribution to Education Award and the Lifetime Education Award at Harbor-UCLAs Department of Emergency Medicine.
Christopher C. Raio, MD, MBA, FACEP

Dr. Christopher Raio is the Vice Chairman of Emergency Medicine and Chief, Division of Emergency Ultrasound at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, NY. He served as the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director at North Shore for nine years and graduated more than 40 fellows in developing one of the largest emergency ultrasound divisions in the nation. He is also an Associate Professor at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Raio is a nationally recognized leader and educator in emergency ultrasound. He has both directed and served as faculty for numerous courses and conferences covering all aspects of both clinical ultrasound and ultrasound program development. He is a Senior Member of AIUM, Past-Chair of the SAEM Ultrasound Interest Group, and Past-Chair of the ACEP Ultrasound Section. Dr. Raio is a well-published in the field of emergency ultrasound and has also been an invited speaker on the regional, national and international level. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine.

How to Run a Safe and Effective ED: DR. MAYER

Emergency departments by their nature are often felt to be unpredictable and perhaps unsafe places for providing episodic care since physicians often lack detailed patient history, accurate medical records, and provide care with random arrivals and acuity. However, the following principles, which are at the heart of this presentation, can make for a safe and effective ED:

Problems Around Airways: DR. DEBLIEUX

There is an inherent expectation that the emergency medicine provider will manage any airway challenge. Evaluation of the difficult airway is essential to achieve success in intubating the most daunting cases. Developing a logical approach to the difficult airway is a critical competency for every emergency medicine clinician. There are four basic presentations based upon the patient’s oxygenation level and dynamic airway status that allow providers to develop an action plan to approach the difficult airway. Utilization of sedatives, topical anesthetics, video laryngoscopy and flexible fiber optics will be reviewed.

Hereditary Angioedema: DR. SCHNEIDER

Angioedema is often seen in allergic reactions along with urticarial. However, the emergency physician should be aware of two forms of angioedema that will be discussed in this talk. First is the rare entity, hereditary angioedema, which presents with recurrent bouts of angioedema, including abdominal attacks with ascites and abdominal pain and life-threatening airway involvement. Treatment is now available and can be lifesaving. In addition, the emergency physician plays an important role in the diagnosis of the disease as biomarkers may only be elevated during an acute attack. Also, angioedema is seen as a side effect in patients taking ACE inhibitors. This session will discuss the recognition and treatment of angioedema.

New Aspects of Toxicology for the ER: DR. PAOLO

Emergency Departments are the front line for public health crises and cater to a multitude of disparate issues, such as novel drugs of abuse. A new wave of illicit street drugs has been seen with increasing frequency across the U.S., forcing emergency providers to become more familiar with recognizing and treating these novel compounds. Though these intoxicants are not as common as standard drugs of abuse, their increased frequency and unique manifestations make it important for the emergency provider to be prepared to encounter patients under their influence. This talk will highlight the clinical presentations and management of new illicit drugs such as krokodil and methoxetamine. The history of the abuse of these compounds, street names, and unique clinical clues as to their influence will be discussed, allowing the provider to recognize and manage their unique effects.

William Paolo, MD

Dr. William Paolo is Associate Professor and Residency Program Director of Emergency Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he graduated AOA in 2005. He completed residency and served as chief resident at NYU/Bellevue, after which he joined the faculty at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse.

Dr. Paolo has authored numerous peer reviewed publications in educational and clinical research, and is an active editor and peer reviewer. He has been recognized for his teaching efforts winning the Emergency Department Educator of the year for 2010 and 2014 and was voted AOA teacher of the year by the graduating medical student class of 2014. He runs multiple graduate and undergraduate curricula and has lectured nationally on education and clinical decision making.
Philip A. Giordano, MD, FACEP

Philip A. Giordano, M.D., FACEP is the Chief, Corporate Research Operations for Orlando Health, a comprehensive eight hospital healthcare system based in Orlando, Florida. He is also the Vice chairman of the Department of emergency medicine at the Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC), the only level one trauma center in Central Florida.

Dr. Giordano received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He went on to complete his emergency medicine residency at the Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) in 1996 and followed that with a two year administrative / research fellowship at the same institution. He subsequently joined the emergency medicine program faculty at ORMC. Dr. Giordano also currently holds faculty appointments at the UCF College of Medicine, the UF College of Medicine, the USF College of Medicine and the FSU College of Medicine. His research interests include emergency management of infectious diseases and antibiotic utilization in the emergency department with a focus on skin and skin structure infections.

Secrets of the Abdominal CT Masters: DR. BRODER

Emergency physicians must make critical, time-sensitive decisions based on abdominal CT and are often the first to interpret images, before a radiologist. Emergency physicians must master abdominal CT interpretation to guide timely interventions for aortic aneurysm, mesenteric ischemia, bowel perforation, and abdominal trauma.

Dr. Broder will review techniques including use of CT windows and PACS tools, plus time-efficient techniques for reading abdominal CT, revealing secrets to time-sensitive emergency diagnoses.

Strategies to Love Your Job Long-Term: Mission imPossible: DR. STRAUSS

Callousness, anger, frustration, and tantrums are commonplace in the stressful environment of the Emergency Department. Everyone – emergency caregivers, private practitioners, patients and administrators – has needs that must be met. Multiple stakeholders must be satisfied, at almost any cost. But what about us? What can and do you do to enhance your job satisfaction and improve your experience? Who is looking out for your well-being? This highly interactive session will demonstrate methods of improving your job satisfaction.

Managing Today’s Anticoagulation Challenges with NOAC Use

Faculty: Michael D. Ezekowitz, MBChB, DPhil & Peter J. Kudenchuk, MD

Stroke prevention management, both assessment and therapy, in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is an important concern for emergency medicine care. Assessment has been improved with CHA2DS2-VASc scoring. While the long-standing use of warfarin for stroke prevention has been the mainstay of therapy, its limitations have severely reduced its usefulness in the clinical setting. Over the past few years, four novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) indicated for stroke prevention in nonvalvular AF have been approved and are guideline recommended as 1st line therapy. As concerns about their use persist, extensive recent data on their safety, efficacy, and reversal agents have been published to inform clinicians on their role in AF management. This engaging CME symposium featuring an outstanding faculty will present the latest information available on stroke prevention in patients with AF, with a particular focus on anticoagulation issues in the Emergency Department setting.