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New VACEP Leadership Elected at The Homestead. Drs. Jake O’Shea (Immediate Past President), Mark Sochor (President), Bruce Lo (President-Elect), Brian Dawson (Secretary).

New VACEP Leadership Elected at The Homestead. Drs. Jake O’Shea (Immediate Past President), Mark Sochor (President), Bruce Lo (President-Elect), Brian Dawson (Secretary). Missing from photo: Scott Hickey (Treasurer)


Dr. Mark Sochor accepts VACEP’s Presidential Gavel from Dr. Jake O’Shea

Dr. Mark Sochor accepts VACEP’s Presidential Gavel from Dr. Jake O’Shea


ABEM Announces Election of New President - Francis L. Counselman, MD, FACEP Elected President of ABEM.  Dr. Counselman has been a member of ACEP/VACEP since 1984.  Congratulations!

Congratulations to Virginia Commonwealth University Emergency Medicine Residency for winning the 2014 Residency Jeopardy! 
Team Members: Jesse Spangle, MD; Stacy Cook, MD; Michael Moss, MD
2014 Jeopardy Winners

Included in Photo: 
Program Chair Gregory Christiansen, DO, FACEP
VCU Jeopardy Judge:  Michelle Troendle, MD

ACEP Multimedia

May 2014:  "Emergency Physicians Speak Out on Capitol Hill” –Virginia had the eighth largest number of physicians in the country visiting Washington. The Virginia delegation visited elected officials on Capitol Hill during the 2014 Leadership and Advocacy Conference. Discussions addressed;  increased liability protections for emergency physicians, greater funding for resident programs, safe harbor legislation, psychiatric boarding issues and saving the prudent layperson.


Debra Perina, MD, FACEP explains ED concerns with Congressman Morgan Griffith’s Health Policy Aide, Adam Harbison.


VACEP ED physicians pause for a photo on their way to Senator Tim Kaine’s office.

The McDade Award was established by the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians (VaCEP) Board of Directors in 1981, to honor Dr. John P. McDade for his role in helping start the first Emergency Medicine Program in the United States and for his many contributions to the independent practice of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. McDade was a distinguished leader and founding member of the Virginia College. Dr. McDade was a Past President of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. McDade died June 14, 2013 (age of 84)

This McDade award is bestowed for exemplary and outstanding research in the field of emergency medical care.   The winners for 2014 are:

  • Residency Kristina M. Rogish, EM4 resident with the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Colonel J. Dave Barry, MD, Program Director. Title: Empiric Antibacterial Treatment for Women with Uncomplicated Lower Urinary Tract Infections.  Research Conclusion: We found that our algorithm could be used to safely and efficiently treat women with symptoms of uncomplicated lower UTI. We found that patient satisfaction was extremely high using this treatment algorithm
  • Post-Graduate Matthew Lawrence, MD, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth IRB. Colonel J. Dave Barry, MD, Program Director. Title: Hospital-Wide Survey of Bacterial Contamination of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Probes and Coupling Gel. 
    Research Conclusion: Bacterial contamination of point-of-care ultrasound probes and coupling gel is low at this single academic medical center and involves non-pathogenic organisms only.

February 2014 Was A Busy Month For VACEP!
VACEP's Hot Topics in Emergency Medicine 2014:  60+ Emergency Physicians and their family members gathered at The Omni Homestead for CME, skiing and top emergency medicine conversations.
White Coats on Call 2014: As healthcare becomes more and more pressing in Virginia's government, emergency physicians from all over Virginia were visible in their white coats as they visited their elected officials in Richmond.
2014 VACEP Hot Topics/LLSA Conference  ACEP Executive Director Dean Wilkerson (far right) with ACEP Leadership.

2014 White Coats On Call

Go Team VACEP!
2014 VACEP Hot Topics/LLSA Conference
VACEP Pres. Jeremiah O'Shea, MD, FACEP (r) thanks speaker Richard Hamrick, MD, FACEP with the Lamp of Knowledge.

2014 White Coats On Call

John Turski, III, DO and Pamela Bensen, MD, FACEP meet with Senator Frank Ruff.

Task Force

Dr. William Barker (left), Dr. William Hazel, Secretary of HHR (center) and Dr. Bruce Lo (right) pose for a photo after the first Task Force meeting. Missing from photo is Dr. Scott Syverud.


Three VACEP Emergency Physicians Chosen to Shape Mental Health Process

Three of the 36 members of the Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response are VACEP members:
William J. Barker, MD, FACEP
Bruce Lo, MD, FACEP
Scott A. Syverud, MD

To Promote and Protect the Interests of Emergency Physicians and the Patients They Serve.