Virginia ACEP News and Bulletins

“Being involved in VACEP, you discover what’s going to happen before it happens”

Learning each day. It’s why Joran Sequeira loves emergency medicine, a specialty that requires knowing about and constantly discovering more about all the other ones. And lifelong learning is also why she stays engaged in VACEP. Joran was one of... Read More

Electronic Health Records (EHR)

ACEP and VACEP are working to lower your administrative burden Everyone who works in health care knows electronic health records (EHRs), originally designed to streamline patient records and improve patient care, have dramatically increased the amount of time providers are... Read More

Outside the Beltway. Inside the future of emergency medicine.

When working parents make the decision to live “inside the Beltway” of Washington, they make... Read More

On the passing of Dr. Hughes Melton

Emergency physicians across Virginia send our condolences to the families and friends of Hailey Green of Staunton and Dr. Hughes Melton. In his role as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, Dr. Melton was instrumental... Read More

“The Socially Conscious Physician” on leadership and taking control

“Very boldly.” That was the way Pamela Ross says she took the leap to take more control of her life as an emergency physician. After more than two decades in emergency medicine, and 17 of those years at the University... Read More

Making a difference — inside and out of the nighttime emergency department.

Chaos. Diversity. The element of surprise. This is a normal day in the life of Dr. Jared Goldberg, an emergency physician balancing night shifts at Inova Alexandria Hospital and life as a husband and father of three. Content with the... Read More

Startup Spotlight: Orbital Medicine is developing tools to treat medical conditions astronauts could suffer in space

By: JOHN REID BLACKWELL, Richmond Times-Dispatch Space flight has been a lifelong passion for Dr. C. Marsh Cuttino. As a child growing up in Richmond, he had ambitions of becoming an astronaut. “I have always been interested in space. I... Read More

Register online for Virginia’s new e-death certificate system –

...and get answers to questions you may have The Virginia Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) enables physicians, funeral directors, and others in the death-registration process to file death records online with the Virginia Department of Health’s Division of Vital Records... Read More

End of General Assembly 2019: Balance Billing Update

The top issue for VACEP during the 2019 legislative session has been surprise billing and out-of-network coverage. We began working on this issue in early 2018, with the goal of protecting both patients and a physicians’ ability to negotiate fairly... Read More

Virginia Emergency Medicine Legislative Update: January 26, 2019

Next week, starting January 28, will be busy and chaotic at the General Assembly. It is the last week before Crossover - the halfway point when both the House and Senate must complete debate on their bills and pass to... Read More

Introducing Safety.Net, the VACEP podcast!

Members asked, and we delivered: the first VACEP podcast! No app required. It was a conversation at our executive retreat in November where VACEP leaders discussed their favorite podcasts and audiobooks. Then conversation turned to how we could start one... Read More

The Value of VACEP

As we close out another year of supporting emergency medicine in Virginia, we wanted to take a moment to share with our membership the value of the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians. We seek to operate a sustainable chapter office,... Read More

2019 Conference Schedule

SATURDAY TIME SESSION FACULTY 8-9 a.m Keynote Dr. Kievala 9:05-9:35 a.m. Theme A - Topic 1 Dr. Brady 9:40-10:10 a.m. Theme A - Topic 2 Dr. Brady 10:10-10:25 a.m.  BREAK 10:25-10:55 a.m. Theme A - Topic 3 Dr. Suri 11-11:30... Read More

Register for White Coats on Call 2019

The White Coats on Call Program allows us to advocate for our patients and our profession in a unified, visible effort, talk about issues, and maximize influence. With your help, we'll fill the Virginia State Capitol with white coats! On... Read More

Join us at the Homestead

Register for the 2019 VACEP Conference, February 22-24, 2019 Read More

Meet our 2019 Board Candidates

The VACEP nominating Committee presents the following seven candidates for election to the VACEP Board of Directors. The election is determined by members eligible to vote online by January 24, 2019. Vote online, or send in your application form to... Read More

Afraid to go to the mailbox…and to another ER.

After leaving the ER, Eva went home. All seemed fine, but it wasn’t until a few weeks later that she realized something was wrong. Eva Miglionico wasn’t expecting anything more than to rest and elevate her foot. In March 2018, she... Read More

New psych assessment guidelines

Over the past two years, Virginia ACEP along with the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has been working on standardized, cost-effective, and safe guidelines for medical assessment of psychiatric... Read More

Welcome to engagED

Welcome to our new Virginia ACEP engagED Community! This new online collaborative tool, designed exclusively for ACEP members, combines the instant, active response features of the old email list server with the addition of discussion forums and more interactivity.  With... Read More

The superhero inside every EP

It starts with a story of the Kennedy assassination, insights on a difficult childhood, and only gets more engaging from there. At the ACEP18 opening general session, ACEP's own Dr. Mel Herbert reminded us of the superhero nature of emergency... Read More

‘In times like these, we are ready’

An emergency physician juggles work, family – and Interstate traffic – to ride out the storm For Trisha Anest, M.D., the impending hurricane meant a little more juggling than a typical week in the lives of two working parents with... Read More

Speaking out against surprise patient bills

VACEP Fellow Trisha Anest, M.D. M.P.H., spoke on behalf of the Commonwealth's emergency physicians in front of state lawmakers, payers, and patient advocates in Richmond in July. Reporting on the General Assembly healthcare panel was a reporter from the new... Read More

2018 Final General Assembly Report

This was a unique cycle in Virginia politics. A Democratic wave in the November 2017 elections reduced the Republican majority in the House of Delegates from 66 to 51 seats after a rollercoaster ride of close district elections, ballot recounts,... Read More

‘Our job is to rule out the scary’

Early careerist profile: An interview with Joran Sequeira, M.D. Virginia ACEP recently shadowed Joran Sequeira, M.D. on her Monday evening shift, where we were able to witness an emergency physician at work on one of the busiest days for EDs... Read More

Governor signs stringent “transition to practice” model for NPs; requires 5 years of post-graduate training

HB 793- Transition to Practice for Nurse Practitioners Virginia has passed the most stringent nurse practitioner “transition to practice” model in the country, requiring not only five years of post-graduate training for NPs, but also that the training be with... Read More

The current and future of EDIE alerts in Virginia.

This is Part 2 of our interview with Washington state ACEP's Stephen Anderson, M.D., F.A.C.E.P. on what Virginia's emergency physicians can expect when EDIE alerts arrive this summer. Be sure to read Part 1 before continuing here. Dr. Anderson, like... Read More

What to expect when Virginia’s ED care coordination system launches this summer. Our interview with Washington ACEP’s Stephen Anderson, M.D., on the state’s successes – and challenges – with EDIE.

For Part 2 of this interview, click here. This summer, Virginia will implement an Emergency Care Coordination Program to link all hospital emergency departments across the Commonwealth. The backbone of the program is a software system will facilitate real-time communication... Read More

Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship, 2018-2019

VACEP is excited to offer the highly-regarded Leadership & Advocacy Fellowship for 2018-2019 to early-career emergency physicians passionate about improving emergency medical care throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. VACEP Mission Statement The Virginia College of Emergency Physicians exists to promote... Read More

White Coats on Call 2018

ER Docs Converge on Capitol Hill Opposition to expansion of Nurse Practitioner independent practice, balance billing, and Doctor of Medical Science drew emergency physicians to lobby their elected officials during VACEP’s Annual White Coats on Call day.  “It’s impressive experiencing... Read More

No child left behind: Healing Hearts Vietnam

Lynchburg physicians answer the call to provide cardiac surgeries, provider training in Vietnam Across Vietnam, thousands of children die of congenital heart disease every year because families cannot afford to pay for their portion of the required surgery, which often... Read More

Leadership & Advocacy Fellows, class of 2017-2018

Welcome to the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians Leadership & Advocacy Fellows, class of 2017-2018! The L&A Fellowship, led by Dr. Leon Adelman and Dr. Cameron Olderog, is designed for early-career emergency physician leaders. The fellowship provides leadership development through mentorship,... Read More
Dr. Jordan Tozer, MD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

2017 McDade Winners Honored

Dr. Tozer, Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University Emergency Medicine department, won with his research... Read More

Leadership & Advocacy Fellowship, 2019-2020

VACEP is excited to offer the highly-regarded Leadership & Advocacy Fellowship for 2019-2020 to early-career emergency physicians passionate about improving emergency medical care in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Click here for more details and the application. [caption id="attachment_4082" align="alignright" width="294"]... Read More

ACEP Re-Launches Saving Millions Campaign

Check out ACEP’s newly updated Saving Millions campaign!  It is designed to help the public... Read More
Dr. Mark Sochor speaks in support of ED Care Coordination before the House’s Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee.

2017 General Assembly Ends, Funds Emergency Department Information Exchange program

2017 Legislative Priorities Final General Assembly Report The 2017 Virginia General Assembly session adjourned on... Read More

2017 Annual CME Conference Presentations

LLSA 2014 LLSA 2015 LLSA 2016 2016 Update in Sepsis - Christopher Hogan, MD, FACEP, FCCM Annual Meeting Report, 2/11/17 Challenging Dysrhythmias - William J Brady,MD High Risk, nonTraditional ACS - William J Brady,MD Ketamine in The ED - Paul Stromberg, MD Meeting with... Read More
Best Practices

VACEP Identifies Essential Best Practices for Care Coordination in the ED

VACEP’s leadership is leading the charge to find solutions to institute evidence-based practices that can... Read More

Virginia Hospital Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

The VHHA Board of Directors in January 2016 established a Task Force on Prescription Opioid... Read More

Stay tuned!

Stay tuned for 2018 Virginia General Assembly action. Read More

The Voice of Emergency Medicine in Virginia Politics

For the past thirty years, VACEP has been a key player in the Virginia General... Read More

Three VACEP Emergency Physicians Chosen to Shape Mental Health Process

[caption id="attachment_2110" align="alignright" width="165"] 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.[/caption] Three VACEP Emergency... Read More

VACEP Endorsed Candidates Elected to ACEP Board

[gallery link="file" columns="2" ids="2117,2116"] Both VACEP Endorsed Candidates Elected to ACEP Board At ACEP Annual Council Meeting VACEP is very proud to announce that Robert O'Connor, MD, FACEP (Incumbent) and Debra Perina, MD, FACEP were elected to the ACEP Board... Read More

Virginia Receives a C- for Not Having Policies to Support Emergency Patients

VACEP President Jake O’Shea was interviewed on local TV and national radio in response to Virginia’s 18th place ranking with a C- in the American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) state-by-state report card on America’s emergency care environment (“Report Card”).... Read More

VA Dept of Health Alerts!

VA Dept of Health Alerts! MERS-CoV Update From VA State Health Commissioner (5-15-14) Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported confirmation of the first imported case of MERS-CoV infection in the United... Read More

VACEP Office Moves To Richmond

VACEP President Jeremiah O'Shea, MD, FACEP states "VACEP's leadership felt your statewide association would better serve you by being closer to the state capital and all of the health and regulatory agencies that impact emergency medicine. So, we sold our... Read More

Emergency Physicians Speak Out on Capitol Hill

May 2018: "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 2016 Leadership and Advocacy Conference. Discussions addressed;... Read More