Each October at ACEP’s annual Council meeting, the ACEP Council elects new leaders for the College. The Council, which represents all 53 chapters, 37 sections of membership, the Association of Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine, the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors, the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association, and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, will elect the College’s President-Elect, four members to the ACEP Board of Directors, and the Council Vice Speaker. This month, we’ll meet the President-Elect candidates. In September, we’ll meet the Board of Directors candidates, and in October, we’ll meet the Council Officer candidates.
Vidor Friedman, MD, FACEP (Florida)
Current Professional Positions: Florida Emergency Physicians (FEP) of TeamHealth, Maitland
Internships and Residency: Emergency medicine residency, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Medical Degree: MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (1986)
Over the past five years, the President’s activities have focused on being the Chief Advocacy Officer for the College. This advocacy can be seen both in the political realm and in increased collaborative efforts with other entities in the health care space. Alliances with other specialties within the house of medicine led to the recent American Medical Association resolutions regarding out-of-network care and the opioid crises. Partnerships with organizations, including the West Health Foundation and the John A. Hartford Foundation, have supported our engagement in geriatric emergency medicine. In all of these efforts, the President of the College has been both content expert and public spokesperson for the College.