Allison Haddock, MD, FACEP (incumbent, Texas)
Current Professional Positions: assistant professor of emergency medicine, director of health policy: advocacy, assistant director of faculty development, department of emergency medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 39 – No 09 – September 2020
Internships and Residency: emergency medicine residency, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Medical Degree: MD, Cornell Medical College (2007)
ACEP has 41,435 members, and while our membership is growing, our rate of growth is declining. The growing number of EM residencies in the United States has brought an increase in our candidate membership, but we are seeing a drop in the percentage of graduating residents who retain their membership. ACEP must ensure that we are the premier source of opportunities—for networking, education, and personal development—for emergency physicians. We must demonstrate that we share our members’ values and are advocates for them and their most vulnerable patients. While some will dedicate the time and effort required to be councillors and committee members, we must also offer smaller innovative opportunities for members to get involved with issues that are critical to them personally to support their growth as educators and advocates. As a Board member, I have been involved in our efforts to trial new membership models that meet member needs at every career stage. The picture isn’t grim—our overall membership is still up 5 percent this year—but we should embrace this opportunity to ensure that residency-trained emergency physicians look to ACEP first as an advocate for them on the front lines. We must show our members that we are not afraid to put the needs of the individual emergency physician first—advocating for physician-led teams with no absentee chart signing when working with NPs and PAs, and paid parental leave for EPs—while maintaining a viable emergency medicine practice and fighting external threats to our livelihood like “surprise billing” legislation that allows insurers to set arbitrary and unviable reimbursement levels and persistent insurer downcoding while we provide critical services.
As we lead the front lines in the fight against COVID-19, the eyes of the country have been drawn to emergency physicians. For ACEP, this has presented an opportunity for us to serve as a critical clearinghouse of information, including the COVID-19 Field Guide and the EngagED coronavirus community. Our staff has done an incredible job of finding and sharing resources, like free hotel nights and meals, as we have balanced our dedication to our patients with the threat to our families. However, some of ACEP’s core activities have been put at risk by COVID. We offer robust online educational offerings, but our premier educational and social event has always been an in-person annual meeting. As the Board Liaison to the Education Committee, I have helped convert our annual meeting into an “UnConventional” experience that will offer unique educational and networking moments. To protect us from the threat of COVID in our EM practice, the College has advocated tirelessly for more resources for us—for more PPE, liability protections, hazard pay, and adequate insurance coverage for patients seeking COVID-related care. COVID has brought an immediacy to our advocacy efforts and reminded legislators of the critical role that we play in the health care system.