At its meeting in April, the ACEP Board of Directors was advised of the slate of candidates created by the Council Nominating Committee for four available seats on the Board. Board members are elected by the ACEP Council and serve three-year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms. ACEP Now has provided the background information and statements of the two incumbents and five new candidates for the ACEP Board positions.
James J. Augustine, MD, FACEP (Ohio)
Current Professional Positions: chair, National Clinical Governance Board, US Acute Care Solutions, Canton, Ohio; clinical professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio; vice president, Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance; executive editor, ED Management
Internships and Residency: integrated residency in emergency medicine, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
Medical Degree: Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio (1983)
Candidate Question Response: Emergency medicine serves as a model of team building and effective management for other elements in our health system. There’s an opportunity to bring the collective emergency medicine experience of quality improvement, emergency department performance, team building, and collaboration to the entire American health system. The College has a responsibility to the public, and to our current member physicians, to develop a model for emergency medicine practice that’s safe and fulfilling so that emergency physicians can serve a long career. It’s my opportunity to continue as a member of the Board of Directors to continue the development of the ACEP Qualified Clinical Data Registry known as CEDR, the Clinical Emergency Department Registry. Other projects will be available through this development process that will serve emergency physicians at the bedside and will offer the ability to improve the delivery of high-quality emergency care.
In my 30 years of practice, I have served in about every form of American emergency department that exists, from isolated critical-access hospitals to academic urban Level I trauma centers, and into the community through EMS. I’ve been a member of physician group practices that were academic in nature and those that are community-based. It has been a pleasure to participate in graduate medical education throughout my career. Many of my responsibilities have been in leadership positions, at The Joint Commission where I served as chair of the Hospital’s Advisory Committee, in the Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance where I have served for more than 20 years, and in the state of Ohio.