Since ACEP13 in Seattle, medical directors, regional directors, members of boards of directors, vice presidents, chief medical officers, and chief executive officers of numerous national emergency medicine practice groups, hospital systems, academic institutions, and private-equity groups have attended the Diversity Executive Reception.
This annual private reception provides the opportunity for minority physician executives to network and discuss their unique professional accomplishments as well as providing the opportunity for higher-level discussions involving the business of emergency medicine. Annually, more than 50 senior-level executives of all cultural backgrounds meet to discuss how their roles and unique perspectives can promote the mission of their hospitals, physician organizations, and patients. Even Obama administration officials have come to this reception to hear from these diverse health care executives because they manage billions of dollars of health care revenue across the United States.
The reception has purposely remained informal to offer the most amount of time to network for the attendees. Wesley Curry, MD, chief executive officer of CEP America and one of the sponsors of the reception, felt like it was his responsibility to start such a group and maintain a relaxed atmosphere. “I feel that my 30 years of executive experience can be a very valuable resource for the next generation of physician executives,” he said. “It’s wonderful to mentor and converse with such a broad group of talented leaders.”
Reginald Nesbitt, MD, the previous chief integration officer of ApolloMD and now medical director of Alii Healthcare, has also found value in attending and has been coming annually since the group’s inception. “The opportunity to meet with leaders driving new health care solutions in and outside of the emergency departments is something I have to take advantage of every year,” he said.
The Diversity Executive Reception at ACEP has steadily increased its attendance numbers. It was originally designed for leaders at the level of medical director and above, and some executives have now brought select residents or assistant directors who are interested in administration so they can gain access to mentors and further their professional opportunities.
The Diversity Executive Reception at ACEP has steadily increased its attendance numbers. It was originally designed for leaders at the level of medical director and above, and some executives have now brought select residents or assistant directors who are interested in administration so they can gain access to mentors and further their professional opportunities. It has been a rewarding experience for both junior and seasoned emergency medicine executive leaders.