It wasn’t so long ago that emergency physicians were often overlooked for appointment to state or national committees and task forces.
Explore This IssueACEP News: Vol 29 – No 08 – August 2010
Now, emergency physicians not only chair many of these committees, they have become a true power and force within the House of Medicine.
To see the best example of this change in organized medicine, look no further than ACEP member Steve Stack.
Steve, at just 38 years old, was re-elected to the American Medical Association Board of Directors for a second term and—perhaps even more impressively—was selected as their Secretary at the meeting in Chicago this past June. (Congratulations, Steve!)
An emergency physician holding a leadership position on the AMA Board is an accomplishment not even dreamt of a decade ago.
There are emergency physicians who are currently president or vice president, have been chosen as president-elect, or are serving as a past president for their state medical societies, as listed in the sidebar to the right of the page.
There are many more emergency physicians who serve on state committees, serve on their state medical societies’ boards, or are members of the state council or houses of delegates. There is more information about advocacy at the state and local level at www.acep.org: Choose the Advocacy tab, then select “State Issues and Resources.”