Interview with ACEP Past President Gregory L. Henry, MD, FACEP
GH: I remember those days [becoming a specialty] clearly because I was living in the Phi Rho Sigma medical fraternity house across the street from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital [in Ann Arbor]. One day in 1968, I went to the ED. The gentleman who would usually let me shadow him [George Fink, MD] was gone.
George had gone to Lansing to sign the papers for a new organization called ACEP. Things had changed in America since the end of the Second World War. There was huge mobility, and lots of people didn’t have doctors. We also learned that we needed to be proactive to change the outcome of certain diseases. Shakespeare said it best: “Diseases desperate grown by desperate appliance are relieved, or not at all.” The emergency departments in the United States had been staffed by fill-in people who were dermatologists, allergists, internal medicine, ob-gyns, etc., who took their turn in the barrel once every month or so. People were starting to realize that was the wrong way to do it. The first critical hour was where emergency care should concentrate its efforts.
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About the Author
Kevin M. Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, is Chief Medical Officer–hospital-based services and Chief Risk Officer for TeamHealth as well as the Executive Director of the TeamHealth Patient Safety Organization. He is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Klauer served as editor-in-chief for Emergency Physicians Monthly publication for five years and is the co-author of two risk management books: Emergency Medicine Bouncebacks: Medical and Legal and Risk Management and the Emergency Department: Executive Leadership for Protecting Patients and Hospitals. Dr. Klauer also serves on the ACEP Board.
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With regard to state legislative activity regulating the opioid prescribing practices of emergency physicians, which of the following wouId you support? Check all that apply.
- Restrictions on duration (36%, 229 Votes)
- Restrictions of quantity (34%, 219 Votes)
- Mandatory checking of prescription drug monitoring systems for all opioid prescriptions from the ED (30%, 194 Votes)
Total Voters: 367