Varying from previous annual meetings, the ACEP Wellness Center has taken on a new approach this year. Stretching, meditation, and inspirational and though-provoking talks are just a few of the enhancements found 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the ACEP Resource Center.
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This re-imagined Wellness Center is the result of a year-round commitment from ACEP to physician wellness that shifts the investment of the previous flu shots and blood pressure checks to be used to promote wellness for all members.
The ACEP Board voted last Spring to eliminate the lab testing, as participation had declined significantly and the costs continued to increase. In the past 10 years, lab tests went from 752 participants to just 299 in 2016, despite promotion through multiple communications channels. However, costs for these services continued to increase and the nominal fee charged for the tests did not cover the expense of the service.
Sponsorship opportunities to supplement these costs have had mixed results, and only twice have companies been willing to sponsor the booth in conjunction with a new product that aligns with wellness. Neither renewed.
The Council voted on Saturday to reexamine options for the ACEP Wellness Center services, and the offerings at the annual meeting may continue to evolve.
Additionally, the ACEP Well Being Committee is working on a plan for 2018 that will to move a variety of wellness activities and initiatives outside of the Exhibit Hall and promote wellness throughout the meeting.