Other current and future research projects involve investigating whether working in a FEC can prevent physician burnout and whether converting critical access hospitals to FECs can help keep emergency care local when a community is losing its failing hospital. Michael Sarabia, MD, FACEP, Councilor for the ACEP FEC Section, has performed research (publication pending) showing that working in FECs not only could improve job satisfaction for emergency physicians but also could improve career longevity and prevent burnout. This may be especially true for owner/operators of independent FECs where they are not burdened with many of the common frustrations as they choose their own electronic health record system and hire and train their own support staff instead of having the inevitable frustration of having both chosen for them.
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Emergency department overcrowding, failing grades for “access to care,” physician burnout, and a future physician shortage are all problems we face as emergency physicians.8 FECs may represent part of the solution, and the FEC Section invites anyone interested in the dialogue to join the conversation.
The FEC Section is actively working to address these concerns with research. The FEC model brings solutions, and enthusiastic ACEP members are dedicated to making emergency medicine better for our patients, our communities, and emergency physicians.
- ACEP Freestanding Emergency Centers Section. Available at: http://www.acep.org/freestandingcenters. Accessed March 19, 2015.
- FEC Section Operational Guidelines. Available at: http://www.acep.org/Content.aspx?id=99552. Accessed March 19, 2015.
- State Association of Freestanding ERs. FAQs about freestanding EDs. Available at: http://www.safertx.org/faqs. Accessed March 19, 2015.
- Wiler J, Fite DL, Freess D, et al. Freestanding emergency departments: an information paper. Available at: http://www.acep.org/uploadedFiles/ACEP/Practice_Resources/issues_by_category/administration/Freestanding Emergency Departments 0713.pdf. Accessed March 19, 2015.
- Simon EL, Griffin P, Medepalli K, et al. Door-to-balloon times from freestanding emergency departments meet ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction reperfusion guidelines. J Emerg Med. 2014:46:734-40.
- Simon EL, Medepalli K, Williams CJ, et al. Freestanding emergency departments and the trauma patient. J Emerg Med. 2015;48:152-157.
- Simon EL. The impact of two freestanding emergency departments on a tertiary care center. J Emerg Med. 2012;43:1127-1131.
- Goldberg R, Boss RW, Chan L, et al. Burnout and its correlates in emergency physicians: four years’ experience with a wellness booth. J Emerg Med. 1996;3:1156-1164.