A Message from our NCCEP President
The North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians (NCCEP) is the State Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and is made up Emergency Physicians from around the State. We come from diverse backgrounds, including both rural and urban settings, private practice, large contract groups, and academicians who are Board certified/eligible. The Board meets quarterly to lead the College in its advocacy and educational efforts. This year we added a legislative day in Raleigh, where we met with Legislators about issues of concern for Emergency Medicine and we hope to make this an annual event.
Our conferences include the Coastal Emergency Medicine Conference which we hold with the Georgia and South Carolina chapters in June at Kiawah Island, SC which is very much geared towards families and our Fall meeting at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC which is a little more adult. Both conferences are excellent venues with plenty of time for socializing and getting caught up with colleagues. The lectures provide cutting edge information regarding a wide range of emergency medicine topics. This year we also added a Medical Directors Academy at the Grandover in Greensboro, NC in March to share the work that NCCEP is doing and provide information on relevant topics for our Directors around the state. This conference was attended by over 40 Medical Directors and we plan to continue this is March 2018.
Our goal at NCCEP is to protect the safety net for our patients in North Carolina. We work to ensure that Emergency Physicians are treated fairly throughout the State and to provide the best possible practice environment for our members. NCCEP collaborates with other state entities/specialists to create a united front in trying to improve the quality of medicine. NCCEP is currently active with balanced billing, psychiatric boarding, Medicaid reform, tort reform, and scope of practice – just to name a few of the current issues we are working on both legislatively and with regulators.
Thank you for your membership and participation as we could not achieve our many successes without you. I invite you to get even more involved by attending a Board meeting, volunteering to advocate for your specialty/patients at legislative day, serving on a committee, or running for a Board position. We need everyone’s help to try and make our safety net as strong as possible. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns that you may have during my term as President and I look forward to working with all of you.
Jeff Klein M.D., F.A.C.E.P.