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  • Welcome to 
    The Edge!

    The Edge: Scientific Assembly

    October 18-22, 2015
    Loews Portofino Bay 
    Universal, Orlando, FL

    2015 Scientific Assembly BrochureOn Sale Now!

    Fast-paced lectures, vital topics, high-energy competitions, and so much more! Plans are well underway for The Edge: Scientific Assembly 2015, five days of unique opportunities to network, explore hands-on skills labs, and improve patient care. 

    Download the Brochure

    Click Here to Register  

    What to Expect:

    This year, The Edge: Scientific Assembly brings you a didactic schedule like no other! The slate of speakers and topics showcases a combination of fast-paced rapid fire lectures, in-depth exploration of hot topics, the latest updates in new technology and research.

    This is your chance to engage with over 1,000 of your fellow emergency medical professionals; to learn from nationally-renowned leaders in medical innovation; to improve your techniques with hands-on skills labs; to enjoy social activities with friends and colleagues like the Welcome Reception and FOEM Legacy Gala.

    New This Year:

    A new series of engaging break-out lectures will enable you to customize your experience and delve deeper into the issues central to your practice. Sign up for the next level of the Faculty Development Track; go in-depth with the new EMS Medical Director’s Track; stay an extra day to take advantage of new opportunities made possible through a partnership with the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Check back often for new updates!

    After a successful launch at The Edge: Spring Seminar, this fall’s conference will engage members with ACOEPdigital, your hub for speaker materials, pre and post-tests, attendee lists, customized agendas, and much more—all accessible on your phone, tablet, or laptop.

    Check back often as new details become available, and explore what makes this conference unlike any other!




    Thank you to EmCare, The Edge: Scientific Assembly's Prime Partner!

  • Venue
    & Travel

    Loews_for_web.jpgLoew's Portofino Bay Hotel

    5601 Universal Blvd
    Orlando, Florida 32819 

    Charm, elegance, and the essence of Italy—all three infuse every aspect of the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. This unique resort overlooks a cobblestone piazza and picturesque lake where a water taxi shuttles guests to the adjacent Universal Studios Orlando. As a Universal Studios property, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is close enough to all of the activity of the parks to provide ample opportunities for adventure, and yet secluded enough for a quiet respite after a busy day of exciting lectures and competitions.

    ACOEP Room Block at the Loew's Portofino Bay Hotel is Sold Out!

    Due to this increasing popularity and interest, the block of reduced rate rooms at Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel has sold out. ACOEP has made arrangements for reduced-rate rooms at two nearby hotels.

    Complimentary shuttle service will travel between the hotels from 6:30-10:30am and 3:00-7:00pm October 18-21.

    ACOEP sincerely regrets any inconvenience and appreciates your understanding.

    Hyatt Place Orlando Universal
    5895 Caravan Court
    Orlando FL 32819
    Group Rate $131.00 King/Double
    **All rooms have an additional 8ft Sectional Queen Sleeper**
    Reserve your room by calling Hyatt’s reservations center at 1-800-233-1234 and then ask for the ACOEP 2015 Group rate. Or click here, and use the corporate group code G-ACOE

    Cabana Bay Hotel
    6550 Adventure Way
    Orlando, FL 32819
    $99 standard room rate and $119 suite rate
    To book your room please call (407) 503-4000 and ask for the ACOEP group rate, or click here.

    Flying to Orlando

    The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is located less than 1/2 hour from the Orlando International Airport. A taxi from the airport to the hotel costs approximately $50. The hotel also offers shuttle services, for a fee, to and from the airport.

    For more directions or travel information, visit the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel website.

  • Rates
    & Registration

    Rates and Registration

    Click Here to Register  

    Registration for The Edge: Scientific Assembly 2015 is easy! To register online, simply click the link above.
    You can also register by phone by calling 312.445.5703.

    Registration Rates: 

    ACOEP Member Physicians: $685 Until 9/18/15 ($785 after)
    Non-Member Physician: $785 Until 9/18/15 ($885 after)
    PA/NP/RN/EMT: $350 Until 9/18/15 ($425 after)
    Residents: $165 Until 9/18/15 ($250 after)
    Medical Students: $25*

    Cancellation Policy

    Full refunds, less a $100 processing fee, are available if requested in writing via email to at least seven days prior to the start of the program (October 9th, 2015).

  • Resident

    Resident Chapter

    Click Here to Register  

    Schedule of Events*

    *Events, dates and times are subject to change.

    Saturday, October 17
    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Committee Meeting

    Sunday, October 18
    8:30-9:00 am

    Conference Welcome

    9:00-10:00 am Resident Chapter Game Show
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm Advance Airway Shootout
    12:15-2:00 pm Resident Chapter General Membership Meeting
    2:00-3:00 pm Resident Rapid Fire Madness
    3:00-3:30 pm Keynote Lecture with Zach Shinar, MD
    3:30-4:30 pm Resident Career Fair
    4:00-6:15 pm  ACOEP Membership Meeting and Fellowship Ceremony
    7:00-9:00 pm ACOEP Welcome Reception at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
      Sponsored Night Out!
    Monday, October 19
    9:00 am-1:30 pm Leadership College Sponsored by TeamHealth
    2:00-5:00 pm Residency Program Expo
    7:00-10:00 pm FOEM Legacy Gala


    2015 is going to be a banner year for the Resident Chapter at The Edge: Scientific Assembly! A redesigned schedule gives residents the opportunity to gain valuable insight and training specific to their needs, while still taking advantage of all the excellent educational opportunities that attending physicians enjoy including ACOEP's new breakout lecture series, and engaging keynote speakers. In addition to a career fair, sponsored nights on the town, the Leadership College and an engaging keynote speaker, the Resident Chapter is ratcheting up the competitions this year!

    Get In on the Action!

    ACOEP’s Resident Chapter keeps conferences exciting, engaging and empowering through a series of fun competitions. Earn prizes, show off your skills, and become a better doctor all while having a great time with your fellow residents.

    2015-Leadership-Academy-Flyer-125px.jpgLeadership College
    Monday, October 19th 2015
    Sponsored by TeamHealth
    ACOEP’s Scientific Assembly empowers residents to attack the next level of their career with confidence, and the Leadership College is an vital component in helping you to rise above the rest. Engage with prominent leaders in emergency medicine, such as Kevin Klauer, DO, Nilesh Patel, DO, and Adaira Landry, DO.  Lunch is generously provided by TeamHealth. 

    Click here to download the Leadership College Flyer



    Game Show FlyerResident Chapter Game Show

    Sunday October 18th, 2015

    Every residency program is invited to field a team of four residents from their program, all competing in this fun, fast-paced gameshow. Four rounds of five questions will determine the best of the best—the top three teams move on to the final round where the top two teams will take home prizes in addition to bragging rights.
    Click here to register your team.
    Click here to download the Game Show flyer.


    Airway Shootout FlyerAdvanced Airway Shootout

    Sunday October 18th, 2015

    A two-hour, hands-on competition tests skills in airway management, as well as thinking fast and saving a life with the tools at hand. After the first hour of work, eight residency teams of four team members will participate in the airway shootout. Each resident takes a turn on one of four airway scenarios. After each round, the modality used is no longer available to the remaining team members, so choose wisely!

    This is your chance for great hands-on practice and bringing home incredible prizes!

    Click here to register!
    Download the Advanced Airway Shootout flyer.


    Rapid Fire LectureResident Rapid Fire Madness

    Sunday October 18th, 2015

    Start your path towards becoming a highly sought after speaker in the medical education circuit. Submit a proposal for a five minute, 15 slide rapid-fire lecture. The top residents will be selected to present at the Resident Chapter meeting at The Edge: Scientific Assembly. A panel of judges will award prizes to the top three speakers! The judges panel will include Zach Shinar, Nilesh Patel, John Casey and more!

    Click here to register!
    Download the Resident Rapid Fire Madness flyer.

  • General

    2015 Scientific Assembly General Agenda*

    *Events, dates and times are subject to change. 

    Friday, October 16
    1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

    Executive & Finance Committee Meeting


    Saturday, October 17
    8:00 am – 12:00 pm

    ED Ultrasound Course - Basic Segment

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Student & Resident Chapter Registration Open

    9:00 am – 11:00 am

    Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Committee

    9:00 am – 11:00 am

    Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Committee

    11:30 am – 1:30 pm

    Publications Committee

    11:30 am – 1:30 pm

    Practice Management Committee

    12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Student Chapter Events

    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee

    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    ED Ultrasound Course - Advanced Segment

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Research Committee

    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Program Directors Meeting

    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Member Services Committee

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    Sunday, October 18
    6:30 am – 4:00 pm

    Registration Opens

    7:00 am – 12:00 pm

    ACOEP Board of Directors Meeting

    7:30 am – 11:00 am

    FOEM Research Poster Competition  
    Sponsored by Florida Emergency Physicians

    7:30 am – 3:30 pm

    FOEM Clinical Pathological Case Competition
    Sponsored by Schumacher Group

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Student Chapter Events

    9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Resident Chapter Events

    11:00 am – 12:30 pm

    FOEM Research Paper Presentations
    Sponsored by WestJEM

    12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    Exhibits Open

    12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    The ACOEP Council for Women in Emergency Medicine Luncheon

    12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

    FOEM Oral Abstract Competition

    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Continuing Medical Education Committee Meeting

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Bylaws Committee Meeting

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Nominations Committee Interviews

    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Medical Directors Meeting

    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    Resident Career Fair

    4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

    Membership Meeting

    5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

    Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

    6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Buses depart to Universal

    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    ACOEP Welcome Reception
    Sponsored by Island Medical Management

    8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

    Buses back to Loews Portofino Bay begin rotation

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    Monday, October 19
    7:00 am – 8:00 am


    7:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Exhibits Open

    7:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Registration Opens

    8:00 am – 1:00 pm

    RISE Committee Meeting

    8:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Student Chapter Events

    9:00 am – 1:30 pm

    Chief’s College

    8:00 am – 1:00 pm

    New Physicians in Practice Workshop

    8:00 am – 5:15 pm

    ACOEP Didactic Lectures

    8:00 am – 9:00 am Keynote
    9:00 am – 10:00 am Advanced ACLS  - Zack Shinar, MD
    10:00 am – 10:15 am Coffee Break, Exhibits Open
    10:15 am – 10:45 am ED Myths  - Kevin Klauer, DO
    10:45 am – 11:15 am Lit Review  - Kevin Klauer, DO
    11:15 am – 11:45 am ED Myths II  - Kevin Klauer, DO
    11:45 am – 12:15 pm ED ECMO  - Zack Shinar, MD 
    12:15 pm Lunch
    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Keynote #2  - Mr. Brian Boyle 
    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Updates in Airway Management  - Kenneth Butler, DO
    3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Coffee Break, Exhibits Open
    3:45 pm – 4:15 pm Endovascular Resuscitation  - Zack Shinar, MD
    4:15 pm – 5:15 pm The Jekyll and Hyde of ED Administration  - Kevin Klauer, DO

    9:00 am – 11:00 am

    FOEM Board Meeting

    12:15 pm  1:15 pm

    Awards and Nominations Committee Meeting

    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    New Physicians in Practice Committee Meeting

    2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Student Event: Residency Program Expo

    2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

    Blood Drive - OneBlood Central Florida

    7:00 pm

    FOEM Gala Reception

    7:45 pm 

    FOEM Legacy Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

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    Tuesday, October 20
    7:00 am – 8:00 am


    7:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Exhibits Open

    7:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Registration Open

    7:30 am – 3:45 pm

    Faculty Development Track, Phase II

    8:00 am – 10:30 am

    ACOEP Didactic Lectures

    8:00 am – 9:00 am Updates in Head and Neck Trauma - Kenneth Butler, DO
    9:00 am – 10:00 am Updates in Pediatric EM  - Mimi Lu, MD
    10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break, Exhibits Open

    10:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Breakout Sessions

    2015 Scientific Assembly Breakouts - Tuesday Morning
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


    1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

    ACOEP Didactic Lectures

    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Updates in Cardiology
    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Updates in EMS  - Howard Mell, MD
    3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Coffee Break, Exhibits Open

    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Breakout Sessions

    2015 Scientific Assembly Breakouts - Tuesday Afternoon
    12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    The ACOEP Council for Women in Emergency Medicine

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    Wednesday, October 21
    6:30 am – 7:30 am

    New Board Meeting

    7:00 am – 8:00 am


    7:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Registration Opens

    7:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Exhibits Open

    7:30 am – 3:45 pm

    Faculty Development Track, Phase III

    8:00 am – 1:00 pm

    EMS Track

    8:00 am – 10:15 am

    ACOEP Didactic Lectures

    8:00 am – 9:00 am  Why I Like Trauma  - Michael McGonigal, MD
    9:00 am – 10:00 am Updates on Neurology  - Michael Epter, DO
    10:00 am – 10:15 am Coffee Break, Exhibits Open

    10:15 am – 12:15 pm

    Breakout Sessions

    2015 Scientific Assembly Breakouts - Wednesday


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    Thursday, October 22
    8:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Post Conference Specialty Track in conjunction with ACOOG
    (Emergency CME Eligible)

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