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The Edge: Scientific Assembly 2014


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  • Welcome to
    The Edge!

    Mitchell_welcome.jpgIt is my pleasure to invite you to The Edge: Scientific Assembly 2014. This year we are proud to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of this phenomenal educational event—the only conference dedicated to the specific needs of osteopathic emergency physicians.

    To celebrate this milestone, ACOEP is offering more opportunities than ever before, including:
    • A Faculty Development Track, eligible for CME credit
    • Demonstration of new technologies in the ED
    • Increased opportunities to earn CME hours
    • Expanded ultrasound course tailored to beginner and advanced practitioners
    • 35th Anniversary Cocktail Reception
    • Larger, interactive exhibit hall
    • Special surprises—Vegas Style—at the FOEM Legacy Gala: Dinner & Awards Ceremony

    Capping it all off is the FOEM Legacy Gala: Dinner and Awards Ceremony, which will be more elegant than ever before! Guests at the Gala will be delighted by surprises that you can only find in Las Vegas!

    We sincerely hope that you will join us for The Edge: Scientific Assembly 2014!

    Mark Mitchell, DO, FACOEP-D
    President of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians

    Thank you to our Prime Partner

  • Venue
    and Travel

    Caesars Palace

    3570 Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV 89109

    From the moment you walk through the doors of Caesars Palace, you’ll understand why this iconic Las Vegas luxury hotel sets the standard for opulent details, impeccable service, and lavish accommodations. Located directly on the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace offers state-of-the-art meeting space, and a perfect location.


    ACOEP Room Block at Caesars Palace is SOLD OUT

    The block of reduced-rate rooms at Caesar’s Palace is SOLD OUT! For your convenience, ACOEP has made arrangements for alternate accommodations.

    Bally’s, located across the street from Caesar’s Palace, is offering conference attendees rooms for only $99/night.

    Alternately, Paris Las Vegas is offering rooms for $249 on Friday and Saturday nights, and $155 for Sunday through Wednesday nights.

    Please note that the deadline for taking advantage of these reduced rates is September 18!
    If you have any questions, please contact  or , or call 312.587.3709.

    Travel Discount

    When booking your flight on American Airlines use the code 44H4BM for a 5% discount, valid for travel three days before and three days after the event.

  •  Conference

    The Edge: Scientific Assembly 2014 has something for every emergency physician. Don’t miss these event highlights!

    Ultrasound Course

    Saturday, October 11
    Stay abreast of new technologies, techniques and best practices with ACOEP’s expanded and updated Ultrasound Course. This year the Ultrasound Course offers targeted tracks designed to fit your experience and skill level. Taught by Teresa Wu, MD, a recognized leader in the field, the Ultrasound Course sold out in record time in 2013. Register today for this popular, hands-on experience and earn up to eight additional hours of CME.

    ACOEP’S 35th Anniversary Welcome Reception

    Sunday, October 12, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Join us as we celebrate 35 years of educational excellence! Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, relax with a drink, and take in the elegance of Las Vegas as you mingle with colleagues, friends and family.

    FOEM Clinical Pathological Case Competition

    Sponsored by Schumacher Group
    Sunday, October 12, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
    This exciting, fast-paced competition pits residents against faculty, testing their skills in diagnosing difficult cases in the ED. Don’t miss out as your colleagues battle for bragging rights!
    8 hours of additional CME credit.

    FOEM Research Poster Competition

    Sponsored by Florida Emergency Physicians
    Sunday, October 12, 7:00 am - 11:00 am
    See what students and residents are discovering as they present summaries of their research. This is a great way to learn something new and to support the next generation of osteopathic emergency physicians.
    4 hours of additional category 1A CME credit.

    FOEM Oral Abstract Competition

    Sponsored by EmCare
    Sunday, October 12, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    See the latest in resident research as they present their work via in-depth PowerPoint presentations.
    3 hours of additional category 1A CME credit.

    FOEM Legacy Gala: Dinner & Awards Ceremony

    Monday, October 13
    Glamour, elegance, excitement! The FOEM Legacy Gala: Dinner & Awards Ceremony returns, this time with Las Vegas flair! Enjoy dinner, dancing, and special surprises, all while supporting FOEM’s mission of advancing research and education in osteopathic emergency medicine.

    FOEM Research Paper Competition

    Sponsored by WestJEM
    Tuesday, October 14, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    See the best of the best! The top three winning research papers are presented by residents from across the nation!
    1.5 hours of additional category 1A CME credit.

    Faculty Development Track

    Tuesday, October 14
    Premiering at the 2014 Scientific Assembly, FOEM and ACOEP are proud to unveil the Faculty Development Track. This unique learning opportunity is the first of four programs which will train current and prospective core faculty members in how best to incorporate research into their skill set. Participants will learn how to formulate and develop research concepts while determining the best methodologies for grant writing and publication. This four-part course will increase your value as a core faculty member and provide you with sources of information to bring back to your program. The Faculty Development Track is an invaluable tool as we prepare for a single pathway for GME accreditation.

    New Speakers Forum

    Tuesday, October 14
    Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see up-and-coming speakers compete for the chance to present at a future conference! Each speaker will present a 12-minute lecture on an exciting topic, followed by two minutes for questions.

    ACOEP Committee Meetings

    Saturday, October 11
    ACOEP influences all facets of emergency medicine, from practice management to emergency medical services. Join the discussion and become an agent of change as a member of an ACOEP committee. All members are welcome to attend and explore these excellent opportunities.

    ACOEP Membership Meeting

    Sunday, October 12
    The biannual ACOEP Membership Meeting provides you with the opportunity to learn the most recent news of the College, including the latest on the proposed single pathway development.  Attendance is credited toward applications for fellowship by submitting an attendance form at the conclusion of the meeting.

  •  Course

    CME Committee and Course Chair:

    Nilesh Patel, DO, FACOEP

    Planning Members:

    Christopher Colbert, DO and Tanaz Berahman, DO

    Keynote Speaker: Alexander M. Rosenau, DO, CPE, FACEP, FACOEP

    President, American College of Emergency Physicians
    ACOEP is pleased to welcome American College of Emergency Physicians President Alexander M. Rosenau, DO, PE, FACEP, FACOEP, as the keynote speaker. Dr. Rosenau is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. Dr. Rosenau completed his residency in emergency medicine at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan and is the founding program director of the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network emergency medicine residency program where he is currently the Senior Vice Chair of  emergency medicine. In addition, he previously served as president of Pennsylvania ACEP and is a past recipient of U.S. Public Health Service National Health Service Corps Achievement and Commendation awards.

    Fredrick M. Abrahamian, DO, FACEP, FIDSA, is the Director of Education at the Olive View-UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency Program and serves as the President-Elect of the Professional Staff Association at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Abrahamian’s research has been published in journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and Annals of Emergency Medicine. He has written multiple chapters for infectious disease and emergency medicine textbooks.

    Kenneth H. Butler, D.O., FACEP, FAAEM is the Associate Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the University of Maryland where he also holds the academic title of Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Butler is an internationally recognized expert in airway management and a faculty member of the Practice Emergency Airway Management Seminar. He has written multiple textbook chapters on emergency medicine and was awarded the Associate Residency Director of the Year from EMRA and ACEP.

    Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, FAAP, is a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Gausche-Hill is the Vice-Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and EMS and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA.

    Robert L. Hunter, DO, FACOEP, FACOFP is currently the Associate Medical Director at Hospice of Miami Valley and is a clinical associate professor at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, a preceptor for Kettering College of Medical Arts Physician Assistant Program, and assistant director of the Emergency Medicine residency at Grandview. Dr. Hunter practices at Buckeye Family Practice in Huber Heights and Grandview Medical Center. 

    Heath A. Jolliff, DO, FACMT, FACEP, FAAEM is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at OUCOM/OhioHealth-Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He practices Medical Toxicology at Mid-Ohio Toxicology Services in Columbus, Ohio.

    Bryan Kane, MD, FACEP is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Kane also serves as the Assistant Program Director:  Research for the Emergency Medicine Residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

    Kevin Klauer, DO, is the Director of the Center for Emergency Medical Education (CEME) and the Chief Medical Officer for Emergency Medicine Physicians, Ltd., based in Canton, Ohio.  He also is the Director of EMP PSO (patient safety organization).  He serves on the Board of Directors for Physicians Specialty Limited Risk Retention Group. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

    Jeffrey Kline, MD, serves as Vice Chair of Research in emergency medicine and a professor of physiology at Indiana School of Medicine. His diagnostic research interests focus on human affect analysis, pretest probability and capnography to reduce medical imaging.

    Salim Rezaie, MD, is a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas in both departments of emergency medicine and internal medicine.  He runs his own blog R.E.B.E.L. EM (, has made some appearances on EM:RAP, and frequently contributes to EP Monthly.

    Anand Swaminathan, MD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Assistant Residency Director and the NYU Bellevue Emergency Department. He is the co-creator of the EM Lyceumblog, an educational website focusing on debatable areas in EM and one of the founders of the All NYC EM Conference and Podcast.

    Kevin Weaver D.O. is the program director for the Lehigh Valley Health Network emergency medicine residency program.  He has lectured nationally on the application of evidence-based medicine in clinical practice and therapeutic hypothermia. 

    Teresa Wu, MD, FACEP is the Director for the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Program and Fellowship, and the Associate Residency Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. She is also the Co- Director for Simulation Based Training for the Maricopa-Banner integrated simulation program, and an Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine-Phoenix.

  • Program

    Dates and times are subject to change.

    Friday, October 10 Saturday, Ocotber 11 Sunday, October 12 Monday, October 13 Tuesday, October 14 Wednesday, October 15


    Friday, October 10
    1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

    Executive & Finance Committee Meeting

    Saturday, October 11

    7:00 am – 9:00 am


    8:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Basic ED Ultrasound Course

    9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Resident Chapter Events

    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 – 5:00 pm

    Registration Open

     1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Advanced ED Ultrasound Course

     2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Research Committee

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Bylaws Committee

    2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    FOEM Poster Presentations
    Posters on Display for Viewing

    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Member Services Committee

    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Program Directors Meeting

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    Sunday, October 12
    7:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Registration Open

    7:00 am – 3:30 pm


    FOEM Clinical Pathological Case Competition
    sponsored by Schumacher Group
    (CME Provided for Attendance)

    7:00 am – 11:00 am


    FOEM Research Poster Competition
    sponsored by Florida Emergency Physicians
    (CME Provided for Attendance)
    (Posters to be removed by the end of the day)

    7:00 am – 12:00 pm

    ACOEP Board of Directors Meeting

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Student Chapter Events

    10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Student Event: Residency Program Expo

    12:30 pm – 3:30 pm


    FOEM Oral Abstract Competition
    sponsored by EmCare
    (CME Provided for Attendance)

    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Young Physicians Meeting

    1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Resident Career Fair

    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Exhibits Open

    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    Medical Directors Meeting

    5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Membership Meeting

    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    ACOEP Welcome Reception

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    Monday, October 13
    6:00 am – 8:00 am


    7:30 am – 5:00 pm

    Registration Open

    7:30 am – 3:00 pm

    Exhibits Open

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Student Chapter Events

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    ACOEP Lectures

    8:00am - 9:00 am

    Alex Rosenau, DO
    Keynote Address 

    9:00am - 10:00am

    Teresa Wu, MD
    Nightmare ENT Emergencies 

    10:00am - 10:30am

    Bryan Kane, MD
    Topics in EBM 

     10:30am - 11:00am  Anand Swaminathan, MD
    The Crashing Asthmatic
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm Bryan Kane, MD, and Kevin Weaver, DO
    EM Literature Review 2014
    1:00pm - 2:00 pm Heath Jolliff, DO
    Acetaminophen Toxicity for the Emergency Physician
    2:00pm - 3:00 pm Heath Jolliff, DO
    Toxicology Literature Updates
     3:00- pm - 3:30 pm Anand Swaminathan, MD
    DKA Updates
    3:30pm - 4:00pm Kevin Weaver, DO
    4:00pm -5:00 pm Mike Epter, DO
    When Uncertainty was my Co-Pilot: Lessons Learned on How I Became a Better Doctor, Parent, and Person

    8:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Resident Chapter Events/Leadership Series

    9:00 am – 10:00 am

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine, SIG

    9:00 am – 11:00 am

    FOEM Board Meeting

    12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

    Student Case Winner – Presentation

    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Fellowship Ceremony

    7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    FOEM Gala Reception
    sponsored by TeamHealth

    7:30 pm

    FOEM Legacy Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony
    sponsored by TeamHealth

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    Tuesday, October 14
    6:00 am – 8:00 am


    7:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Registration Open

    7:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Exhibits Open

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    ACOEP Lectures

    7:30am - 8:00 am

    Anand Swaminathan, MD
    Urban Myths 1

    8:00 am -9:00 am

    Salim Rezaie, MD
    CPR Updates: Hands-on or Hands-off Defibrillation; Mechanical vs Manual

    9:00am - 9:30 am

    Anand Swaminathan, MD
    Urban Myths 2

    9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Salim Rezaie, MD
    Chest Pain: What is the Evidence for 2-Hour Rule Outs

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Jeff Kline, MD
    Outpatient Management of PE

    1:00pm -2:00 pm

    Jeff Kline, MD
    Strategies to Reduce Over-diagnosis of PE

    2:00pm - 2:30 pm

    Kevin Klauer, DO
    Limitations and Deceptions in the Literature

    2:30pm - 3:00 pm

    Mike Epter, DO
    Minor Head Injury in Anticoagulated Patients

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Kevin Klauer,
    DO Risk Management in EM

    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Mike Epter, DO 
    Tips and Tricks in Shoulder Dislocations 

    4:30pm - 5:0pm

    Kevin Klauer, DO
    Pediatric Abdominal Pain

    5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

    FOEM Research Paper Presentations
    sponsored by WestJEM
    (CME Provided for Attendance)

     8:00 am - 5:30 pm

    Faculty Development Track

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    Wednesday, October 15
    6:30 am – 7:30 am  New Board Meeting


    7:30 am – 9:00 am


    7:30 am – 3:00 pm

    Exhibits Open

    7:30 am – 5:00 pm

    Registration Open
    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    ACOEP Lectures

    8:00 am - 9:00 am 

    Fred Abrahaimian, DO
    Minimizing Medical Legal Risks in ID

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Ken Butler, DO
    The Crash Airway

    10:00am - 10:30 am 

    Fred Abrahamian, DO
    Update in Pulmonary Tuberculosis 

    10:30 am - 11:00 am

    Fred Abrahamian, DO
    Rapid Diagnostic Testing for Infectious Disease

    11:00am - 12:00 pm

    Marianne Gaushe Hill, MD
    Pediatric Ortho

    1:00pm - 2:00 pm

    Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD
    Pediatric Airway Management

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Rob Hunter, DO
    OMM lin the ED

    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Chris Colbert, DO
    Ultrasound of Neck

    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

    Rob Hunter, DO
    Administrative Lecture

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  • CME

    Over 50 hours of Category 1/1A CME available at The Edge: Scientific Assembly 2014!
    This educational activity is sponsored by the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP).
    ACOEP is an approved provider of AOA Category 1A CME credit.
    ACOEP has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 24 AOA Category 1A CME credits for didactic sessions, and 30 credits through additional opportunities.  Approval is currently pending.