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From Headlines to the Emergency Department: Today’s Top Issues Investigated at ACEP16

WASHINGTON — Simply put, what happens in Las Vegas this fall- saves lives. Nearly 8,000 emergency physicians from across the country will gather at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center October 15-19 for ACEP 16, the nation’s largest annual gathering and educational venue for emergency medicine. Hundreds of seminars and research presentations will cover the vast array of issues facing emergency medicine professionals today including new drugs of abuse, transgender issues, the Zika virus and the ramifications of the presidential election. If an issue is in the news, it’s in the nation’s emergency departments. 
ACEP16 is an opportunity for reporters to engage with emergency physicians as they immerse themselves in the medical, social and political issues converging on the nation’s emergency departments each day. The news media is invited to attend any and all educational courses, labs and simulated disasters along with the top emergency physicians from every corner of the nation. A full-scale demonstration of emergency medicine at work will be displayed at Code Black: A Disaster Response, in the ACEP16 innovatED educational space in the Exhibit Hall.  
In addition to the educational programming, hundreds of new studies releasing the latest findings in emergency medicine will be on display Monday and Tuesday at the ACEP16 Research Forum. Find out first what medical researchers are discovering as they push the boundaries and explore what’s next in the field of emergency medicine. To obtain embargoed research abstracts in advance, contact Julie Lloyd at [email protected].
ACEP16 gives the news media opportunities to explore the multi-faceted field of emergency medicine, along with the physicians attending the conference.  Join any of the educational courses, labs and workshops. Events include sessions on technological advancements, policy issues and clinical discussions designed to enhance the professional skills of emergency physicians. In addition, hundreds of new studies on the frontiers of emergency medicine will be presented during the Research Forum on Monday and Tuesday. To obtain embargoed research abstracts in advance, contact Julie Lloyd at [email protected].
Full Course Catalog
News Media
Registration fees are waived for credentialed members of the news media. Reporters are invited to attend all the sessions and courses during ACEP16, as well as visit the Research Forum and the Exhibit Hall. To register, you must have valid press credentials or identification from a valid news organization. 
Download the registration form  or register onsite in the Media Relations Office at ACEP16.
The Media Relations Office and News Media Workroom are located side-by-side at:
MBBC/ South Building Rooms Lagoon J/D, 2nd level, beginning the day before ACEP16.
Saturday, October 15                                                  1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 16                                                    7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, October 17                                                   8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18                                                  8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 19                                              8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Staff members are available in the office to provide information and to help coordinate interviews with faculty and ACEP members. The adjoining News Media Workroom is available for use by the press and has telephones, internet connections (computers not provided) and workspace to conduct interviews.  
(NOTE: Room assignments will be available closer to the meeting.)
Sunday, October 16
1:30 – 1:55 p.m.:  “New Drugs of Abuse”
Faculty: Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, FACMT
What’s new on the illicit drug scene?  Which new drugs of abuse are now appearing in the nation’s emergency departments? With a significant percentage of emergency hospital visits related to street drug abuse, the speaker will review the newest street drugs, their clinical effects, and unique aspects to treating patients dealing with the dangerous consequences. 
1:30 – 1:55 p.m.:  “Emergency Care for Transgender Patients”
Faculty: Anne M. Daul, MD, FACEP
Sensitive and effective care for transgender patients is a basic cultural competency for emergency physicians. Yet medical professionals receive little formal training on care of transgender patients which can lead to healthcare disparities for this vulnerable population. This important presentation will enhance emergency care for transgender patients by addressing common gaps in knowledge and skills. 
Monday, October 17
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. “Dying to be Pain Free: The U.S. Opioid Drug Death Epidemic”
Faculty: Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, FACMT
We all realize the emergency department is a place where widespread opiate abuse is found, but what is the scope of the problem and can it be fixed? Are emergency medicine providers contributing to the opiate abuse problem? The speaker will discuss quantifying and qualifying the problem, the socioeconomic costs of opioid abuse, and the policy solutions. 
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. “Zika: What We Know So Far”
Faculty: Fredrick M. Abrahamian, DO, FACEP, FIDSA
What started as a health crisis overseas has now come to America. The Zika virus is spread by mosquito bites, but now there are suspected cases a sexual transmission of the virus as well. The ability to diagnose case of Zika is not yet adequate. The speaker will discuss what is known at this time, and what is being explored to better prepare emergency physicians for the cases to come.
3:30 – 4:20 p.m.:  “R’s vs D’s: How the Outcome of the Election May Change your Workplace”
Faculty: L. Anthony Cirillo, MD, FACEP; Mary Jo Wagner, MD FACEP
With the presidential election just weeks away, this forum will give emergency physicians the opportunity to hear both the Republican and Democratic parties’ perspectives on how the outcome of the election will impact healthcare in general and emergency medicine in particular.
Tuesday, October 18
9:00 – 9:25 a.m.:  “Food Borne Pathogens: Lessons from the Buffet”
Faculty: David C. Pigott, MD, RDMS, FACEP
Is it a virus or food poisoning?  Patients and doctors wonder the same thing. This update will focus on current outbreaks of one of the most common causes of an emergency department visit. 
10:30 – 10:55 a.m.:  “RAPID FIRE: MASCAL Every Day: Wartime Lessons for Successful Disaster Response”
Faculty: Torree M. McGowan, MD, FACEP
Mass casualty events can strain the resources of the best equipped emergency departments. So how does a hospital prepare for the unlikely chance of a huge disaster? Drawing on real-life experiences while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, the speaker will describe MASCAL strategies that can be implemented by your local emergency department to improve disaster readiness. 
Wednesday, October 19
11:00 – 11:50 a.m.:  “Sex and Gender in the ED: Ways to Improve Your Bedside Care”
Faculty: Marna R. Greenberg, DO, FACEP
Sex and gender play a role in how patients react to care, and should therefore play a role in how physicians treat and care for their patients. The benefits of advancing gender medicine in emergency care are not restricted to women, and the speaker will discuss improving care to both genders by applying this focus to the patient. 
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.:  “Wilderness Medical Improvisation: What Would MacGyver Do?”
Faculty: Susanne J. Spano, MD, FACEP
Medical emergencies can happen anywhere. How do you treat patients when they occur far from the technologically advanced confines of the emergency department? The speaker will discuss how to improvise medical treatments when the necessary supplies are limited, but the medical need is not.
ACEP16 innovatED
The latest innovations in emergency medicine products and services are on interactive display in the Shorelines A Exhibit Hall throughout ACEP16 at innovatED. The award-winning educational space will this year feature a full scale demonstration of emergency medicine response to an earthquake at Code Black: A Disaster Response. The demonstrations will take place: 
Sunday, October 16 | 10:00 am – 10:20 am
Monday, October 17 | 2:50 pm – 3:10 pm
Tuesday, October 18 | 2:50 pm – 3:10 pm  

Be witness to a unique vantage point while emergency medicine technology and expertise is pushed to the limits.
Research Forum: Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.   Breakers, Banyan and Lagoon Rooms, Mandalay Bay Convention Center
The Research Forum at ACEP16 is emergency medicine’s premier research event. This year’s Research Forum has been elevated to new heights with a new electronic showcase, featuring more original research than ever before. ACEP staff members are on hand to assist reporters arrange interviews with researchers on particular subjects. Contact: [email protected]
Exhibit Hall
At the heart of ACEP16 is the huge Exhibit Hall packed with the latest technologies, solutions, products and services from some of the most respected names in emergency medicine. Nearly 350 companies and organizations will be showcasing their contributions October 16-19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. 
ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.