TCEP CONNECT 2018 Article Review
The Article Review session will consist of the following articles. Feel free to research them prior to the conference:
Rivaroxaban or Aspirin for Extended Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism
J.I.Weitz and Others, NEJM 376:1211-1222, March 30, 2017
Acute Myocardial Infarction after Laboratory-Confirmed Influenza Infection
J.C. Kwong and Others, NEJM 378:345-353, January 25, 2018
Effect of Cephalexin Plus Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole vs Cephalexin Alone on Clinical Cure of Uncomplicated Cellulitis
G.J. Moran and Others, JAMA 317(20):2088-2096, May 23-30, 2017
Effect of Oral Dexamethasone Without Immediate Antibiotics vs Placebo on Acute Sore Throat in Adults
G.H. Hayward and Others, JAMA 317(15):1535-1543, April 18, 2017
Perspective:  Saying Goodbye to Lectures in Medical School–Paradigm Shift or Passing Fad?
R.M. Schwartzstein and D.H. Roberts, NEJM 377:605-607, August 17, 2017

TCEP Connect 2018 Speakers

John Bedolla

MD, FACEP, Assistant Professor

University of Texas Dell Medical School, Medical Education
Learning from Nature and Game Theory: How to Make Your Charts Predator-Proof
Medicolegal Panel: Where Have We Been and Where are We Going?
Dr. Bedolla is a practicing emergency physician with experience in peer review, litigation and claims defense. he is the national director of risk for a large national EM group. He is published in wide-ranging fields, but always with an eye to managing are events and high risk conditions. He is in the medical education department of the University of Texas medical School, where teaches subjects ranging from the basic sciences, to clinical skills to the use of film in medical education.

Anthony Busti

MD, PharmD, FNLA, FAHA, Assistant Professor

UT Southwestern Medical School, Department of Emergency Medicine
Angiotensin II: A New Vasopressor
Pharmacology Update – New Drugs & Options
Dr. Busti has experience both as a clinical pharmacist who taught pharmacology for many years prior to medical school and now board certified emergency medicine physician at UT Southwestern Medical School in the Department of Emergency Medicine. In addition, Dr. Busti has additional graduate training in evidence-based health care from Oxford University in the UK.

Benjamin L. Cooper

MD, Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Department of Emergency Medicine
Esmolol for Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation
Ben joined the faculty at UTHealth (formerly UT Houston) in 2015, where he now serves as the Associate Program Director, and quickly established himself as the token ECG nerd. His academic interests include ECG lecturing and curriculum design, resident assessment, and ITE preparation. He also organizes a month-long intern orientation in July.

Ann Czarnik

MD, FACEP, Assistant Program Director, UT Austin Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor Department of Surgery and Perioperative Medicine

Univeristy of Texas, Dell Seton SOM, Department of Surgery and Perioperative Medicine
A Simplified Algorithm for the Difficult Airway
I have been an Assistant Program Director of Emergency Medicine for 6 years at the Dell Seton School of Medicine at the University of Texas. I teach a comprehensive airway course as part of the Emergency Medicine training curriculum and I am the module director for Respiratory Disorders. I currently run and organize all of the skills labs for our residency program.

Cedric Dark

MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAEM, Assistant Professor

Baylor College of Medicine
Repeal, Replace, Repeat: Health Reform During the Trump Administration
Cedric Dark, MD, MPH, FACEP is Founder and Executive Editor of the Policy Prescriptions® blog. A summa cum laude graduate of Morehouse College, Dr. Dark earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He holds a master’s degree from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He completed his residency training at George Washington University. Currently, Dr. Dark is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and a Health Policy Scholar in the Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. He produces a health policy podcast for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and coordinates a health policy journal club for the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association.

Becky Ennis

MD, Associate Professor, Medical Director Clements Univeristy Hospital NICU

UT Southwestern Medical Center Department of Pediatrics Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Neonatal Resuscitation Skills
Becky Ennis MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and is the Medical Director of the Clements University Hospital NICU. As a member of the L&D faculty within in the Neonatal-Perinatal Division, she has been involved in Pediatric and Emergency Medicine resident education in neonatal resuscitation since 2006.

Ali Farzad

MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Assistant Medical Director

Subtle but deadly ECG’s in Syncope
Dr. Farzad is an emergency physician with great interest in cardiovascular emergencies and electrocardiography. He trained in emergency medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he also completed a cardiovascular emergencies fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Amal Mattu. He currently works clinically at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, serving as an Assistant ED Medical Director and Observation Unit Medical Director.  Dr. Farzad is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine, and an educational blog editor at

Diana Fite

MD, FACEP, TCEP Past President

Memorial Hermann Tomball Hospital, Emergency Department, Medical Director
Article Review for TCEP 2018
This is a panel presentation of pertinent articles from New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association from the past year. Our discussants are myself, plus Dr. Arlo Weltge, Dr. Rick Robinson, Dr. Robert Greenberg, and Dr. Robert Emmick. We have been giving this presentation for many years now. All of us have been past or present faculty for various of the Texas emergency medicine residency programs.

Angela Gardner

Past ACEP and TCEP President, MD, FACEP

Professor Chief of Operations, Quality and Patient Safety University of Texas Southwestern Department of Emergency Medicine
Medicolegal Panel: Where Have We Been and Where are We Going?
Dr. Gardner is the Chief of Operations, Quality, and Patient Safety for the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She served as the President of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and in that capacity, was involved in the formation of the Affordable Care Act, Dr. Gardner is a former president of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, was instrumental in achieving tort reform in Texas, and received a commendation from the Texas Legislature for her work in 2009. She was chair of National Report Card Task Force in 2006 and was a representative to the subsequent Report Cards, released in January 2009 and December 2013. She has served as the national spokesperson for Doctors for Medical Liability Reform in 2005.

Rachel Garvin

MD Associate Professor, Division Chief, Neurocritical Care

UT Health San Antonio, Department ot Neurosurgery, Division of Neurocritical Care
Treating Ischemic Stoke: Do we have more time?
I am an emergency physician and neurointensivist at UT Health San Antonio. As a comprehensive stroke center, we get referrals from all over South Texas for patients with ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage . Our NeuroICU provides care for stroke patients that are critically ill or have received procedural intervention for their stroke treatment. Our goal is to provide patients with the optimal chance for a functional outcome from their injury.

Spencer Greene


Baylor College of Medicine – Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Pills, Drugs, Snakes & Bugs: Everything You Need to Know About Tox in 2018
I serve as the Director of Medical Toxicology at Baylor College of Medicine. I direct the emergency and inpatient consultation services at Ben Taub General Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital. In that capacity I lead the busiest envenomation service in Texas. I also serve as a consulting toxicologist for the Southeast Texas Poison Center, and I direct the annual Houston Venom Conference.

Emily E. Gundert

MD, Assistant Professor

UT Southwestern, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesia Critical Care
Transvenous Pacing Skills Station
The Middle Child: Submassive PE and Why It’s Special
Dr. Gundert completed both her EM residency and critical care fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine. She has a dual appointment in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology & Pain Management at the University of Texas Southwestern. She works clinically in the ED at Parkland Hospital and in the cardiovascular ICU at Clemens University Hospital. She specializes in ECMO, LVADs and Transplants.

Alison Haddock

MD, FACEP, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine, Dept of EM
ACEP Update
Texas Legislation and the Emergency Physician: A concise update on the 85th legislative session, how it affects your practice, and TCEP advocacy
Alison Haddock, MD, FACEP is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians Board of Directors and a Trustee of the National Emergency Medicine Political Action Committee. She previously served as the Chair of the ACEP State Legislative Committee and is also currently a board member of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians.

Michael J. Heard


The Heard Institute
Complicated Deliveries
Dr. Michael Heard is a native of Atlanta and completed medical school at Emory University School of Medicine in 1991. He trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee in Memphis from 1991 to 1995 and went on to do four years of general practice in the U.S. Air Force before coming to Houston in 1999 to complete a three year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Baylor College of Medicine. He has been board certified in OB/GYN since 1997. In addition, Dr. Heard interacts with the medical endocrinology department at Hermann Hospital through University of Texas Health Science Center and has been involved with resident didactics/clinical education at the Methodist and Lyndon B. Johnson Residency Programs. Dr. Heard is also board certified in Urgent Care medicine and currently works through Baylor St. Lukes CHI free standing ER in Pasadena, Texas. He has lectured for TCEP on OB Emergencies in the ED.

Chad Holmes

DO, Associate Ultrasound Director

John Peter Smith, Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Regional Nerve Blocks
I completed medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then did Emergency Medicine residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, OH. I was the inaugural US fellow at John Peter Smith (JPS) in Fort Worth, TX and during this time I trained with the Regional Anesthesia team on US guided nerve blocks. Currently I am faculty at JPS with the EM Residency Program where I have been for the last 3.5 years.

Doug Jeffrey


Seton Williamson Medical Center Emergency Department, Round Rock, TX
Texas Legislation and the Emergency Physician: A concise update on the 85th legislative session, how it affects your practice, and TCEP advocacy
Dr. Doug Jeffrey completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern, Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX in 2007. Since then he has been a practicing community ED attending at Seton Williamson Medical Center in Round Rock, TX with Emergency Service Partners/US Acute Care Solutions(USACS). Dr. Doug Jeffrey is the director of the TCEP leadership and advocacy fellowship (TLAF) program. He serves on the ACEP State Legislative and Regulatory Committee and the TCEP Government Affairs committee and was appointed to the Texas Department of Health Services Stock Epinephrine Advisory Committee in 2015. Most recently Doug has been serving as the USACS legislative and advocacy lead in Texas as well as on the USACS PAC board of trustees.

Elizabeth B. Jones

MD, Associate Professor

Department of Emergency Medicine, McGovern Medical School, UT Health
The State of Status Epilepticus
I have been a practicing ED physician since 1989 an on the faculty of the Department of EM at UT Health since 1999. My primary interest has been research in neurological emergencies. I was the PI for the UT Health hub of the Neurologic Treatment Trials Network. I was a site PI for three large status epilepticus–VA Cooperative, RAMPART and ESETT.

Kevin King

Associate Professor / Clinical

Department of Emergency Medicine 
EM Rotations, Including How to Find an Audition Rotation
Dr. King is the Associate Clerkship Director at the University of Texas Health and a member of the Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine Student Advisory Task Force. He conducts research and lectures nationally on medical student applications to emergency medicine residency.

Ryan Kirby

MD, FACEP, Program Director

John Peter Smith Healthcare, Department of Emergency Medicine
Oranges for Everyone- The Marik Protocol
Current Program Director at John Peter Smith Healthcare in Fort Worth. Prior to moving to Texas, served as the Associate Program Director at Central Michigan University College of Medicine.

AJ Kirk


UT Southwestern Dept of Emergency Medicine
Emergent and Urgent Cardiac Disease: Chest Pain in the ED in 2018
Dr. AJ Kirk attended Texas A&M University where he studied Biomechanical Engineering and Agricultural Engineering. He concomitantly pursued a career in the Fire Service, training at A&M’s Brayton Fire Training Fields and joining Brazos County’s Fire Department. He stayed at A&M for medical school and after graduating from the College of Medicine he matriculated to UAMS in Little Rock for an EM Residency.  Currently Dr. Kirk is an Associate Professor with UT Southwestern and serves as the Medical/Surgical Director for Parkland Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department, the 2nd busiest ED in the nation with 246,000 Emergency Services patient contacts in 2017.

Kevin M. Klauer


Physician Burnout
Dr. Klauer was elected to the ACEP Board of Directors in October of 2016. He serves as Chief Medical Officer, Emergency Medicine, Chief Risk Officer, Executive Director of the Patient Safety Organization, and the Medical Director for the Medical Call Center for TeamHealth. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Klauer serves as the Medical Editor-in-Chief for ACEP Now, ACEP’s monthly publication, and as former Editor-in-Chief for Emergency Physicians Monthly publication.

Judith Knoll

D.O., FACEP, FACOEP, FAAEM, Assistant Professor, Director, Medical Student Clerkship

University of Texas, UT Health, San Antonio, Department of Emergency Medicine
Simulation Competition
Dr. Knoll has been educating students and residents for more than 20 years. Her background has allowed her to provide education in classroom, bedside and in the simulation lab. Development of student and resident training programs in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas gives her a unique perspective in SIM. She has been involved in judging competitions for over 10 years with the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, chair of the Research committee, and Mentor of the Year Award in 2016. She continues to work with students to hone their skills at UT Health, San Antonio.

Christine Kulstad

MD, Associate Professor

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Life in the SLOE Lane
I am a graduate of UTSW medical school, and completed my residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center. After about a year of practicing as a locum tenens EM physician, I returned to join the faculty at ACMC and served as Assistant Program director for 6 years. I joined the faculty at UTSW in late 2016, and recently became clerkship co-director. Having seen the application process from the residency and clerkship viewpoint gives me a valuable perspective for advising students. Plus, I’ve read a lot of SLOEs.

Jedidiah Leaf

Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Director

UT Southwestern Department of Emergency Medicine
A Simplified Algorithm for the Difficult Airway
Dr. Leaf is one of the Assistant Program Directors at UT Southwestern and works clinically at Parkland. He has been awarded for his excellent teaching abilities by the residents. He helps to organize and teach at their annual airway lab.

Mary C. McHugh

MD, Assistant Professor

UT Southwestern Department of Emergency Medicine
Life in the SLOE Lane
After completing medical school at Emory School of Medicine and residency at Northwestern, I was the Assistant Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director at Loyola’s Strich School of Medicine and helped advise EM bound students prior to moving to UT Southwestern in 2016 where I now participate in undergraduate medical education and continue to advise EM bound students.

Erin Munns

MD, Pediatric EM Fellow

The University of Texas at Austin Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Neonatal Resuscitation Skills Station Objectives
Erin Munns is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School PEM Fellowship program. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She graduated from medical school at The University of Texas Southwestern.

David Persse


City of Houston
Mass Shelter Medical Care During Hurricane Harvey
Dr. Persse’s career in medicine started with ten years experience as a field paramedic. He completed residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, followed by a resuscitation research fellowship and a fellowship in emergency medical services and resuscitation at the Baylor College of Medicine and the City of Houston Emergency Medical Services program. In May of 2004 he was appointed by City Council as Houston’s Public Health Authority. He was a major player in Houston’s response to Hurricane Harvey.

M. Tyson Pillow

MD, M.Ed. Residency Program Director and Vice Chair of Education

Department of Emergency Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
How to Apply and Match into EM
Dr. M. Tyson Pillow completed his undergradutate training at Rice, and his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. After 3 years of Emergency Medicine Residency training at the University of Chicago, he returned to Baylor as faculty in the Section of Emergency Medicine. He currently serves as the Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Medical Director for Simulation and Standardized Patient Programs for Baylor College of Medicine. During this time, he also completed a Masters in Education program at the University of Houston.

Shalini Ramachandran

MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

UTSouthwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Neonatal Resuscitation Skills
I did my medical schooling in India and did both pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. I moved to Texas in 2013 to work at UTSouthwestern. I am an NRP instructor especially interested in using simulation to teach NRP.

Taylor Ratcliff

MD, FACEP; Division Director Pre-Hospital Medicine

Baylor Scott & White Healthcare, Central Texas Division, Scott & White Medical Center Temple
The Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Response to Harvey
Dr. Ratcliff started his career in EMS with EMT school in 1995. He subsequently completed his Paramedic training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1999. Dr. Ratcliff serves on the Texas Governor’s Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) education committee and is a site visitor for CoAEMSP. In addition to spending time with his wonderful family, he volunteers as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Morgan’s Point Resort Fire Department. Dr. Ratcliff’s passion continues to be the support of our brave public safety professionals in Texas and furthering the mission of EMS throughout our State. He can be reached at

Salim R. Rezaie


Octreotide for Non-Variceal GI Bleeding
Beyond ACLS
Salim R. Rezaie, MD completed his medical school training at Texas A&M Health Science Center, and continued his education with a combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency at East Carolina University. Currently, he is working as a staff physician with the Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians (GSEP) group in San Antonio, TX. He is also the creator and founder of REBEL EM, an educational, critical appraisal blog.

Rick Robinson

MD, FACEP, Vice Chairman

John Peter Smith Health Network Department of Emergency Medicine
Article Review for TCEP 2018
Dr. Robinson has been involved in emergency medicine education for 15 years. His accomplishments include faculty appointments with University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston prior to his current appointments with John Peter Smith Health Network and University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Dr. Robinson’s interests are graduate and post-graduate medical education, research, and analytics. He currently serves as Vice Chairman in the Department of Emergency Medicine at John Peter Smith Health Network. Dr. Robinson is a Past President of Texas College of Emergency Physicians.

Carlos J. Roldan

MD, Associate Professor

University of Texas Houston
Gastroparesis, an Old Problem Treated with and Old Agent
Dr. Roldan is double board certified Emergency Medicine/Pain Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency in Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, a Masters Degree in Clinical Research at UT Houston and Clinical Fellowship, Pain Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. His primary appointment is in the Department of Pain Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and adjunct appointments in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School and Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Lynn P. Roppolo

MD, FACEP, Associate Professor, Associate Program Director

University of Texas Southwestern, Department of Emergency Medicine
Diffusing the Threat: The Agitated Psychiatric Patient and BETA Guidelines
A Simplified Algorithm for the Difficult Airway
Dr. Roppolo’s primary role with the residency is planning all of their weekly conferences, incorporating new ideas to appeal more to the millennial learner. Her scholarly interests are in the area of quality improvement and residency education. She has been the “airway person” at her institution, lecturing on the difficult airway and organizing annual airway labs for over 10 years. She has spent the last two years on improving the ED management of the agitated patient with the ultimate goal of reducing ED violence and physical assaults by patients on ED staff. She is currently doing a before and after study on a recently implemented EPIC agitation order set at Parkland Hospital that Dr. Roppolo and her multi-disciplinary team created which incorporates the new BETA (Best Practices in Treatment and Evaluation of Agitation) guidelines. She has presented this protocol at several national conferences: ACEP, SAEM, CORD and NUBE (National Update in Behavioral Emergencies).

Timothy Ruttan

MD, Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics, UT at Austin Dell Medical School
Pediatric Emergemcy Medicine UPDATE
I completed training in Emergency Medicine and subspecialty fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. I currently see both adults and children and serve as academic faculty in Austin, Texas. I am dedicated to improving the health of pediatric and adult patients and decreasing health care disparities through education, outreach, advocacy, and improving systems of emergency care.

Gillian Schmitz

MD, FACEP is Associate Professor

San Antonio Military Medical Center

ACEP Update
Medicolegal Panel: Where Have We Been and Where are We Going?
Medical Malpractice: Remember that Patient You Saw?
Dr. Schmitz recently transitioned back to academics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is the Director of Resuscitation and Student Education at the San Antonio Military Medical center (SAMMC). She also serves on the ACEP Board of Directors. Dr. Schmitz has co-authored several chapters in Bouncebacks, is an invited national speaker on medical legal topics, former member of the ACEP’s medical legal committee, and invited guest on EM RAP and EM Risk Management Monthly.

Chet Schrader

MD FACEP, Vice Chairman

JPS – Department of Emergency Medicine
Updates on Apneic Oxygenation
Dr. Schrader serves as the Vice Chair of Emergency Services & Medical Staff Vice President at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, where he also serves as Core Faculty for JPS Emergency Medicine Residency.

Dr. Schrader initially received his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed an emergency medicine residency at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and a subsequent fellowship in Practice Management & Health Policy at the University of Texas – Southwestern.

Whitney Schwarz

MD, PedsEM Fellow

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Emergemcy Medicine UPDATE
Current PEM fellow at Dell Children’s in Austin, Texas. Medical school and Pediatric residency both completed at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Andrew Shedd

MD, FACEP; Ultrasound Director, Assistant Program Director

John Peter Smith Hospital; Department of Emergency Medicine
Regional Nerve Blocks
Dr. Shedd completed his residency training in emergency medicine in 2011 and a fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at UT Southwestern in 2012. Since then, he has served as the Ultrasound Director at Baylor University Medical Center, and now at John Peter Smith Hospital (JPS) since 2014. The JPS ED was the 1st ED in the state of Texas, and one of the first in the country to be accredited by ACEP under the CUAP program. He started a fellowship in ultrasound in 2016 at JPS and is currently training his 2nd class of fellows. He has a passion for ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and has developed his own curriculum at JPS which he has used to train his residents and 20 faculty. He looks forward to bringing this curriculum to TCEP.

Robert Simonson

DO, FACEP, Associate Professor

Methodist Dallas Medical Center, University of Texas Southwestern
Texas Medical Board Update
Dr. Simonson is an Associate Clinical Professor at UT Southwestern in Dallas and works part-time clinically in the ED at Parkland Hospital teaching residents. Most of his clinical time is at Methodist Hospital in Dallas where he serves as the Medical Director for the ED. He was appointed by the Governor to the Texas Medical Board in 2013.

Theresa Q. Tran


Cypress Emergency Associates, Baylor College of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Texas Legislation and the Emergency Physician: A concise update on the 85th legislative session, how it affects your practice, and TCEP advocacy
Theresa Q. Tran, MD, MBA completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, business school at Rice University, and residency at the Mayo Clinic. She is board certified in emergency medicine and currently practices as an independent contractor with Cypress Emergency Associates. She is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine where she also teaches health policy. A former TLAF fellow, she currently co-chairs the TCEP Government Relations Committee. She wants YOU to become more involved in advocacy.

Henry Wang

MD, MS, MPH, Professor and Vice Chair for Research

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Sepsis 3.0
Dr. Wang is Professor and Vice Chair for Research of the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is one of the nation’s most prolific Emergency Medicine scientists, and is internationally recognized for his scientific work in prehospital airway management, resuscitation and sepsis epidemiology. Dr. Wang is Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Pragmatic Airway Resuscitation Trial (PART), which is comparing paramedic intubation with laryngeal tube airway management in adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. He also leads the NIH-funded REGARDS-Sepsis study, one of the largest population-based studies of sepsis epidemiology. Dr. Wang is a Senior Associate Editor for the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

J. Scott Wieters

MD, FACEP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clerkship Director

Baylor Scott and White, Texas A&M COM Department of EM
TXA in Ten
How to Present Patients Like a Pro
In addition to being the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for The Texas A&M EM Residency Program, he is an active contributor to Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMed) at the twitter handle @EMedCoach. He is the Co-Host of the EMStud podcast and assistant editor for multiple medical blogs. He was awarded 2015 Distinguished Clinical Educator Teaching Award by the TX A&M College of medicine. He received the 2015 Teaching Award from the S&W TX A&M EM residency program and has received the EM Clerkship Teaching Award by 6 times. He is most proud of “meeting expectations” as a trophy husband to his wife, THE REAL Dr. Wieters. He’s a proud parent of four children who are all “exceeding expectations”. His kids all agree he “needs improvement” in his role as a youth sports coach. ​

Robert H. Emmick Jr.


Emergency Medicine, Cedar Park, TX
Baylor Scott & White Health

Dr. Robert Emmick Jr is a board-certified emergency medicine doctor in Cedar Park, Texas and has been in practice for more than 25 years.  He graduated from the Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine – Lubbock in 1991.

Robert Greenberg


Emergency Medicine, Temple, TX
Baylor Scott & White Health

Dr. Robert Greenberg is a board-certified emergency medicine doctor in Temple, Texas and has been in practice for more than 25 years.  He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University College of Medicine.

Michael Parsa


Emergency Medicine, El Paso, TX
University Medical Center of El Paso

Dr. Michael Parsa is a board-certified emergency medicine doctor in El Paso, Texas and has been in practice over 15 years. He received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine.

Arlo Weltge


Emergency Medicine, Houston, TX
Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center

Dr. Arlo Weltge is a board-certified emergency medicine doctor in Houston, Texas. He received his medical degree from University of Texas Medical School at Houston and has been in practice for more than 35 years.

Past Speakers
Dr. Sudip Bose
Dr. Kevin Klauer
Dr. Diana Fite
Dr. Robert D. Greenberg
Dr. Carl Menckhoff
Dr. Christo Philip
Dr. Ali Farzad
Dr. Kevin Klauer – Myths in Emergency Medicine
Dr. David Slattery – Contemporary Emergency Medicine Perspectives on Venous Thromboembolic Disease (VTE)
Dr. Corey Slovis –  The Good, Bad and Ugly of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Nathan Deal / Dr. Jennifer Carnell – Last Night an Ultrasound Saved My Life – US in the 2015 ACLS Update
Dr. Ryan Krech – Management of the Combative Patient
Dr. Nicholas Steinour – Patient Satisfaction and Quality Metrics: Why Should I Care
Drs. Cedric Dark & Allison Haddock – Health Policy Current Events
Dr. Winnie Whitaker – Physician Burnout
Dr. Eric Higginbotham – Pediatric Poisonings
Dr. Dazhe Cao – New Intoxicants
Dr. Spencer Greene – Four Common Ingestions You Keep Mismanaging
Drs. Diana Fite, David Morgan, Rick Robinson and Arlo Weltge – Annual Panel Discussion of Selected Articles from 2015-2016
Dr. Jim Williams – Reducing Risk of Stroke: AF, DVT and PE Cases
Dr. Peter Pang – The Heart Failure Management Paradigm: from the ER to Hospital Admission and Discharge
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