WACEP 2019 Spring Symposium


Schedule (subject to change)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

NEW! 12:30-1:30 pm - Product Showcase Luncheon:  
Challenges of Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) in the Hospital
  (provided with the support of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Alliance; No CME is offered for this session)

1:30-2:30 pm - Opioid State Targeted Response Technical Assistance Program: MAT, Waiver Training, and the Three-Day Rule; Presented by Eric Ketcham, MD, MBA, FACEP, FACHE  (Provided with the support of an independent educational grant from SAMHSA; this session is accredited for CME separately from all other conference activities)


2:30-5:30 pm - EM Leadership Forum: Nuts & Bolts for Medical Directors and Emerging EM leaders

  • Understanding Physician Satisfaction Scores
  • Working with ED Nurses
  • Retaining Experienced Physicians
  • Handling Burnout and Promoting Wellness
  • Effective Leadership Tools for ED Medical Directors


2:30-5:30 pm - ALTO Workshop: Emergency Medicine Pathways and Hands-on Techniques

  • Alternatives to Opioids Pathways
  • ED2Recovery: Overdose prevention in the ED setting
  • Using Ultrasound and other Hands-on Techniques

5:30-6:45 pm - Reception & Dinner

6:45-7:45 pm - Emergency Medicine 2020: Challenges, Opportunities and Pitfalls; Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP

8:00-11:00 pm - Off-site reception sponsored by EMS at The Library inside The Iron Horse Hotel

Thursday, April 4, 2019


8:00-10:00 am - 2018 LLSA Article Review Workshop; Michael Walters, MD

10:15-11:30 am - Hot Topics in Emergency Medicine – Roundtable Discussions

  • Sleep Schedules for Emergency Physicians; Jason Lai, MD
  • Pharmacy Update: Truth and Consequences of Beta-Lactam Allergy Management; Joseph Halfpap, PharmD and Christopher DeWald, PharmD
  • Patient Transfers: Helicopter vs. Ground; Michael Abernethy, MD
  • ACEP Advocacy Update; Paul Kivela, MD
  • Initiating Buprenorphine; Julie Doniere, MD
  • Active Shooter Preparedness; Jay MacNeal, MD
  • CMS Sepsis Measures; Brian Sharp, MD


8:00-11:30 am - Emergency Ultrasound Workshop; Sara Damewood, MD; Dana Resop, MD


8:00-11:30 am - 27th Annual Emergency Medicine Research Forum

In partnership with the Emergency Medicine Departments at the  University of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin

11:45 am - 12:45 pm - New and Surprising Findings in Traumatic Brain Injury Management; Daniel Spaite, MD, FACEP

12:45-2:00 pm - Lunch & WACEP Annual Update


2:00-2:30 pm - More with Less: Minimal Resources to Care for Sick Patients in the ED; Edwin Leap, MD

2:30-3:00 pm - Ultrasound Use during Cardiac Arrest; Nikolai Schnittke, MD, PhD

3:00-3:30 pm - Optimizing Antibiotic Stewardship in the ED; Michael Pulia, MD


2:00-2:30 pm - Sex Trafficking: What to Look For in the ED; Gloria Halverson, MD

2:30-3:30 pm - Diagnosis, Management & Treatment of Agitation; Tony Thrasher, DO

4:00-4:30 pm - Toxicology Update: Must-Know Pediatric Toxins; Richard Cantor, MD

4:30-5:15 pm - Evidence Based Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Are You Practicing It? Richard Cantor, MD

5:15-6:30 pm - Closing Reception

*the MAT waiver course is a separately accredited activity from the rest of the conference.