What is your mission?
Our mission at WACEP is to “support quality emergency medical care and to promote the interests of emergency physicians.”
We do this in many ways. At WACEP, I think that the foundation of our work is advocacy at the state level. We are the only physician-based organization representing emergency medicine in Madison and we have a strong and growing voice there. Outside of advocacy, we also strive to provide educational opportunities for our members and to connect each other as a social function.
What is your mission? What is your purpose in this career? Emergency medicine is challenging, but people come to you because they need some sort of help. I like to think that it is my job to try and make people’s lives just a little bit better. For some this means perhaps trying to change the trajectory of their life. Whether it is to perform a life-saving intervention or to give them some medical advice to alleviate their concern that’s my purpose. When things are tough in the department, I try to remind myself that I have a mission and make sure that everything I do aligns with this.
As far as current things WACEP, in Madison things have been a little less busy than they were earlier this year during the budget process. In terms of working with ACEP, we just returned from the Scientific Assembly in Boston where we had several representatives on the ACEP Council where the priorities of ACEP are developed for the coming years. Lastly, the American Medical Association is currently meeting (or has just concluded) and as Emergency physicians via ACEP we have a growing presence there. Though things seem quiet right now a lot of work is happening to set our foundation for the future. I’m really happy as I follow along with this work and things look great.
Anyway, have a great early winter!