Ohio ACEP Timeline


On February 26, 1972, Ohio ACEP is chartered
  On October 8, the very first Scientific Assembly is held in Columbus; First Annual Chapter Meeting is held later that day


First ACLS course, co-directed by Dr. John Cahill and Dr. Bruce Janiak, is held in Toledo


First Billing Seminar is held to teach emergency physicians billing methods for better reimbursement


First Oral Board Simulation Course is held. Today, the Oral Board Review Course is one of our most popular course offerings and helps attendees boost their confidence with mock situations in preparation for the EM Oral Boards.


Ohio ACEP publishes the Medicaid Handbook for Emergency Department Physicians


First Ohio Basic Trauma Life Support (now International Trauma Life Support Ohio) programming is offered
  On September 28, first Emergency Medicine Review Written Board Preparation course is held, instructed by Drs. Joan Rothenberg, Sharon Mace and S. Scott Polsky


Ohio Seat Belt Law becomes law; Ohio ACEP teams up with Wright State’s EM Residency Program to develop an educational brochure 


Ohio ACEP receives National ACEP Awards for our Board of Directors’ Handbook, the Malpractice Handbook and the Ohio Chapter ACEP Long-Range Plan


Ohio ACEP receives grant to fund its Basic Trauma Life Support program (now ITLS Ohio)
  Ohio ACEP moves into its current offices


Ohio ACEP enlists the services of lobbyists to accelerate political advocacy activities
  First Bill Hall Award is given to its namesake, Dr. William Hall. This award is presented to a past or present member of the Ohio ACEP Board of Directors to recognize his or her contributions to the specialty of emergency medicine in Ohio.
  In April, EMRO designs a brochure entitled Pull to the Right as part of a campaign to educate and encourage drivers to yield right-of-way to emergency vehicles. Campaign earns EMRO recognition from the Ohio Department of Highway Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee


First EMS Medical Directors' Course is offered
  Ohio Emergency Medicine Political Action Committee (EMPAC) is established to raise money for pro-emergency medicine candidates


First Emergency Physician of the Year Award is received by Dr. John Lazo of Parma
  Ohio ACEP expands its role as policy influencer by helping to draft and pass law that created the State Board of EMS. Dr. Jim Augustine, who would later serve as President of Ohio ACEP, was named as the Board’s first Chair.
  Ohio ACEP membership exceeds 900


First Annual Ohio BTLS Trauma Symposium is held


First Mayer Glimcher Trauma Service is given to honor exemplary leadership and education for trauma and pre-hospital care


Ohio ACEP wields further legislative influence by helping to draft and pass the bill that now defines what constitutes an emergency medical condition and what insurers are required to cover, using the prudent layperson standard


Ohio ACEP purchases the office building where it had been headquartered since 1988, giving the Chapter needed space, equity, and financial stability
  During his successful bid to become Governor of Ohio, Bob Taft writes an article in EPIC, outlining his Taft Patient Protection Plan, appealing directly to Ohio ACEP members
  Chapter email is used for office business for the first time


On May 21, the First Annual EMS Star of Life Awards ceremony is held to celebrate excellence in Ohio's EMS community


Ohio ACEP scores major legislative victory with its support for a bill that extends assault protections to emergency department staff


Ohio ACEP releases the EMS Medical Directors’ Manual; self-study course has been recognized by the State of Ohio Division of EMS
  On August 15, first Emergency Medicine Residents’ Assembly is held to provide graduating residents opportunities for professional networking and career advice


On January 10, medical malpractice reform bill, strongly supported by Ohio ACEP, is signed into law by Governor Bob Taft
  Ohio ACEP membership exceeds 1,000


US Congressman Tim Ryan meets with Ohio ACEP members at Akron General Medical Center for a “white-coat” visit
  First Frank Giampetro Distinguished EMS Educator Award is bestowed upon its namesake, Frank Giampetro, EMT-P
  Ohio ACEP releases its Palm-based PDA software, an interactive Board review product for physicians on the go 


In October, “white coat” rally at the U.S. Capitol Building, the largest gathering of its kind, is held to urge Congress to preserve access to emergency care for all Americans


ACEP releases first-ever “National Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine”; Ohio’s “C+” grade is used by Chapter to spread awareness about the need for improved access to care and medical malpractice reform


Inaugural class of Leadership Development Academy is selected
  Ohio ACEP hosts a town hall meeting to discuss emergency medical disaster preparedness in Ohio 


Ohio ACEP’s quarterly newsletter, EPIC, goes digital as a revamped e-Newsletter
  With its support for Senate Bill 86, Ohio ACEP begins a long-term legislative initiative to grant qualified civil immunity to physicians providing emergency care in compliance with EMTALA
  On April 2, Ohio ACEP posts its first tweet to Twitter: “Preparing for Legislative visits. Support Ohio SB 86, Access to Emergency Care”


Ohio ACEP acquires the rights to publish and sell Dr. Carol Rivers prestigious line of emergency medicine board review products
  E-learning—Ohio ACEP’s online subscription library with over 1,400 cases, available for review 24 hours per day, 7 days a week—is launched
  Ohio ACEP releases an iPhone app with 700 multiple choice questions for physicians to review for the emergency medicine Boards
  Ohio ACEP establishes the Carol S. Rivers, MD Foundation for Emergency Medicine Education and Leadership


Provisions of Senate Bill 86—the stalled bill to grant qualified civil immunity to emergency physicians acting in compliance with EMTALA—are rolled into Senate Bill 129, a bill strongly supported by Ohio ACEP
  On June 5, Ohio ACEP joins Facebook, allowing it to keep its members and allies “in the know” about Ohio emergency medicine


20th Annual Emergency Care Conference is held