The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) plans to host its annual Scientific Assembly in Seattle next month. The event is planned for Oct 8 to 11, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.

The annual Scientific Assembly hosted by the American College of Emergency Physicians targets journalists who specialize in covering pressing health care issues, where developments may turn on a dime and complex topics abound.

Medical advances and fast-evolving stories on bioterrorism, tuberculosis, avian flu, toxic assassinations, rashes, fatal drug interactions, and rapidly fatal infections demand solid reporting skills and background knowledge.

The 4-day event will prepare reporters to cover advances such as emergency medicine, emergency department overcrowding, staffing shortages, evidence-based medicine, and the medical liability insurance crisis.

Dallas-based ACEP is an emergency medicine specialty society with more than 25,000 members nationwide. The organization strives to improve emergency care through continuing education, research and public education.

More than 300 educational courses highlighting advances in treatment, literature reviews, and clinical controversies will be offered. Journalists will have an opportunity to interact with expert practitioners on complex topics that often require professional medical interpretation and opinion.

Speakers will address cardiovascular, pediatric, infectious, hemotologic, metabolic, endocrine, urologic, OB/GYN, and pulmonary disorders. Other topics include emerging pharmaceutical, toxicological and environmental concerns, and the latest developments in emergency imaging, emergency department management, and health policy.

 Courses will be held Monday, Oct 8, through Wednesday, Oct 10, from 8 a.m. to 5:50 p.m., and on Thursday, Oct 11 from 8 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Scientific Assembly program highlights will follow.
More than 400 presentations of emerging emergency medicine research will be showcased at a research forum, Monday, Oct 8, and Tuesday, Oct 9, from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Key research will be discussed during the Cutting Edge Emergency Medicine session on Tuesday, Oct 9, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Members of the news media are invited to attend all sessions and courses, and registration fees will be waived. Pre-registration should be completed by Sept 30. Onsite media registration will begin Sunday, Oct 7, at 1 p.m. in Room 309 of the convention center. For more information, contact Laura Gore at [email protected] or (800) 320-0610, ext 3008, or Cindy Price at [email protected], ext 3005. Scientific Assembly press credentials will furnish access to the research forum, all educational and general sessions, and the exhibit hall.
Room 310 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center will serve as the news media workroom and will accommodate all registered media. Telephones, workspace and interview areas will be provided. ACEP staff will be on hand to coordinate interviews with faculty and ACEP members.
For a brochure on course listings and activities, and a news media registration form, call (202) 728-0610, ext 3006.

For more information, visit ACEP’s Web site.