ACEP19 Guide to Thrive
- September 15, 2019
- ByHeather Chappell
Thousands of emergency medicine professionals from around the world gather to attend emergency medicine’s premiere event, ACEP19. The annual conference brings networking opportunities and showcases of new technology and specialty-specific education to one location. ACEP19 is the perfect setting to enhance your clinical skills and practice while building long-term connections and a professional network.
Whether you’re a new attendee or a returning attendee, sorting through all of the courses, labs and events ACEP has to offer, and planning your trip, can be overwhelming. Hopefully, you’ve read our ACEP Planning Guide to help navigate the logistics of registration, planning and booking airfare and hotels. Use our ACEP Guide to Thrive to help you stay organized, schedule courses, navigate the exhibit hall and most importantly, accomplish your goals at ACEP19 in Denver.
What is the main goal you want to achieve while attending ACEP19? Whether you are focused on enhancing clinical skills while earning CME credits, exploring the latest technology to take back to your local practice or networking with clinical recruiting teams, setting attainable goals for your trip is important.
Start a written brainstorm to identify your goals before you attend. Focus on takeaways you will benefit from both personally and professionally, as well as key points of discussion or new ideas to take home to your team.
Challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and into the educators’ shoes with ACEP’s new speaker competition, Drop the Mic. This competition gives lecturers 10-minutes to teach any EM related topic to a national audience and expert panel of educators. Top-lecturers are considered for a speaking opportunity at the following year’s conference.
Register for Courses
As the largest EM-specific educational conference, ACEP19 makes obtaining CME credit hours easy. More than 300 courses and labs covering a variety of subjects are offered giving you the opportunity to earn a maximum of 28.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits, in addition to specialty credits for specific courses. Some of the subjects are included in the following list. Click on each to learn more about the course tracks:
- Abdominal Disorders
- Airway, Anesthesia, Analgesia
- Career Advancement Through Teaching
- Critical Care
- Dermatologic Disorders
- ED Management and Leadership
- Emergency Imaging
- Head & Neck Disorders
- Health Policy
- Hematologic Disorders
- Infectious Disease
- Maintenance of Certification
- Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders
- Neurologic Disorders
- New Technology
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Pediatric Disorders
- Prehospital/Disaster Medicine
- Professional and Life Skills
- Pulmonary Disorders
- Risk Management and ED Law
- Toxicology and Environmental Disorders
- Urologic and OB/GYN Disorders
Topics are covered in a variety of formats including 30-minute Rapid Fire, Fast Facts, ACEP Connect, hands-on Skills Labs, lectures, workshops, EM: RAP Live and more. Each course track has something different to offer. Course lists and presentations can be accessed by logging into your account.
Hands-on learning has proven to be one of the most valuable ways to retain knowledge. Take the opportunity to participate in the popular skills labs which provide hands-on learning on specific topics. These labs (and many other popular courses) have a limited number of seats which fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible. Check the number of openings for each lab here. Skills labs cost $185.00 per person.
Also, don’t forget to keep CME credits in mind while registering, especially if you have a goal of obtaining a certain amount while onsite. You can use the CME Credit Statement list to determine how many credits each course, workshop or activity is worth.
After you’ve narrowed down your options, use the online schedule planner to build your personalized itinerary of courses and events. The online planner offers flexibility for allowing you to change courses at any time if there is an opening. The pricing of each course or lab can be found online. Fill in the rest of your stay with time in the exhibit hall, mini-interviews, networking parties and special events. Not sure what to do in between courses? Research your options from the schedule overview.
Research Physician Groups Early
If one of your goals during ACEP is to explore physician group practices, job opportunities or to meet recruiters and build your network, take advantage of your time onsite and start your research early.
ACEP does not have to be your first introduction to the group. A quick search on a group’s website will tell you about the company, practice locations, leadership information, employment model and more. Use questions from the About the Group and About the Team sections of our Looking Beyond the Salary blog post to guide your preliminary search.
After you have browsed the website, you should be able to determine if you want to meet the team to learn more. If so, contact a recruiter. We highly suggest reaching out to a team member before the conference starts, or as early as possible. Contacting a recruiter creates your first connection with the group and presents the opportunity to ask any additional questions you have. A recruiter will be able to share more information about the group, specific practice opportunities and helpful tips and resources beyond what is immediately available online.
Early conversations with a recruiter also present the opportunity to provide your CV and discuss your interest ahead of time. These conversations ensure a smoother in-person meeting which can be scheduled in advance. When meeting the recruiter at ACEP, you have a direct contact to possibly introduce you to the Medical Director or Regional President for practices that interest you.
If your desired career opportunity or practice location is not available, don’t be discouraged. We recommend building the relationship and staying connected so you are at the forefront of the recruiter’s mind when the perfect practice opportunity does open up. Contact one of the ApolloMD clinical recruiters to schedule an onsite, informal interview at our booth or just a chance to meet the team!
Navigating the Exhibit Hall
More than 300 booth spaces are expected to fill the ACEP exhibit hall this year. What better place to network with more than 9,000 of your peers? While it sounds overwhelming, finding a booth and the time to explore doesn’t have to be.
When you create your schedule with ACEP’s online scheduling tool, you can easily see what times you have available in between the courses and sessions. These open times are perfect for networking breaks in the exhibit hall and a chance to give yourself a mental break from the educational setting.
Use these tips to navigate the exhibit hall:
- Scope out the interactive exhibit hall floor plan before you go and print the classic version to use while onsite. Recognizing the names of the surrounding booth spaces will help lead you in the right direction.
- Write down the booth numbers and names in case you need to ask for help. ACEP floor attendants are great with pointing you in the right direction.
- Make your interviews or chances to meet a recruiter first priority, especially if you are particularly interested in a group.
- After scheduling interviews or set times, create a list of additional booths you want to see and navigate the hall by location proximity. Plan to visit the booths closest to each other during one break, then move on accordingly.
- Use the hanging signs to navigate the rows. ACEP hangs the row number (i.e. Section 400) or another identifier on large signs throughout the hall which help you to know where a booth is located.
Looking for ApolloMD? We can’t wait to meet you this year at booth #421! Look for the circular blue ApolloMD sign hanging above our booth.