It’s vital for physicians and advanced practice clinicians to feel confident in their ability to practice in the Emergency Department setting, but what happens when those medical professionals aren’t necessarily trained in the specialty of Emergency Medicine? Dr. Tony Briningstool, APP Chief Medical Officer, shares how APP's first Clinical Excellence Academy aimed to eliminate training gaps and enhance confidence in the performance of high-risk cases.

We recognize that not all clinicians practicing in the emergency department setting are necessarily board certified and residency trained in the specialty of Emergency Medicine. Our goal is to foster a collegial environment for learning, to eliminate potential gaps in training, and to enhance procedural confidence and critical decision making in high-acute areas. To achieve this objective, we designed our innovative and proprietary Clinical Excellence Academy specifically for physicians and advanced practice clinicians who want to increase their confidence in and experience with managing higher risk cases and fundamental procedures in Emergency Medicine. 

We are excited to share that our inaugural Clinical Excellence Academy was a huge success! The training session was held February 4-5, 2020, at Lipscomb University’s College of Health Science Building in Nashville, Tennessee. Our nine participants traveled from Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, and Ohio, to attend the course, which incorporated both classroom lectures and hands-on lab sessions taught by seasoned APP Emergency Medicine physicians. At a high-level, topics addressed included: 

  • Sepsis
  • Stroke
  • Acute Coronary System
  • High-risk Obstetrics
  • Procedural Sedation
  • Trauma Management
  • High-risk Cases
  • Airway Management with Procedure Lab
  • Vascular Access with Procedure Lab
  • Chest Tube Thoracostomy Procedure Lab

See some images from our inaugural Clinical Excellence Academy.  

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our APP Faculty and course planners for their hard work and unwavering commitment to ensure a successful seminar:

  • Joe Thomas, MD, VP Quality & Clinical Performance
  • Ken Colaric, MD, VP Leadership Development & Medical Director Onboarding
  • Brad Blaker, DO, Regional Medical Director 
  • Tressa Gardner, DO, Executive Medical Director and Stroke Committee Chair
  • Aaron Kidd, PA-C, VP, Clinical Integration
  • Liz Harris, RN, VP, Quality & Clinical Performance
  • Sims Peters, Clinical Operations Assistant

I’m excited to share that 100% of participants stated that the content was of high quality and relevant to their practice, and that they would make changes in their practice as a result of participation. Our intent is to conduct this course quarterly through 2020. If you have an interest or would like to recommend someone for attendance, please email me.

View the Clinical Excellence Academy brochure for more details.