Sandra M. Schneider, MD, FACEP, Becomes President of American College of Emergency Physicians

Laurie Barclay, MD

October 08, 2010

October 8, 2010 — The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) announced this week that its new president is Sandra M. Schneider, MD, FACEP, an emergency physician from Rochester, New York.

The announcement came during the ACEP annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, which was attended by thousands of emergency physicians and focused on future challenges to implementing new federal healthcare reform legislation, especially given the current economic climate.

"Patient boarding and overcrowding in emergency departments are critical problems that deserve attention at the highest levels," Dr. Schneider said in a society news release. "It is imperative that we reduce the number of patients we board in our emergency departments to ensure that all patients get the timely care they need and deserve."

Dr. Schneider, a professor and chair emeritus of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester and attending physician at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester will serve a 1-year term as ACEP president. Her achievements include leading the mandate to reduce overcrowding in US emergency departments and implementing high-impact, low-cost solutions to manage the issue of holding or "boarding" patients in the emergency department while awaiting hospital admission or further disposition.

From 1993 to 2007, Dr. Schneider was the founding chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester, where she established a residency training program in emergency medicine, as well as fellowship programs in pediatric emergency medicine, sports medicine, international emergency medicine, and emergency medical services. She was elected to the ACEP board of directors in 2004 and was re-elected in 2007.

Dr. Schneider's medical degree is from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, where she also attained her internship and residency in internal medicine at the Hospitals of the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to being board certified in emergency medicine, Dr. Schneider has written more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and 35 book chapters. Her previous positions include serving on the board of directors of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry and as president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine.

ACEP, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a national medical specialty society dedicated to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research, and public education. There are 53 chapters representing each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, as well as a government services chapter.

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