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Montgomery County Medical Society Members Help Advocate for Emergency Medicine Residents’ Priority in Multidisciplinary Teams

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(Shown L-R) Jonathan Sheckter DO, Eric Kretz, MD, Josh Stierwalt, MD

Emergency Medicine Physicians Joshua Stierwalt and Jonathan Shecter,  along with Resident Emergency Medicine Physician Eric Kretz, members of the Montgomery County Medical Society (MCMS), have successfully advocated for the preservation of procedural training opportunities in Emergency Medicine Residency Training.  These MCMS members drafted a resolution, recently adopted by the American College of Emergency Physicians, that supports the protection of emergency medicine resident training.  Specifically, the resolution affirms that when working in multidisciplinary teams, emergency medicine residents should be given the right of first refusal over non-physicians, such as physicians assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs), in performing medically necessary procedures.  This important advocacy work by MCMS’ young physicians and resident physician members is a tangible representation of the dedication of MCMS members to serve as a champion for resident physician education and training.  This work also reflects the commitment of MCMS to champion for the continued sanctity of physician-led multidisciplinary teams and ensuring the next generation of physicians receives outstanding training.  

The Montgomery County Medical Society takes pride in its members’ dedication to influencing policy at the national level.  As emergency departments continue to evolve with the integration of advanced practice providers, the resolution reinforces the importance of well trained physicians to lead multidisciplinary teams. Their efforts not only contribute to the well-being of emergency medicine residents but also affirm the society’s commitment to shaping the future landscape of healthcare at the local, state and national levels.