Dr. Jay Kaplan’s passion and leadership on the national level of ACEP, as well as his involvement locally in our community has certainly paid off! New Orleans is now being considered to host the 2025 ACEP Annual Scientific Assembly…a meeting which hasn’t taken place in our city since 2006!
Q: Would you tell us about the work you’ve done to help bring a future ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians) Annual Conference back to New Orleans?
A: The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) was the first major organization to host its annual meeting in New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, in 2006. Since then ACEP's executive leadership has been reticent to consider New Orleans because of a concern about the weather and our annual meeting is typically in October during the heart of hurricane season.
When I was on the Board of Directors from 2012-2018, I encouraged consideration of New Orleans as a future site, and most recently the first week of February 2020, I attended the Board of Directors dinner meeting to tout our city as a great place to host our meeting. I am having ongoing conversations with them. I have met with New Orleans city representatives to discuss what kinds of special events could be accomplished for an expected 6500 emergency physicians, nurses and other providers, to strengthen the effort to attract the conference.
Q: Please tell us about your personal involvement with ACEP.
A: ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine with nearly 39,000 members. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies. I have been a practicing emergency physician for more than 40 years. I have served and continue to serve as national faculty for our educational conferences. In 2012 I was elected to the ACEP Board of Directors and in October 2014 was elected President-elect of the organization, becoming its President October 2015-October 2016. I have continued to focus on preventing burnout and improving the well-being of physicians and other clinicians.
Currently I am the Medical Director of Care Transformation for LCMC Health and I practice clinically in the emergency department at University Medical Center New Orleans. I am faculty for the LSU Emergency Medicine Residency based at UMCNO, and we have encouraged our residents to be active members of ACEP and contribute on a national level. One of our residents is a national Board member of the Emergency Medicine Residents Association (EMRA) and they have influence on the choice of meeting site as well.
Q: What are some of the reasons that New Orleans is a great place to hold meetings?
A: New Orleans has great attractions for visitors: the River, the World War II Museum and other places of history, the Garden District, the French Quarter, Frenchmen St., Audubon and City Park, the Sculpture Garden at MOMA... A great convention center, a variety of wonderful hotels offering more than just standard service... and the best food, fabulous music, and unique entertainment.
Q: What do you like most about the city of New Orleans?
A: There is profound sense of community and for me a sense of belongingness. I grew up in New Orleans, left after high school and returned 49 years later. I am so glad we (my wife and I and one of our daughters) made the move. New Orleans has a unique spirit and a commitment to celebration, fun, great music and great food. It's just a special place - it's a big city and a small town at the same time.