MINUTES 9/7/99

Present: Jim Celentano, Steve Emond, Barney Eskin, Phil Hubel, Ilene Wilets, Peter Wyer and Ben Yeh

The meeting was called to order at 1800 by Peter Wyer.


Minutes of the August meeting were reviewed and approved.


The plans for the October Workshop are progressing. There are 16 paid participants; one dropout was filled from the waiting list. A suggestion that the groups and tutors be switched for some of the tutorials was discussed. It was felt that group dynamics would be better if this were not done. All EM participants will meet as a group between 1-2 PM on the Thursday of the workshop. Inquiries will also be made about having all the EM Tutors and Cotutors meet before the conference, possibly on Tuesday, before 3 PM for a final planning session for the workshop.


The $5000 Pfizer grant has been received and deposited. Pfizer has been given credit for their contribution on the Website. In addition, the $500 tuition from each of the participants has also been deposited; Phil Hubel will arrange for proper disbursement of the funds, including paying NYAM for the food for our monthly meetings to date. The cost of the conference call for last month's meeting ($74.86) will also be paid. Discussion ensued about a possible free option for making future conference calls.

Ben Yeh mentioned that EMF grants (informatics/education) from ACEP might be available to us. The deadline for applying for them is in the spring.


Jim Celentano has contacted Ted Gaeta about plans for this. The proposed workshop is a 1 day conference for 3 EM programs in Brooklyn. Ted Gaeta will arrange for the participants and location (probably Methodist Hospital in Park Slope). The original proposal was didactic lectures to about 100 residents in the morning, followed by tutorial groups in the afternoon to a smaller number of participants. However, it was felt that a better format might be having tutorials in both the morning and afternoon. Furthermore, it was felt that we ought to charge for our organizing and carrying out the course. Jim Celentano will work with Peter Wyer to come up with a reasonable figure for this, based on the number of tutors that we would have to supply and the budgets of the involved institutions; one guide that we could use is how much these institutions normally pay for their grand rounds' speakers.

The next monthly meeting will be held at the NY Academy of Medicine, 1215 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd St.) at 5:15 PM on November 2. Food will be available. The meeting will be followed by a meeting with the general EBM group at 6:30 for an educational session.

Having no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1845.

Respectfully submitted

Barney Eskin