Rochester, NY-based emergency physician Sandra M. Schneider, MD, assumes a one-year term as president of the American College of Emergency Physicians this week.
Schneider is 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. She has been a leader on the issue of reducing overcrowding in the nation's emergency departments and on implementing high-impact, low-cost solutions to address the problem of holding or "boarding" patients in the emergency department.
"Patient boarding and overcrowding in emergency departments are critical problems that deserve attention at the highest levels," Schneider said. "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."
Schneider served as the founding chair of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester from 1993-2007. She established a residency training program there in emergency medicine and fellowship programs in pediatric emergency medicine, sports medicine, international emergency medicine and EMS.
Schneider was elected to the ACEP Board of Directors in 2004 and re-elected in 2007. She previously served 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.