Dr. Mitchell Honored as a Life Member for ACEP
Dr. Terry Mitchell, Medical Director of the Altus Emergency Center in Waxahachie, was recently honored by the American College of Emergency Physicians® (ACEP) with the Award of “Life Member.”
The American College of Emergency Physicians® represents more than 38,000 emergency physicians, ER residents, and students. Thanks to the support of members like Dr. Mitchell, the organization can promote the highest quality of emergency care and continue its advocacy for emergency physicians and their patients.
To become a member of ACEP, candidates dedicate a significant portion of their medical activities to emergency medicine. Additionally, membership candidates must meet at least one of the following conditions:
- Have completed an emergency medicine residency program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
- Completed a subspecialty training program in pediatric emergency medicine accredited by the ACGME
- Possess a primary board certification from an emergency medicine certifying body which is recognized by ACEP
All members are elected or appointed by the Board of Directors and must hold a current, active, full, valid, unrestricted, and unqualified license to practice medicine in the state in which they practice.
Here are some quotes from the Altus Emergency staff that work side by side with Dr. Mitchell.
Excellent and knowledgeable physician – Lynn Miller
Impeccable “bedside” manner – Cody Brown
Genuinely cares for all his patients – Florence Bulawin
Very entertaining…loves to tell his “stories” and also a few “corny” jokes as well – Janet Justice
He is a good Christian man and very family oriented too. – Lendall Barker
Life Member Recognition
The honor of Life Member is reserved for those individuals who have been a member of the College for a minimum of 30 years.
The membership provides several benefits, discounts, and recognition both at their national convention and in several of their publications.
Dr. William Jaquis, ACEP president, thanked Dr. Mitchell for the years he has aligned himself with ACEP with a lifetime commitment to the College and the field of Emergency Medicine.
He cited Dr. Mitchell’s unwavering determination during the growth of our specialty and his help in the fight to maintain its position in the house of medicine in its first 50 years. He went on to say that he has helped ACEP stand ready to usher in the next 50 years of excellence in Emergency Medicine, one of the youngest specialties in the house of medicine.
Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.
Dr. Mitchell’s Professional Journey
Dr. Mitchell came out of Family Medicine training in 1983, and for eight years, did all of Family Medicine in McKinney, TX., including obstetrics.
He had a large clinic and hospital practice and was Medical Director at 4 of 9 nursing homes where he attended patients. Additionally, he was the Medical Director of a hospital inpatient eating disorder unit, did pharmaceutical research, and for a brief time, had a radio talk show on Christian radio in the Dallas market.
During this time, the American Academy of Family Practice awarded Dr. Mitchell, the title of Fellow (FAAFP).
In 1991 Dr. Mitchell made the transition from Family Practice to Emergency Medicine. In a short time, he was the Medical Director of Emergency Services for the hospital and local EMS.
He took certification teaching courses and taught Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Basic Trauma Life Support for EMS, nursing, and physicians.
In 1995, he joined the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). In 2010, in recognition of non-residency trained Emergency Physicians like Dr. Mitchell, who have made significant contributions to the specialty, a one-year door was opened to apply for Fellow of ACEP.
Dr, Mitchell applied with the three required recommendations, including one board member for whom he was Medical Director at the time. He had been Medical Director for several different Emergency Departments, 3-counties for EMS, and served for many years on a 9-county Trauma Advisory Council, serving on several committees and in all offices including President.
He served in 3 ACEP national sections: Rural Emergency Medicine, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and Workforce Section. On the state level, he has served on the governmental committee. Therefore, in 2010, ACEP awarded Dr. Mitchell, the title of Fellow (FACEP).
And now, the high honor of Life Member has been added. ACEP President Dr. Jaquis, on behalf of ACEP, expressed his gratitude for the exemplary commitment Dr. Mitchell has demonstrated for the specialty and his patients. He has truly earned the right to sign his name: Terry Mitchell, MD, FAAFP, FACEP.
We’re Proud of You, Doctor Mitchell!
Altus Emergency Centers is proud to have Dr. Mitchell serving as the Medical Director for our Waxahachie ER. His accomplishments in the field of emergency medicine coupled with his inmense humanity make him an exception asset to our organization.