The ACEP Scientific Assembly – Emergency Medicine’s Largest Event


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American College of Emergency Physicians

Since 2013, Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Mwatha has served as an attending physician in a high-acuity emergency department in Baltimore, Maryland. Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Ken Mwatha also maintains membership in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Dedicated to improving emergency care, ACEP oversees a variety of programs, resources, and events to educate and train emergency physicians and other medical professionals. The organization’s flagship event is its annual Scientific Assembly, the world’s largest emergency medicine conference.

The most recent Scientific Assembly, ACEP17, took place October 29 – November 1, 2017, in Washington, DC. More than 6,000 medical professionals attended the event to take part in a four-day program comprising educational courses, workshops, and skills labs.

The learning activities at the conference covered a wide range of topics, including emergency imaging, health policy, infectious disease, and trauma. Alongside the educational programming, ACEP17 featured an exhibit hall where attendees had the opportunity to network with peers and business owners while browsing the latest products and technologies in emergency medicine.

ACEP members are already looking ahead to the 2018 Scientific Assembly, which will be held October 1 – 4 in San Diego. For more information, visit


Exploring Jamaica’s Artistic Heritage


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National Gallery of Jamaica

Ken Mwatha is an alumnus of the John Hopkins School of Medicine. Since 2013, he has been affiliated with the medical institution St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he works as an emergency physician. When he’s not busy with professional obligations, Ken Mwatha enjoys traveling and has been to countries, such as New Zealand and Jamaica.

Jamaica is an island country in the Caribbean that is well-known for its cultural contributions to pop culture. It is the homeland of Bob Marley, frequently regarded as the first global superstar who brought the reggae genre from relative obscurity to mainstream popularity. However, Jamaican artistic culture is bigger than reggae. Those who are interested to learn about the island’s artistic heritage would do well to visit the National Gallery of Jamaica.

The National Gallery of Jamaica houses the finest collection of fine art in the country. The collection hosts a conflation of talented artists from the past and present, and provides a perspective of Jamaica’s take on global artistic trends. The collection is arranged in chronological order – from prehistoric Taíno carvings to more contemporary Jamaican artists. Featured artists include Edna Manley, John Dunkley, and David Pottinger

The gallery is located in 12 Ocean Boulevard in Kingston, Jamaica, and is open between Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Chest Pain – When It Might Be Serious

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Chest Pain

As an attending physician based in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Mwatha draws on 10 years of experience and emergency care. Dr. Ken Mwatha leverages this experience to evaluate presenting patients and determine whether symptoms are likely to be life-threatening.

Although it is not always a sign of an urgent condition, chest pain is nothing to dismiss out of hand. It may be indicative of a heart attack, particularly if the pain lasts for longer than 15 minutes and is associated with feelings of pressure, tightness, heaviness, or fullness at the center of the chest. Often, a patient will feel these symptoms alongside radiating pain in the back, arms, or jaw.

A patient who is having a heart attack may experience non-cardiac symptoms as well. These can include shortness of breath and lightheadedness as well as nausea, vomiting, and cold sweats. Patients who are at risk of coronary disease, either due to lifestyle factors or medical history, should be particularly watchful of these symptoms.

Chest pain is less likely to signify a heart attack if it is sharp, short in duration, and occurs in isolation. There are, however, certain associated symptoms that indicate a non-cardiac problem. Pain that worsens with respiration, for example, may be due to a lung condition, while chest discomfort associated with feelings of fear or anxiety may indicate a heart attack.

Experts urge patients with chest pain to be cautious and seek out medical attention if they are at all worried that symptoms might be serious. Even if the condition is not imminently life-threatening, a physician can identify the cause of the pain and help the patient to seek appropriate treatment.

Fast Radio Bursts of Unknown Origin May Be More Frequent than Expected


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Radio Bursts

Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Mwatha works as an emergency physician in a Baltimore, Maryland hospital, where he diagnoses and treats life-threatening conditions in trauma patients and stabilizes critically ill patients. In Dr. Ken Mwatha’s free time, he enjoys astronomy.

In late September, astronomers discovered that fast radio bursts, often abbreviated to FRBs, may occur much more frequently than previously suspected. These powerful flashes of light, first witnessed in 2007, had only been seen a dozen times until recently.

According to a study out of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, at least one source of FRBs seems to be going off every second. The specific burst, known as FRB 121102, originates 3 billion light-years from our planet. While astronomers are unsure of the source causing these frequent bursts, theories range from the plausible, young neutron stars, to the more farfetched, intelligent aliens.

Though the source of these frequent FRBs is currently unknown, further study may reveal their origin, as well as help astronomers further piece together the early history of the universe. Anastasia Fialkov, the lead author of the study, said these frequent FRBs “could allow us to study the ‘dawn’ of the universe in a new way.”

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Emergency Residency Program


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Emergency Residency Program

Kenneth “Ken” Mwatha, MD is an attending physician practicing in the emergency department of St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, Dr. Ken Mwatha went on to attend Johns Hopkins University’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program, one of the oldest of such programs in the country.

The Emergency Medicine Residency Program focuses on providing residents the training they need to excel in all facets of emergency medicine. First-year residents undergo orientation, a lecture series, and training in a wide range of specialties including emergency medicine, trauma, cardiac intensive care, pediatric emergency care, obstetrics, and ultrasound. The training takes place via a series of rotations throughout multiple Johns Hopkins-affiliated facilities.

The second and third years build upon the skills taught over the first year. Second-year residents expand their training to include critically ill patients and specialization in EMS and hand and intensive care and pediatric anesthesia. They also assist in educating medical students. Third-year residents matriculate to the position of Senior Administrative Resident, developing the managerial, teaching and supervisory skills of a junior attending physician. Third-years also play a greater role in patient care.

The final year of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program is primarily devoted to the unique Focused Advanced Specialized Training (FAST) program, wherein each resident works under the tutelage of an advisor to develop expertise in their selected specialty.

ACEP Invites Emergency Physicians to 2017 Leadership Conference

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American College of Emergency Physicians

Since 2013, Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Mwatha has served as an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Baltimore’s St. Agnes Hospital. Alongside his day-to-day professional activities, Dr. Ken Mwatha maintains a membership in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Throughout the year, ACEP oversees a variety of programs and events aimed at education, research, and advocacy. Currently, the organization is preparing to host its 2017 Leadership and Advocacy Conference at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. The event, which will take place March 12-15, will include sessions focused on health policy and the key issues that are currently affecting emergency medicine.

In addition to featuring educational sessions led by expert faculty and panels, the conference will give attendees the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and other key decision-makers. Both ACEP members and non-members are invited to attend the event to sharpen their advocacy and leadership skills while helping to promote their profession. For more information about the event, visit

American College of Emergency Physicians Award Ceremony

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American College of Emergency Physicians

Ken Mwatha serves as an attending physician of emergency medicine in a Baltimore, Maryland hospital. When he is not assisting patients, Ken Mwatha stays involved with professional organizations in his field, including the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The American College of Emergency Physicians began in 1968, when a small group of doctors decided they wanted to set a higher standard for emergency care. They set out to train other physicians in how to provide quality care in this challenging setting. In 1979, emergency medicine became recognized as a specialty in the medical field.

In October of 2016, the American College of Emergency Physicians held a ceremony at its annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, that honored contributions and changes made in emergency medicine. Various awards were presented to recognize accomplishments in research, advocacy within the field, education, and quality of care. In addition, the organization granted honorary memberships to various professionals within the discipline.