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Thought Leaders’ Summit
The Urgent Care Foundation is sponsoring a Thought Leaders’ Summit surrounding UCAOA’s 2016 Convention to be held in Orlando, Florida from April 17-20. The Summit will gather approximately 15 industry visionaries to address various topics, which will include ensuring that urgent care centers continue to provide value to our communities 5 to 10 years into the future. Attendees will include industry experts representing UCAOA membership who will share ideas that will provide direction to the UCAOA Board of Directors and executive leadership for future strategic planning. The goal is to address ongoing relevance of the urgent care industry versus the Association, although the Association may benefit secondarily as its strategic objectives would focus on ongoing industry relevance. The Summit would also include at least one thought leader from outside the urgent care industry who would bring new ideas and a fresh perspective. Additionally there have been requests from potential attendees to include an individual from the payer community for at least a portion of the event.
An anticipated outcome would be an industry whitepaper with recognition of all sponsors.
Thought Leaders’ Summit sponsorship opportunities include (sponsors would have an opportunity to participate during a portion of the Summit and be recognized by key industry thought leaders):
UCF Scientific Symposium
The Scientific Symposium will bring together industry leaders to address a clinical, research or community health issue with the intended expectation of ultimately providing education or information to the industry so urgent care might better serve our communities. Unmet or underserved needs will be of particular interest in this group. The initial symposium will address concussion care in the urgent care setting. There are a limited number of urgent care organizations who are collaborating with sports organizations and other entities to successfully care for individuals who experience a concussion while many other urgent care operators simply transfer any head injury to the emergency department because they either do not understand how to best care for them or do not wish to assume the perceived risk. Oftentimes individuals who have sustained a head injury have difficulty finding prompt care following a head trauma due to the limited number of medical providers adequately trained to provide evidence-based care. This event may be associated with the UCAOA Spring Convention or be provided separately on the location of one of the urgent care organizations currently running a successful program.
Scientific Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities Include:
UCAOA has historically awarded its recognition awards at the annual convention business meeting in the spring. As a fundraiser, the UC Foundation will sponsor an annual gala to take place each year at the UCAOA Spring Convention. The affair will be a first-class event where members gather to recognize past, present and future industry innovators, leaders and achievers. There will be opportunities to purchase select auction items, recognize colleagues and network with others involved in the industry of urgent care. A thought-leader presentation is likely to accompany the event in addition to hearing from awardees.
Annual Awards Gala Sponsorship Opportunities Include:
Scholarships provided by the Foundation include attendance at a conference, convention, regional meeting or online training to become certified in urgent care management (UCMC). Scholarships would be presented based on specific criteria (emerging leaders, new to the industry, advanced training, clinical training) and issued through the Foundation but named in honor of the sponsor. Recognition would be provided through the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine (JUCM), at the annual business meeting and through other promotional resources.
Scholarship Award Sponsorship Opportunities Include:
Scholarship Award in Urgent Care Management
Award: The [SPONSOR] UCMC Scholarship Award
Background: UCAOA has an online training program in Urgent Care Management that, once completed, results in certification (UCMC). Current pricing for applicants is $1600 which includes all the courses needed to complete the program as well as the application processing fee. 40 hours of credit are required as well as successful completion of a post-test. Coursework categories include Clinical Quality, Operations, Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Legal & Regulatory and Communications & Marketing. This scholarship is for on-line training only. If the recipient elects to attend national or regional conferences for a portion of their coursework, it will be at their own expense. This scholarship will support the training of our future administrative leaders in the industry.
Eligibility/ Qualifications: Recipients of the scholarship need to be a UCAOA Member, employed full or part-time in the urgent care setting, and endorsed by their supervisor (as appropriate).
Selection: Members of the Practice Management Committee shall interview applicants and make recommendations for the award.
Contribution: $1280 per scholar (a 20% discount off the advertised price) Available
Scholarship Opportunities: Based on applicants but essentially unlimited
Sponsor Recognition: UCAOA website, JUCM announcement, UC Access announcement
Emerging Leader Scholarship
Award: The [SPONSOR] Emerging Leader Educational Scholarship
Background: UCAOA’s national conferences are the best-attended events in the industry. There are opportunities to network with colleagues, attend clinical and administrative lectures, and learn about cutting-edge technology and services by mingling with the vendors. Unfortunately travel and admission costs can be a barrier for attendance, particularly when many practices must also backfill for the absence of the attendee. This scholarship would cover the cost of a member level tuition and a sizeable portion of the travel and lodging costs associated with attendance.
Eligibility/ Qualifications: Recipients shall be members of the Association, either through individual participation or as an employee or provider in a member center. Recipients shall have at least one year of experience in the urgent care setting and express a desire to remain in the industry as a career choice. Nominees can be physicians, PA’s, NPs, administrators or any other individual who plays a role in the urgent care center (e.g., many hospitals have senior leadership who support multi-specialty physician practices, including urgent care). They are to be nominated by a colleague or supervisor via an application as to why they are perceived as an emerging leader. A member may also ‘self-nominate’ with letters of endorsement from a supervisor and no less than one colleague. Qualifications may include didactic history, involvement in UCAOA at the Committee level, industry leadership at the community level, or other attributes which would demonstrate a desire and commitment to the urgent care sector. Selection: Members of a Foundation Sub-Committee would select the recipients via review of applications.
Contribution: $2000 covers all tuition with the remainder supporting the recipient in travel, lodging and meals up to 3 nights (recipients will submit receipts to validate costs)
Available Scholarships: Unlimited
Sponsor Recognition: UCAOA Website, JUCM announcement, UC Access announcement, Convention Signage
Emerging Scholar Award
Award: The [SPONSOR] Emerging Scholar Award
Background: UCAOA has a student membership for individuals enrolled in any education setting. (This setting may include residency programs, MBA, nursing, Physician Assistant, etc.). These individuals are offered a discounted membership rate to access the benefits of UCAOA but most are unable to attend conferences and conventions due to the costs of tuition and travel. Student discounts are awarded with proof that the individual is enrolled as a full-time student or resident. UCAOA and the students benefit by having these individuals attend either the conference or convention as they are more likely to pursue careers in urgent care with greater confidence when exposed to colleagues in the industry and the myriad of industry specific experiences.
Eligibility/ Qualifications: Award recipients will have submitted a poster presentation that will have been accepted for presentation at the Conference/ Convention. The poster presentation must be related to research or studies in the urgent care industry. An example might be a comparison on emergency room utilization in market where urgent care centers have a presence versus those where they are not accessible.
Selection: Recipients are selected by the Education Committee based on the quality and relevance of the poster presentation.
Contribution: $1700 which includes member tuition + up to the full contribution amount in travel, lodging and meals (3 nights)
Available Scholarships: Up to 3 (dependent on the number of interested scholars)
Sponsor Recognition: UCAOA website, announcements seeking poster presentations, Signage in the Poster presentation area at the convention; UCAccess announcement; JUCM announcement
The UCAOA Benchmarking Survey is one of the most quoted reports when it comes to the industry. It is frequently quoted in media releases, in Health & Public Policy/ Advocacy statements and activities, in payer communications and by members seeking to enhance their business operations, service and innovation to better serve their communities. It allows year over year trending in the areas such as Center Profiles, Patient Volume, Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Clinical Services and Integration. It is available to be purchased through UCAOA and reaches audiences far beyond UCAOA’s membership. Sponsorship would apply toward the actual costs associated with staff support, committee calls, data entry and the software and support provided by Dynamic Benchmarking.
Benchmarking Survey Sponsorship Opportunities include:
The UCAOA Benchmark Study Presenting Sponsor (Only 1 issued)
Premier Sponsor (up to 3)
Supporting Sponsor (up to 5)
The Urgent Care Fellowship Award
Award: The [SPONSOR] Urgent Care Fellow Award @ University Hospitals & Health System Background: Practicing in an urgent care center requires specific training and competencies. Only through specially-designed training programs can physicians be fully prepared to undertake not only the clinical nuances of the urgent care setting, but also many of the unique administrative challenges as well. UCAOA has established advanced Fellowship Programs with respected institutions including University Hospitals (Cleveland, OH), University of Illinois College of Medicine (Rockford, IL), and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (Pomona Valley, CA). This generous contribution covers one year of a one year program that contains specialty rotation training in orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care, radiology and occupational medicine. The award also covers complimentary tuition to the UCAOA National Convention, the industry’s largest, dedicated gathering of urgent care business and clinical professionals. This program is the only post-graduate training program for the discipline of urgent care medicine. A single contribution will impact care for years to come.
Eligibility/ Qualifications: Fellows are post-graduate medical doctors who elect to train for an additional year to advance their skills in urgent care medicine; Recipients must indicate an interest in providing care in the urgent care setting as a long-term career.
Selection: Fellowship selection is at the discretion of the Fellowship Director and his or her Committee.
Contribution: $10,000 sponsors an urgent care fellow for the entire year of the program Available Scholarship Opportunities: 3+ (varies by year)
Sponsor Recognition: UCAOA and UCF website, UC Access announcement, convention signage and podium recognition, JUCM announcement and other media opportunities related to Urgent Care Fellowships.
Urgent Care Centers: Playing a More Coordinated Role in Major Disasters
Jeffrey P. Collins, MD, MA