GALVESTON — Hundreds of Texas emergency physicians and their supporters will gather in Galveston Thursday through Sunday for the Texas College of Emergency Physicians’ annual meeting to provide continuing education, discuss Texas health policy and celebrate 40 years of advocacy on behalf of Texas patients.

The meeting and celebration will mark the 40th anniversary of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, one of the most active medical specialty societies in Texas and the country. TCEP has a rich history of patient advocacy as well as other efforts that have created an environment of safe, accessible emergency care for the citizens of Texas.

Importantly, TCEP was instrumental in achieving medical liability reform that has brought thousands of physicians back to practice in Texas.

TCEP was chartered as a chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians in June 1973.

For the last 40 years, TCEP members have been on the front lines of medical education, patient advocacy and health care delivery — a tradition that continues strongly today and into the future.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, a black-tie-optional 40th Anniversary Gala will kick off with a social hour in the foyer of the Moody Gardens Hotel Ballroom, 1 Hope Blvd.

Dinner will follow while past, present and future leaders, as well as friends and supporters of the college, are recognized and memories revisited.

Live music will be performed by Texas’ own Commercial Art, a Southwest soul band.

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