Four Perfect Days in Philly at ACEP23

Philadelphia offers rich history, but it is also a food lover’s dream and a cultural cornucopia. While visiting for the ACEP Scientific Assembly, you will have the chance to attend some of the best educational sessions in emergency medicine in a city that offers unique, diverse experiences. This guide will help you take advantage of all the City of Brotherly Love has to offer. 

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ASpire: No Limits © 2016 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Ernel Martinez. 21st and Ellsworth Streets. Photo by Steve

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Day 1 

The conference highlights kick off with the opening general session at 9 a.m., where we’ll geek out about the science of how our own brains process information, learning how to notice and prevent the mental shortcuts that shortchange our decision making. If you can find time during the morning rush, make sure to visit Cafe Lift, a happening brunch spot with amazing homemade hot sauce. Grab lunch and go hang with the cool kids at Middle Child. This local favorite is known for its creative sandwich combinations. Personally, I recommend the Surfer or Shopsin Club. The Phoagie is also a “phavorite” for those who don’t eat meat. Once you’ve had your fill, head to the Convention Center for EM:RAP Live! at 2:30 p.m. featuring emergency medicine’s favorite educators. Once afternoon sessions are over, visit The Hayes for a drink and some upscale bar snacks before heading back to the Convention Center for the speakeasy-themed Kickoff Party, held in the old Reading Terminal. 

Day 2 

As the sun rises over the Schuylkill River, grab a coffee at one of Philly’s great local shops. There are several must-visit spots to satisfy caffeine cravings. Bower boasts a great cup of coffee in a cool atmosphere containing a podcasting studio. You may be able to check out a live show before you walk over to the convention center. With many good lectures to choose from, I am looking forward to “Lytes Out! Electrolytes Gone Wrong” with Zachary Repanshek, MD. For the health policy-minded, check out “M-V-P! M-V-P! Are You Ready for MIPS Value Pathways in 2023?” with Michael A. Granovsky, MD, FACEP. After a stimulating morning, one of the best options for a mid-conference bite is the Reading Terminal Market, a bustling food hall that will leave any craving satisfied. From the savory roasted pork at DiNic’s to the irresistible donuts at Beiler’s, your taste buds will thank you. If you grab something to go, you’ll have the chance to view some local street art before the afternoon sessions; Philadelphia is renowned for its vibrant murals. A self-guided tour designed by Mural Arts Philadelphia allows you to experience stunning canvases adorning a variety of buildings and showcasing the city’s diverse artistic talent and culture. Visit muralarts.org/tours to download convenient maps.