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Monday, January 8, 2018  
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.NAEMSP National EMS Medical Directors Course & Practicum
This course will include:
• A foundation upon which to function effectively as an EMS medical director regardless of EMS system type
• Specific management tools, which may be of use in your local EMS system
• Dialogue with EMS physicians and professionals from a number of different systems that will develop a network for future problem solving
• An understanding of how EMS functions within the broader emergency care system at a state, local and national level
• A foundation for a career in EMS
Course Co-Directors
Beth Adams, MA, RN, NREMT-P
Robert Swor, DO,
Tuesday, January 9, 2018  
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.NAEMSP National EMS Medical Directors Course & Practicum
This course will include:
• A foundation upon which to function effectively as an EMS medical director regardless of EMS system type
• Specific management tools, which may be of use in your local EMS system
• Dialogue with EMS physicians and professionals from a number of different systems that will develop a network for future problem solving
• An understanding of how EMS functions within the broader emergency care system at a state, local and national level
• A foundation for a career in EMS
Course Co-Directors
Beth Adams, MA, RN, NREMT-P
Robert Swor, DO
7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.EMS Faculty Development
This half-day workshop is a follow-up to the 2017 offering and will be a combination of lectures and small groups helping EMS faculty develop effective methods for fellow recruitment, starting a research program, program accreditation, etc. This workshop will also meet the ACGME requirement for faculty development for accredited EMS fellowships.
Course Director
Stacy N. Weisberg, MD, MPH, FACEP
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Preparing Your Research for Publication
The final step in any research project is publication, and writing up a project for submission to a journal requires a very distinct skill set.  This workshop will begin with a didactic session on converting a research project into a publishable paper, focusing on the mechanics and style of scientific writing, and on creating a paper that will stand up to the peer-review process.  This will be followed by an interactive session during which participants will examine draft EMS research papers (submitted by registrants and circulated to attendees a few weeks before the workshop) and re-write sections, with the goal of creating publishable papers.  The focus will be on aspects of writing specific to the EMS literature.
Course Director
David Cone, MD
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Out-of-Hospital Critical Procedure Cadaver Lab
The purpose of this session is to provide a unique opportunity to review relevant anatomy associated with critical care and lifesaving emergency procedures. Participants will enhance their understanding of the various procedures and the associated risks and benefits through the hands-on practicum. The relevant review of the anatomy will include airway, chest cavity and vascular access landmarks. Key opinion leaders, nationally known EMS medical directors, and emergency medical services providers serve as faculty for this program.

Under expert instruction, participants will have the opportunity to practice the following procedural skills: basic airway management, direct and video laryngoscope intubation, intraosseous access and various other emergency procedures. The participants will have the opportunity for anatomical exploration as it relates to these procedures providing a unique appreciation of the anatomy and the impact of the disease process. An analysis of the unnecessary risk and the potential for complications when these procedures are performed in suboptimal conditions will be explored.
Jacob Keeperman, MD, Course Director
Wednesday, January 10, 2018​​
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.NAEMSP National EMS Medical Directors Course & Practicum
This course will include:
• A foundation upon which to function effectively as an EMS medical director regardless of EMS system type
• Specific management tools, which may be of use in your local EMS system
• Dialogue with EMS physicians and professionals from a number of different systems that will develop a network for future problem solving
• An understanding of how EMS functions within the broader emergency care system at a state, local and national level
• A foundation for a career in EMS
Course Co-Directors
Beth Adams, MA, RN, NREMT-P
Robert Swor, DO
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.NAEMSP® Advanced Topics in Medical Direction™
This unique one-day workshop is designed for practicing EMS Medical Directors and others who engage in clinical supervision of functioning emergency medical dispatchers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Course Director
Paul Hinchey, MD, MBA
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Safer, Better and Stronger: Quality Improvement for EMS Leaders
Quality improvement and patient safety culture in EMS is evolving FAST.  Electronic medical records, the focus on value based care, and national initiatives like National Culture of Safety and EMS Compass have advanced the tools available for EMS system leaders, but have also significantly raised expectations.  This workshop will combine an overview of the principles of improvement science with practical tools so you'll leave with a PLAN for improving quality in your system.
Course Director
Michael Redlener, MD
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Out-of-Hospital Critical Procedure Cadaver Lab
The purpose of this session is to provide a unique opportunity to review relevant anatomy associated with critical care and lifesaving emergency procedures. Participants will enhance their understanding of the various procedures and the associated risks and benefits through the hands-on practicum. The relevant review of the anatomy will include airway, chest cavity and vascular access landmarks. Key opinion leaders, nationally known EMS medical directors, and emergency medical services providers serve as faculty for this program.

Under expert instruction, participants will have the opportunity to practice the following procedural skills: basic airway management, direct and video laryngoscope intubation, intraosseous access and various other emergency procedures. The participants will have the opportunity for anatomical exploration as it relates to these procedures providing a unique appreciation of the anatomy and the impact of the disease process. An analysis of the unnecessary risk and the potential for complications when these procedures are performed in suboptimal conditions will be explored.
Course Director
Jacob Keeperman, MD
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Airway Workshop
Airway and ventilation management remains one of the most important and still controversial areas of prehospital care.  It is far more than just trying to place a tube.  The 2018 course will focus on all aspects of airway management, including real time "difficult" airway videos for discussion and managing and monitoring the tube. This course provides EMS medical directors a full appreciation for equipment and methods available for airway management for their providers.
Course Directors
Marvin A. Wayne, MD
Andrew McCoy, MD
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.COMMITTEE MEETING - Standards & Practice 
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.COMMITTEE MEETING - Council of EMS Fellowship Directors 
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.New Member Reception 
6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall 
Thursday, January 11, 2018  
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Registration 
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.PEC Breakfast (invitation only) 
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.Continental Breakfast 
 General Session 
8:15 a.m - 8:30 p.m.Welcome and President's Address 
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Keynote Address-The Patient as a Mission with a Very Critical Outcome, How to Get That Right: The First Time and Every Time.
My presentation shall be in the form of a dramatic multimedia story composed of real life scenarios that express and illustrate lessons and principles that are relevant and applicable to frontline patient care. I, the presenter, have lived these scenarios; they are real world so are credible, memorable and powerful. The lessons and principles extracted from real world experience are so common sense, so clear and comprehensible that they are readily accepted, embraced and stand a decent probability of being acted upon.
Story Musgrave, MD
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.BREAK IN THE EXHIBIT HALL 
10:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.Improvement Science & Safety in EMS
Dr. Williams will discuss hard science around improvement work with a focus on patient safety in EMS. He will use his experience at IHI and with EMS Compass to discuss implementation of improvement science in EMS.
David M. Williams, PhD
11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.mResearch Abstracts 
12:00 p.m.-1:20 p.m.LUNCH and COMMITTEE MEETINGS 
 
CONCURRENT SESSIONS  
 AEROMEDICAL 
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Air Medical Integration into an MCI Dan Hanfling, MD, FACEP
2:05 p.m. -2:35 p.m.Automated CPR Devices in Flight John Lyng, MD, FAEMS, NREMT-P
 TACTICAL 
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.The Refractory VF Arrest Patient: A Review of the Current Treatment Options - Marc Conterato, MD, FACEP
The presenter will review recent advancements in this area and avenues for the succesful treatment of refractory VF arrest patients in the field and hospital setting.
Marc Conterato, MD, FACEP
2:05 p.m. -2:35 p.m.NSTEMI EMS Diagnoses, Triage & Destination - James M. Nania MD, FACEP
Two-thirds of ACS is NSTEMI and accounts for a huge toll of premature death and disability. The presenter will go beyond STEMI and the 12 lead EKG.
James M. Nania, MD, FACEP
 PEDIATRICS 
2:40 p.m. -3:10 p.m.Management of Pediatric Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Is It Time for a Change?
Description: Review the epidemiology, pathophysiology of pediatric OHCA.  Discuss factors associated with improved survival. Discuss whether the current practice of "load and go" is beneficial.  Suggest alternate strategies for improving survival from pediatric OHCA (e.g. - high quality CPR) and other associated benefits. Will discuss other essential considerations when terminating resuscitative efforts in pediatric OHCA on scene.  Justification: Survival following pediatric out-of- hospital cardiac arrest (OOHCA) is  low. Best estimates demonstrate a 5-10% survival rate with highly variable rates of  good neurologic outcome from 0-30%. Pediatric OOHCA accounts for nearly one  third of all pediatric deaths in the United States and approximately 2% of pediatric  EMS calls. While traumatic pediatric OOHCA survival rates remain similar to those  of adults, survival rates for medical causes of pediatric OOHCA have remained stable  over the last decades despite improvement in adult medical OOHCA (10-15%  survival).  This talk will focus on the current barriers and enablers to improving survival from pediatric OHCA.  Core Content Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Pediatrics
Katherine Remick, MD, FAEMS
3:15-3:45Promoting Patient and Family-centered Care in the Prehospital Setting: A Toolkit for Medical Directors
Dr. Saranya Srinivasan, a Pediatric  Emergency Medicine Physician/ Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital and Assistant Medical Director for the Houston Fire Department, and Nicole Rosburg, a Certified Child Life Specialist at Texas Children's Hospital, will discuss challenges and perceived barriers  that medical directors may face when implementing family-centered care in the prehospital setting and will provide a novel toolkit of techniques for use by EMS physicians and prehospital providers.  Justification: There has been an increasing emphasis on patient and family-centered care in the hospital setting, particularly in pediatric facilities.  The growing importance of providing family centered-care in the prehospital setting has come to the attention of many groups including the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program and the American Academy of Pediatrics, both of whom have published resources on this topic.  Despite this, medical directors and EMS physicians often find it difficult to implement family-centered care in their EMS systems in the prehospital setting.  This presentation will provide medical directors, EMS physicians, and other prehospital providers with helpful tools and techniques that they can use to provide family-centered care in the prehospital setting.
Saranya Srinivasan, MD
 TACTICAL 
2:40 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.Rescue Task Force
This session will focus on immediate response to an active shooter situation, applicable to EMS providers and operational medical directors. Discusses training of EMS providers to team with local police officers in response to an active shooter threat.
E. Reed Smith, MD, EMT-B, FACEP
3:45-4:15BREAK 
4:15 p.m. -4:30 p.m.EMS Board Certification
By January 2018, our young subspecialty will have had three exam cycles.  The speaker will review the results of the first three exams, the current available resources to prepare for the exam, the current state of fellowship education and lessons learned by candidates and educators over the past four years.
Brian Clemency, DO, MBA, FAEMS
4:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.Advocacy/PAC Update
The presenter will provide a summary of recent and upcoming EMS advocacy efforts to improve the care of our patients and the EMS work environment.
Ritu Sahni, MD, MPH, FAEMS
4:45 p.m.- 5:45 p.m.Research Abstracts 
5:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m. (poster session to start at 6:00)Research Poster Session/Innovations in
Education Poster Session
 
5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.Evening Reception (if sponsored)
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.Distinctly Canadian WorkshopRussell MacDonald, Course Director
Friday, January 12, 2018  
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Registration 
7:00 a.m. -8:00  a.mContinental Breakfast 
8:00 a.m -8:30 a.mThe Canadian Prehospital Evidence-Based Practice Project
This program is an on-going living semi-systematic review of the EMS interventional evidence. The results are presented as a freely available online repository of the appraised literature. The summary of the evidence is presented in a user-friendly infographic matrix. The repository is kept current by an international/interdisciplinary team of appraisers. Please see: https://emspep.cdha.nshealth.ca
Jennifer Greene
8:30  a.m -9:00  a.mNASEMSO National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines
The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) has recognized the need for a more standardized and evidence-based approach to patient care throughout state EMS systems.  The NASEMSO Model EMS Clinical Guidelines is the first solely patient-centric resource available to the EMS community that incorporates evidence-based and consensus-based prehospital patient care measures.  It serves as a dynamic foundation as future advancements in EMS systems become driven by patient outcomes and quality EMS research.
Carol Cunningham, MD
Richard Kamin, MD
9:00  a.m -9:30  a.mEthical Dilemmas in EMS
The presenter will go beyond the simple cardiac arrest and DNR issues to include medical capacity, self determination and conflicts of opinion as well as frequent situations that cause medics to  leave wondering if they did the right thing.
Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
9:30  a.m -10:00  a.mWhen Hospitals and Lawyers Determine EMS Protocols: My Story & Lessons Learned
The presenter, as a county-wide EMS medical director, was sued by a local hospital which initiated a 2nd STEMI program in the community and wanted an "equal" share of the business.  The local hospitals were unable to reach agreement on destination hospital and requested that Dr. Rostykus play Solomon and "divide the baby".  Since then, the lawyers have pursued their legal maneuvers, he has been deposed, and the trial is scheduled for the summer of 2017.  It has been a challenging and stressful four years.
Paul Rostykus, MD, MPH
10:00  a.m -10:30  a.mBREAK IN THE EXHIBIT HALL
10:30  a.m -11:00  a.mSmall Victims and Serious Play: Simulations and Video Games for Pediatric Disaster Education
Mass casualty events in which children are victims are low-frequency, high-stakes events. Such incidents test paramedics, medical directors, receiving hospitals and the entire healthcare system. In this program the presenter will provide methods for employing simulation for 1) triage knowledge and skill education 2) systems testing 3) improving team communication and 4) just-in-time training. Modalities to be discussed include live simulations, including drills and full-scale exercises, table top exercises and video games. 
Mark X. Cicero
11:00  a.m -11:30  a.mCredentialing Pearls:  Tales of Bumps, Bruises, & Success
This team of medical oversight professionals will detail real-world application of the NAEMSP/NREMT policy statement on Credentialing in EMS with examples of "take home" tips and practices to help medical directors define, refine and advance their own clinical credentialing programs.
John Gallagher, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
Jeffrey M. Goodloe, MD, NRP, FACEP, FAEMS
David. S. Howerton, BS, NRP
Duffy McAnallen, NRP
11:30  a.m -12:00 p.m.Debate: StrokeF-U from Board Meeting - they should have ideas on debaters
12:00 p.m. -1:15 p.mLUNCH and COMMITTEE MEETINGS 
CONCURRENT SESSIONS  
 RESEARCH 
1:15 p.m -3:30 p.mResearch Abstracts 
 EDUCATION 
1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.Simulation in EMS  McCOY
This educational session supports the advancement of emergency care through education and research by providing emergency medicine professionals' leading edge information and insight in the new are simulation that specifically pertains to EMS (Emergency Medical Services). This new frontier of simulation use in EMS will provide massive opportunity for education professionals in simulation and EMS to collaborate to further the agenda of education, training, and research in the area of simulation in EMS education.
Christopher E. McCoy, MD
1:50 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.Cognitive Bias, Medical Error and EMS
Cognitive bias was a recurring theme during peer review activities within my residency training.  As humans, we are prone to cognitive bias, and as healthcare providers these biases play a significant role in medical error.  I will present several common cognitive biases, examples of errors attributed to them, and how we can teach EMS professionals to recognize these biases and avoid them.  Additionally, I will describe how my colleagues and I have implemented several techniques including standardized medication dosing for EMS (to avoid cognitive error related to weight-based calculations), medication "cross checking" to prevent avoidable medication errors, and medical incident command to provide a decision-making structure for complex medical incidents.
Bjorn Peterson, MD, FAEMS
 QUALITY ASSURANCE 
2:25 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.Integration of Mission Lifeline Quality Metrics into an EMS Service & BenefitsJeremy Cushman, MD, MS, EMT-P, FACEP
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Quality in EMS: The UK ExperienceNiro Siriwardena
   
3:30 p.m -4:00p.mBREAK IN THE EXHIBIT HALL
 RESEARCH 
4:00 p.m -4:30 p.mResearch Abstracts 
 HIGH YIELD BUT NOT SO COMMON EMS CORE CONTENT 
 These 30 minute presentations will be covering EMS toics in the core curriculum that are difficult for many fellowship directors to cover or provide experience. 
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Fire OperationsDavid Cone, MD
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Federal Disaster Response System Jason Liu, MD, MPH, FAEMS
5:00 p.m -6:30 p.mResearch Poster Session  
5:00 p.m -6:30p.mEvening Reception (if sponsored) 
Saturday, January 13, 2018  
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.mRegistration 
7:00 a.m. -8:00 a.mCommittee Meetings 
7:00 a.m -8:00 a.mContinental Breakfast 
8:00 a.m -9:00 a.mTop Research Poster Presentations 
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.Prehospital Emergency Care UpdateJames J. Menegazzi, PhD, Editor-in-Chief
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) UpdateE. Brooke Lerner, PhD
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.BREAK IN THE EXHIBIT HALL
CONCURRENT SESSIONS  
 INTERNATIONAL 
10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.mEMS System in Nepal & Prehospital Medical Care
The presenter will discuss the state of EMS in Nepal, needs and challenges and the way forward for a change in the Himalayas to ensure health, safety and security of locals, trekkers and mountaineers.  The presenter is involved in a pilot project in Nepal to establish an EMS system providing training to more than 1,300 local people, networking ambulance services, working with the ministry and other stake holders.
Nima Sherpa
 CHANGE & INNOVATION 
11:00 a.m - 11:30 a.mNHTSA 2018 National EMS Scope of Practice Update
The presenters have the privilege of co-chairing the Subject Matter Expert Panel for NHTSA's 2018 update to the National EMS Scope of Practice Model. They will provide an update on the project with the projected changes to the scope of practice (an evidence-based process), and what it means to medical directors of agencies of all levels.
Peter Taillac, MD FAEMS
Scott Bourn, PhD, RN, EMT-P
11:30 a.m -12:00 p.m.Cutting the Edge: Innovations in Prehospital Critical Care
The presenter will provide an overview of new concepts and innovative technologies being implemented for prehospital critical care transports.
Amado Alejandro Baez, MD, MSc, MPH, FAARM, FCCM
 MOBILE INTEGRATED HEALTH 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.TOPICS TBDKevin Munjal, MD, MPH
David Schoenwetter, DO
12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m.AWARDS LUNCHEON
1:45 p.m. -2:15 p.m.MCI du jourTBD
2:15 p.m. -2:45 p.m.Military Civilian Task ForceTBD
2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.Dispatch Science: State of the Art in 2018
The presenter will discuss the direct impact dispatch has on survival or quality of life but also on the efficiency of the prehospital system.
Fabrice Dami
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.BREAK 
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.Debate:  Heroin OD - Transport or Treat & StreetTBD
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 ​p.m.New NAEMSP Position Statements
NAEMSP position statements are the literal voice of the association and provide the expert opinion that is gleaned from the membership via the Standards and Practice Committee. Authoring and publishing these positions is important, but communicating them to the membership so that they can be used in the real practice of EMS Medicine is critical. The presenter will provide information attendees can use at home in their own programs.
John Gallagher, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
4:45 p.m. -5:00 p.m.Closing Remarks 
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Closing Reception