Women in EMS Committee: Virtual Panel Discussion Series
Are you applying for an EMS Fellowship or evaluating a new job opportunity within EMS?
NAEMSP's Women in EMS Committee is hosting two virtual panel discussions on these important topics! All are welcome to attend.
Hear from leaders in EMS operations and graduate medical education as well as recent fellowship graduates on how to put your best foot forward and evaluate programs and opportunities to find the best fit for you.
Please register in advance for each meeting to receive the zoom link (you can register the same day):
Fellowship Interviews Preparation: Putting Your Best Foot Forward and Finding the Right Program for You
Friday, September 9, 2022
3pm Eastern Time
New Job Negotiation: Tips, Frameworks, and Red Flags
Friday, October 14, 2022
3pm Eastern Time
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Town Hall Series
Cultivating A Culturally Competent Culture: Building Diverse and Inclusive EMS Agencies
Held Friday, May 13, 2022
Watch the Recording Now and Join the Discussion Forum
Make a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan for your agency.
From 911 dispatch to hospital handoff, EMTs and paramedics are tasked with receiving a myriad of medical complaints and translating them into a diagnosis that impacts acute care, disposition, and hospital provider first impressions. As communities across the US grow and diversify, prehospital providers must learn to work most effectively across cultures in a manner that values the unique health disparities of a population and its direct impact on patient needs, healthcare compliance, and provider trust.
Drs. Marino and Nichols presented a strategic approach for building a culturally competent workplace. Their strategy includes not only provider education but also active recognition of “cultural empathy” as a strength essential for successful hiring and promotions. Through employee engagement and the recognition of “diversity as excellence” New Orleans EMS has used their collective minds to successfully grow a cadre of providers more fit each day to competently care for the unique city that they serve. NAEMSP President Dr. Michael Levy hosted as moderator.
During this discussion we:
- Described historical incidents of unconscious bias within Emergency Medicine and EMS
- Recited the varied social identifiers and types of diversity within the workplace
- Explained the differences between (a) diversity & inclusion and (b) equality & equity
- Identified personal and departmental opportunities for improving cultural competency
- Constructed a framework for implementing cultural change within agencies
Held Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Watch the Recording Now and Join the Discussion Forum
Download the slides.
View a list of anti-racism resources.
Our first in a series of discussions on diversity, equity and inclusion in EMS, this webinar featured our esteemed panelists, Sylvia Owusu-Ansah, MD, MPH, chair of NAEMSP's Diversity in EMS Task Force, and Rickquel Tripp, MD, MPH, vice chair of NAEMSP's Diversity in EMS Task Force, with NAEMSP President Dr. Michael Levy as moderator.
During this discussion we:
- Built understanding and knowledge about what is systemic racism and associated terminology
- Identified ways bias has affected care in EMS
- Learned about our own implicit biases and starting the conversation with others
- Reviewed the birth of EMS from Freedom House and its demise due to racism
Sylvia Owusu-Ansah, MD, MPH
Sylvia Owusu-Ansah, MD, MPH, is a board-certified pediatrician, board-certified pediatric emergency medicine and emergency medical physician who is currently the medical director of Prehospital and EMS at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Owusu-Ansah has completed both a pediatric emergency medicine and emergency medical services fellowship.
She has spent a majority of her career developing curricula and providing education for EMS personnel in both urban and suburban environments, including Washington, DC; Baltimore; and Pittsburgh, as well as government agencies such as the United States Secret Service. She has co-authored the recent Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers' recent edition textbook, otherwise known as PEPP, as well as the EMS Textbook’s next edition. Owusu-Ansah is also co-author and first author for the Pediatric Prehospital Readiness for EMS Systems Policy Statement and Technical Report and is currently on the National Committee for Pediatric Prehospital Readiness. She also serves on the board for the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT), for which she serves as chair of the research committee. Research includes c-spine immobilization in the prehospital environment as well as asthma management, seizure protocols, pediatric non-transports, and pediatric airway in the prehospital environment. Sylvia is the chair of NAEMSP's Diversity in EMS Task Force.
Rickquel Tripp, MD, MPH
Rickquel “Rikki” Tripp, MD, MPH, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, EMS faculty, and Medical Director of four different EMS agencies: Penn Hills, Lower Valley, SouthEast Regional, and Foxwall. She has chaired the Networking Committee of the Physician Inclusion Council of Pitt and UPMC (PICUP) for four years and now serves as the first Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion of UPMC Graduate Medical Education and first Vice Chair Diversity, Health Equity, & Inclusion of Department of Emergency Medicine. She also is the Co-Chair of UPP EM D, E, & I Committee and Vice Chair of NAEMSP's Diversity in EMS Task Force. She has created and promoted many initiatives to include “Meet & Greet UPMC” Night; UPMC ME Townhalls addressing systemic racism & health disparities; URM Virtual Recruitment Diversity Brunches, and creating a Department Diversity Champions list for better networking and communication. Dr. Tripp became an UPMC ACES winner for her accomplishments and commitment in D, E, & I in 2019. She was raised in Upper St. Clair, PA and began her academic journey across the East coast and Midwest after high school. She completed her emergency medicine residency at the University of Chicago and EMS Fellowship at UPMC in 2017. In addition to Rikki being a Commander in the US Navy Reserves and her previous service as a flight surgeon while on active duty, she is an exceptional leader, mentor, and educator within the UPMC/Pitt community.
COVID-19 Town Hall Series
View recordings from our COVID-19 Town Hall series here.
- COVID-19 and Public Health Intersection in EMS
- Economic Impact of COVID-19
- Urban EMS Considerations in the COVID-19 Era
- EMS Education Considerations in the COVID-19 Era
- Air Ambulance Transport during COVID-19 (originally named HEMS Considerations in the COVID-19 Era)
- Quality Improvement in EMS in the COVID-19 Era
- Rural and Tribal EMS Considerations in the COVID-19 Era
- Mental Wellbeing in the COVID-19 Era
- Emerging Critical Care Concepts in the Management of COVID-19
- Chapter Insights Surrounding COVID-19
- EMS Legal Issues Regarding COVID-19
- Protecting Your Providers: Seattle’s COVID-19 Experience
EMS Physician Virtual Town Hall: COVID Vaccines - Your Questions Answered!
Cohosted by NAEMT, NAEMSP and NASEMSO
Click here to watch a recording of the session.
EMS practitioners have been serving as the “tip of the spear” in responding to and managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Paramedics and EMTs across the country have contracted COVID-19, and too many have succumbed to the virus. The launch of the vaccination program has included a great deal of information about the vaccines, not all of which has been accurate. Confusing or misleading information about COVID-19 vaccinations may cause some EMS practitioners to choose not to receive the vaccine.
To help cut through the noise, NAEMT has assembled some of our nation’s most notable EMS physician leaders for a virtual town hall to answer your questions and concerns regarding the COVID vaccines. This will be a spirited discussion, led primarily by the questions YOU ask. Questions can be asked live, or submitted in advance to Matt Zavadsky.
Moderator: Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT - Chief Strategic Integration Officer, Medstar Mobile Healthcare, Ft. Worth, TX; 2019-2020 President, NAEMT
- Doug Kupas, MD, FAEMS, FACEP - EMS Medical Director, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; NAEMSP Board Member; NASEMSO Medical Director’s Council
- Kenneth A. Scheppke, MD, FAEMS - EMS Medical Director, State of Florida; Medical Director, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
- Veer D. Vithalani, MD, FACEP, FAEMS - System Medical Director, Office of the Medical Director, Metropolitan Area EMS Authority; Chief Medical Officer, MedStar Mobile Healthcare
- Jon R. Krohmer, MD, FACEP, FAEMS - Director, Office of EMS, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Team Lead, HHS Healthcare Resiliency Working Group EMS/Prehospital Team
Prehospital Ketamine Use for the Combative Patient
The webinar took place November 6, 2020. The national discussion on the use of ketamine for patients suffering from severe agitation is rapidly evolving. Panelists discussed ongoing challenges and controversies with the prehospital use of ketamine for sedation. They also discussed NAEMSP's new position statement on managing agitated or combative patients by emergency medical services. Watch the webinar.
- When training on management of combative or violent patients, EMS leaders should ensure our law enforcement colleagues also receive appropriate training to raise awareness that agitation or bizarre behavior may have underlying serious medical reasons that must be evaluated by EMS.
- The overwhelming majority (> 99%) of patients given sedation are transported to a hospital, not a correctional facility.
- While ketamine is shown to be a safe and effective medication, it still requires training for potential complications and diligent medical oversight.
- While males were more likely than females to receive sedation, a national study found no evidence of racial disparity in EMS-administered sedation for patients in police custody; reviews at the individual agency level should be encouraged.
- Among 1,878 records with available mortality data, there were only six deaths (0.3%) in which ketamine could not be excluded as a possible contributing factor.
- Patient restraint should be viewed as a broad entity beyond the use of a single medication; the national position statement endorsed by multiple stakeholders includes education, training, QA, CQI, and extensive medical oversight by EMS Physicians as key components of an overall protocol.