Hot Topics & Future of EMS Track

Friday, May 18th


7am: Conference Registration Opens

7am to 8am: Light Breakfast

8am to 9:15am: "Electronic PCR Data: Why You Should Care!" with Peter Brodie

Working with NYS ePCR data, Brodie has not only produced data reports for the Prescription Drug Overdose Program, he has provided skill application data to the SEMAC Physicians and Program Agencies working on the Collaborative Protocols; identified documentation errors across NYS, and will be talking about the value of quality accurate documentation for providers, as well as the need for effective quality improvement programs. 

NYS Core Category: (1) Preparatory

9:15am to 9:30am: Break

9:30am to 11am: "Mobile Health Care: We Made It Work!" with Mark Spiezio

Four small, rural EMS agencies in upstate New York have worked to create the first in the region Mobile Health Care System, that provides "eyes on the ground" for primary care physicians. The Community Check Program has filled a much need gap in home health monitoring and has reduced primary care office visits, Urgent Care visits, and ambulance transports to emergency rooms. How did we do it? Collaboration, open mindedness, and a willingness to give it a try!

NYS Core Category: (1.5) Preparatory

11:15am to 12:30pm: "Videolaryngoscopy for the Prehospital Provider" with Chris Galton

Videolaryngoscopy is taking a larger role in EMS for advanced airway management. Some say it is revolutionary while others say it could be dangerous. Dr. Galton will address the benefits and drawbacks of videolaryngoscopy from the perspective of an anesthesiologist and paramedic.

NYS Core Category: (1.25) Airway Management and Ventilation

12:30pm to 1:45pm: Lunch

1:45pm to 3:15pm: "Prehospital Ultrasound: Advancing Assessment to New Technological Heights" with Dan Batsie

Bedside ultrasound is not a new concept to healthcare. This technology has been used in hospitals for decades.  However recent research has found a wide array of modern technological applications to the world of emergency medicine. Most recently, these technology has seen inroads into prehospital assessment. This class will discuss how prehospital ultrasound can be integrated into the current EMS scope of practice. Specifically, we will discuss an overview of the technology itself and describe how ultrasound can benefit the assessment of shock patients, trauma patients, cardiac arrest and a wide array of other conditions. Although all levels are welcome, this talk will focus on several advanced life support topics.

NYS Core Category: (1.5) ALS Abdominal, Geni-Renal, GI, Hematology or BLS Shock and Resuscitation

3:45pm to 4pm: IAC 2018 Opening Ceremonies

4pm to 5pm: Keynote Address - "Shoot For Exceptional & Leave Acceptable Behind" with Reuben Farnsworth

Are you settling for less than your best? No more. We will talk about the importance of exceptional medicine and why it matters. We will talk about how in depth assessments and the constant pursuit of excellence can elevate us as providers. What you do is important and this presentation will remind you why.

NYS Core Category: (1) Preparatory

5pm to 6:30pm: Exhibit Hall Opening and Welcome Reception (Drinks, Giveaways, Hors d'Oeuvres)


Saturday, May 19th


7am: Conference Registration Opens

7am to 8am: Light Breakfast

8am to 9am: Keynote Address - "The Last Lesson - Put Your Heart Into It!" with Kelly Grayson

If you knew you were dying, and you had one last lesson to share with your peers, what wisdom would you impart? That was the premise for Carnegie Mellon University’s “Last Lecture” series, in which Professor Randy Pausch, recently diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, delivered his inspiring talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” The lecture and resulting book were an inspiration to millions, including one paramedic who pondered what wisdom he would impart to his profession if it were his very last chance. Join Kelly Grayson as he delivers his inspiring, hypothetical last lesson: put your heart in it.

NYS Core Category: (1) Preparatory 

9:30am to 11am: "EMS in Essex County: Knocking Down Walls & Building a Sustainable Systemwith Patty Bashaw

Town, County and State government support of EMS? People working together to improve an EMS system? Yes, it's true! Join Patty for this talk and learn about how Essex County's providers, agencies, Office of Emergency Services and politicians are working to address immediate issues and lay the foundation of a sustainable and high quality EMS system in one of the most geographical and financial challenging areas of NYS. She will share tips on how to engage political figures and build critical relationships that can lead to dreaded discussions regarding funding, volunteer vs paid issues, collaboration and consolidation.

NYS Core Category: (1.5) Preparatory

11:15am to 12:30pm: "Suicide; Our Dirty Little Secret" with Kirk Mittelman

Have you ever wondered what drives people to suicide? Have you ever thought maybe you could have done more to help? Has suicide hit your home, your station, your world? In this session, we will look at suicide and the effect it has on family members and providers. We will discuss the warning signs of suicide and how to deal with someone who is threatening suicide. Kirk asks that you come with an open mind to this session and be prepared to face your deepest fears to help us all solve a growing problem. 

NYS Core Category: (1.25) Preparatory

12:30pm to 1:45pm: Lunch

1:45pm to 3pm: "Let's Chat! An Expert Panel Discussion Based on Your Questions" featuring Dr. Maia Dorsett, Kelly Grayson, Kirk Mittelman, Nancy Magee, Micki Guy. Moderated by Travis Howe and Doug Wildermuth.

In this interactive and high speed session, providers and leaders will have the opportunity to ask questions that are related to PTSD/Suicide in EMS, Leadership, Career Advancement, The Future of EMS, Medical Direction/Control, Volunteerism and Training/Education.

NYS Core Category: (1.25) Preparatory

3:15pm to 4:30pm: "Enough Talk About Patient Care! Let's Talk Business." with Doug Wildermuth

Every year it is the same thing, “patient care comes first”. But with more and more ambulance companies closing their doors, when do we finally realize that there needs to be a line drawn in the sand? We are in need of everyone’s help (paid & volunteer) to run the ambulance company as a business. This program will enlighten you on legalities, personnel problems and internal dynamics and how to make it work better for you and your agency!

NYS Core Category: (1.25) Preparatory

4:30pm to 5:30pm: It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere...A Beer, Wine and Soda Social in the Exhibit Hall


Sunday, May 20th


7:45am: Conference Registration Opens

7:45am to 8:15am: Light Breakfast

8:15am to 9:15am: "Common PCR Documentation Mistakes and Their Impact on Billing" with Peter Berry

NYS Core Category: (1) Preparatory

9:30am to 10:30am: Keynote Address - "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Role of Mentoring in EMS" with Dan Batsie

No one in EMS succeeds alone. However, far too frequently new practitioners are left to “take their lumps” and languish without proper guidance. This common dilemma leads to not only poor patient care, but serves to weight down EMS as a profession in face of progress. This motivational discussion will describe the importance of mentors in EMS. It will focus not just on the new provider but discuss how mentoring and cooperation can improve EMS as a whole.

NYS Core Category: (1) Preparatory

10:45am to 11:45am: "The EMS Crisis in NYS: What Are We Doing?" with Travis Howe

The volunteer well is drying up, we have a broken healthcare payment system, a lack of self-awareness and promotion, unattractive career options and as a whole, we are a territorial bunch. These are just a handful of the obstacles we face as a fractured (and per NYS Municipal Code,) non-essential EMS system. The good news is, we have the ability to overcome! Join Travis as he provides an honest and realistic assessment of EMS in NYS and what WE can work TOGETHER to build prosperous and sustainable systems. We’ll even knock down a few walls by talking about controversial topics like collaboration and consolidation. *Hugs will be provided at no charge

NYS Core Category: (1) Preparatory

12pm to 1pm: "Elizabethtown Community Hospital Paramedic Program; The Future of Paramedic Training in the North Country of NYS." with Bruce Barry

Join Bruce Barry, Paramedic Program Director for the Elizabethtown Community Hospital for an in-depth look at this brand new training program and how it will impact EMS systems in Northern New York State.

NYS Core Category: (1) Preparatory