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2020 NAEMSE Virtual Symposium - Daily Agenda
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October 6 - 8, 2020


1:00 pm - 5:45 pm EST




The National Association of EMS Educators is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Virtual EMS Educators Symposium, in partnership with Jones & Bartlett’s Public Safety Group, this October 6 - 8! Due to safety concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, NAEMSE made the difficult decision to cancel our Symposium scheduled to take place in Pittsburgh, PA this year. Since then, we have been hard at work creating this 3-Day virtual experience featuring educational sessions from top EMS Educators, valuable networking opportunities, and a virtual exhibit hall featuring industry-leading vendors!








Daily Agenda




Tuesday, October 6


1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Bill SeifarthExecutive Director, NREMT

Greg ApplegateChief Science Officer, NREMT

Ray MoellersDirector of Stakeholder Relations, NREMT

General Session

The Past and the Future: 50 Years of National Registry History and the New ALS Test Specifications

A brief history of the first 50 years of the National Registry and a look at the changes that are coming to the National Registry ALS Examinations due to the 2019 ALS Practice Analysis. Learn about the history of the Star of Life and how Paramedics and Advances Emergency Medical Technicians will be tested in the future.





2:15pm - 3:15pm EST

Kyle Bates - Paramedic Program Director, University of Maryland

Breakout Session 1A

This Education is JUST Right: Working Within the Zone of Proximal Development

Our students are not "one size fits all" when it comes to learning. As educators, we need to teach to a level that promotes learning within each student. If we are too simplistic those who are more advances will become bored. If we teach too far above the students, they will become frustrated. Applying Vygotsky's sociocultural theory of learning and the zone of proximal development you will be better able to deliver education that is JUST right.


Darrell DeMartino - Associate Professor, Lindenwood University

Breakout Session 2A

Preparing EMS Students for Lifelong Learning

Unfortunately, after many students graduate they are not well prepared to be a lifelong learner in their profession. Regulatory demands or recertification requirements tend to dictate what continuing education and EMS professional undertakes. This presentation discusses the facets of self-directed learning and metacognition, which are essential to lifelong learning. In preparing our future professionals, it requires teaching students how to be a learner outside the classroom for the remainder of their career. Attendees will engage in dialogue and hear from the presenter as to how to prepare our students and graduates for the next stage of their professional lives.


Maia Dorsett, MD, PhD, FAEMS - Emergency Medicine and EMS Physician, University of Rochester Medical Center

Breakout Session 3A

Promoting Progress Uninhibited by Tradition: A Case-Based, Evidence-Based Practice Curriculum for Paramedic Students

As the practice of EMS medicine advances away from overreliance on expert opinion and towards an evidence-based foundation, prehospital providers need to understand the role of research in guiding clinical care. We developed a longitudinal curriculum where discussion where discussion of primary literature and key principles of evidence-based practices are integrated into cases are integrated into case discussion so that students can appreciate the impact of research on their daily clinical decision making. This lecture will discuss how these modules were developed, review several examples, and discuss the impact of the curriculum on student knowledge and attitudes towards integration of evidence-based medicine into their clinical practice.






Exhibit Hall Hours

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST





4:45pm - 5:45pm EST

Doug Gadomski - Senior Lecturer, University of New Mexico

Breakout Session 4A

Adding a Social Dimension to Your Online Course

If you've ever taken an online course and felt like you're the only one in the class, you're not imagining things! Learning is a social activity both in the classroom and at a distance. The question is, "How do I add that social part to a course that never gets to meet face-to-face?" Planning for a dynamic, interactive and socially satisfying experience isn't as intuitive as it seems. In this session we'll look at the social side of online learning and discuss practical ways you can successfully plan an online course that leaves your students feeling like they were part of a learning group!


Bob Matoba, MEd, EMT-P - Lead Instructor, St. Anthony Paramedic

Breakout Session 5A

Instructional Scaffolding: Supporting Students to Stand on Their Own

There's a reason why scaffolding is used in construction: it provides essential support until the structure can stand on its own. The same holds true for prehospital learning. Want to know how instructional scaffolding increases your student's ability to quickly learn and apply concepts? Come learn how instructional scaffolding can make you a better instructor, while simultaneously doubling the amount of information your students can learn.

  Kevin Leverence - EMS Training Director, Houston, TX Fire Dept.

Breakout Session 6A

You Can't Learn to Swim by Reading a Book - Advancing Critical Thinking in Simulation Training

Simulation and rehearsal training are the means by which we transform knowledge into action. Without proper planning and coordination, we lose the educational and developmental impact of simulation training and find ourselves just going through the motions. This is not your typical lecture about high-fidelity simulations. Learn about the psychology behind the efficacy of simulation training and simple steps you can take as an educator or training designer to maximize the effect of putting your people through the paces. Come hear and discuss some methods to transform your simulation training into a vehicle that drives personnel from technical competence to clinical greatness.





Wednesday, October 7


1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Dr. George Hatch, EdD, LP - Executive Director, CoAEMSP

Doug York, NRP, PS - Technical Consultant, CoAEMSP

Jennifer Anderson Warwick, MA - Accreditation Consultant, CoAEMSP

General Session

CAAHEP Accreditation Update by CoAEMSP

The Committee on Accreditation of EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) will share updates on the initiatives it is leading or serving as active members with, as well as discuss the strategic outlook of the organization moving EMS Education via credible education.





2:15pm - 3:15pm EST

Lawrence Linder, MA, NRPEMS Educator, Hillsborough Community College


Breakout Session 1B

Death in a Dose

Pediatric exposures and poisoning continue to be a significant cause of pediatric morbidity and mortality. This dynamic discussion will look at the increasing incident of pediatric poisoning with emphasis being placed on pediatric assessment and treatments. This program will help reduce the anxiety in participants, and make you feel more comfortable when confronted with the case of pediatric poisoning. Participants will learn how age, stress, fright and physiological differences should change your assessment techniques. Management of some of the more common elements will be discussed.

  Kory Lane - EMS Educator & Critical Care Paramedic, PreMed Training Group

Breakout Session 2B

Resusci-ADDIE or Splinting with SAM: A Review of Instructional Design for the EMS Educator

Tackling a new course design remains a daunting task for the EMS Educator. Luckily, instructional methodologies assist us with the process from the initial idea through evaluation. Two of the most common instructional design methodologies are:

     ADDIE  (Analyze - Design - Develop - Implement - Evaluate)

     SAM  (Successive Approximation Model)

Each approach has unique benefits and difficulties. So, which is right for the EMS Educator? The session explores the instructional design methodologies, their uses, and importantly, selecting the one that fits your current project.

  Kim McKenna, PhD, MEd, BSN, RN, EMT-P  - Director of Education, St. Charles County Ambulance District

Breakout Session 3B

Mirror Mirror

Learning in EMS often occurs at the speed of light. Learners seldom have time to catch their breath and really think about their learning experiences and their clinical experiences and how the two relate to one another. Reflection is an important component of clinical diagnosis and of progression of EMT's and paramedics from novice to expert performance throughout their careers. This session explores how reflection on learning deepens knowledge and advances performance in both entry level and advanced clinical practice.





Exhibit Hall Hours

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm  EST





4:45pm - 5:45pm EST

Shelly Beck, MS, AEMT - Assistant Professor, University of Utah


Breakout Session 4B

Are we Teaching our Students to Problem Solve?

How often do we find ourselves prompting our students as they practice or test skills? How often do we include prompts in our written exams? This session will look at how to shift our teaching from prompting to problem solving. This shift in teaching allows our students to become critical thinkers and to problem solve.

  Katie O'Connor - Assistant Program Director, UCLA Paramedic Education Program

Breakout Session 5B

Making the Most of Online Simulations

This session will discuss how to utilize online/distanced platforms to have engaging, quality simulations for EMS students. Adjusting learning objectives, enhancing communication and expanding curriculum are all possible and even better online! We can improve diversity, be more inclusive and provide a better educational experience.

  Tim Reitz - Program Director, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center

Breakout Session 6B

Why Should I Come to Class?

Have you been asked by a student, "Will I miss anything important today if I miss class?" As educators, our answer is usually, "Yes, you will!" Then, most likely, the answer is to get the notes from someone and you should be good. This is one of those times WE should be asking ourselves, "Why should they come to class? If I am only giving them the information from the book - "sage on the stage" - and they can get the information from another student, maybe I'm not needed!" This session will explore the different options and recognizing why students may not want to come to class. How can we transform into being the "guide on the side?"





Thursday, October 8


1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Chris Caulkins, EdD, MPH, MA, NRP - Executive Director, Minnesota Center of Suicidology


Breakout Session 1C

Suicide: Fitting Your Learners with Psychological Armor

Suicide rates are uncomfortably high among emergency responders. In this session, we will demonstrate how to teach how to have a difficult conversation about suicide with a patient. In addition, we will identify the gaps in EMS education and show examples of assignments, learning objects, certification courses and other resources that will improve your ability to fit your students and personnel with the psychological armor necessary to effectively help themselves, co-workers and their patients.

  Dr. Nerina Stepanovsky - Consultant, EMS Education & Accreditation Assistance

Breakout Session 2C

Accessibility/ADA from a Program Director's Perspective

Accessibility and ADA issues can be a nightmare for any program manager. Well-meaning action or inaction can result in legal problems for you and your program. Come hear some common instances encountered by EMS programs, and some ways to correctly handle them. This program will define ADA/Accessibility requirements for students, proper ways to work with students, proper ways to work with students, proper ways to work with students requesting accommodations, and methods to ensure students who want to enter your program can be successful in completing it.

  Rob Theriault - Paramedic Professor & Immersive Technology Lead, Georgian College

Breakout Session 3C

Podcasting to Enhance Learning

How do we connect with students in the digital age and leverage the technologies that they use to supplement and enhance their learning experience? One way is to engage them through podcasting. Podcasting involves creating audio or "enhanced" audio recordings that are downloadable to any mobile device. Podcasts can be used by teachers to supplement learning or students to create digital assignments. Together we'll discuss the pedagogy, the how-to and the possibilities of podcasting.





Exhibit Hall Hours

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm EST





3:30pm - 4:30pm EST

Dennis Edgerly - Director of the EMS Academy, Arapahoe Community College


Breakout Session 4C

Let's Write a Test Question

Exams are powerful tools in the educational setting. Exams assess knowledge and learning and can determine the destiny of learners in our classroom. Often exams will have an effect on employment and promotions. As educators, we need to be sure our exams are doing what we want them to do. Are the exams being used valid, reliable and are they assessing what we want them to assess? Are your cut scores set correctly? Exams are sharp tools and we don't want them to cut the wrong way. This interactive session will walk participants through the construction of an exam question. The session will look at the processes used to craft and then evaluate exam questions.

Bring your phone to participate!


Nicholas Miller - Assistant Professor & Paramedic Program Director, Lindenwood University

Breakout Session 5C

Appendix G For Dummies - Help is Here!

In 2019, CoAEMSP updated the student psychomotor education and documentation requirements for accredited paramedic programs. These changes are known unofficially as the new Appendix G, named for the section of the annual accreditation report where programs document student psychomotor portfolio progress. Understanding and implementing these new and complicated requirements can leave even the most experienced program director dazed and confused. This presentation, just like the popular book series, For Dummies, will tackle the complex Appendix G requirements and provide educators and program directors with the information they need to understand and implement these numerous new documentation requirements.


William Leggio, EdD - Clinical Operations, Standards & Practices Coordinator, City of Austin - Office of the Medical Director

Mike Miller - Assistant Professor & Director, Creighton University - Emergency Medical Services Education Program

Breakout Session 6C

Exploring Advance Placement Paramedic Education for Healthcare Professionals

This presentation aims to facilitate a dialogue on advance placement paramedic education using published feasibility data and experiences.





4:45pm - 5:45pm EST

Sahaj Khalsa - Program Director, EMS Institute at Santa Fe Community College


General Session

Educating Culturally Competent EMS Educators

As a growing body of research reveals disparities in prehospital treatment for minority patients, EMS Educators and Program Directors are obligated to understand how we impact this care. We serve as gatekeepers to the profession and, in that role, we may be playing a role in perpetuating disparities in care for our patients. However, we must recognize that the disparities are a result of systemic, not individual, issues, and will require systemic solutions. This presentation will review the latest evidence on disparities and discuss best practices on how to mitigate them. We will identify policies which may be continuing disparities and the impact we may have through the "hidden curriculum" in our programs.


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