Prehospital & Disaster Medicine Committee

Prehospital and Disaster Medicine

Prehospital and Disaster Medicine Leaders

Chair

Kelly Tillotson

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Chair Elect

Luke Wohlford, MD, MPH

University of Vermont Medical Center

Vice Chair

Sriram Venkatesan

Sri Ramachandra University - India

Vice Chair

Shilpi Ganguly, MS

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Assistant Vice Chair

Mohammad Abuakar, CCEMT-P

Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

Assistant Vice Chair

Matthew Lyons

Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Assistant Vice Chair

Brent Olson, DO

Loyola University Medical Center

Resident Representative to ACEP

Aaron R. Kuzel, D.O., M.B.A.

Fellow | University of Louisville School of Medicine | Louisville, KY

Associate Editor

Nisha Lunia

Associate Editor
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Chair

Kelly Tillotson

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Chair Elect

Luke Wohlford, MD, MPH

University of Vermont Medical Center

Vice Chair

Sriram Venkatesan

Sri Ramachandra University - India

Vice Chair

Shilpi Ganguly, MS

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Assistant Vice Chair

Mohammad Abuakar, CCEMT-P

Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

Assistant Vice Chair

Matthew Lyons

Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Assistant Vice Chair

Brent Olson, DO

Loyola University Medical Center

Resident Representative to ACEP

Aaron R. Kuzel, D.O., M.B.A.

Fellow | University of Louisville School of Medicine | Louisville, KY

Associate Editor

Nisha Lunia

Associate Editor
Contact Nisha

Overview and Objectives

With EMS being recognized as an official subspecialty of emergency medicine, EMRA members with an interest in a career in EMS, prehospital care, disaster medicine, and related research are strongly encouraged to join this division. Formed in 2012 (originally as the EMS Division), the Prehospital & Disaster Medicine Committee provides general resources and information about EMS for all EMRA members.

Objectives:

  1. Encourage interest and provide educational and research resources in the fields of prehospital and disaster medicine among EMRA members
  2. Promote networking and mentorship opportunities in the fields of prehospital and disaster medicine
  3. Educate medical students and emergency medicine residents regarding different niche areas within the fields of prehospital and disaster medicine
  4. Encourage networking and collaboration among different subspecialty fields within the specialty of emergency medicine 5. Participate and advocate for the best interest of our patients surrounding policies regarding prehospital care

Mentorship Opportunities

Interested in an EMS/Disaster Mentorship? Sign up here, we still having willing mentors available!

Get Involved

Want to work on your presentation skills? Add something to your resume? Host a Mini Grand Rounds with us! Check out the recordings of past ones and then send Kristen your ideas/presentation.  We'll work with you on it and get you on the schedule. 

Previous Recordings

International EMS

Hear from Dr. Erin Noste, Associate Clinical Professor at UCSD! She is EM- and EMS-trained, and has served as a leader in multiple international healthcare organizations, including experience in systems building in Africa and the Pacific Islands.

Erin E. Noste, MD FACEP

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EMS Applications in Aerospace Medicine

Drs. Natacha Chough, NASA Flight Surgeon and Rebecca Mendelsohn, UTMB Aerospace Medicine Resident spoke about their experience with medicine in the final frontier!

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Mass Gathering Medicine: A Birds-Eye View

How would you define a mass gathering? What is the role of a physician on a mass gathering/events medical team? What are the general capabilities of a field mass gathering/event medicine? Or what is generally at your disposal?

Dr. Asa Margolis, DO, MPH, MS
Dr. Nathan Woltman, MD
Dr. Shane Kappler, MD, MS, MBA, FACEP

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Urban Search and Rescue

Dr. Patricia Cantwell shared her riveting experiences interfacing with the dynamic world of disaster medicine. Working nationally and internationally, she has has has responded to numerous disasters over the years including the 2001 Word Trade Center attacks, multiple hurricane responses, the 2010 Haiti Earthquake and the 2021 Miami Surfside Building Collapse, to name a few.

G. Patricia Cantwell, MD

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Tactical Medicine: Opportunities for Emergency Medicine Trainees

Learn more about the opportunities and future training pathways for Emergency Medicine trainees, interested in pursuing a career in the emerging field of Tactical Medicine.

* Brian Springer, MD - Chair, ACEP TALEM Section
* John Wipfler, MD - Past Chair, ACEP TALEM Section
* Nelson Tang, MD - Fellowship Director, Johns Hopkins Tactical Medicine Fellowship
* Russell Baker, DO - Fellowship Director, Texas Tech University Health Science Center Tactical Medicine Fellowship
* Stephanie Kemp, MD - Johns Hopkins University
* Kyle Jones, MD - Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
* Stephen Schwartfeger, MD - Fellow, Texas Tech University Health Science Center

Hosted by Sriram Venkatesan, FAWM

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Mobile Stroke Unit

Northwestern Medicine has put passion, time, and energy into creating one of the world's first mobile stroke units (MSUs), which brings advanced stroke care right to the patient's doorstep. Equipped with a CT-scanner, ventilator, cardiac monitors, medication pumps, remote access capabilities, and specialized stroke medications, the MSU brings the hospital to the patient. EMS medical director Dr. Stephen Graham, MD and stroke program manager Keely Buffo discussed the MSU's inception, capabilities, and impact on stroke care.

Dr. Steven Graham & Dr. Keely Buffo

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EMS Hot Topic

At the CORD 2023 PDM meeting, Dr. Craig Cooley discussed how EMS is responding to ED boarding and increased EMS offloading times as well as strategies to address these issues​.

Craig Cooley, MD, MPH, EMT-P, FACEP, FAAEM, FAEMS

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in US EMS

NAEMSP's DEI Committee joins us to discuss the current state of equity in prehospital care, the EMS workforce, and the ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in our field.

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HEMS: The Flight Physician

University of Cincinnati Air Care's Dr. William Hinckley and Stryker Fellow Kate Conelley discuss critical care anywhere.

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Women in EMS

An online discussion about the unique challenges of female leaders and practitioners in prehospital medicine.

Kathrine Connelly, MD, University of Cincinnati
Erin Kane, MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Sarayna Mcguire, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Katherine Raczek, MD, FAAEM, UT Health, San Antonio, TX
Kaori tanaka, DO, FACEP, MSPH, University of Buffalo
Jessica Wentlin, DO, FAAEM, FACEP, UT Health, San Antonio, TX
Heather De Anda, MD, Oregon Health and Science University

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Learn more about the evolving field of community paramedicine and how community paramedic programs accross the country differ in their organization and services.

Cody Main, Community Paramedic, Walla Walla Fire Department, Washington
Mark Babson, Community Paramedic, ADA County Community Paramedics, Idaho
Rober Whistler, EMS Program Director at Martin CC, North Carolina
Teal Jacobs, Community Paramedic, Nash UNC Healthcare, North Carolina
Evan Berg, MD, Medical Director of Medically Home, Massachussetts

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The Pre-Hospital & Disaster Medicine and Research Committees discussion of some of the latest high impact research in pre-hospital medicine.

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Governemnt Services + EMS Committees

Yev Maksimenko, MD, NRP
Capt, USAF, MC
EMRA Director of Leadership Development

Incorporating Civilian EMS Lessons Into a Vision for the Future of EMS Medical Direction in the US Military

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2nd Annual EMS Fellowship Happy Hour

Hangout with EMS Fellowship Program Directors & fellows from across the country during this informal event and ask questions you might have about EMS fellowship.

Participants from: University of Cincinnati, University of New Mexico, Brown, Loma Linda, Medical College of Wisconsin, UCSD, UCSF, UMass, and more!

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Trauma Link

January 11, 2022

Learn from a multidisciplinary prehospital medical team in Bangladesh as they provide an overview of Trauma Link, a self-sustaining prehospital model to reduce the burden of traffic injuries in Bangladesh and beyond.

Jon Moussally - Primary Founder
Arup Saha - Primary Founder
Abdul Baqi - Primary Founder

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Prehospital Ultrasound

October 5, 2021

Interested in Ultrasound? Interested in EMS? Did you know that ultrasound is being used more frequently in the prehospital setting? Come hear about Seattle's implementation and use of prehospital ultrasound to impact patient care.

Dr. Andrew Latimer, MD Associate Medical Director and Flight Physician, Airlift Northwest, Seattle, WA

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Beyond EMS Panel

May 6, 2021

Hear from experts in Event Medicine, Tactical Medicine, and Search & Rescue/National Parks System on unique opportunities within EMS.

Bridget Onders, MD; Matt Sztajnkrycer, MD, PhD, NRP; Will Smith, MD, FAEMS

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Stay and Play or Treat with Diesel?

October 20, 2020

Chris Laube, MS3, EMT-B
MS3, University of Arizona - COM Phoenix

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Lecturing the Lecturer:  The Intersection of EMS and Medical Education

September 27, 2020

Sarah Thead, MS-III, NRP
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

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EMS Logistics: Communications and Protocols

August 9, 2020

Luke Wohlford, BS, EMT-B
MS3, University of Arizona - COM Phoenix
EMRA Medical Student Council Southwest Regional Representative, 2020-2021

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An Introduction to Emergency Medical Services: Past, Present, and Future

July 19, 2020

Jordan Rudman, BA, EMT
MS3, Rush Medical College
Chicago, IL

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TOPIC : Prehospital Care During COVID-19: Response and Ethical Considerations

Join us as we hear from prehospital leaders from University of Washington, Mayo Clinic, and Mount Sinai regarding COVID-19 prehospital response and ethical considerations

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Just log into your EMRA account and select which one(s) you wish to join.

Once you join, you will receive an invitation to be part of the EMRA Committee Basecamp, which helps facilitate communication and collaboration.

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ACEP EMS Prehospital Section

As a resident, you get joint memberships in both EMRA and ACEP - so make sure you're aware and informed of what the ACEP EMS-Prehospital Section is doing!

When you set up your EMRA/ACEP membership, you get (2) section memberships for free - one to the ACEP Young Physician Section, and one of your choice. Why not make that choice EMS-Prehospital?

Additional ACEP section fees are half off - only $20

Learn More

EMS Essentials: A Resident's Guide to Prehospital Care

Published: May, 2016

Prehospital care is a vital and growing segment of medicine. With this publication, emergency medicine residents get an overview of the workings of EMS, including:

  • The resident's role in the field
  • What to expect on ride-alongs
  • EMS subspecialty areas

Written by emergency medicine residents and faculty with a specific interest in prehospital care and disaster medicine, this resource serves as an introduction to an emerging segment of medicine.

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EMS: A Brief History of Emergency Medical Services in the United States

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Jun 11, 2020

Until Help Arrives – Prehospital Emergency Education All Citizens Should Have

For a long time, prehospital emergency medicine education was limited to those training for jobs in the field. Only in the last several decades have mass education initiatives emphasized emergency medicine knowledge all citizens should know.

Apr 15, 2018

Tactical Medicine: Providing Care in the Urban Battlefield

The role of the tactical physician can vary, but it almost always involves preventive medicine, medical intelligence, and operational assistance. These skills make the physician an indispensable part of the team.

Feb 12, 2020

Tactical Medicine: An Evolving EM Subspecialty

A Q&A with a tactical medicine pioneer, Dr. John Wipfler III.