2019 Conference

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The National Collegiate EMS Foundation would like to invite you to our 26th Annual Conference, to be held at the Wyndham Grand Downtown Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA on February 22-24, 2019. Join over 1,100 EMTs and Paramedics from more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada for three days of education, skills labs, and networking. 

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Keynote presentation from the 2018 Conference

Conference Schedule and Program

The 2019 NCEMSF Conference will run from Friday, February 22, 2019 through Sunday, February 24, 2019. The Conference will include:

  • Pre-Conference Workshops (Friday 1pm-4pm)
  • Twelve Workshop Sessions (Friday 6pm through 9pm, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning through early Sunday afternoon)
  • Multiple Plenary Sessions
  • Academic Poster Session
  • Hands-On Skills Labs

Because we accept presentations on a rolling basis, a full program us not currently available. However, you can view our pdf 2018 program (1.43 MB) for examples of the variety and quantity of educational sessions available at the Conference. 


CPR Challenge

Pre-Conference Workshops

NCEMSF is pleased to offer two Pre-Conference Workshops, to be held 1pm to 4pm on Friday, February 22, 2019. Topics for 2019 are Medical Considerations for Technical Rescue and Emergency Management. Workshops are open only to paid Conference attendees and require an additional registration fee. Registration for these Workshops will open on December 1, but course descriptions and pricing are available now. 

EMS Skills Classic

The NCEMSF EMS Skills Classic is an annual event allowing Collegiate EMS providers to showcase their patient care, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities. Teams of up to four individuals from the same school complete in a variety of scenarios at either the ALS or BLS level. This event requires an additional fee of $10 per team (to be collected at the Conference), and pre-registration will open on December 1. The pdf Skills Classic Rules (182 KB) and pdf Liability Waiver (82 KB) are both available for review now. 

Alumni Mixer and Social

Each year, NCEMSF hosts an Alumni Mixer and Social, which takes place on the evening of Saturday, February 23, after the conclusion of the Awards Ceremony. Alumni Conference Attendees, along with Conference Presenters, are invited to attend this free event. Refreshments and light hors-d'oeuvres will be provided. Tickets to this event are distributed at Conference check-in to eligible attendees. 

Other Conference Activities

NCEMSF Conferences are about more than just learning. They are also an opportunity for networking and socialization with other Collegiate EMS Providers and Leaders. We are currently making plans for Pittsburgh events, but expect a Welcome Social on Friday evening, Group Introductions and Meet-and-Greet on Saturday morning event (which will also include recognition for squad anniversaries and CPR saves), and a Saturday evening social event. All of these activities are included in your Conference registration fee! Check back for more details as the Conference approaches. 

Submit Presentations and Academic Posters

Workshop Session Presentations

Abstract submission for the 2019 Conference is now open. Abstracts will be accepted for traditional theater-style lectures, hands-on skills sessions, and roundtable discussions. For your convenience, presenters from previous Conferences (2017-2018) can access their prior lectures and re-submit them, though additional presenters will need to be re-added. A free NCEMSF website account is needed to submit presentations or access prior presentations. To view examples of past lectures, please see our pdf 2018 Conference Program (1.43 MB) . Abstracts are accepted on a rolling basis, so interested presenters are encouraged to submit their presentations early. 

Vomacka Student Speaker Competition 

Current students are also welcome to enter the Vomacka Student Speaker Competition. This symposium is a chance for student lecturers to showcase their presentation skills and earn bragging rights for their collegiate EMS organization. The competition is judged on a speaker's ability to deliver a relevant high-quality seminar to their peers. Points are awarded based on strength of the submitted abstract, quality of the delivered presentation, and audiovisual materials. Further details, including specific application instructions, can be found at our Vomacka page.  

Academic Poster Session

NCEMSF is pleased to partner with the Journal of Collegiate EMS on our second annual Academic Poster Session, featuring original research and case studies in program development/evaluation. Poster authors need not be present at the Conference to be selected, but those who are will have the chance to show their poster in person. Detailed presentation information and required poster templates can be found in our folder Poster Session Documents Section . Poster presentations must be submitted via our online abstract submission system. A free NCEMSF website account is required to submit abstracts. 

Conference Finance

Attendees looking at patches and merchandise

The NCEMSF Conference remains one of the most affordable EMS conferences in the United States. Early registration rates will be $75 for NCEMSF Members and $90 for non-membersFull details can be found on our Conference 2019 Fees and Policies page.

Conference registrations can be paid individually or as a group, and NCEMSF accepts credit card/purchasing card payment via PayPal, as well as checks (personal or institutional) and institutional purchase orders. You can find financial documents commonly needed by schools when paying via Purchase Order at our Tax Forms Page

For groups who have never attended an NCEMSF Conference, groups that were regular attendees in the past but have not attended in the last several years, or groups experiencing financial hardship, NCEMSF offers a Conference Scholarship Program/New Group Initiative. Please contact your group's Regional Coordinator to learn more; the application will open December 1st.

Hotel at night

Conference Logistics

The 2019 NCEMSF Conference will be held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel, 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. 

NCEMSF's special Conference rate is $148 per room per night plus applicable taxes and fees (roll-away beds and mini-fridges, if available, incur an extra fee charged nightly). Bookings may be made online at the hotel's online booking website. For your convenience, the Conference rate is available for several days before and after the Conference weekend.  

Located in Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle, the hotel is 30 minutes from Pittsburgh International Airport and less than one mile from Amtrak's Union Station. If you are driving, the only on-site parking option is valet. For information on other options, please see the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's website or consult the pdf hotel's self-parking locations map (10.25 MB)


Sponsor Table from 2018 Conference

NCEMSF offers multiple avenues for companies, organizations, and educational institutions to support the NCEMSF Conference and the Foundation's work as a whole.

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, a vendor and career fair will be held in a prominent area of the hotel. Booths are available to companies marketing products to EMTs and EMS agencies, as well as to medical schools and others looking to recruit. Most of our attendees are current undergraduate students who also serve as EMTs and Paramedics on their college campuses. Many of them hold leadership positions with the groups they represent and are responsible for agency purchases. After graduation, many attendees either continue in EMS, go on to medical school, or complete post-graduate education. 

We also offer the ability for sponsorship of specific Conference activities, assisting with one of our ongoing programs, or a named lecture track. For details on becoming a Conference sponsor, visit the sponsors section of the website. For more information email sponsor@ncemsf.org.


Email confinfo@ncemsf.org and a member of our staff will get back with you promptly. You can also check out our Conference Frequently Asked Questions page. 

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