The National Collegiate EMS Foundation would like to invite you to our 29th Annual Conference, to be held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown on February 25-27, 2022. 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.
NCEMSF is committed to the safety of its attendees, Conference presenters, and hotel staff. While we are planning on an in-person Conference in 2022, we are still closely monitoring the public health situation as we develop our plans for 2022. NCEMSF will follow the CDC guidance in effect at the time of the Conference for the duration of the event. Specific requirements and procedures will be shared closer to the event date once we know the most appropriate measures based on the CDC and local public health guidelines at that time.
Registration for the 2022 NCEMSF Conference will open on December 1st!
The NCEMSF Conference remains one of the most affordable EMS conferences in the country. Conference registration fees vary depending on when you register. Discounts are offered for registering early (between December 1 and January 7) as well as based on personal membership status if registering individually. Group registration and payment options are also available as described on our Fees and Policies page.
As your group plans for Conference attendance, please note that all attendees must register themselves (even if the registrations are paid for as a group). This requires each individual to have their own NCEMSF website account. Groups looking to purchase Token Codes should do so through their Institutional website account (only one per squad). If your group is having difficulty accessing its account, please contact our IT team.
The 2020 NCEMSF Conference will run from Friday, February 25, 2022 through Sunday, February 27, 2022. The Conference will include:
- Pre-Conference Workshops (Friday morning and/or afternoon)
- 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
To get the most out of the Conference experience, we recommend arriving in the morning or afternoon on Friday, and staying through early evening on Sunday.
Because submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, the Conference Program will be available closer to the Conference dates. For an idea of the types of educational content available, please view our pdf 2020 Conference Program (4.23 MB) (our most recent in-person event).
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 twelve individuals from the same school complete in a variety of scenarios at either the ALS or BLS level. Details on the additional fee for this event and the rules will be available in December.
NCEMSF is pleased to continue the tradition of offering Pre-Conference Workshops to be held on Friday, February 25, 2020. Pre-Conference Workshops offer the opportunity to take an in-depth dive into a specific topic. Each Workshop lasts at least three hours, and seating is capped to ensure the optimal educational experience for all attendees. Additional Continuing Education credit is also available (issued as paper certificates on-site). Pre-Conference Workshop topics are still being developed, and will be available closer to December. Past topics have included Special Event Management, Hazardous Materials Response, Technical Rescue Basics for EMS, and the Rescue Task Force concept. Some past Conferences have also offered local tours as Pre-Conference events (availability depends on local agencies).
To register, you must be logged in and already registered for the Conference. Pre-Conference Workshops do have additional fees to cover space use, supplies, and other costs not associated with our normal lectures. Token codes cannot be applied to Pre-Conference Workshops. Details for group payment of Pre-Conference Workshop fees can be found on our Fees and Policies page. Fees for Pre-Conference Workshops are non-refundable, but registrations can be transferred to other users if the original registrant is unable to attend.
Alumni Mixer and Social
Each year, NCEMSF hosts an Alumni Mixer and Social, which takes place on the evening of Saturday, February 26, 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.
There are also multiple opportunities to celebrate the achievements of your squad and its members. NCEMSF's Awards Program has recognition opportunities for individuals, groups, and activities. Striving for Excellence is a self-evaluative program designed to recognize groups that meet best practices in EMS administration and management. HEARTSafe Campus is a recognition program for groups and schools that have improved the safety of their campuses through CPR education and outreach. EMS Ready Campus is a self-evaluative program designed to promote integration between Collegiate EMS and Emergency Management. NCEMSF also partners with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association to issue recognition certificates for collegiate EMS providers who participated in CPR Saves. More details about each can be found by following the appropriate links. The deadline for receipt of all recognition program nominations and supporting materials is February 11, 2022.
Workshop Session Presentations
Presentations submission requests are now being accepted via our online portal. You must have an NCEMSF website account to submit a presentation. In addition to standard hour-long lectures and hands-on skills sessions, NCEMSF is also seeking presenters for lightning talks: short, ten-minute presentations on a single topic delivered as part of a rapid-fire series of lectures. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, with the first review occurring in early December.
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.
NCEMSF is pleased to partner with the Journal of Collegiate EMS on our 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. Accepted applicants will be notified directly by JCEMS.
The NCEMSF Conference remains one of the most affordable EMS conferences in the United States. Full details can be found on our Conference 2022 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. Applications are due by January 7, 2022 and selected groups will be notified via email.
The 2022 NCEMSF Conference will be held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel. Located in Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle, it overlooks the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers and is situated near several parks, the Fort Pitt Museum, and Pittsburgh's Cultural District. The hotel's address is 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
NCEMSF has secured a special Conference rate of $148.00 per room per night plus applicable taxes and fees. This rate is only guaranteed through January 25, 2022. Register via the hotel's online booking portal. Note that the portal will allow you to book several days before and after the Conference, but the only Conference activities will be Friday through Sunday. Be sure to book your hotel rooms early to lock in this rate.
Please note that all hotel deadlines are rate deadlines; capacity is subject to market demand. Booking early is the best way to ensure that you can get a room at the host hotel. If you encounter any issues with room availability, please email email@example.com prior to booking at another hotel and we will attempt to assist. Conference attendees are strongly encouraged to stay at the host hotel to get the most out of the Conference experience.
For those travelling from out-of-town, Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is located 30 minutes west of downtown Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is also on the Pennsylvanian and Capitol Limited Amtrak routes, and Union Station (PGH) is less than one mile from the Wyndham Grand Downtown. For those driving to the hotel, both on-site and off-site parking options will be available.
The Conference hotel is located in downtown Pittsburgh, approximately 30 minutes from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) by car or 45 minutes by public transit.
The Port Authority of Allegheny County offers an express bus (28X Airport Flyer) from the airport that drops off near the Gateway station, just two blocks from the hotel. The fare is $2.75 each way. Various private airport shuttle services and shared-ride vans are also available, as are taxis, as described on the airport website.
Details on hotel parking will be available at a later date. Please note that space for oversized vehicles (vehicles with lightbars or full-size pickups and SUVs) may be limited.
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 26, 2022, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.