2020 Conference

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The National Collegiate EMS Foundation would like to invite you to our 27th Annual Conference, to be held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, MA on February 28-March 1, 2020. 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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Registration for the 2020 NCEMSF Conference is now open!

Conference registration fees vary depending on when you register. Regular Registration runs through February 11th, and the costs are $90 for Personal Members and $110 for non-members or Token Code purchases.

You must be logged in to register. 

For details on the registration process, please see our How to Register page. You can also create a new Personal Account (for individuals to register for Conference attendance) or Institutional Account (for groups to purchase token codes). If you have an existing account from a previous year but cannot access it, please file a Support Ticket and we will assist you.

Keynote presentation from the 2018 Conference

Conference Schedule and Program

The 2019 NCEMSF Conference will run from Friday, February 28, 2020 through Sunday, March 1, 2020. The Conference will include:

  • Pre-Conference Workshops (Friday morning and 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. 

A   pdf draft program (134 KB)  is now available in PDF format. Please note that this schedule is still subject to change. A full online and mobile program will be available about one week before the Conference. 

Submit Presentations and Academic Posters

Workshop Session Presentations

Abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis. Abstracts will be accepted for traditional theater-style lectureshands-on skills sessions, and roundtable discussions. For your convenience, presenters from previous Conferences (2017-2019) 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 2019 Conference Program (1.11 MB) .

Submit abstracts online.

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. Sumissions were due on January 31, 2020. Selected applicants will be notified in early February. 

Academic Poster Session

NCEMSF is pleased to partner with the Journal of Collegiate EMS on our third 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 submissions can be made via our online abstract system. A free NCEMSF website account is required to submit abstracts. Accepted applicants will be notified directly by JCEMS. The application deadline has now passed. 


Physio-Control CPR Challenge

Pre-Conference Workshops

NCEMSF is pleased to continue the tradition of offering Pre-Conference Workshops to be held on Friday, February 28, 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). 

You can view a list of current Pre-Conference Workshops, and additional workshop options may be added as the Conference approaches. 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. 

Stryker EMS Skills Classic

The NCEMSF Stryker 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. This event requires an additional fee of $10 per team (to be collected at the Conference). For more details, see the  pdf EMS Skills Classic Rules (95 KB) and  pdf Skills Liability Release (82 KB) . Teams can pre-register online up to one week prior to the Conference. After that point, additional teams can register on-site only if space permits. 

Alumni Mixer and Social

Each year, NCEMSF hosts an Alumni Mixer and Social, which takes place on the evening of Saturday, February 29, 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 14, 2020.

Conference Finance

Attendees looking at patches and merchandise

The NCEMSF Conference remains one of the most affordable EMS conferences in the United States. Full details can be found on our Conference 2020 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 were due by February 7, 2020 and selected groups will be notified via email. 

Boston Hotel Exterior View at Night

Conference Logistics

The 2020 NCEMSF Conference will be held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199. The Sheraton is now fully booked for our Conference weekend. You may still attempt to book at the Sheraton as reservations are sometimes cancelled, but availability and pricing are no longer guaranteed.

An overflow room block was added at the Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave, at $159/night plus taxes and fees, but only limited King rooms remain. Pease use the hotel's special NCEMSF booking site to secure rooms at this facility, but know that we are unable to guarantee availability of these rooms. 

An additional overflow block has been added at The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St James Plaza. Rooms in this third block are available for $209 per night for deluxe rooms or $309 for gold (concierge) rooms, plus applicable taxes and fees. To book, please call the hotel at 617.237.5300 and mention "NCEMSF." Online booking at our discounted rate is not available at this hotel. This rate was only available through 5pm Eastern Time (2pm Pacific) on Thursday, February 13, 2020. 

Please note that all hotel deadlines are rate deadlines; capacity is subject to market demand. NCEMSF is unable to guarantee that hotel rooms will continue to be available in the vacinity of the Sheraton, especially if you delay booking. If you encounter any issues with room availability, please email confinfo@ncemsf.org prior to booking at another hotel and we will attempt to assist. Conference attendees are strongly encouraged to stay at the host or overflow hotels to get the most out of the Conference experience.

Located in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, the Sheraton is 20 minutes from Logan Airport by car and 30 minutes by public transit. The hotel is attached to Boston's Prudential Center, which features a variety of shops and restaurants. Information on hotel parking will be available soon.

Boston's public transit system offers free trips from Logan Airport via the Massport Logan Express bus's Back Bay line. Busses run every 20 minutes from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm from the airport, and will stop at the Hynes Convention Center, which has an indoor connection to the hotel via Prudential Center. For return trips, busses depart every 20 minutes from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm, and the $3.00 fare can be paid by credit or debit card (no cash accepted). 


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 29, 2020, 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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