The National Collegiate EMS Foundation would like to invite you to our 31st Annual Conference, to be held on February 23-25, 2024 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, MD. 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 2024, we are still closely monitoring the public health situation as we develop our plans for 2024. At this time, CDC and local public health guidance does not require any specific COVID-19 mitigation measures, however we encourage all participants to take appropriate precautions in order to keep themselves as well as others safe and healthy. If you are not felling well at the time of the Conference, please reconsider your attendance. Hand sanitizer and face masks will be available for all.
Registration for the 2024 Conference will open on December 1st, 2023.
Registration for the 2022 NCEMSF Conference is now open!
Conference registration fees vary depending on when you 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.
The 2024 NCEMSF Conference will run from Friday, February 23, 2024 through Sunday, February 25, 2024. 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.
The full program will be available in February 2024. For an example of the types and breadth of lectures available, please see our pdf 2023 Program (3.52 MB) .
Workshop Sessions each have between four to nine (or more) different lecture options. Plenary sessions are a single session held in a large ballroom. Lightning talks will be offered at various times throughout the weekend, overlapping with scheduled workshop sessions.
Stryker EMS Skills Classic
The 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. The Skills Classic requires an additional fee per team.
NCEMSF is pleased to continue the tradition of offering Pre-Conference Workshops to be held on Friday, February 23, 2024. 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). Additional details and registration links will be published once Conference registration opens.
Alumni Mixer and Social
Each year, NCEMSF hosts an Alumni Mixer and Social, which takes place on the evening of Saturday, February 24, 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. Activities will include a Welcome Social sponsored by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 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 9, 2024.
Workshop Session Presentations
Presenter submissions are now available.
A free NCEMSF website account is required to access the portal. Presenters who have submitted abstracts in the past should use their existing NCEMSF account; contact our IT team if you need assistance locating your username or resetting your password.
Presenters will receive further details on logistics and timing of their lectures in February.
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. More information and submission directions are on 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.
Posters should be submitted through the online abstract system. Please be sure to select Poster Session on the Submission Type to ensure the correct fields are displayed. Poster templates are available for download:
- document JCEMS Poster Template (Original Research) (836 KB)
- document JCEMS Poster Template (Program Development) (838 KB)
The NCEMSF Conference remains one of the most affordable EMS conferences in the United States. The registration prices for 2024 are as follows:
- Early Registration: $80 members/$95 non-members and tokens
- Regular Registration: $95 members/$115 non-members and tokens
- Late Registration: $130
For more information, please see our 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. Group payment options are described in more detail on our Fees and Policies 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. Online applications are now available.
The 2024 Conference will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21202. Located in Baltimore's East Harbor neighborhood, it is ideally situated near tourist attractions, restaurants, and shopping opportunities. NCEMSF has secured a Conference rate of $175 per room per night plus taxes and fees. This rate is available only through January 24, 2024. Booking is available online via the hotel's NCEMSF Conference Reservation Portal. Note that the hotel portal will allow you to book rooms before and after the Conference, but the Conference itself is only Friday through Sunday.
NCEMSF strongly recommends booking at one of the Conference hotels to get the most from the Conference experience. If you encounter any issues with your booking process, please contact email@example.com prior to booking anywhere else.
Note that hotels may set maximum occupancies per room, and that couches and roll-away beds may not be offered due to availability and/or fire code issues.
The host hotel is accessible from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport using Baltimore's Light Rail and CityLink bus services. For more information, please see the MTA website.
Taxis and Rideshares
Taxis at BWI airport are on the lower level outside baggage claim, near doors 5 and 13. Taxis from the airport are only allowed to charge meter rates (no flat rates). Return taxi trips should be booked directly with the taxi company.
Rideshare apps also offer service between the East Harbor neighborhood and BWI, though rates are subject to each company's rate scale, plus any applicable surge pricing and surcharges. Pickups and drop-offs for app-based rideshares are on the upper (departure) level roadway.
The hotel offers valet parking to an off-site lot for $46 per day. No oversized vehicles are allowed. Those driving and wishing to self-park should consult the online parking locator service of their choice.
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 24, 2024, 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 Foundation sponsor and examples of pricing at past events, visit the sponsors section of the website. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.