2001 Conference

Rochester Inst. of Technology


Schedule of Events

Friday, February 9, 2001

2:00pm - 10:00pm
Registration and Check-In
Check-In will take place at the front desk of the Holidome Hotel. Conference Registration is in the lobby, directly across from the front desk. Each attendee must register individually. Please allow ample time at the registration tables.
4:00pm - 6:45pm
Check-In and Registration for Skills Competition
All competing teams must check-in at Conference Headquarters during this period. We will accept late registration as well. Please allow ample time at the registration tables.
7:00pm - 10:00pm
EMS Skills Competiton
This year's skills competition consists of 4 stations, testing each team's EMS skills, leadership skills, and creativity, to tackle everyday situations. These scenarios will replicate common emergency situations, with an emphasis on the college environment. Working as a team and thinking on your feet will ensure you success here, as well as in the field.
7:00pm - 10:00pm
NCEMSF Social, Omega Conference Room
Join the NCEMSF Board for this special event.
10:30pm - 12:00am
Welcome Reception, The Atrium and Omega Conference Room
A cash bar will be open and Hors d'Oeuvres will be served. Dress is casual. A brief presentation will be made by the Conference Chairs and the NCEMSF Board of Directors.

Saturday, February 10, 2001

8:00am - 9:45am
Breakfast, The Atrium
10:00am - 11:10am
Breakout Session I (click session for abstracts)
11:20am - 12:30pm
Breakout Session II (click session for abstracts)
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Lunch on your Own
2:30pm - 3:40pm
Breakout Session III (click session for abstracts)
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Breakout Session IV (click session for abstracts)
5:00pm - 6:30pm
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Social Hour, The Atrium
7:30pm - 1:00am
Annual NCEMSF Banquet and Dance, Grand Ballroom
You emcee, Mr. Bob Craig, Director of RIT Campus Safety, welcomes you to this semi-formal gathering in the grand ballroom. Join us for dinner and dancing late into the evening.

Sunday, February 11, 2001

8:00am - 9:45am
Breakfast, The Atrium
9:00am - 10:15am
Hotel Check-out
9:30am - 10:45am
Travel to RIT
11:00am - 1:00pm
Keynote Lecture
Mercy Flight Landing
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Join us for one final gathering before hitting the road. Pizza and other goodies will be served.


Breakout Session I (next session)

Technology and Collegiate EMS: Understanding and Using Resources -- Regan Kelly, EMT-D, Secretary and Webmaster, RIT Ambulance. "Technology can be used to complement and improve collegiate EMS. Topics covered include technology that can be used on the ambulance itself, technology that can be used to facilitate communication and idea exchange, as well as web-based resources."
Mr. Kelly is a medic with RIT Ambulance as well as Secretary and Webmaster. He has created an online duty board for the organization to allow shift sign-up to be more convenient. He has been involved with EMS since 1997 and has been an EMT since 1998. Currently, Reagan is studying to receive a Bachelors of Science in Biology at Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduating in May of 2001, he is planning to attend Boston University, to receive a Master's degree in Bioinformatics.

Poor Prognostic Indicators (When to Load and Go) --Gary Hecker, RN, University of Cincinnati and Stuart Rosenhaus, Adjunct Instructor, Saint Francis College. "A review of key signs & symptoms will help prehospital care providers quickly identify immediate life threatening conditions. The focus will be on developing critical thinking skills needed during patient assessment including the need for rapid interventions and transport decisions."
Mr. Hecker is a registered nurse and a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati. He received his BS in nursing from Brooklyn College and his MS in nursing from the University of Cincinnati. Gary has been involved in EMS since 1986, and is currently a member of Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company and Lindenwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps. He has been a member of NCEMSF since 1997 and was a presenter at the 2000 NCEMSF Conference at the University of Delaware.
Mr. Rosenhaus is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Allied Health at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, NY as well as an adjunct associate professor at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. He has been involved in EMS since 1982. Most recently he was a member of Canarsie Volunteer Ambulance, and is a former member of Brooklyn College EMS. He has been a member of NCEMSF since 1994 and was a presenter at the 2000 NCEMSF Conference held at the University of Delaware.

The Past, Present and Future of Flight EMS -- Dan Hujar, AEMT-P, Staff Development Director, Mercy Flight Central, Inc. and Jack B. Davidoff, MD, AEMT-P, Chief Medical Director, Mercy Flight, Inc.
"This lecture will deal with the past, present and future of Flight EMS. Also covered is when to utilize flight EMS and what a flight crew should expect when responding to a call."
Mr. Hujar has spent over 15 years in the EMS field as a pre-hospital care provider. He is a New York State certified lab instructor, as well as a certified instructor coordinator for pre-hospital education. Daniel Hujar is currently a member of the National Flight Paramedic Association, as well as the Finger Lakes Regional EMS council training committee STEP (Society for Total Emergency programs) Board Member.
Mr. Davidoff has spent over 23 years in EMS as a pre-hospital care provider and emergency physician. Some of the organizations that Jack Davidoff is involved with include the American Association of Physician Specialists, Air Medical Physicians Associations, and the Street medical Society.

Breakout Session II (next session)

President/Chief's Workshop: Charting Your Problems --George Koenig, President, NCEMSF. "As a leader, you will encounter organization problems every day. You may find that some problems are easy to solve, while finding the solution to others may seem impossible. This workshop will show you a methodical way to identify the root of the problem and help you solve it. Other techniques and tips will also be discussed. Whether you are a President, Chief, or someone who is interested in leadership, don't miss this interactive workshop."
Mr. Koening is currently a medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). He received his Masters degree in Biomedical Science from PCOM in 1999. In 1996, he graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. While attending college, he was active with Bucknell's quick response group. He served as President of the Bucknell Emergency Response Team from 1994 to 1996. He is currently certified as a Pennsylvania EMT-B. Aside from his involvement with NCEMSF, he is a member of the Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lower Merion and Narberth, and the Penn Wynne-Overbrook Hills Fire Company. His strong convictions about the benefits of collegiate EMS are evident by the encouragement and support that he offers on a daily basis to collegiate EMS groups.

Contemporary Drugs of Abuse -- Vince Cisternino, Ramapo College of New Jersey. "The Contemporary Drugs of Abuse lecture is a problem designed for the EMS professional who must deal with drugs on the clube scene and college campuses. Topics include changes in drugs; (degisner and variations on older drugs like heroin and cocaine), and specific drugs such as ecstasy, methamphetamines, date rape drugs, and prescription drugs. The discussion also covers the drug trade, marketing strategies, and their relation to pop culture."
Mr. Cisternino has an Associate in Applied Science, from UMDNJ, he is also a New Jersey Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic, a PHTLS advanced instructor, and an American Academy of Pediatrics PEPP Coordinator. Some of Vincent's experience includes being a paramedic in Newark, NJ, as well a paramedic at Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck NJ. Aside from having over ten years of experience as an EMS instructor, Vincent Cisternino is also the Co-founder of the Ramapo College of New Jersey EMS service. Vincent Cisternino has been a member of the Palisades Park Volunteer Ambulance Corps since 1986. As a current member of UMDNJ - University Hospital, he serves as both the Lead instructor and serves on the Instructor Development Committee for the hospital. Last but not least of all his duties at the UMDNJ, Vincent is also the Assistant Chief of the education and training division at Ramapo College.

Critical Incident Stress Management -- Dan McGuire, Henrietta Volunteer Ambulance
"This lecture outlines implementing a CISM program in helping members deal with difficult and stressful situations."
Mr. McGuire is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress as well as a New York State Certified First Responder. He established the Henrietta Volunteer Ambulance (HVA) Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team in 1994. Mr. McGuire is the Monroe County CISM Operations Team Leader and the founding member of the Eastman Kodak Corporate CISM Team. He prepared and authored the Line of Duty Death Procedure for the state of Texas EMS and Henrietta Volunteer Ambulance. Mr. McGuire is a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, the Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and has been a member of Henrietta Volunteer Ambulance for more than 11 years.

Breakout Session III (next session)

Developing the Leader in You -- Kim Rasch, Distribution Services of America. "In EMS, we all learn to be clinicians. The good ones are promoted to managers. But, does being a good clinician make you a good leader? This interactive seminar will highlight the concepts of managers vs. management and leaders vs. leadership and discuss their differences. In addition, this seminar will provide insight on developing skills that will make you a better leader. The seminar will conclude with a group activity incorporating these concepts."
Ms. Rasch has been involved in EMS for 12 years. Kirn attended high school in Greenwich, Connecticut where she helped to found an EMS Explorer Post to introduce high school students to the world of EMS. She has been an EMT for 9 years. She received her Bachelors degree from Bucknell University where she was involved in EMS with the William Cameron Engine Company. She received her Masters degree in EMS from New York Medical College in May 2000. Kirn will be receiving an MPH this May following the completion of her thesis on stress in caregivers. Kirn is currently employed as the Director of Operations for Distribution Services of America.

Pre-Planning Campus EMS Events -- Peter Pascucci, University of Rhode Island. "Concerts, sporting events, and commencements all are unique challenges for campus EMS providers. College campuses hold many types of events, each with unique factors affecting the type and quantity of EMS calls. While no situation may be predicted entirely, preplanning will avoid the potential for disaster."
Mr. Pascucci is the Northeast Regional Coordinator for NCEMSF. Currently, he is a Lieutenant at Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Service. He performed the critical role of Chief of Operations and logistics of EMS at the Greyfox Blue Cross Festival. This role included the responsibility of providing EMS to roughly five to seven thousand people over a five-day period. Every year in Rhode Island, Peter Pascucci fulfills the role of Assistant Chief of Operations of EMS for the Snicker's Region I Soccer Championship. The Tournament takes place over four days during July 4th weekend, with 250 soccer teams playing double elimination tournaments. In the year of 1999, he was the EMS coordinator for the U.S. scholar athlete games. Peter has been a member of the Ossing Volunteer' Ambulance Corps since 1995 and has been a member of the University of Rhode Island EMS from 1996 to 2000. Throughout his career in EMS, Peter Pascucci has received the Life Saving Commendation - Charlestown Rescue, and Leadership Hall of Fame at the University of Rhode Island.

Psychological Aspects of EMS -- Kathy McParland, Monroe Community College
"This lecture covers basic points regarding the psychological side of EMS. The lecture will help EMS professionals realize how to get the most from their experiences without suffering from the ever common 'burn-out.'"
Ms. McPartand is currently accredited with a Master's in Education, BA in Theatre Arts, and an EMT-B. She is currently affiliated with Monroe Community College and University of Rochester. She is an A.H.A. instructor trainer, and a PALS instructor. For 10 years, Kathleen McParland has served as a C.I.C. and a C.L.I, for 9 years. She has spent over 17 years volunteering her time in the Perinton Volunteer Ambulance corps and 5 years in the Honeoye Falls/Mendon Volunteer Ambulance corps. Last but not least, she has been a member of the Irish Children's program from 1984 to 1992.

Breakout Session IV

Implementing a Non-Emergency Response Policy --Mike Morton and Matt Werner, Villanova University. "Non-emergency responses is a hot topic in EMS today. Many of the calls in a collegiate EMS system could be handled in a non-emergency mode. This lecture will create a framework for such a policy."
Mr. Morton, currently completing his MA at Villanova, is a Lieutenant with Villanova EMS and the Bryn Athyn Fire Company of Montgomery County, PA. Mike has taught as a guest instructor for the Indiana State Fire Instructor's Association, assisted with the development of fire service rapid intervention practical evolutions for Working Fire Video, has served as an associate staff member at FDIC Indianapolis, has written for Fire Rescue magazine, and is co-author of IFSTA's new manual entitled Rapid Intervention Teams (2001). His current interest in the emergency service is the examination of non-emergency/reduced speed response policies as a means to improve safety and reduce responder liability.
Mr. Werner currently serves as the Training Lieutenant at Villanova EMS (VEMS). He is an EMT-Basic (PA, Fall '98), an EMT-Intermediate (CT, Fall '97), and possesses EVOC certification. In addition, he volunteers with the Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lower Merion & Narberth (Montgomery County, PA) and with the Winsted Area Ambulance Association (Winsted, CT) both of which are ALS services. With VEMS he has been dedicated to revamping the driver training program as well as implementing a non-emergency response policy for minor emergencies.

EMS Shift: From Technician to Clinician: A New Perspective -- Dale Bingham, Rogers State University. "This lecture discusses the shift from technician to clinician in EMS as applied to training and orientation. This has application in any EMS system, anywhere. It is important to realizt that our focus is not always the new person's focus."
Mr. Bingham has a B.S. in Health Services, is a NREMT-P, and is a qualified EMS instructor in the State of Oklahoma. He also is the advisor to the Paramedic Technology Student Organization at Rogers State University. Dale Bingham has a role of a full-time faculty member at Rogers State University. He is also a Paramedic with the Emergency Medical Service Authority in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Previous positions include Field training Officer, Field Operations Supervisor, and serving as a continuous EMS worker for 15 years in the states of California and Oklahoma.

Quality EMS: How to Improve Our Customer Service --Chris Johnson, University of Delaware
"This session will help you understand the needs, emotions and expectations of your patients from a customer service standpoint.'"
Mr. Johnson was the NCEMSF Director at large from 1999 to 2000. He has a Bachelors of Science in Physiology from the University of Delaware, EMT - Basic. He also provides the services of EMT, PHTLS, CPR and AED Instructor. He is an Active member on the state of Delaware's Critical Incident Stress Management team. EMS staff and Command School certified (MFRI), Fall 2000. He has also been the Coordinator of the Emergency Care Unit at the University of Delaware. He is an Administration Lieutenant of training at Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Co. Newark Delaware. Chris Johnson also holds the respectable position of Vice President of the Kent County Ambulance Association, and serves as the Emergency Services Director, for Delaware Football Games. He is currently a volunteer member of Smyrna American Legion Ambulance, and is a professional member of Brandywine Hundred Fire Co. Some of the accolades that Chris Johnson has received include the State of Delaware EMT of the year award in 1996. From 1995 to 1996, he was the Smyrna American Legion EMT of the year, and in 2000, he was the University of Delaware's Emergency Care Unit EMT of the year.

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