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0800-1700 GEMS (Geriatric Education for EMS) Core Course

1200-1700 OB/Childbirth & Neonatal Resucitation

1200-1700 OFCA EMS Section Mtg

1200-1700 Physician Forum


0700-0745 Registration

0800-0915 Announcements
The Art of Education

0915-1015 Break

1015-1115 BLS Track: TBA
ALS Track: The Dumbest Kidney

1115-1130 Passing

1130-1230 BLS Track: Basic Pharmacology
ALS Track: The RSI Autopsy

1230-1345 Lunch

1335-1445 BLS/ALS: I Know You Are Colorblind, But We Need to See Your Blind Spot
ALS: Trauma

1445-1515 Break

1515-1615 BLS: TBD
ALS: Pediatric Cardiac Arrest

1615-1630 Passing

1630-1700 What's New in Oregon EMS


0700-0800 Registration

0800-0915 Announcements
General Session: Taking Care of the Responder

0915-0930 Break

0930-1030 BLS: Trauma
ALS: TBD/Cardiac

1030-1045 Break

1045-1230 Option #1: EMS Escape Room
Option #2: Stop The Bleed (including train- the-trainer)

1230 Sessions Close

1235 Close Out Conference

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Friday, October 21

0800-1700 | Room Location TBD
GEMS (Geriatric Education for EMS) Core Course

Presented by the
Oregon EMS Association

Core Provider Course: 8-hour classroom course for EMTs, Paramedics, emergency responders, nurses, physician assistants and physicians.  Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate of completion, a wallet card recognizing them as GEMS core providers for 4 years, and 8 hours of CAPCE credit. 

GEMS provides EMS practitioners at all levels with the skills and knowledge to address the unique medical, social, environmental and communications challenges of older adults. Developed by NAEMT, in partnership with the American Geriatrics Society, GEMS empowers EMS practitioners to help improve medical outcomes and quality of life for geriatric patients.

GEMS features case-based lectures, live action video, hands-on skill stations, simulation and small group scenarios to fully engage students in the learning experience. GEMS covers the following topics:

  • Changes with age
  • Assessment of older adults
  • Pharmacology and medication toxicity
  • Psycho-social emergencies
  • Elder abuse
  • End-of-life care issues
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies
  • Trauma
  • Neurological emergencies and altered mental status
  • Mobile integrated healthcare
  • Special considerations for older adults in disaster response
  • Skin and wound care
  • Medical devices frequently used by older adults

Two GEMS courses are offered - a core and advanced course.  They may be offered separately or sequentially.  Both courses are appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, emergency medical responders, nurses, physician assistants and physicians. GEMS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

1200-1700 | Room Location TBD

OB/Childbirth & Neonatal Resucitation
presented by
St Charles Medical Center Team of OB & Neonatal Nurse Educators

How strong is your confidence level for dealing with normal & abnormal childbirth events? How about a newborn that needs resuscitation? As EMSPs, we can easily encounter high-risk births and babies in distress. Empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to minimize any fears of those situations. Join us for a focused session to gain more understanding on how to manage childbirth scenes. And to use the BLS tools you already have to resuscitate a newborn! ALS steps will also be addressed for AEMTs, EMT-Is & Paramedics. This session has a lot of hands-on skills and scenario practice. Topics include:

  • Normal childbirth situations
  • Abnormal childbirth situations
  • Maternal care
  • Newborn care, including steps for resuscitation when needed

This session is appropriate for all EMS levels!

0900-1200 | Bend Fire Dept Training Center

OFCA EMS Section Meeting

1200-1700 | Room Location TBD

Physician Forum

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Saturday, October 22

0700-0745 Registration in the vendor hall

0800-0915 Location TBD

The Art of Education
presented by Tyler Christofulli

How long will EMS education be able to survive in its current state? Does standing in front of a bunch of people and lecturing really work? Why is it that a 5 year old can sit and watch cartoons for hours, yet, an adult can hardly sit for 15 minutes without losing focus? In this talk, we will evaluate the secret recipe for engagement, longevity in EMS, and a whole new element of education that has been waiting patiently for us to embark. Join Tyler Christifulli, Director of Creative Development at FOAMfrat, as he delivers the keynote address, The Art of Education.

0915-1015 Break

1015-1115 Location TBD

BLS Track: TBA
presented by Troy Spezial

ALS Track: The Dumbest Kidney
presented by Tyler Christofulli 

Renal physiology is extremely complex and difficult to commit to long term memory. Instead of just going over the anatomy and physiology of the renal system, I thought it would be beneficial to discuss three specific questions that are directly related to patient care.

  • Why do the kidneys need a MAP of 65 mmHg?
  • Is BUN/Creatinine ratio really helpful in diagnosing types of renal failure?
  • Where and how do loop diuretics work?

By answering these questions I believe we cannot only learn renal A&P, but also correlate patient application in our clinical mental model.


  • Identify the various structures of the renal system
  • Define three different types of renal failure
  • Associate mechanism of action for common loop diuretics

1115-1130 Passing

1130-1230 Location TBD

BLS Track: Basic Pharmacology
presented by Nancy Shantel

ALS Track: The RSI Autopsy
presented by Tyler Christofulli 

As much as this lesson appears to be about dosing induction agents in trauma, it actually has very little to do with specific drugs. The key to understanding why intubation can kill hypotensive patients is in the understanding of venous return and necessary gradients. In this talk we will analyze each step of the RSI procedure.
  • Define the necessary gradient to maintain adequate venous return.
  • Identify patients who are in a low-flow state.
  • Describe the interventions and adaptations required to avoid cardiac arrest.

1230-1345 Lunch

1335-1445 Location TBD

BLS/ALS: I Know You Are Colorblind, But We Need to See Your Blind Spot
presented by
Amanda Page

Many of us grew up in a generation of “colorblind culture.”  We were taught to not see people’s color only the content of their character and actions.  But this point of view is actually harmful to the BIPOC community. This lecture challenges the audience to rethink how they look at race and racism.  Everyone has bias. They are built into our unconscious. Sometimes bias is benign, like preferring puppies over rodents. But it can also be dangerous, like when it affects how we provide patient care. This lecture focuses on how to recognize your own biases and then work to mitigate their effects.

ALS: Trauma Related TBD
presented by Ronald Barbosa, MD FACS

1445-1515 Break

1515-1615 Location TBD

BLS: Sudden onset Coma Differential diagnosis 
presented by
Alicia Bond

ALS: Out of Hospital Pediatric Cardiac Arrest
presented by
 SuHee Chung

1615-1630 Passing

1630-1700 Location TBD

What's New in Oregon EMS
presented by
Dr. Lehrfield

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Sunday, October 23

0700-0800 Registration

0800-0915 Announcements

General Session: The EMS Wellness Paradox – Striking the Balance for Wellness in EMS
presented by Matt Philbrick

EMS is a career that can add great value to your life.  Often, as we progress in the field, we are greeted by responders that are ‘burned out’ or have ‘compassion fatigue’.  It can be rare to find the paramedic or EMT that has been in the field for 30 years and is happy, healthy, and has good relationships.  The truth is, a career in EMS can provide deep meaning and value to our lives and make our lives better.  In this presentation, the speaker will address the “EMS Wellness Paradox” as well as the tools available to EMS to practice Living Well.  The discussion will address the conflict between living a life in the service of others, while still being a good and healthy (both physically, mentally, and emotionally) person- and coming out of it alive.

0915-0930 Break


BLS: Trauma topic TBD
presented by Ronald Barbosa, MD FACS

ALS: Toxicology – High risk Ingestions
presented by Alicia Bond

1030-1045 Break


Option #1: EMS Escape Room
presented by Robert Victorino

PCC's simulation staff is offering a trauma simulation that is presented as an escape room. Each team of two will find clues and solve puzzles to treat a multi-system trauma patient while the timer is ticking. The scenario will be offered as BLS or ALS, depending on the makeup of the team and participants will receive an hour of trauma CEU and bragging rights (we'll see if some vendors will throw in some SWAG as well).

Option #2: Stop The Bleed (including train-the-trainer)
presented by Oregon EMS Association

1230 Sessions Close

1235 Close Out Conference

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