2015 LINKS Educational Opportunities

The 2015 Edition of EMS LINKS provides some of the most amazing educational opportunities and cutting edge best practices from many different industries and disciplines. Content experts on such topics such as Law, Human Resouces, Education, Operations, Innovation, Compliance just to name a few are presenting topics that EMS Leaders need in today's healthcare environment. Leaders, Managers, and Educators can get the latest trends and information at courses below.

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KEYNOTE: Defying Gravity - Jay Fitch

Gravity is a fundamental force of the universe. It also offers key leadership insights for emergency services. Dr. Fitch will describe how we often try to defy universal leadership truths associated with the forces of gravity. In his unique style, using case examples and personal experience, Jay will provide practical tools to keep your leadership grounded and increase your organization s success potential.

KEYNOTE: Leadership in Civil Disobedience - An Inside Look from Ferguson, Missouri - Chris Cebollero

Join Chief Chris Cebollero as he shares the challenges he and his team faced over 19 days of protests, rioting and looting. These lessons learned are valuable to all EMS leaders as you make sure your team is equipped for response under stressful conditions.

Beyond a good application, selecting the right applicant that fits into your organization. - Ryan Greenberg

You spend countless hours building an organization that has a team that works well together, achieves clinical benchmarks and runs with high performance, but how much time do you spend on your hiring process? Often we forget how quickly the culture of an organization can change if we don't hire the right staff for the right job with the right set of skills. We can't just depend on a resume and a five minute interview to make the call on who will be the best pick to join the organization. Creating an engaging new hire process, with current employee involvement and that ensures candidates meet the minimal organizational standards is critical. This course by Ryan Greenberg will discuss how to build a "Engaging New Hire Process" that will help improve the quality of the new hires, create team member involvement and illustrate how much money one "wrong match" could cost an organization!

Building Leadership Reliability, Courage & Trust within EMS Organizations - Jay Fitch

Reliability is a huge issue for our patients, politicians and caregivers. To increase reliability leaders have to anticipate and mitigate; become more agile; and, be more courageous. Dr. Fitch will review contemporary research and outline practical ways leaders can use HRO principles to address key factors including reducing risk and improving trust in EMS organizations.

Changing Employee Behavior - Mike Touchstone

Education, training, and discipline are methods to facilitate changing an employee s behavior. During this session by Mike Touchstone we will discuss a structure and related methodology that will provide EMS leaders with tools to help employees improve. The structure and methodology are two sides of the same coin. The foundation that supports them both is made up of knowledge, skills and attitudes that translate into expected behaviors. We will discuss four component actions and a key central activity. We ll explore gap analysis, diagnostics, performance improvement planning, evaluation, and communication and how you can develop approaches to change employee behavior.

C.H.E.A.T.E.D. - Developing Visual Case Studies - Kyle David Bates

Tired of the same old lectures? Slides full of words getting to you? How do you think your students are feeling? Well, enhance those presentations by creating your own visual case studies! In this presentation by Kyle David Bates we will introduce you to the C.H.E.A.T.E.D. format for creating your own case study while giving you new ideas as well as photographic tips and tricks.

Creating a leadership path using the NEMSMA Seven Pillars of EMS Officer Competencies - Ryan Greenberg

Advancing your EMS leadership career can often be a challenging and confusing road. Once in your new role as an EMS Officer, understanding the expectations and ensuring you complete each of your daily operational tasks can be as stressful. In order to help field providers understand the path to leadership and help current EMS officers achieve success, the National EMS Management Association has recently developed a set of core competencies for supervising, managing and executive EMS Officers. This session will review the Pillars of EMS Officer Core Competencies, how they can help guide personal career growth, define expectations of leadership and help to strengthen your agency s leadership team. The course will provide EMS leadership with the tools needed to build these competencies into their agencies job descriptions and develop training plans for leadership development at each of the three levels.

Contucting an Internal Personnel Investigation - Dan Limmer

Conducting or supervising an investigation within an agency is challenging and full of pitfalls. Besides the complicated issues of employee rights and defining wrongdoing, actually conducting an investigation is foreign to most administrators. Veteran police officer, paramedic and EMS author Dan Limmer will cover basic principles of interview, investigation and evidence collection for the supervisor or administrator to apply in the workplace setting.

Creating Clinical Leaders and Mentors - Ryan Greenberg

So many new employees after field training has ended are let lose to succeed (or stumble) with little additional guidance or direction. A successful organization that seeks longevity and teamwork from its clinical providers has to offer growth opportunities and ongoing guidance to their staff in a way that is welcoming and without fear of consequences. Creating a mentor program for staff beyond field training can help new and senior staff members progress together and better the entire organization. Senior staff members can take on a new role and additional responsibilities while new staff members have a consistent place to turn for direction and answers to questions. This course by Ryan Greenberg will go through different concepts of how to set up, select and run an EMS mentor program within your organization.

Emotional Intelligence - Chris Cebollero

Sometimes in leadership our emotions dictate our actions. When that occurs, we instantly lost our leadership credibility and everything we have built has crumbled around us. In this class by Chris Cebollero we will discuss the finer points on not only how to control our own emotions, but also the emotions of those around us.

EMS Leadership Focus in the 21st Century (Panel)

Jay Fitch, Mike Poynter, Mike Touchstone, Chris Cebollero, Ryan Greenburg

Eureka! Learning, evaluation and competency - Dave Page

How do you determine skill competency? Number of patient contacts? IV or ET attempts? Live OR intubations? New research is teaching us a lot about how, and when a student has achieved competence. This evidence based session will highlight the research and explore the implications for EMS classrooms and continuing EMS staff quality improvement.

Everything I learned about teaching in EMS, I Learned in Elementary Education - Kyle David Bates

Think about it for a moment. We can t sit for long periods of time, we like to play, many of us have very short attention spans and love our snack times! The main difference between teaching EMS folk and teaching at the fourth grade is that we have previous experiences, hence making the fourth-grader easier to deal with. This fun presentation by Kyle David Bates will look at cognitive development, educational principles, and audience brainstorm activities that can be used in your classroom. If these don t work then I guess we can just stay after school!

In EMS for...Life: Growing up in the back of an ambulance - Dave Page

In it for the money? In it for the thrills? Or burned out and ready to quit? This motivational talk will make you laugh, reflect and rejoice. Twenty years in EMS and still proud to wear a uniform, Dave will share the lessons that EMS can teach us about ourselves. The life, and the career you may learn to save may just be your own.

Johnny & Roy meet Crocodile Dundee - Dave Page

The Australian EMS system has much to teach us. This interactive presentation will explore some common challenges and different ways in which our Aussie counterparts have solved them. Technology willing, we will include a live feed from EMS professionals in Australia for a Question/Answer session.

Leaders Make Mistakes Too - Chris Cebollero

Yes, it's true. Once you become a leader you will make mistakes. This class by Chris Cebollero will cover the 10 most common mistakes leaders make. Learn how to avoid them and pick up some experience on growing a successful organization.

The Long Haul: Reflections on 25 Years of Service, Satisfaction and Sanity in EMS - Dan Limmer

While some may argue the "sane" part of the title, Dan Limmer has been an EMS provider for 25 years. This presentation explores the rich experiences and relationships which occur over a long EMS career. Mixing in some EMS history and strange-but-true stories Dan passionately and humorously shares his insights and experiences to help you go The Long Haul in EMS.

NREMT Testing Processes - Rob Wagoner

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Professionalism in EMS; A Leadership Perspective - Mike Touchstone

Leaders have an obligation to themselves, to those they lead, and to the organization they work for to behave in a professional manner; to demonstrate professionalism. During this session by Mike Touchstone we will explore the meaning of professionalism, discuss a definition of medical professionalism, and how the concepts apply to EMS leadership practice. We will consider core humanistic values, how they serve as the foundation of a leader s decision-making, and support strategic planning. Finally we will evaluate how a leader s roles and responsibilities relate to both leaders and employees professional behavior.

Student Centered Education in the Digital Age - Rommie Duckworth

We know that straight lecture is not the only available (or best) teaching method for emergency service educators but it tends to be the default one. Student centered teaching techniques better enable students to process and apply information in the same ways that they will need to as field providers. With the help of newly available social-mobile tools, these methods can be easily integrated into existing emergency service education programs. This presentation by Rommie Duckworth explores not just toys, tips and tricks, but methods to fundamentally transform the students user experience by emphasizing dynamic application of knowledge through both digital and analogue student-centered activities.

Supervisory Success and Accountability - Jay Fitch

In this hands-on session Dr. Fitch will outline essential elements supervisors need to know to manage expectations, encourage teamwork and effectively deal with poor performers in the EMS workforce.

Teaching Critical Thinking & Assessment - Dan Limmer

Critical Thinking is more than a buzzword it is a personal commitment to performing quality patient assessment and care. Critical thinking fuels appropriate decision making at any level of EMS care. This presentation by Dan Limmer defines critical thinking and decision making and helps new and experienced providers bring these concepts into field practice.

The Vision of Kentucky EMS (Panel Discussion)

Mike Poynter, Chuck O'Neal, Paul Phillips, Bob Andrew, Drew Chandler

The Recipe for 100% Success - Mike Bowen

Learn the recipe for 100% success on the NREMT exam from Mike Bowen and be prepared for your next CoAEMSP visit. Learn the basics of cognitive exam development, including how a test question is created, reviewed, and validated.

The 'Why?' of New Prehospital Data Requirements - Jonathon Feit

The 'Why?' of New Prehospital Data Requirements: Understanding ePCR, NEMSIS v3 and Health Records Interoperability. There are lots of smart people at this conference discussing the practice of EMS, but Jonathon Feit is a data geek who makes cool tech, and wants to tell you what this NEMSIS v3 thing can do to benefit you, so that you see more than a burden -- you see an opportunity to advance your agency and the industry.