Breakfast Roundtables




Friday, March 6
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Cost: $45  (breakfast buffet is included)
Space is limited!

Enhance your EMS Today, The JEMS Conference experience – add a breakfast roundtable to your registration!

Each roundtable focuses on an industry hot topic and provides attendees the opportunity to discuss challenges and share best practices over breakfast in an informal setting. Select 1 topic to register for your seat at that table.




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Topics will Include: 

  • Successful Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
    Join Candice McDonald, federal special agent, past EMS Officer and current firefighter/EMT for the Winona (OH) Fire Department  for a rapid fire overview of low to no cost strategies for recruiting and retaining volunteers. Discuss research-based strategies proven successful in recruiting and retaining a volunteer EMS workforce.
    Moderator: Candice McDonald, DBA, EMT
  • Controversies in the Science of EMS
    EMS is in a constant state of change. There are many obstacles ahead. As the profession evolves, practices must be able to demonstrate efficacy and improved outcomes. This roundtable will be an open discussion on the state of EMS in 2020. What practices and technologies show benefit and/or improved outcomes. Which do not? How must EMS change to stay relevant?
    Moderator: Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAEMS
  • The State of EMS Transformation: 2020 Edition
    Matt Zavadsky, the Chief Strategic Integration Officer for MedStar, and President of NAEMT will discuss changes in provider/stakeholder expectations and how EMS agencies can seize the opportunity to capitalize on the EMS 3.0 transformation. Matt will facilitate a discussion about the new value perception of the EMS service and provide tools for realistic solutions for transforming your EMS agency to a high value organization.  If you have projects you’d like to share or want to learn how to transform your EMS agency, this is the table for you!
    Moderator: Matt Zavadsky
  • Uncomfortable Challenges in the Future for EMS 
    What uncomfortable changes do you need to make in your EMS system so that you don’t get left in the dust?  Are you tackling racial inequality in the quality of your clinical care, considering requiring a college degree for all employees, or taking the red lights and sirens off your ambulances?  Join this circle to explore ways to take care of yourself while doing the hard stuff.
    Moderator: Mike Taigman
  • Improving Patient Communication
    Join author of “Street Sense”, JEMS Columnist and veteran EMS provider and firefighter Kate Dernocoeur for a discussion of interpersonal communication methods needed to ensure your safety and effectiveness at emergency scenes. She will discuss the ability to “read” situations and reach into your tool bag to succeed at talking to strangers in crisis all the time. She will discuss why certain strategies work (or don’t work and what you can do from the moment of dispatch through hand-off, to shine in your work through use of a host of communication tools.
    Moderator: Kate Dernocoeur
  • Protecting our Crews Against Assault 
    With the recent surge in violence against firefighters, EMTs and paramedics, Robin Davis, Assistant Chief, EMS Operations with Sterling (VA) Rescue Squad, a 28-year veteran law enforcement officer and specialist in defensive tactics for EMS, will discuss how you should look at your own personal barriers to safety and learn strategies to break down these barriers. He’ll also teach you what a survival mindset is and why having it may save your life.
    Moderator: Robin Davis, EMT-P
  • Is ET3 for Me?
    The Emergency Triage, Treatment and Transport (ET3) program is one of the largest landmark payment reform opportunities since EMS was initially funded by CMS in the 1970’s and 80s.  While the project is just getting started and there is much to learn, come share your ET3 experiences (successful and unsuccessful applications) as well as hear from others participating in ET3 process.   Moderated by Jonathan Washko who has been an active participant in the ET3 process with his EMS Agency in NY, this roundtable will assist existing programs and help year 2+ applicants be successful in selection.
    Moderator: Jonathan Washko
  • The National Registry: Celebrating 50 years and Preparing For the Next 50
    The National Registry of EMTs is excited to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020.  Throughout the year, we will reflect back on how the Nation’s EMS Certification organization has evolved and grown to meet the nation’s EMS certification needs, and we will share our exciting vision for the next 50 years.  This roundtable provides an opportunity to hear more about where the National Registry is going in the future.
    Moderator: Bill Seifarth
  • Why Data Visualization Matters
    Data is all around us with 2.5 billion GB of new data generated every day. Data visualization allows us visual access to huge amounts of data in easily digestible visuals. In this roundtable, we will discuss the practical ways EMS agencies can disseminate relevant data to your clinicians and community.
    Moderator: Rachel Stemerman
  • The Newest EMS Educational Standards
    Abraham Lincoln and Peter Drucker are both credited saying, “The best way to predict the future is to create it”. In EMS Education, we are positioned to actively engage in the process of creating our future. This roundtable will allow for the sharing views on the most recent documents EMS educators can utilize as a road map for continued efforts in the instructional domain. Explore this revised tool, gain and share insights on how to achieve greater success by using it to enlighten others.
    Moderator: Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P
  • Data into Insights and Insights into Action
    Join Dr. Brent Myers and Dr. Remle Crowe for a discussion on using your data to gain actionable insights for performance improvement. With more data available than ever before, identifying a place to start an improvement project can be overwhelming. Drs. Myers and Crowe will chat about narrowing your focus to just one measure that matters. In addition to identifying an aim, they’ll talk about ways to use data to identify the key drivers behind your measure and how to test changes on a small scale before investing in widespread implementation.
    Moderator: Brent Myers, MD, MPH and Remle Crowe, PhD, NREMT
  • Powerful Patient Care Documentation: Convert Your Worrisome Weakness Into A Super Strength
    In a recent Page, Wolfberg and Wirth survey, the greatest liability risk identified by EMS leaders was poor patient care documentation.  Yet documentation is not always seen as an essential part of patient care.  This Roundtable – led by PWW attorney Steve Wirth – will explore what works and what doesn’t work in garnering enthusiastic support from field providers so you can effectively integrate EMS documentation into your agency’s risk reduction program. Moderator: Steve Wirth
  • Strategic Planning: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail
    Many EMS agencies – whether they are career or volunteer, municipal or commercial – are seemingly stuck in the “here and now” with little attention paid to the future.  Discuss how rational, well planned and thought-out strategic plans – with input from all levels of your EMS agency – can help make the future less frightening and put your EMS agency on the right road for success.
    Moderator: Ray Barishansky