28th ANNUAL EMS on the Border Conference

Nogales Paramedic Marco Bernal, and Firefighter, Natalie Dana from Superior Fire District proudly display their well-earned EMS on the Border Conference Continuing Education Certificates.

Earning its reputation as a stellar conference for emergency medical personnel in southern Arizona, SEAHEC and partners, including Banner University Medical Center, Southeastern Arizona EMS Council, Tubac Fire District, Tolleson Fire Department, LifeNetArizona, Carondelet Health Network and the AZ Emergency Research Center, held their 28th annual EMS on the Border conference. Initiating in 1992, the EMS on the Border conference provides an opportunity for emergency medical personnel including EMTs, Paramedics, ED nurses and others, to earn continuing education credits, while learning about state of the art practice and skills in their field.

“Best conference I go to every year,” commented one of the many yearly attendees. This conference is “wonderful, practical, and always a favorite,” shared another conference goer in the post survey. “Great conference, I would attend even if I didn’t need the CE,” shares another.

While over 200 persons attended the conference, held at Desert Diamond Casino, 158 evaluations were collected. Of those 99% agreed that the speakers demonstrated thorough knowledge of the subject matter and that the training content reflected current issues. Ninety seven percent would recommend the conference to their colleagues.

This year’s presentations included educational sessions on: Simplification of complex medical ideas, “Lies they told me in paramedic school,” upper & lower airway diseases, management of different types of strokes, and pediatric emergency medicine, among others.

28th ANNUAL EMS on the Border Conference

Conference Organizer Suzanne David and presenter Merin Curry MD, take a moment to relax after a highly attended event.

SEAHEC has served on the organizing committee for the EMS on the border conference since its inception 28 years ago. As a health workforce development agency, SEAHEC’s mission includes provision of ongoing education and training to health care providers in southern Arizona.

Conference presenter Merlin Curry, MD, Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital Emergency Physician, shared his views on the important role AHEC centers play in rural medical care. “I have collaborated with AHECs over the last decade. In Oregon, as a paramedic, I worked with the Northern Oregon AHEC on State EMS- C (children emergencies) committee. We were able to do high fidelity simulation exercises for critically injured patients, allowing medical students and paramedics alike to practice emergency skills. Here in the Arizona border region, it’s good to be working with AHECs again. It is critical that EMTs have continuing education and support directed at them. Thank you for putting on this conference and promoting on going emergency medical education.”

28th ANNUAL EMS on the Border Conference

Many emergency medical personnel attended 28th annual EMS on the Border conference held at Desert Diamond Casino, as can be seen from parking lot view.

For more information on this conference and how you can get involved contact Suzanne David at sdavid@seahec.org.