Education Made Simple 2018


Education Made Simple 2018

The EMS Role in Disaster Response



March 3rd, 2018 Conference Schedule

Registration & Breakfast

Responding to Disaster
Keith Widmeier BA, NRP, FP-C

0800-0900 (1 Hour-Trauma)
Presentation: Tactical Combat Casualty Care in the Streets
Presenter: Alec C. Beekley, MD, F.A.C.S
As the world is changing, the need for EMS providers are encountering more situations of a tactical nature. This presentation reviews the lessons learned from years of military research which helped form the tactical combat casualty care (TCCC) guidelines. Dr. Beekley will review the TCCC guidelines and discuss civilian application that can be incorporated into your EMS system.

0900-1000 (1 Hour-Medical)
Presentation: Infectious Disease, The Zombies Are Coming
Presenter: Ben Usatch, MD, FAEEM, NREMT-P
The prehospital provider faces many diverse challenges in the field today. Perhaps now more than ever, issues surrounding infectious disease are affecting not only management decisions but the need to protect ourselves in the austere environment found in the street. In this talk we will discuss common bacterial and viral infections encountered by EMS. Sepsis is rapidly becoming the new stroke or STEMI. In this light, we will consider current best practice. Finally, in this age of bioterrorism, we will touch on the threat of biologic agents and the appropriate risk assessment and response for the EMS provider.

1000-1015: Break

1015-1115 (1 Hour-Pediatrics)
Presentation: You Want Me To Transport What? Now? A few thoughts on pediatric disaster management
Presenter: Peter Brust, RN, MSN
This session will describe cases in pediatric and neonatal transport that are slightly different than the average transport. The complexities of unique situations will be explored along with specific disease processes and injuries that are not typically seen will be reviewed.

1115-1215 (1 Hour-Trauma)
Presentation: The Disaster Response to the Philadelphia Amtrak Derailment
Presenter: Mark Ross, CHEP
In 2015, an Amtrak Northeast Regional train from Washington, DC bound for New York City derailed on the Northeast corridor. Of the 238 passengers and 5 crew on board, 8 were killed and over 200 were injured. This presentation will review the emergency service response of this event along with the hospital’s surge management of these patients.

1215-1315: Lunch is provided

1315-1415 (1 Hour-Cardiac)
Presentation: Takotsubo, a MI Impersonator?
Presenter: Timothy J. Boyek, MD, FSCAI
This presentation will review the causes of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (Broken Heart Syndrome) as well as the complications that can arise from it. Dr. Boyek will discuss where Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy fits into your differential diagnosis, how to differentiate it from a classic myocardial infarction, and the differences in managing Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy.

1415-1515 (1 Hour- Operations)
Presentation: Barclay Friends Senior Living Facility Fire Evacuation
Presenter: Charles Brogan, NRP
In the winter of 2017, the Barclay Friends senior living facility caught on fire and quickly developed into a five-alarm event requiring the evacuation of 133 elderly residents and 15 staff members. This presentation will review the complexities of managing such a large volume of geriatric patients in a time-limited scenario that was dynamic and continuously changing.

1515-1530: Break

1530-1700 (1.5 Hours-Operation)
Presentation: The Federal Disaster Response
Presenter: Tom Bossert, JD
As the US President’s Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert has a unique insight into the inner workings of the federal disaster response. He will help discuss the federal resources available and how EMS fits into the a disaster response on a federal level.


The Desmond Hotel
1 Liberty Boulevard
Malvern, PA 19355

Payment Information

Conference Tuition is $50 and includes:

  • A fantastic breakfast and lunch by the Desmond Hotel along with a mid conference snack.
  • Internationally renown speakers
  • 7.5 hours of continuing education
    • 2 hours of trauma, 1 hour of medical, 1 hour of pediatrics, 1 hour of cardiac, and 2.5 hours of operations.


Presented by Good Fellowship Ambulance & EMS Training Institute

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Tom Bossert, JD

Our Keynote speaker brings a wealth of knowledge threat management and risk management from both the public & private sector. He currently serves as the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and counterterrorism, the top level of senior staff within the Executive Office of the President. He previously served as the Deputy Homeland Security Adviser during the George W. Bush administration as well as serving as the Director of Legislative Affairs for FEMA.

Alec C. Beekley, MD, F.A.C.S.

Dr. Beekley spent 14 years on Active Duty in the U.S. Army as a trauma surgeon where he deployed on 3 separate occasions to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. On his last deployment with the 28th Combat Support Hospital, he served as the director of the Deployed Combat Casualty Research Team. Dr. Beekley has authored or contributed to several articles on combat casualty care. He performed the initial published clinical study on tourniquet use in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After separating from the Army, Dr. Beekley took a position as a general surgeon in the Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Division and Bariatric Surgery Division at Thomas Jefferson University. He currently practices at the trauma centers of Jefferson Hospital, Lankenau Medical Center and Paoli Hospital.

Ben Usatch, MD, FAEEM, NREMT-P

Dr. Usatch attended the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and began his path towards emergency medicine very early in his career having been involved in EMS for more than 35 years. He serves as the medical director for several community- and hospital-based units in the Montgomery County/Philadelphia area and serves as the Montgomery County regional medical director. Dr. Usatch currently works as an attending physician at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA and is the Main Line Health System EMS and emergency management director. Please welcome Dr. Ben Usatch.

Peter Brust, MSN, CCRN, CMTE

Mr. Brust currently serves as the nurse manager for Nemours/A.I. Dupont's Critical Care Transport Team. He has worked as a critical care nurse in thee adult and pediatric setting as well as working in patient safety. He's an accomplished author of scientific journal articles as well as transport nursing textbooks. Mr. Brust has served on numerous regional and national committees, served as adjunct faculty in nursing programs within the region, and has presented at various national conferences.

Mark Ross, CHEP

Mark is a Regional Manager of Emergency Preparedness for the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and has almost 20 years in healthcare emergency preparedness and management. In addition to his healthcare background Mark has over three decades of emergency service experience with having last served as the Chief of Fire and Rescue Services for the only Internationally Accredited Volunteer Department in the nation. These combined with his other professional experience give him a unique perspective covering all aspects of an incident from responder, operations, command and coordination. Mark has spoken on this and other healthcare topics at numerous state and national conferences including the National Healthcare Coalition Conference, Preparedness Response & Recovery Consortium and American Hospital Association A2E National Meeting.

Timothy J. Boyek, MD, FSCAI

Timothy Boyek M.D. attended Hahnemann University Hospital for medical school and a residency at Abington Memorial Hospital before completing a fellowship in cardiology at Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Boyek sees patients at our West Chester - CCCA location and is affiliated with Chester County Hospital: Penn Medicine.

Charles Brogan, NRP

Charles "Chaz" Brogan has been involved in emergency services for the past 15 years, with the majority of his career at Good Fellowship Ambulance. Chaz has served in several leadership roles, most recently being named Director of Operations at Good Fellowship in 2015. Chaz serves on a number of regional healthcare and emergency management committees, and was recently elected as the Vice President of the Chester County EMS Council, Inc.