Stay up to date on all Texas EMS Educator Summit Info

Stay up to date on all Texas EMS Educator Summit Info


The Texas EMS Educators Summit provides an opportunity to connect and network with friends and colleagues all while earning up to 11 hours (additional hours available with Pre-conference course) of quality continuing education. The 2023 speaker lineup included Dan Batsie, Lee Gillum, Erin Lincoln, Lance Villers, and more. Registration includes access to the Welcome Reception, breakfast and lunch, light snacks and breaks in addition to all Educators Summit education sessions.

Thank you to all who attended the 2023 Texas EMS Educators Summit!

Look for Agenda and Registration information for Texas EMS Educators Summit 2024 this fall.

2023 Summit Agenda

Wednesday, April 12, 2023


1:00 - 5:00 PM

Coordinator Course

Thursday, April 13, 2023


7:30 AM - 4:50 PM

Coordinator Course

Friday, April 14, 2023


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-Conference Course: Educating Educators on Ultrasound

Angela Carr, LP
Heidi Abraham, MD
Melissa Miller, MD

Course Description & Objectives

Are you being asked by learners and stakeholders about ultrasound in EMS? Is your medical director or hospital system interested in deploying out of hospital ultrasound? This workshop aims to educate EMS educators and training officers on using ultrasound and how Austin/Travis County EMS developed its provider education program. Participants will get hands-on and practice performing cardiac, chest, and abdominal ultrasound exams on each other! The session will review the emerging use of ultrasound in EMS medicine, lessons learned in implementing an ultrasound program, then quick demonstrations before participants get hands-on! Objectives: identify emerging uses of ultrasound in EMS medicine / perform common ultrasound exams used in EMS medicine / differentiate abnormal from normal ultrasound findings common to EMS medicine / design curricula for use of ultrasound in EMS education.


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-Conference Course: Moulage Madness Workshop

John Spencer, MBA, MSL, EMT-P, IC
Dave Quinn, EMT-P, IC

Course Description & Objectives

Using moulage adds realism to the simulation experience for students. This four-hour workshop is designed to aid the instructor in creating realistic moulage and simulation scenes without breaking the bank. Participants will experience a budget-conscious approach to building a moulage kit and acquiring simulation props. Objectives: describe at least five principles of moulage / identify at least two sources for obtaining moulage / identify at least three sources to obtain props for scenarios / properly moulage a simulated patient given a specific injury or pathophysiology.


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-Conference Course: Clinical Judgement Application in Item Development

Paul Rosenberger, EdD, MPA, BS, NRP
Matt Ozanich, MHHS, NRP


1:00 - 1:15 PM

Welcome to the Summit

Lara Ondruch, Leslie Hernandez & Jeff McDonald, TAEMSE

Course Description & Objectives

Welcome and introduction of this year’s mission.


1:15 - 2:10 PM

Round Table – Session One


Continuing Education- Planning & Development


Clinical Practice: Obstacles & Opportunities

Jodie Harbert

Discussions with the National Registry

 NREMT Staff


2:15 - 3:20 PM

Round Table – Session Two


Use and Misuse of Adjunct Faculty


Challenges & Benefits of High School EMT


Dealing with Disabilities & Accomodations

Terri King


3:30 - 4:30 PM

TAEMSE – Annual Membership Meeting

Lara Ondruch

Texas Association of EMS Educators Annual Meeting

Join us for our annual Texas Association of EMS Educators meeting and see what we have been doing for the last year!


4:30 - 5:45 PM

Welcome Reception

Prefunction Area


5:45 - 6:45 PM

Fighting the Hidden Curriculum

Dan Batsie

Course Description & Objectives

In any EMS class, there is a host of learning that occurs outside the traditional lesson plan. Beyond the classroom lectures and psychomotor exercises, students learn how they will define themselves in their new role as EMS practitioners – they learn the real expectations of their profession. Too often, this “hidden curriculum” pushes an agenda that is contrary to excellence and opposite of the best intentions of the educator. How often has your student heard, “that’s not how we do it in the real world?” Lack of attention and instructor apathy give way to negative role models and less than desirable outcomes. This class will discuss evidence-based methodologies and proven best practices for fighting these hidden forces. Most importantly, we will describe the role of the educator in matching the lesson plan to the experience of students and preparing new initiates for their brave new world. Objectives: define the hidden curriculum / differentiate planned curriculum learning from the other aspects of learning that occur in a traditional EMS program / list and describe four common sources of hidden curriculum in an EMS program / describe the influence of positive and negative role models on EMS student development / describe five evidence-based practices educators can take to reconcile formal versus hidden curriculum.

Saturday, April 15, 2023


8:00 - 8:50 AM

Performance Culture

Adam Parkhurst, Paramedic

Course Description & Objectives

Average is a word that we are all familiar with, and often a word that has a negative connotation. Yet outside of the very best and the very worst in your organization, the bulk of your people are some degree of average. So instead of focusing on the best performers and lowest performers in your organization, leaving a large group in the middle that remains stagnant or worse, loses ground, that you should instead redefine your expectations to improve the entire organization. I believe that by changing your definition of average, then empowering members of your department to teach classes on subjects they are passionate about, you change the culture of your organization, and pull up the performance of all members as a consequence. This focus on empowerment and passion changes the culture of the organization to view training and education as not something you have to do, but something that is woven into the very fabric of the organization. Objectives: define performance culture / define and redefine average / explore the setting of measurable goals / describe the principals of adult education and the building of a mentor program / understand building and influencing culture.


9:00 - 9:50 AM

Update of the New Pilot Program of Open Enrollment Civilian to Paramedic

Melissa Stuive, LP, M.Ed., Chair/EMS Program Director
Robert Ruiz, LP, BAAS, Assistant Professor
Ricardo Quintero, BBA, Associate Degree – Fire Science

Course Description & Objectives

Del Mar College has just finished the first pilot program and has a great success story. This course will share with you the partnership Del Mar College and the Corpus Christi Fire Department have made to make this program successful. The second pilot will be finishing in November, and we want to share our data and our successes and lessons learned. Objectives: define the civilian to paramedic program / demonstrate how to start a civilian to paramedic program / demonstrate the concept to build partnerships and buy-in / understand how to increase paramedics in the field.

Field Day Forum

Karl Johnson, M. Div., LP
Gary Bonewald, LP
Amanda Wetz, LP

Course Description & Objectives

Wharton County Junior College began having a Field Day each semester in 2016. The goal of Field Day is to provide a high-quality learning event that builds community among our students and faculty, connects our students with local EMS systems, and demonstrates to family and friends what our students do as professionals. Since that first event, we have made changes from our observations, student and agency feedback, and demands of program growth. We will share what we do on our Field Day and what we have learned in recent years. We will then open the floor for questions and sharing of your own events. The goal is to learn from each other about how we can use large events to enhance our programs. Objectives: gain an understanding of what one program has done through a large event to enhance learning / learn what other programs have done in similar events / develop ideas about what my program can do as a similar event / identify resources within TAEMSE that can help me develop my ideas / understand what challenges are involved in such events.

Medic-ology of Reading EKGs and AV Blocks

Richard Wilcoxson, NRP, EMT-P

Course Description & Objectives

Medic-ology of reading EKGs and AV blocks comes from my two signature classes: The Danger Zone – 12 Lead EKG Dilemmas and The World of Arrhythmias. I will demonstrate how to read an EKG in 10 seconds and dissect AV Blocks for easy understanding for the EMS students. Your EMS students will be able to use these techniques in the field for real time rapid interpretations. Objectives: explore AV Blocks – the tricks and quicksand / recognize mimics and types of ST elevation / describe the six-step process for reading an EKG in 10 seconds.


9:50 - 10:30 AM

Break with Vendors


10:30 - 11:20 AM

Effective Affective

James Purdom, LP

Course Description & Objectives

The affective domain is often the least understood but the most important of the three domains of learning. Knowledge and skills are more straightforward to define and teach but attitudes and emotions are much more complex. This session is designed to emphasize the importance of the affective domain, both in and out of the classroom, and to provide strategies and techniques to effectively impact the attitudes and emotions that our students carry out of the classroom and into the field with them. Objectives: define the three domains of learning / understand how the affective domain impacts the other two domains / understand why the affective domain is important both in and out of the classroom / learn strategies and techniques for effectively impacting students’ attitudes and emotions.

10X Student Learning Using Leadership Skills

Julianne Stevenson, MS, LP

Course Description & Objectives

Hear how Julianne increased pass rates from the 80% range to seven years of 100% paramedic pass and the change she credits—aggressive implementation of servant leadership techniques. Leave with immediately actionable items. Objectives: differentiate between management and leadership / describe how “instructional leadership” enhances learning in adults / cite actionable examples of instructional leadership that you can implement immediately / analyze how these same techniques might not only enhance student learning but also may decrease attrition.

Synchronizing Asynchronous: What I Learned Trying to Reach Real Medics in the Virtual Landscape

Levi Hejl, AA, EMT-P

Course Description & Objectives

In developing, planning for, and delivering home cooked continuing education that uses quality assurance as the ultimate measuring stick to my lesson’s effectiveness, I have discovered some unique approaches to reaching current EMTs and paramedics. Using these techniques has not only made classes more enjoyable but moved the needle of clinical performance in a large metropolitan EMS system. Continuing education, often a misnomer for box checking classes many use simply to renew an expiring certification, is transformed into what it is actually intended to be: a developmental experience giving EMTs new limits and abilities that improve the care they give in the real world. This class will give you ideas to open your imagination and invigorate your lesson plans. Objectives: discuss structured objective writing processes to align learning with desired learner performance / remember novel methods of introducing psychomotor training into a virtual session / recall methods of addressing learning style preference of all students to maximize engagement / understand assessment development basics to develop better content, teaching aids, activities, assignments or whole lessons.


11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Conversations with the National Registry


They Didn’t Have That When I Was In High School

TJ Starling, BS, LP

Course Description & Objectives

In this session, you learn to recognize and understand some of the common problems and barriers to student success while teaching high school EMT students. Challenges such as lack of buy in or lack of background is not uncommon for EMS educators, however dealing with students that have yet to completely mature brings its own set of challenges. As high school EMS educators, we must deal with these issues while also dealing with multiple regulatory agencies. These regulatory agencies requirements do not always align with one another making high school an even more difficult setting to teach EMS. Objectives: understand common issues arising from student BUY IN / understand common issues arising from lack of background / understand common issues arising from teaching in an environment where there are multiple agencies regulations to follow / recognize barriers to students’ success.

CE for Grumpy Old Men, Fresh Faced Rookies and Everybody in Between

Sheila Sotherlund, NRP, LP, CCEMT-P, FP-C

Course Description & Objectives

In this session we address the challenge of teaching continuing education to groups with mixed certification levels. We will discuss tips for engagement in the age old struggle to keep students engaged when they really don’t want to be there. Objectives: learn techniques to gain engagement / share in expensive and useful resources / learn techniques to make content relevant to all certification levels / share real-world examples of how this has been successfully implemented at the Irving Fire Department.


12:20 - 1:30 PM


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1:30 - 2:20 PM

Conversations with the Texas Department of State Health Services

DSHS Staff

Mind Maps: Making the Invisible Visible

Matt Nealand, BS, EMT-LP

Course Description & Objectives

Mind maps are an excellent way to help your students organize information about an illness or injury and come up with a list of differential diagnosis. Objectives: create a mind map for an individual disease process / use a mind map to help direct their patient care / given a common dispatch complaint, students will be able to create a mind map of common causes of that complaint / use a differential diagnosis mind map to determine which condition is most likely to kill the patient first and treat the patient accordingly.

Crayons in the Conference Room: A Culture of Change from the Top Down

Shirlinda Savahl, LP, BS
Sharief Savahl, EMT-B, TCOLE Police Officer

Course Description & Objectives

In this session we will explore the use of CISM concepts during lecture and clinicals to better equip our students with the resiliency needed to be excellent providers and caretakers of their own mental health. Although we are making strides in this area, there are still instructors who choose to ignore the importance of provider mental health. Come and join us as we explore resiliency and ways to help our students cope with the sometimes-unseen side effects of caring for others. Objectives: define resilience / understand the burden of providing for others on our mental health / develop strategies to incorporate CISM concepts into courses to better equip ourselves and our students / implement one strategy into our personal lives.


2:30 - 3:20 PM

Your Students Aren’t Paying Attention. How to Teach the Distracted Student.

Lance Villars, PhD, LP

Course Description & Objectives

Our brains are not wired to sit and pay attention but that’s what educators expect. We know that attention is part of the learning process but banning the technology at their fingertips is not the best approach. Helping students find meaning in our lectures is the more effective, but more challenging, teaching approach. In this presentation we will discuss why students are so distracted and what we can do to help the learning process. Objectives: discuss why students are distracted / describe teaching strategies to help students find meaning in lessons and lectures / present ways to help students maintain attention in the classroom / describe classroom activities that foster creativity and community.

Relay Races: Rehearse, Rescue, Repeat!

Dyann Tobar, BS, LP
Jake Hoggatt, BS, EMT-P, Basic Coordinator, Master Firefighter
Eric Keller, EMT-P
Ryan Woodward, EMT-P

Course Description & Objectives

How do we engage this new age student who always seems to want to be entertained? By entertaining them of course! EMS individuals are unique in their perception of critical situations being intriguing and exciting. Our classrooms give us the opportunity to replicate these high stress scenarios and actually use the “F” word to describe the situation: FUN! So put down your pens and projector pointers and get ready to teach your students how to rehearse a skill, apply those skills in rescue situations, and be able to repeat them with confidence with FUN relay races! Objectives: use of tools/resources for safe administration of weight-based dosing / assessment and management of adequate and inadequate respiration / integration of treatment/procedures needed to preserve life / safely and effectively perform all psychomotor skills within the National EMS Scope of Practice Model.

Are We Competent?

Shane Beck, EMT-P

Course Description & Objectives

Maintaining competency for staff is a challenge every agency faces. My goal for scenario-based EMS live scenario training is to incorporate protocols, equipment, established procedures, and documentation into a learning experience. Objectives: discuss the use of QA data to select topics / identify potential obstacles to building scenario topics / list the benefits of live scenario training / describe components of scenarios and how they relate.


3:30 - 4:20 PM

Scaffolding: Evaluating, Building, and Refining in a Class
Full of Gen Z

Erin Lincoln, MD, MS, EMT-P
Gil Salazar, MD

Course Description & Objectives

Scaffolding is a learning technique that utilizes the prior knowledge of a learner as a basis to gain and understand new knowledge. Scaffolding can be used as a teaching technique as well, so long as the individual doing the teaching has an idea of what the learner’s scaffold already contains. This interactive lecture will demonstrate scaffolding as a teaching technique to encourage efficiency in learning, and will also explore ways to engage learners who might struggle with both motivation and understanding of material. Objectives: define scaffolding as a learning technique / describe the use of scaffolding as a teaching technique / discuss the importance of curiosity in teaching and learning / discuss techniques for engaging less-motivated students.

Are Today’s EMS Education Programs Ready for Tomorrow’s Students?

Macara Trusty, MS, LP, SHRM-SCP

Course Description & Objectives

With an increasing emphasis on the EMS staffing shortage, it is imperative that EMS education programs of today, ensure they are meeting the needs of tomorrow’s EMS students. While some education programs have been around for decades, it is important to ensure those programs have adapted and adjusted to the changing times, just as EMS providers have had to adjust to changing science. Gone are the days where educators should expect students to “have no life” in place of studying/school, expect students to endure rude or unprofessional preceptors, or expect students to tolerate a lack of flexibility in the learning process. Personalized learning, adaptive and mobile learning resources, caring and understanding of student challenges and being able to adapt to them are just a few of the characteristics many Generation Z students expect. This session will highlight successful strategies to manage this new generation of students. Objectives: identify actions, attitudes, and behaviors of program staff that can disengage students / describe common trends of interest amongst Generation Z students / discuss strategies to enhance student engagement, productivity, and success.


4:30 - 5:20 PM

“Postive Cheetos Sign Theory” Building Cognitive Assessment Skills

Suzanne Hunt, BSN, RN, CEN, EMT-P/LP, DSHS EMS Instructor

Course Description & Objectives

This interactive presentation provides information on how to engage students in performing patient assessment utilizing the cognitive approach and adult learning strategies. The benefits of debate teaching strategies to determine severity of illness/injury are discussed with patient case scenarios. Objectives: apply various adult learning theories in teaching patient assessment / articulate the benefits of debate / describe cognitive assessment / identify teaching strategies to determine severity of illness/injury.

Teaching Small to Increase Retention

Lee Gillum, MPH, EMS-CC, LP

Course Description & Objectives

This presentation will review the strategies of teaching small to increase student engagement and knowledge retention. Objectives: discuss the concept of small teaching / discuss strategies to increase student engagement in lecture settings / identify techniques to increase student knowledge retention.

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