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EDUCATION

Welcome to the Education page for the Texas EMS Educators Summit. Here you will find the 2021 Summit Agenda, course descriptions and objectives, as well as presenter biographies.

Education Session Descriptions

Summit Workshop

The New F.A.C.E. of EMS Education: Flipped, Asymmetrical, Case-based Education
Dan Limmer, AS, LP, I/C

Friday, April 16, 2021

8:00 AM –  12:00 PM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: describe the flipped classroom concept / differentiate between a traditional and case-based approach / apply asymmetry to traditional lesson plans and class activities / anticipate student reactions to flipped and case-based learning / relate case-based and flipped learning to success on in-class and national testing situations / given an EMS topic, create a flipped, case-based lesson plan.

Face it. We’ve been doing things the same way for a while. Even when we try to bring new things into the classroom, we have the skeleton of our old habits holding us upright. Imagine how you would build an EMS class if you had no preconceived notions. Leave your traditional, symmetrical safety net at home. Bring your computer, course schedule, and lesson plans to this hands-on session where you will work collaboratively with fellow educators to use the F.A.C.E. building blocks to not just change but to foundationally shift toward better, more dynamic education.

You’ve heard a lot about the flipped classroom. Build the flipped classroom that really works.

Summit Education – Friday, April 16, 2021

EMSVax - What EMS Needs to Know About Vaccines and Testing in A COVID-World
Jeff Jarvis, MD, MS, EMT-P

3:30 – 4:20 PM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: describe the functions of antibodies, T-cells, and B-cells / describe the mechanism of action of various types of vaccines / describe clinical data from trials about efficacy and adverse events / describe the types of rapid tests and how they work / describe potential uses for rapid antigen tests in EMS.

Our lives, both professional and personal, have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our best hope for a return of normalcy rests with mass vaccinations, yet there is much hesitancy among the EMS community about vaccinations. Traditionally, EMS education and practice haven’t focused on this topic which has allowed fear and misinformation to cloud our collective consciousness about the best tool medicine has against viral disease. Dr. Jarvis will discuss the basic science (in a non-coma-inducing way, don’t worry) of immunology, how vaccines take advantage of our body’s immunity, and the results of the clinical trials of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. He’ll become downright giddy about the science behind the new mRNA vaccines. He’ll then close by discussing how rapid testing works and how it can be used by agencies and education programs to decrease the spread of this virus.

Cheating: Tackling Academic Dishonesty Through New Course Designs and Teaching Strategies
Lance Villers, PhD, LP

5:45 – 6:35 PM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: describe new definitions of academic dishonesty and why students cheat / update learning environments to reduce cheating and increase learning / promote a culture of academic integrity in our students.

Students cheat. Is this because of laziness, lack of ethics, or a win-at-all-costs mentality? Maybe it’s because of the environments we create in the classroom that are based on our good intentions for high stakes multiple choice exams, arbitrary grading criteria, and high stakes performance requirements. This presentation will enpower instructors to create effective learning environments based on cognitive learning theories to help curb academic dishonesty and improve student learning and performance.

Summit Education – Saturday, April 17, 2021

Moving from In Person to Virtual Learning: Lessions Learned
Lee Gillum

8:30 – 9:20 AM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: list 4 strategies for success when teaching virtually / discuss best practices when moving from in person to virtual instruction / discuss techniques to encourage student interaction and participation during virtual courses / discuss strategies for case presentations, skills delivery, and scenarios virtually.

Making Adult Learning Personal
Donald Rose

9:30 – 10:20 AM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: understand the importance of student success and how that impacts their teaching goals / understand why student outcomes improve with their investment / describe how being inspired by the subject matter will affect their ability to teach / appreciate how finding at least one good quality about each individual student will improve their ability to teach them.

This discussion is geared towards ensuring the success of your learners by exploring how to be invested in them and the future of your profession. Educator success hinges on the success of the learner. The best way for the learner to be successful is for the educator to be invested in them professionally and to be inspired by their profession enough to teach it passionately.

"Why Don't They Know This?!" What to do When Training Fails
Sue Parrigin

11:00 – 11:50 AM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: quickly identify roadblocks to effective training / implement appropriate learning strategies for individuals / assess training outcomes and goals / discuss the Novice to Expert Continuum.

This presentation will utilize the Performance Four as a tool to assist educators, preceptors, medical directors, or training officers in meeting the student where they are at. A time saving method of conducting a needs assessment and gap analysis to target individuals who are struggling to meet training goals. Useful strategies for anyone responsible for teaching anything!

Getting the Student in the Door
Susie Jechow

1:30 – 2:20 PM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: identify at risk groups or types who have intent but not follow-through in the application process / identify hurdles for being successful in an EMS course / brainstorm solutions to those perceived obstacles / recognize competing distractors that inhibit success.

TAEMSE has identified minority groups in EMS: Black or Hispanic (et al) and/or female. The problem isn’t getting more of this recognized populous to graduate but rather just getting them into the classes. In this session, we will identify problems and solutions that will assist in creating a more equitable starting point.

Improving Skills Performance with Competency Based Evaluation
Jennifer Liebman

2:30 – 3:20 PM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: identify key pieces of equipment or procedures for annual evaluation / understand the elements that need to be demonstrated to validate a clinician’s knowledge / develop definitions for “proficient” and “needs remediation” ranking during the evaluation process / develop a strategy to communicate the new skills evaluation process to the proctors and clinicians within their agency.

Annual competency testing for key equipment and procedures is a common practice for EMS agencies. The validity of the competency evaluation is often left open for interpenetration by the individual proctoring the evaluation. In order to ensure each clinician within an organization is maintaining the required level of proficiency, agencies need to implement a well-defined process that can be consistently applied no matter who proctors the evaluation. This lecture will provide the audience with the tools need to implement a consistent skills evaluation process.

Cognitive Load in EMS Education
Jeff Anderson

3:30 – 4:20 PM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: define cognitive load theory / define working memory / explain how the cognitive load placed on students effects performance / describe ways that the faculty can control the cognitive load placed on students.

The purpose of this presentation is to inform EMS Educators about Cognitive Load Theory and discuss the implications of the Theory on the practice of EMS Education. We will discuss the concept of working memory and the limits you brain has on processing new information. We will also discuss how educators can remove extraneous cognitive load and teach students to manage their cognitive load.

Technology-Enhanced Items: Preparing Your Students for National Certification
Kenneth Navarro

8:30 – 9:20 AM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: define technology-enhanced items / list advantages to the use of technology-enhanced items / list disadvantages to the use of technology-enhanced items / recognize the characteristics of a well-crafted technology-enhanced item.

Increasingly, many medical disciplines make use of computer-based delivery platforms for administering high-stakes standardized tests.  These platforms create opportunities for administering new types of technology-enhanced items (TEI). Recently, the National Registry of EMTs announced TEI items would begin appearing on examinations in the Fall of 2020 initially as pilot questions for validation. This presentation will introduce EMS educators to the world of TEI and provide guidance for incorporating these items into formative and summative assessments in the classroom.

5 Things You Can Do To Enhance Your Virtual Classroom
Lara Ondruch

9:30 – 10:20 AM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: explain the importance of student engagement / deploy a poll in zoom / utilize Kahoot in their virtual classroom / increase student engagement in their virtual classrooms.

This lecture will provide some simple things educators can apply to their virtual classrooms today to help engage students more effectively!

Teaching "Maybe"
Dan Limmer

11:00 – 11:50 AM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: identify 3 EMS situations where there are multiple correct answers or solutions / model clinical decision-making in situations with multiple correct answers or outcomes / consider the feelings of a student facing a situation with multiple correct answers or outcomes / relate situations with multiple correct answers or outcomes to in-class and national testing situations.

How many times have you answered a student’s question with “maybe” or “it depends” only to have them sigh in frustration? Questions like Can I get sued? or explaining concepts like relative contraindications can be challenging for both students and educators. Using actual class examples of problems and solutions, Dan will propose strategies that will reduce frustration as well as increase critical thinking skills when ‘maybe” is the answer. And as we all know, “maybe” is the answer more often than not.

Critical Thinking and Patient Assessment
Rick Freeman

1:30 – 2:20 PM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: understand critical thinking and how it relates to patient assessment at the Basic level / review steps of patient assessment / review identification of life threats and treat appropriately at the Basic level / understand cognitive biases in regard to critical thinking.

This course will introduce the convergent and divergent methodologies of thinking and prepare the educator to train learners to apply these principles to formulate a differential diagnosis, determine a working diagnosis, and establish a treatment plan. Through a case-based format, this course will provide educators with additional tools to develop learner’s patient evaluation and critical thinking skills.

Flipped Turned Updside Down: COVID-19 Classroom Challenges
Diedra Blankenship

2:30 – 3:20 PM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: define flipped classroom / discuss how to prepare for the future / explore if this really works / understand where the resource catalog is.

Several challenges were faced upon the pandemic arising and it wasn’t a horrible transition for us. We were already a “flipped classroom” style environment. What did change for us and how did we handle those situations set forth? Let’s talk about it. Things that worked. Things that didn’t work.  Let’s not mention clinicals (but of course we are going to!!). Helping others with those fine-tuned details is a very rewarding feat.

Sometimes Part-timers Can Make A Full-time Impact
Matthew Ondruch

3:30 – 4:20 PM

Omni Corpus Christi

Objectives: identify problems with part time faculty / identify root causes of different issues / understand resources available to help part time faculty succeed /review personnel management tactics.

As new challenges arise, one will always remain the same; what is the exact role of part time faculty? This lecture will explore challenges that face both part time educators as well as full time faculty and ideas on how to combat them. We will look at the use and implementation of adjunct/part time instructors in programs in various capacities. A wide range of topics will be covered including the different roles they may serve in, challenges faced using adjunct instructors and ways to keep them vested in our programs. We will discuss preparing the instructors for skills/lecture, scheduling, dealing with common issues that come from various types of personalities and how it pertains ensuring the students success in the classroom.

Performance Culture: Redefining Average
Adam Parkhurst

4:30 – 5:20 PM

Omni Corpus Christi

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.

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.

Speaker Bios

Jeff Anderson

NRP

Jeff Anderson is a paramedic and EMS educator from Bossier City, La. He is currently the Program Director of the paramedic program at Bossier Parish Community College and is also a paramedic for a local EMS agency.

Diedra Blankenship

Licensed Paramedic, BS, Paramedic

Diedra Blankenship is a 23-year veteran in EMS. She has spent time on the ambulance, air ambulance, and is currently in education full time. She serves on the GETAC EMS Education Committee and was awarded the TDSHS 2019 EMS Educator of the Year. She enjoys spending her free time at the beach with her kids.

Rick Freeman

EMT-P, CCP-C, FP-C

Rick Freeman started his career as a law enforcement officer. During his training he acquired his EMT-Basic and fell in love with prehospital care. He eventually left law enforcement, to start his full time EMS career. During his time in EMS Freeman has worked ground, critical care, and HEMS. He now works in the Office of the Medical Director in Fort Worth for the MAEMSA system.

Lee Gillum

MPH, Lic-P, EMS-CC, NREMT-P

Lee Gillum, MPH, Lic-P, EMS-CC, NREMT-P, is the Education Supervisor for Montgomery County Hospital District EMS (MCHD-EMS). He has been in EMS since 1986 and has been teaching in EMS since 1993. Gillum oversees the initial EMS courses and EMS CE at MCHD-EMS while also serving as the liaison to the educational programs that MCHD-EMS serves as clinical sites. He currently oversees 7 EMT classes at various sites throughout Montgomery County.

Jeff Jarvis

MD, MS, EMT-P

Dr. Jeff Jarvis is the EMS Medical Director for Williamson County EMS and Marble Falls Area EMS and the host of The EMS Lighthouse Project Podcast. He maintains a clinical practice in the ED at Baylor Scott & White in Round Rock, Texas. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and EMS. He began his career in EMS over 30 years ago and remains a licensed paramedic today. Dr. Jarvis has research interests in airway management and clinical performance measures. He is a proud father to two wonderful kids, husband of 26 years and a loyal Aggie.

Susie Jechow

BA, LP, EMSC

Susie Jechow is a veteran paramedic and EMS educator who now measures her success in the accomplishments of others. She is the EMS Program Director at Victoria College and has previous experience in frontier and border counties to include students who struggled mentally to think they could ever be medics. One of her mission statements in EMS Education is to change lives. Of course, the lives of prehospital patients but first, the lives of the students entering EMS.

Jennifer Liebman

MSL, RN, LP, CFRN

Jennifer Liebman currently serves as the Professional Development Director for a Med-Trans Corporation, a Global Medical Response solution, overseeing all clinical training for the company. As a dual certified clinician, she has 20 years of in hospital and out of hospital experience. Liebman has also had the privileged to work as adjunct faculty for the University of Pittsburgh as an instructor in the Emergency Medicine Bachelor of Science degree program. Her master’s degree in Health Law allows her to provide a unique perspective when implementing clinical education processes within an organization.

Daniel Limmer

AS, Paramedic, I/C

Daniel Limmer is a paramedic and police officer who has been involved in EMS and law enforcement for 40 years. He is a lecturer in the EMS degree program at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, and an EMS instructor/coordinator in Maine. He speaks at EMS conferences around the world. He is a co-author of several textbooks including Emergency Care, EMR Complete, the education standards Transition Series for EMT, AEMT and Paramedic, and EMPACT. He develops smartphone and web-based review apps for the emergency service fields through his company.

Kenneth Navarro

LP

Kenneth Navarro is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he serves as chief of EMS education development for a multi-jurisdictional EMS system. Navarro also serves as a content consultant for various project teams at the American Heart Association.

Laura Ondruch

NREMT-P, LP, BS

Laura Ondruch is a faculty member at Houston Community College. She lives in Richmond, Texas with her husband and 5-year-old daughter. She also serves as the treasurer of TAEMSE.

Matthew Ondruch

EMT-P

Matthew Ondruch is the current Lieutenant at the Katy Fire Department. He has been in EMS since 2007 and has served as a part time educator in EMS and fire for the last 6 years.

Adam Parkhurst

Paramedic

Adam Parkhurst is a firefighter/field training paramedic for the Euless Fire Department. He works as an EMS instructor for Tarrant County College, is a medical specialist for a FEMA US&R team and has a master’s degree in Sociology.

Sue Parrigin

MSN, RN, CFRN, NRP, TX EMT-P

Sue Parrigin has worked in EMS for 30 years including ground 911, air medical and education. Parrigin is currently a clinical staff development specialist with Air Evac Lifeteam responsible for creating and managing curriculums for over 1500 new and current flight crewmembers. She is also a volunteer firefighter.

Donald Rose

EMT-P, CCEMTP, NAEMSE Instructor I & II

Donald Rose began his career in the EMS profession in August of 2000 as a member of the Medic One system in Seattle/King County Washington. In 2008 he became a field paramedic with Austin Travis County EMS in Austin Texas. Since joining the department he has functioned as a student preceptor, field training officer, captain, Disaster Medical Response team member, and AmBus crew chief in addition to working in a traditional paramedic role. He is currently assigned to Austin-Travis County EMS’s Primary and Continuing Education office in the Employee Development and Wellness Division.

Lance Villers

PhD, LP

Lance Villers, PhD, LP, is chair of the Department of Emergency Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio. He has been involved in EMS as a paramedic, educator and national speaker for nearly 30 years. He is a member of the University of Texas Academy of Master Teachers, a Distinguished Teaching Professor, and developed the first online BS degree program for paramedics. He has directed EMS educational programs for the US Army Special Operations Command, US Army Flight Medic program, San Antonio Fire Department, and numerous rural and urban fire departments. He is a former member of the Texas Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council, Education Committee and Texas EMS Educator of the Year.