Virtual Reality & the Future of EMS Education: A Panel Discussion

Please join Health Scholars and CareerCert on April 8 at 11 am MT.

In this panel discussion, emergency medicine leaders, physicians, and instructors from across the country will come together to discuss the potential impact of virtual reality training on the future of EMS education.

This packed, 60-minute discussion will cover:

  • Current EMS trends, challenges, and the impacts of VR
  • Examples of specific VR use cases that improve outcomes
  • Benefits and limitations of VR training
  • Integrating innovative solutions into current EMS practices

This webinar is ideal for EMS leaders looking to improve patient outcomes and stay on the cutting edge of emergency care.

About the Presenters

Kathleen Adelgais Dr. Kathleen Adelgais is a professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado. She serves as the Principal Investigator and Program Director for the Colorado EMS for Children State Partnership program, is the past-chair of the Pediatrics Committee for National Association EMS Physicians, and represents the Pediatric Emergency Medicine sector on the National EMS Advisory Council. She serves as the scientific advisor for the Aurora Fire Department EMS affiliate role in PEM-NEWS node within the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), the Associate Medical Director for Crested Butte Fire Protection District, and the Pediatric Clinical Coordinator for Arvada Fire Protection District.

Greg Childress After 20 years in emergency services, Greg Childress recently retired from Los Pinos Fire Protection District as Division Chief of EMS & Training. During his two decades, Greg worked in a range of communities, from metropolitan Orlando, Florida, to rural Colorado. He served in a variety of roles through his career, from frontline provider to senior administrator. The latter half of his career provided the opportunity to serve in an array of roles, including instructor, course coordinator, and administrator, with years of experience in the delivery of nationally recognized CPR-BLS and ACLS training. Prior to his emergency service career, Greg spent several years as an instructional designer developing training for the U.S. military, giving him a unique perspective on both the evolution and application of training across a variety of domains.

Dr. Gil Salazar is an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern. He serves as the medical director of EMS education and oversees both initial and continuing education of area EMS professionals. He practices clinically at Parkland Hospital Emergency Department. Dr. Salazar is dually board-certified in Emergency Medicine and EMS and serves as core faculty for the Emergency Medicine Residency and the EMS Fellowship programs of UT Southwestern Medical Center​. He is the creator of Campus Emergency Preparedness and Survival Training (Campus EPAST)SM. His main goal is to improve the quality of education in the management of natural and human-made disasters.

Chris Thompson has worked in the EMS industry for more than 25 years. He started working full-time in 1993 and became a licensed paramedic in 1995. He received his BAAS from the University of North Texas and has worked as an EMS educator since 2010, serving as the director of EMS education at El Centro College for 4 years and as faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. In addition, Chris has worked part-time for BioTel Medical Control since 1998. Chris is passionate about innovative EMS education that builds field readiness.

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