(schedule is subject to change due to presenters' availability) 

7:30-8:00 AM - Registration/Breakfast (Mezzanine - Stanton Gerber Hall)

8:00-8:30 - Introduction/ Optional Pre-test

8:35-11:00 - Blocks 1-3

11:15-12:20 - Lunch

  • Woodmore Elementary School Bus Crash, Chattanooga TN, November 21, 2016

    • Presented by

      • Cpt. Keith Liles, Chattanooga Fire Department

      • Sgt. Stacie Liles, Hamilton County EMS

      • Lisa Smith, MD, Pediatric Surgery, Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga, TN

  • Objectives:

    • Identify the conditions of a pediatric mass casualty

    • Discuss the importance of communication and planning in preparation for a mass casualty response.

    • Describe respective roles of the treatment team and other first responders in a mass casualty situation.


12:40-4:30- Blocks 4-8

4:35-5:00 - Closing/Post-test


Station 1: Pediatric Poison Ingestion SIM Lab (45 min)

Sukhvir Singh, MD
PGY-II Resident, ETSU Pediatrics


  • Elicit risk factors for accidental toxic ingestion when gathering a history in a pediatric patient encounter.

  • Perform a focused physical examination to assess for potential toxic exposure.

  • Identify when antidotes are indicated.

  • Utilize closed-loop communication, assignment of clear roles, and shared mental models to facilitate effective teamwork.

  • Define the difference between the toddler and adolescent overdose patient.

Station 2: Virtual Reality Anatomy and Clinically Applied Anatomy (45 min)

Rob Becker, BS
Anatomy Laboratory Director, Dept. Of Biomedical Sciences ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN

Caroline Abercrombie, M.D. (Anatomy Lab Director)
Assistant Professor, Section of Medical Education, Director of Anatomy Lab, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Virtual Reality Anatomy Objectives:

  • Identify anatomical structures and relevant anatomical relationships associated with common trauma and pathologies encountered by first responders. 

    • Head (brain, oral cavity, pharynx)

      • Coup countercoup injury

      • Uncal herniation

      • Subarachnoid, subdural versus epi-dural hemorrhage

    • Neck (cervical spine, trachea, carotid & jugular vessels)

      • Spinal contusion / compression / transection

      • Tracheal deviation

      • Carotid pulse / stenosis 

      • Trache-ostomy/-otomy

      • Cricothyrotomy 

    • Thorax (lungs, thoracic cage & cavity, mediastinum)

      • Right main stem intubation

      • Intercostal neurovascular bundle

      • Coronary artery disease

      • Pneumo/hemo thorax anatomy

      • Chest Decompressions

      • Heart trauma

      • Aortic dissection

    • Abdomen (viscera, vessels, peritoneal specializations, genitourinary)

      • Liver & spleen blunt trauma

      • Solid versus hollow organ injury

      • Bowel obstruction

      • Diverticu-losis/-litis 

      • Appendicitis

      • Intussusception 

      • Cystitis / pyelonephritis

      • Urolithiasis

Clinically Applied Anatomy Objectives:

  • Identify clinical presentations associated with common trauma and pathologies encountered by first responders, relating this to anatomical relationships.

  • Same as above

Station 3: OBGYN Emergent Delivery (45 min)

Charlotte Alexander, MD, PGY3
ETSU Physicians: OBGYN


  • Understand initial management of pregnant patients and patients in active labor with and without emergent presentation

  • Practice procedural skills on ob/gyn simulation equipment

  • Describe the particular differences and challenges associated with pregnant patients and patients in active labor emergent and non-emergent


  • Typical & Non-typical field vaginal delivery procedures and care, post delivery care of child and mother

Station 4: Hypothermia (45 min)

Jake Drumm, BBA EMT-P
Patient Simulation Program Manager, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN


  • Describe how to address the circulation, airway, breathing, disability, exposure (CABDE) priorities

  • Describe how to measure the core temperature

  • Describe appropriate rewarming techniques

  • Recognize afterdrop

  • Identify and describe management of complications of hypothermia

Station 5: Lifting & Moving Patients (45 min)

Jarred Millard, BS, CCEMT-P, FP-C
MD Candidate Class of 2023, James H. Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN


  • Discuss importance of safety in lifting or moving patients.

  • Identify situations in which an emergency lift is indicated.

  • Identify situations in which a non-emergency lift is indicated.

  • Describe patient positioning and indications for each position.

  • Discuss importance of patient safety restraints.

  • Discuss various types of transportation devices used in moving patients in prehospital environment.

Station 6: Airway Basic-Advanced (45 min)

Eddie Reynolds, MD, MPH
EMS/Emergency Physician, Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, TN


  • QuickTrach

    • Pig trachea

    • Sagittal Cross Sections and models

  • Identify potential problems and complications for airway management

    • Difficult intubations

      • Facial trauma

      • Airway obstruction

      • Burns

      • Epiglottitis

    • Increased cranial pressure

    • Bradycardia

Station 7: First Responder Health and Wellness (45 min)

Emma H. Hopson, RN, BSN, MSN-Ed
Faculty Undergraduate Program, East Tennessee State University, College of Health, Nursing, Johnson City, TN
Co-Author: Burnout to Balance: EMS Stress

Tabitha L. Quillen, MSN, RN-BC, CNE
Faculty Undergraduate Program, East Tennessee State University, College of Health, Nursing, Johnson City, TN


  • Identify factors that put first responders at higher risk for mental health issues and PTSD.

  • Identify means of managing workplace and non-work-related stress to prevent development of mental health conditions.

  • Define resiliency and identify ways to improve your resilience to help prevent mental health disorders.

  • Identify resources and treatment options available to maintain mental health wellness.

Station 8: Post Suicide Completion Scene Management - Facing EMS's Worst Fears: Family & Friends of the Deceased (45 min)

Sam D. Bernard, Ph.D., LSPE-HSP, NCC, BCETS, CISM, CT
Emergency Management Psychologist
Bernard & Associates, P.C. / PAR Partners International, Inc./ PAR Foundation/ Captive Audience
Chattanooga, TN/ Washington, D.C.


  • Effectively apply crisis management skills to manage and communicate information in a crisis.  

  • Execute proper management of a crisis situation to minimize adverse outcomes.