2021 EMS Symposium Call for Presentations

The Virginia Office of EMS’ Call for Presentations for the 2021 Virginia EMS Symposium is now open! This year’s symposium is scheduled for November 3 – 7, 2021 in Norfolk, Virginia. We welcome your submissions beginning February 3 – March 5, 2021.

Special Note: All presentations that were submitted for the 2020 Symposium have been transferred to the 2021 proposals. You can make modifications to those submissions if needed and also add any new proposals you desire.

Access is obtained through this website and using your portal logon credentials. You will have access to:

1) your profile for updating as needed.
2) Previous submissions for which you can select for submission.
3) Ability to add new submissions.

Out of state speakers are expected to present a minimum of four 1-hour classes or the equivalent. Virginia speakers should expect to conduct two 1-hour classes at a minimum.

Once you have completed the Call for Presentations, be sure to click on the “submit for committee” button at the bottom of the summary page for each submission.

The program committee will be reviewing programs as they are received and final decisions for the 2021 Virginia EMS Symposium will be made by March 26, 2021. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Debbie Akers, Division Director, Accreditation, Certification & Education at (804-888-9122). We look forward to reviewing your submissions.

Learn More About the Virginia EMS Symposium

The annual Virginia EMS Symposium is one of the nation’s premier educational opportunities for EMS providers and Registered Nurses to obtain continuing education and network. Each year, more than 1500 registrants choose from 360 different programs over the 5-day event. National and local educators participate to make this event one of the top pre-hospital educational opportunities in the country. The Symposium has 11 tracks covering Administrative, Airway, Respiration, and Ventilation, BLS Academy, Cardiology, Educator, Health and Safety, Leadership & Management, Medical, Operations, Pediatrics and Trauma. Sessions generally run 1 hour.

Virginia EMS Symposium categories allow for didactic as well as psychomotor activities and encourage faculty to include appropriate innovative information as part of the continuing education program. Hands-on classes are always popular! Educational categories include:

  • Administrative: These programs are typically Virginia specific offered by the Virginia Office of EMS that pertains to the Virginia EMS system.
  • Airway, Respiration, Ventilation: The Airway, Respiration, Ventilation category provides topics that involve the pathophysiology of ventilation, respiration and the use of airway, oxygenation, ventilation devices in the management of airway, oxygenation, ventilation compromise.
  • BLS Academy: The Academy is specifically designed for EMTs to comply with category 1 (NCCR) requirements for recertification.
  • Cardiology: Cardiology addresses the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system including risk factors and prevention strategies. This track addresses complex issues including but not limited to stroke, acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, hypertensive emergencies, vascular disorders, and cardiac rhythm disturbances.
  • Educator: Whether a novice or experienced educator, this track is for educators who desire access to the latest in educational methodology, alternative teaching methods, student motivation, engagement and interaction. Tips and tricks on how to design your curriculum and evaluation tools to enable your students to succeed are presented.
  • Health and Safety: Health and Safety provides information on provider health and safety as it relates to pre incident, incident, and post incident activities, including (but not limited to) physical fitness, nutritional health, ambulance safety/design, impact of shift work, and roadway incident safety.
  • Leadership and Management: Leadership provides tools and techniques for EMS management and supervisors. It is also appropriate at the provider level to share valuable information that will help with their upward mobility and career planning at the EMS Agency level.
  • Medical: Medical applies assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive/disposition plan for a patient with a medical emergency.
  • Operations: In addition to offering information to assist with the day-to-day operations of the EMS agency, topics include At Risk Populations, Pediatric Transport, Safety, Affective Characteristics, Crew resource Management and Research as well as other topics included in the 2016 NCCP.
  • Pediatric: This track separates out general pediatric trauma, medical, and airway classes into a single track so that these highly sought after topics can be easily found. Note that with the Virginia CE program now mirroring the National Registry, many of the pediatric topics are included in the Trauma, Medical, Airway – Ventilation – Oxygenation, and Operations area numbers.
  • Trauma: Trauma applies assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive/disposition plan for a patient with a trauma related emergency.