History of EMS Research Day

11th Annual EMS Research Day

The 11th Annual EMS Research Day was held on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019. Over 100 paramedics, physicians, educators, management and others with a keen interest in EMS research were in attendance. The Keynote Speaker was Ian Drennan. Ian Drennan is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital completing a collaborative program in resuscitation sciences. He works as an advanced care paramedic with York Region Paramedic Services and an instructor with Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine. Ian also holds a part-time faculty position in the health sciences department at Georgian College.

Fourteen studies were presented and the awards went to: Dr. Alix Carter for the Top Research Award with “Essential elements to implementing the Paramedics Providing Palliative Care at Home Program: An application of the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR).” and William McQuaid for the Ron Stewart Top Paramedic Research Award with “Paramedic Interventions and Adverse Patient Events During Prolonged Interfacility Ground Transport in a Pharmacoinvasive Model of STEMI Care.” The “People’s Choice Award” went to Lyon Kengis, for his poster entitled “Evaluating paramedics comfort, confidence, and cultural competency in providing care to trans populations in a provincial ambulance system.”

10th Annual EMS Research Day

The 10th Annual EMS Research Day was held on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018. Approximately 110 paramedics, physicians, educators, management and others with a keen interest in EMS research were in attendance from all over Canada. The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Blair Bigham.  Dr. Bigham is an award-winning journalist, scientist, paramedic and resident emergency physician based in Toronto. He was a Global Journalism Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Associate Scientist at St Michael’s Hospital.  His work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the New England Journal of Medicine and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, amongst others, and he frequently appears on CBC Radio.

Twelve studies were presented and the awards went to: Mengyu Li for the Top Research Award with “Determining Ambulance Destinations in the Presence of Offload Delay Using a Markov Decision Process” and Lyon Kengis for the Ron Stewart Top Paramedic Research Award with “Evaluating Paramedic Comfort, Confidence, and Cultural Competency in Providing Care to Trans Populations in a Provincial Ambulance System”.

The “People’s Choice Award” which was given out for the best research poster on display.  Jennifer Greene won the “Prehospital sepsis identification on the impact on time to definitive care protocol.”

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the EMS Research Day!  

History

In 2009, the Division of EMS hosted its first annual research day. It is now held at the end of October, in the Royal Bank Theatre at the Halifax Infirmary building of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The day is action packed with a relevant EMS keynote speaker and scientific presentations of EMS, prehospital and paramedic research.

The 6th Annual EMS Research Day was held on Tues, Oct 21st 2014 in the Royal Bank Theatre of the Halifax Infirmary Bldg of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Over 85 paramedics, physicians, management and others with an interest in EMS research were in attendance from all over Canada. The Keynote Speaker was Lawrence Brown PhD, MPH, TM, an independent research design and data analysis consultant in Austin, Texas, USA, and an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health at James Cook University, Australia.

Twelve studies were presented and the awards went to: Justin Mausz for the Top Research Award with “Exploring the Role of Hospital-Based Paramedic Education” and Phil Stewart for the Ron Stewart Top Paramedic Research Award with “The Feasibility of Monitoring the Temperature of Medication Storage in a Ground Ambulance: A Pilot Study”.

In conjunction with EMS Research Day, we also held two related events on Oct 20th 2014: a Paramedic Journal Club’s (topic was Transport Outcomes), and a Pitch Your Proposal event that had eight potential research ideas put forward for discussion.

Keynote Speakers and award winners from previous years

Year Speaker Ron Stewart Award Top EMS Project
2019 Ian Drennan, PhD(c), ACP
William McQuaid, , BSc (Paramedicine), ACP  Dr. Alix Carter, MD, FRCPC, MPH
2018 Blair Bigham, Resident, Emergency Medicine, Toronto
Lyon Kengis, ACP (c)
Mengyu Li, PhD (c)
2017 Katie Dainty, Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto Jen Greene, ACP
Dr. Alix Carter, MD, FRCPC, MPH
2016 Laurie Morrison, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto
James Orchard John Bartolacci, PCP
2015 Jonathan Studnek PhD, NRP Mecklenburg EMS Agency 
Jan Jensen, ACP Justin Mausz, ACP
2014 Lawrence Brown PhD, MPH, TM James Cook University Phil Stewart, ACP Justin Mausz, ACP
2013 Daniel Patterson Phd, EREMP-P University of Pittsburgh Asha Bienkowski Louis Staple, ACP
2012 Tim Kilner, Paramedic Sciences, Coventry University, UK Mark Walker, ACP Walter Tavares, ACP
2011 Al Craig, Deputy Chief, Toronto EMS TIE: Jan Jensen, ACP and Judah Goldstein PCP Dr David Petrie
2010 Ian Blanchard  Alberta Health Services, Emergency Medical Services Jan Jensen, ACP Jan Jensen, ACP
2009 Blair Bigham ACP MSc  Saint Michaels Hospital; RESCU Judah Goldstein, PCP Dr John Tallon