EMS Education Tips

Tips to Select Sessions at #EMSToday

When I attend a conference my most difficult task is selecting break-out sessions. There are always so many great choices. I will be look for sessions to attend, people to meet, and products to review. Many times I want to attend several presentations that are offered simultaneously. With some careful thought and review of the session descriptions, I create a conference itinerary specific to my needs and interests. These are my Everyday EMS Tips for selecting conference sessions.

1) Review the conference program before you arrive or before breakout sessions start.

2) Look for “presentation tracks” for specific interest groups like education, pediatric, trauma, or rescue.

3) Review the sessions in the track or tracks most applicable to your career and interests.

4) Read the session titles and select session titles and/or speakers to read more about.

5) Investigate the session description which should list the objectives and desired outcomes of the session. Do these match your needs and interests?

6) To narrow your choices find out if you could get the same or similar information from specific speakers from a published article or previous conference video.

At the conference, ask other attendees for recommendations if you are having difficulty selecting between two sessions. Also consider trying one or two sessions outside of your expertise or training. For example, if you are an EMT, go to a paramedic session. Maybe it will spark your interest in more training or confirm your contentment as an EMT.

Remember, if a session does not meet your expectations, you can leave. As a speaker I expect some deserters. I would rather be left with the people who are most interested and engaged.

Which sessions or speakers are you most looking forward to at EMS Expo?

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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.