2018 AMM & EMS and Paramedic Research Day

2018 AMM & EMS and Paramedic Research Day2018-07-16T11:18:55+00:00

2018 Annual Members’ Meeting & EMS and Paramedic Research Day
May 30 & 31 | Calgary AB


The Alberta College of Paramedics and Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services Invite you to be part of the 2018 Annual Members’ Meeting and Awards Gala & EMS and Paramedic Research Day on May 30 & 31 in Calgary, Alberta at the Red and White Club. The theme for this 2-day event will focus on Community (Day 1) and Research and Paramedic Care in Our Communities (Day 2). Day 1 will be led by the College and activities include the College’s 2018 Annual Members’ Meeting during the day and wrap-up with an Awards Gala in the evening where practitioners will be recognized for their achievements and contributions to the College.

On Day 2 we are excited to host the first ever conference dedicated to EMS and Paramedic Research in Alberta. This day is led by AHS EMS and will raise the profile of EMS and paramedic research in Alberta by providing a learning and networking opportunity. This research day will stimulate thought and discussion on diverse areas of EMS and paramedic care and the role of research in informing this care.

CC Credits

For Day 1 attendance, 20 credits will be granted to those who check in and attend. Day 2 attendance will count for 30 credits, if you attend both days you are eligible for 50 Continuing Competence (CC) credits. An attendance confirmation will be emailed to attendees following the event. Please make sure the email address you have on your profile is correct.

Day 1

8:30 am to 3:30 pm – Annual Members’ Meeting – PROGRAM
6 pm to 9 pm – Awards Gala – PROGRAM

Day 2

8:30 am to 4:30 pm EMS and Paramedic Research Day – PROGRAM

Register for Day 1 and Day 2 to ensure you are eligible for the 50 Continuing Competence credits. Please bring your ticket(s) with you to be scanned upon entry.

This year the 2018 Awards Gala is a semi-formal function with a plated dinner. Tickets are $35 each.



Red and White Club (located in the McMahon Stadium) – map
1833 Crowchild Trail NW
Calgary, AB T2M 4S7

Parking is $4/per day (free after 6 pm). Parking map.


A conference block has been arranged at the Hotel Alma.

Hotel Alma (located at the University of Calgary) – map 
169 University Gate NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Parking is $10/per day.

  • Eurostyle Standard Rooms – $139/per night
  • One Bedroom Suites – $164/per night


For reservations please contact Hotel Alma by telephone or email. Please ask for the Alberta College of Paramedics rate before Monday, April 30, 2018. Reservations based on availability.

The College will be recognizing the achievements and contributions of practitioners including exams and service on Council and committees.

  • May 30, 2018
  • Red and White Club (McMahon Stadium) Calgary
  • 6 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: $35 each (ticket sales closed)


STARTER – Tender Spinach Salad
MAIN – Almond Crusted Chicken Breast Supreme, served with pommes aux Lyon and artisan carrots and asparagus
MAIN FOR VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/GLUTEN FREE – Stuffed zucchini with Italian vegetable ratatouille and topped with bell pepper coulis
DESSERT – New York style cheesecake with a blueberry compote.

EMS and Paramedic Research Day Presenters (Day 2)

EMS and Paramedic Research Day
Keynote Speaker

Ian R. Drennan, ACP BScHK PhD(c)

Dr. Ian Phelps – Biography | Research in EMS and Paramedicine and why it’s important for Caring in our Community

Mr. Peter Helfrich, ACP Biography | Research and the Paramedic Profession

Mr. Ian Blanchard, ACP – Biography | AHS EMS Research-where are we, where are we going

Mr. Darren Knapp, ACP Biography | From Research to Clinical Implementation: The Story of the Vital Heart Response Program for the Prehospital Management of STEMI

Dr. Christopher (Chip) Doig – Biography  and Mr. Dan Lane – Biography | Sepsis and the Role Paramedics Can Play in Improving Outcome

Dr. Grant Innes – Biography | Hospital Offload Delay: What Research is Telling us About the Issue, or More Importantly What it’s Not!

Dr. Karen Tang – Biography | Literature Review and Meta-Analysis – An Introduction

Dr. Gerald Lazarenko – Biography | The Canadian Research Outcomes Consortium (CanROC) and how it will Impact you as a Paramedic

Mr. Ryan Lee, ACP – Biography | Documenting a Cardiac Arrest – Reflections from a Paramedic

Dr. Satish Raj – Biography | The Syncope Treat and Refer Study

Dr. Mary Runte – Biography | Syncope and EMS: The Patient’s Perspective

Mr. Ian Blanchard, ACP – Biography and Mr. John Taplin, ACP | Foundation SEEDS Program – Research Training

Dr. Veronica Guadagni – Poor Sleep Quality Affects Empathic Responses in Experienced Paramedics

Mr. Greg Hallihan – Human Factors Evaluation of a New Ambulance Patient Compartment

Mr. Rob Sharman, ACP – Transport Determinates for Continuing Care Residents Assessed by an EMS Urgent Response Team: A Retrospective Observational Study

Mr. Mathew Douma – A Randomized Crossover Trial of Conventional versus Modified Chest Compressions in a Height-Restricted Aeromedical Helicopter

Dr. Christoper Picard – Describing Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest to Improve Recognition: An Analysis of Online Cardiac Arrest Videos

Dr. Alan Batt | International examination and synthesis of the primary and secondary surveys in paramedicine

Mr. Marc Boutet | In-flight medical emergencies: what to expect

Ms. Cheryl Cameron | Defining mentorship in prehospital care: a qualitative analysis of the characteristics of prehospital mentors

Mr. Dirk Chisholm | A systematic review on the association between Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operational time factors and survival

Ms. Dana Dalgarno | Community paramedic point of care blood analysis: validity and usability testing of two commercially available devices

Mr. Matthew Douma | Manual external aortic compression following major abdominal-pelvic hemorrhage and during subsequent ambulance transfer: a simulation study

Mr. Matthew Douma | Proximal external aortic compression for life-threatening abdominal-pelvic and junctional hemorrhage: an ultra-sonographic study in adult volunteers

Mr. Nathan Hart | Short duration hyperoxia does not decrease cerebral blood flow in anterior and posterior cerebral circulations: implications for prehospital care

Ms. Nicola Lefevre | Psychological distress in emergency medical services practitioners: identifying and measuring the issues

Mr. Chris McIntosh | Discursive leadership: a meta-ethnography

Dr. Nathan McIntyre | Paramedic student’s ability to interpret ECG rhythms

Dr. Christopher Picard | A systematic review and meta-analysis of tourniquet devices for speed of application, successful hemostasis and patient tolerance

Dr. Gudrun Reay | What you always have wanted to know-how paramedics make decisions in the prehospital setting

Dr. Melanie Rock | When the dog bites’: lessons learned from newspaper coverage in a ‘model city’ for dog-bit prevention


Thank you to all the sponsors who participated with the 2018 Awards Gala &
EMS and Paramedic Research Day. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

2018 Awards Gala Sponsors







EMS and Paramedic Research Day Sponsors (Day 2)






Thank you to:

Tyleen Sportswear Awards & Promotional Products for the plaques.
Capital Colour Press for assisting with the signage.