The reason I choose to attend any conference is to improve myself, my knowledge, or my skills in some way. As an EMS professional, I have many choices in conferences to attend, but the single best meeting for me to make progress toward all of these goals is the EMS Today conference. There are many reasons for attending EMS Today 2015 in Baltimore next month including the learning and networking opportunities, but here are the top 10 (in video form) from the JEMS editor-in-chief, A.J. Heightman.
Another favorite reason for attending a conference is to get credit – CEU credits! With the March deadline coming up for those with re-certification coming due, gaining credits within the next month can be extremely valuable. The exhibit hall has speakers throughout the day on Friday and Saturday and you can see the schedule at this link to help you plan your time wisely. There are also many informal networking opportunities each night at relaxing local venues across the waterfront. (Watch my Twitter account for notifications of those.)
Finally. JEMS has offered a prize for one lucky winner using a promo code each month during the Early Bird registration period. The winner for this month was one of our very own readers – Robert Resetar. He has won an Apple Mini iPad. He just needs to get in touch with me with his contact information to claim that prize, so if you know him, please send him a congratulations. You may even be able to find him taking notes at a session soon using his new tablet device.
If you haven’t registered yet for this conference, you have already missed the early discounted registration period, but you can still be a winner using the promo code EMSBDALE which extends a discount on your registration fee. The only way to lose is by not attending!
For the last few years I have written my initial impressions of conferences in blog posts shortly after, or sometimes even during, a conference. The post “Quick Thoughts from the EMS Today 2012 Conference,” for instance, described my first EMS Today experience and captured the fact that I actually had the opportunity to give ‘two thumbs up‘ to my boyhood idle ‘Johnny Gage’ (aka Randolph Mantooth) among other professional icons. I also had the opportunity to ride along with a BCFD crew and documented that experience in the post “A Country EMS in the Big City” that year. The next year, I got to experience EMS Today in DC along with the much hyped ‘Snowquester‘ that abbreviated the EMS on the Hill advocacy opportunity, but where I did still get to witness a small ‘Gathering of Eagles‘ slaughtering a number of ‘sacred cows.’ A summary of that experience is recorded in the post “Quick Thoughts from EMS Today 2013 Conference.” Last year provided a very different perspective as I got to document EMS Today from the viewpoint of a pre-conference presenter and spent much of my time as an exhibitor on the show floor. One of my favorite learning experiences, however, was the ‘Resuscitation Academy‘. Some of my experience that year was covered in the post “Quick Thoughts from EMS Today 2014.” But this particular post is a unique first, as I am writing this time about a conference that hasn’t even happened yet – EMS Today 2015!
My interest in this coming conference is as a blog reporter. I hope to attend this conference as an official blogger tasked with documenting once again my experience as a participant in all of the fascinating aspects of this powerful and educationally-packed conference. If you are planning to attend the conference, we can help each other. Your registration using the code ‘EMSBDALE’ gets you a discount, even beyond the early bird discount rate, and provides a vote of confidence in me to be selected as the official blogger for this coming event. To make it an even better deal for you, each registration using my code will be entered into a drawing for a mini Apple iPad this month and another for anyone who enters my code during registration for January as well.
I hope that you do get to go to this keystone EMS event and that you will help me get there as well. If we do win, you will hear about it first on this blog page. PennWell and JEMS is working closer with its Fire EMS blog network than ever before in order to bring you a more intimate view of the conference and the larger industry of EMS as well through independent blogs, Facebook pages like High Performance EMS, and Twitter feeds including @hp_ems. So even if you don’t get to the 2015 EMS event of the year, you can still experience some of the excitement and continue to learn all throughout the year.