The Gathering of Eagles XVII

February 20 and 21, 2015

Sponsored by
UT Southwestern Department of Emergency Medicine
and the Office of Continuing Medical Education

2015 EMS State of the Science: Gathering of Eagles XVII Report and Commentary
by JEMS Editor-in-Chief, A.J. Heightman

Complete 2015 Agenda

2015 Presentations

Target Audience:

This course is designed for Paramedics, EMT's, First Responders, EMS System Directors, Fire Chiefs, Managers, Medical Directors and Educators, as well as Emergency Nurses, Researchers, Physicians and policy makers interested in EMS, Trauma & Resuscitation, and Related State-of-the-Art Investigations & Care Delivery across the United States.

Purpose and Content:

The purpose of this highly popular conference is to share with participants and faculty alike, the most cutting-edge information and advances in EMS patient care, research and management issues as well as trending challenges and lessons learned while also introducing novel patient care, strategies and techniques. This unique National EMS conference is famous for having developed the 10 minute bullet plenary presentation, lightning rounds and other innovative educational advances which have not only provided the attendees with 40 or so plenary presentations in over 2 days but, according to conference evaluations, change nationwide medical practices almost overnight. Comprised of the jurisdictional EMS Medical directors from the nation’s largest municipalities and their counterparts in pivotal federal agencies, the very cohesive cadre of faculty is responsible for the care for nearly 100 million citizens. Accordingly, they have become extraordinarily influential in shaping future EMS practice trends, medical aspects for disasters and homeland security and day-to-day 9-1-1 response worldwide.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to link the educational objectives to Core Competencies (Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning, Communication, Professionalism, System Based Practice, Interdisciplinary Teams, Quality Improvement, and Informatics) and be able to:

    • List various methodologies to improve care of the patient.
    • Articulate developments in pre-hospital patient care.
    • Explain the regulatory environment for EMS providers.
    • Recite a list of practices of advances in resuscitation research.
    • Discuss innovation in EMS response and transport.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:

This live activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

This continuing education activity is approved by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).

Conflict of Interest:

All persons in the position to control the content of an education activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients. A primary mechanism to resolve identified conflicts of interest is a content review that is prior to the activity.

Discussion of Off-Label Use:

This course is meant to educate physicians with what is currently in use and what may be available in the future. There may be “off-label” use discussed in the activity. Speakers have been requested to inform the audience when off-label use is discussed.

UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to providing programs and activities to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status or disability.

UT Southwestern is an equal opportunity institution.


For additional information, please call The Office of Continuing Medical Education,
214-648-3138, 1-800-688-8678, fax 214-648-2317, or email