Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medical Services


Through our EMS Section, the Emergency Medicine residents have graduated exposure and responsibility throughout their training. Beginning with observational shifts and ambulance ride-a-longs and an EMS Day in the first training year, the second and third years see the resident’s progress as instructors in the EMS education programs, earn certification as Base Station Physicians in order to provide active on-line medical direction, and become developers of new treatment protocols. In their final year, residents gain exposure to the more administrative aspects of EMS.

EMS teamOpportunities for EMS training and exposure for the UMKC School of Medicine students include the EM clerkship, a month long EMS elective, and the Emergency Medicine Interest Group. They receive lectures and demonstrations from the Kansas City Fire Department, UMKC Paramedic School, and LifeFlight Eagle, the local air-ambulance service. UMKC SOM students can also undertake observation ride-a-longs with the Kansas City Fire Department.

In July of 2015, Dr. Erica Carney joined the Department of Emergency Medicine and the EMS Section. Dr. Carney, a class of 2014 graduate of the UMKC SOM Emergency Medicine Residency Program, completed her EMS Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and is double boarded in EMS and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Carney remains the lead for resident and medical student EMS education as well as the role of medical director for the UMKC SOM EMS Training Program. Dr. Carney is the EMS Medical Director for the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department. She is involved in local and regional emergency management and planning.

Our EMS section includes our Program Director, Mr. Paul Ganss, M.S., NREMT-P, NCEE and the clinical instructors for the EMT and paramedic training programs.


EMS Education Program

EMS simulationThe Emergency Medical Services Education Program continues with our cohort of paramedic students starting their studies in January led by Lead Instructor Mr. William Gulick. The Emergency Medical Technician Program graduated students in May and August. The fall cohort of EMT students marked the 13th class of EMT students at UMKC. Ms. Virginia Wilson, B.A. NRP continues in her role as the lead EMT Instructor for the fall and winter programs.



Paul Ganss and Erica Carney

Erica Carney, M.D., EMS Section Chief, KCMO EMS Medical Director, EMS Education Program Medical Director, Kansas City, Missouri

Paul Ganss, MS, NRP, NCEE, CHSE, Director EMS Education Program