Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medical Services


EMS – Get Ready, Get Set, GO!

Greetings from the Emergency Medical Services Section of the Department of Emergency Medicine!


Since his arrival as chief of the EMS Section, Dr. Jay Reich has introduced some significant changes to the EMS Experience for EM residents and medical students alike. Having developed a longitudinal EMS curriculum experience, the Emergency Medicine residents now have graduated exposure and responsibility. 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 residents 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.

ems16_1Opportunities for EMS training and exposure for the UMKC School of Medicine students include the EM clerkship and the Emergency Medicine Interest Group. They receive lectures and demonstrations from both the Kansas City Fire Department, as well as LifeFlight Eagle, the local air-ambulance service. New opportunities include  the ability for UMKC SOM students to  undertake observation ride-a-longs with the Kansas City Fire Department.

And the changes keep coming!

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, recently completed her EMS Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Carney will be assuming the lead for resident EMS education as well as the role of medical director for the UMKC SOM EMS Training Program.

Dr. Reich joined the Department of Emergency Medicine as the EMS Section Chief in 2013. Dr. Reich came to Kansas City from New York City and brought with him over 25 years of EMS experience. Thru his office of the EMS Medical Director, Dr. Reich oversees and advises upon the clinical care provided by the Kansas City Fire Department. He is also involved in local and regional emergency management and planning. He works alongside Mr. Paul Ganss, M.S., NREMT-P, NCEE and the clinical instructors for the EMT and paramedic training programs. Now, he proudly welcomes Dr. Carney’s assistance to the EMS Section.


EMS Education Program

The Emergency Medical Services Education Program continues with 2015 seeing the fourth cohort of paramedic students starting their studies in January led by Lead Instructor Mr. Erik Carlsen. The Emergency Medical Technician Program graduated students in May,and in August. The fall cohort of EMT students marked the 10th class of EMT students at UMKC. Mr. William Gulick continues in his role as the lead EMT Instructor for the fall and winter programs. Headed by Ms. Donna Olafson, a first-time EMT Academy started in June with a capacity class of 25 students. Those students graduated in August after a pilot program that proved highly successful and will be repeated in 2016.

ems16_2The paramedic program continues in the “Letter of Review” stage in the process for national accreditation, with a site visit tentatively scheduled for early 2016. Paul Ganss, the EMS program director, presented at the National Association of EMS Educators annual meeting in August, speaking on standardized patient use and simulation in EMS education. In July, the program welcomed Dr. Erica Carney as our new medical director.  Dr. Carney is a graduate of the UMKC School of Medicine and the UMKC/Truman Emergency Medicine residency program, and completed her EMS fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

EMS Education coordinated the second annual EMS Field Day for the first-year emergency medicine residents, which was hosted by the Riverside Fire Department. The residents practiced EMS-related skills in the morning, completed the self-contained breathing apparatus confidence course, climbed the aerial ladder, and finished the day by using rescue tools to dismantle cars in simulated rescue scenarios. We would like to acknowledge Chief Fowlston, Captain Taylor, and the members of the Riverside Fire Department for making this day a success.

Finally this year, the program said farewell to our International EMS Fellow, Dr. Chirakit Hengrasmee. Dr. Hengrasmee completed the EMT and Paramedic programs at UMKC, as well as achieving American Heart Association instructor status in both basic and advanced cardiac life support. He has continued to assist in teaching the EMT and 2015 paramedic students in both the classroom and lab. With this experience, he will return to Thailand to start a paramedic education program at his medical school.


Jay Reich, M.D., EMS Section Chief, EMS Medical Director, Kansas City, Missouri

Erica Carney, M.D., Medical Director, EMS Education Program, Associate EMS Medical Director, KCMO

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