Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medical Services

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Through our EMS Section, the Emergency Medicine Residents and Fellows have graduated EMS exposure and responsibility throughout their training. This training begins with observational shifts, ambulance ride-a-longs, Medical Director ride-alongs, and an EMS Fire Day. The senior residents progress as instructors in the EMS education programs, earn certification as Base Station Physicians to provide active on-line medical direction for the City, and become developers of new treatment protocols. Our physicians also have ample opportunity to work Event Medicine. Some recent examples include the 2020 Super Bowl Parade, the Air Show, and working the Chiefs and/or Royals games.

EMS opportunities for the UMKC School of Medicine medical students include the EM clerkship, a month-long EMS elective, and the Emergency Medicine Interest Group. The medical students receive lectures and demonstrations from the Kansas City Fire Department, UMKC Paramedic School, and Life Fight 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, MD FAEMS joined the Department of Emergency Medicine and the EMS Section. Dr. Carney, previous EM Chief and graduate of 2014 graduate of the UMKC SOM Emergency Medicine Residency Program, completed her EMS Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; she is now a double-boarded physician in EMS and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Carney remains the lead for fellow, resident, and medical student EMS education, the Medical Director for the City of Kansas City Missouri and the Kansas City Fire Department, the Medical Director for the UMKC EMS Education System, and the Region A Medical Director.

In July of 2019, Dr. Tyler Haas, MD joined our group as the Associate EMS Medical Director for Kansas City, MO. Dr. Tyler Haas also completed his EMS Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and specializes in tactical medicine.

Our EMS Education Section includes our Program Director, Virginia Wilson, FF/EMT-P, BSBA, and the clinical instructors for the EMT and Paramedic training program. Virginia has served in multiple roles throughout her EMS career, and is a fantastic addition to our section.

EMS Education Program

Group next to FiretruckThe 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.

Ms. Virginia Wilson, BA, NRP continues in her role as the lead EMT Instructor for the fall and winter programs.

Erica Carney, M.D. FAEMS
EMS Section Chief, EMS Medical Director for the City of Kansas City Missouri, EMS Education Program Medical Director, Region A Medical Director

Tyler Haas, M.D.
EMS Section Associate Chief, Associate EMS Medical Director for the City of Kansas City Missouri

Virginia Wilson, FF/EMT-P, BSBA
Director EMS Education Program

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