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SUNY Cobleskill
Paramedic Program

111 Schenectady Ave.
Wheeler Hall, Rm. 103

Cobleskill, NY 12043


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Rodeway Inn & Suites in Cobleskill is offering an event discount. Ask for the “SUNY Cobleskill” rate.

The Fifth Annual Winter Symposium

Presented by the SUNY Cobleskill Paramedic Program

Winter Symposium Workshop

On January 6, 2018 , we are proud to present the fifth year of a unique EMS continuing education opportunity. Professionals from our region and beyond, meet here to offer workshops and presentations on topics relevant in today’s EMS environment. Content is open to all levels of providers.

Participants who attend the full day will earn eight CME credits and be issued a certificate at the end of the symposium.

This year’s keynote speaker is Steve Berry, BA, NREMT-P, educator and author of many publications including “I Am Not an Ambulance Driver”. Known for his often irreverent inside view of EMS, he is more than a humorist. Explore the need for laughter in a way that is funny, honest, provocative and healing.

The $70.00 registration fee includes five workshops, breakfast, hot lunch and snacks. Use the form below to register. You can choose to pay online or with a check. Registration closes January 3, 2018 .

Click Here for the Winter Symposium Brochure



Conference Schedule

07:00 - 08:00 // Registration & Breakfast

08:00 - 10:00 // Keynote Speaker – Steve Berry - The Joy of EMS

10:10 - 11:40 // Break-out Session (choose at sign-in)

Aging Gracefully in EMS OR Urban Myths in EMS Care

11:45 - 12:45 // Lunch

12:45 - 14:15 // General SessionPanel Discussion. Topics selected by attendees before the symposium.

14:25 - 16:05 // Break-out Session (choose at sign-in)

The State of EMS Education OR Sepsis: The New Name for Wicked Sick

16:05 -16:15 // Afternoon Break with Snacks & Beverages

16:15 - 17:45 // General SessionWow! I Didn't See THAT Coming!

17:45 // Closing Remarks and Certificate Distribution




Workshop Speakers

The Joy of EMS
presented by Steve Berry

EMS has its ups and downs! People attracted to EMS stay because of the joy we find in doing our work every day. Staying for the long haul means we must find a positive attitude and bring joy to our work. In this light-hearted look at our occupation, Steve will remind us to keep it light, have fun and remember some of the simple joys we find in community service.

Aging Gracefully in EMS
presented by Steve Berry

A humorous journey through life’s ups and downs as we grow older in EMS. Not only is the medical field changing rapidly, but so is our ability to keep meeting the physical and mental demands it places on us. Explore techniques one can use to stay healthy in this often unforgiving profession of pre-hospital care and gain a deeper appreciation for the needs of our aging population.

Urban Myths in EMS Care
presented by Howard Huth and Dan Murdock

You can’t teach an EMT that! You can’t give that patient nitro! You have to do this. You can’t ever do that. We’ve heard it all throughout our careers and so have you! Join in the conversation as we explore the actual science behind some urban myths in our profession and come to draw your own conclusions. Maybe medicine has more gray than black and white, after all!

Panel Discussion with Scott Bonderoff, Scott Bowman, Steve Brucato, Deb Funk-Valois and Andy Johnson

We are excited to have assembled emergency healthcare experts with backgrounds in: volunteer, career & combination EMS; rural, urban and suburban EMS; EMS agency administration; NYS Bureau of EMS regulations; EMS education; EMS medical direction; emergency department care and administration; and hospital administration. A link will be sent to your email account after you register. You may submit questions to the moderator before the symposium and add your spark to the discussion!

The State of EMS Education
presented by Andy Johnson

Where are we, where are we going and why? How will eliminating new EMT CCs effect the system? What about funding? Are current trends leading us to a good place? What’s in it for me?? All great questions. Not all easy answers. We will discuss recent changes in NYS and national EMS education and explore trends. Are you prepared to move forward in the changing world of EMS education?

Sepsis: The New Name for Wicked Sick
presented by Deb Funk-Valois

In this case-based lecture, we will define the term sepsis and discuss what is actually happening in the body of a patient. We will review the history of management of septic patients over the past decade and focus on current strategies, specific to the prehospital, ED and inter-facility settings.

Wow! I Didn’t See THAT Coming!
presented by Eric Hanchett

What are the consequences when we misdiagnose a patient? Or when stress and emotion interfere with our ability to look beyond the obvious? How do we stop paying lip service to problems that plague EMS and show the courage and leadership to create a healthier, happier service? Tie these questions together in an exploration of a fateful call experienced by the presenter.



Keynote Speaker


Steve Berry Steve Berry, BA, NREMT-P; A former teacher and interpreter for the hearing impaired, Steve has published 11 EMS related cartoon books since his escapades as a paramedic/EMS instructor began over 33 years ago. Steve has written over 140 monthly humor columns for Jems magazine along with cartoon illustrations for Jems and EMS World Magazine. A paramedic for Southwest Teller County EMS in Colorado, Steve seeks world peace along with frequent flyer mileage.



Registration & Payment

Registration is now closed.