EMC program hosting third annual Summer Seminar on July 20-22

Western Carolina University’s undergraduate program in emergency medical care will host its third annual Emergency Medical Care Summer Seminar on campus in Cullowhee to provide guidelines for assessment and care of burn patients in the first 24 hours and treatment for shock.

A special training opportunity with the seminar will be an advanced burn life support provider course Thursday, July 20, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The instructor will be Ernest Grant, burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center and vice president of the American Nurses Association, and an internationally recognized burn care and fire safety expert. The course fee is $50 and is not included in seminar registration fees.

The seminar begins Friday, July 21, at 8 a.m. with a morning session of rotating labs, with case studies for group discussion. The afternoon session features a lecture series on the challenges facing clinicians in emergency care settings with treatment choices having longer-term consequences on the outcome. On Saturday, July 22, the seminar continues with speakers on treatment strategies, pathophysiology of shock etiologies, clinical manifestations and resuscitation issues.

“Attendees will hear subject matter experts on the current and future management of patients suffering shock,” said Joseph Zalkin, retired deputy director of Wake County EMS. “These timely presentations, along with pre-conference workshops, are a great opportunity to learn about the prevention and treatment of a variety of shock states, as well as network with some of the finest in the EMS industry.”

WCU started the nation’s first bachelor’s degree program in emergency medical care in 1976 and is considered one of the premier programs in the country today.

An early registration rate of $89 per attendee is available through Monday, July 10. WCU student rates are $69 and regular registration is $109. For more information, call 828-227-7397 or email hensley@wcu.edu. More information and online registration is available at emc-seminar.wcu.edu.