Continuing Education

Continuing our mission to serve Healthcare Providers in this time of crisis, we will be offering many Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) courses open to all providers, FREE OF CHARGE. Check back here for class times and updates.

SMART Tag Triage & MCIs

Brandon Skwarto, EMT-B, Director of Training, UMass EMS

Open to any MA EMT-B. This training will review the use of the SMART Tag Triage system to appropriately allocate resources and maximize patient care during a Mass Casualty Incident. The criteria associated with classifying each patient as a Red, Yellow, Green, and Black tag will be reviewed in detail as well as the required components included in a SMART Tag Triage kit in Massachusetts. All attendees will have the opportunity to practice triaging through several practical evolutions.

This lecture is pending approval by OEMS for 2 hours of continuing education credit. Non-UMass EMS members can attend for $10 per OEMS credit.


The lecture will take place Thursday, October 24 in Draper Hall Room 102 from 1800-1930

Pediatric Traumas/Disaster Medicine

Gena Costello, RN, BSN, CPEN

Closed to UMass EMS members only, Gena Costello, will be presenting on pediatric traumas and disaster medicine. Gena was a paramedic for AMR for 16 years before obtaining her RN. Currently, she works at Baystate Medical Center as the Nurse Manager of the Pediatric Emergency Department. She will be presenting on pediatric trauma assessments and how a pre-hospital treatment plan may differ from that of an adult trauma patient.


The lecture will take place Tuesday, October 15 from 1800-1930 in Draper 102.

Patients with Behavioral Needs

Melissa Rotkiewicz, Psy.D, Interim Associate Director of Clinical Services, UMass Amherst

Closed to UMass EMS members only, Dr. Rotkiewicz, will be presenting a lecture on how to best interact with patients who have acute behavioral needs. She will be discussing how to best talk to patients with acute psychoses when transporting and will be reviewing behind-the-scenes aspects associated with patients who are on a Section 12.


The lecture will take place Tuesday, October 8 from 1800-1930 in Draper 102.

Bleeding, Boards, and Broken Bones

Brandon Skwarto, EMT-B, Director of Training, UMass EMS

Closed to UMass EMS members only, this training will focus on extremity injuries at the BLS level. We will start by reviewing closed fractures and all the options for interventions we have hear at UMEMS. We'll then continue by addressing how to treat open extremity fractures and finish with a review of mild to severe bleeding control.


The lecture will take place Thursday, October 3 from 1800-1930 in Draper 102.

UMass EMS High-Acuity Case Review

Brandon Skwarto, EMT-B, Director of Training, UMass EMS

Closed to UMass EMS members only, we will review several high-acuity cases from the past few years. We will look at treatment and documentation in a holistic step-by-step analysis of each of these critical incidents, in hope to continually improve the care we provide on campus.


The lecture will take place Thursday, September 26 from 19:00-21:00.

"Abdominal Pain that has Nothing to do with the Abdomen"

Cari Schmidt, MMS, PA-C

Our first training of the semester will be a fantastic lecture created by UMEMS alum, Cari Schmidt. Cari was the 2016 Executive Director of UMEMS. After graduating, she moved to Arizona to attend Midwestern University to become a Physician Assistant. She will start work in Tuba City, AZ on the Navajo Reservation in the Emergency Department later this month.

Cari has generously offered to come and present a lecture she created called "Abdominal Pain that has Nothing to do with the Abdomen."


The lecture will take place on Wednesday, September 18 from 18:00-20:00.