2017 is the 50th anniversary of STEP, and the Board of Directors is excited to kick off the celebrations with the 2017 STEP Conference. The conference will be held March 31st & April 1st, with a preconference on March 30th at the Hilton Garden Inn at College Town, 30 Celebration Drive, Rochester, NY 14620.
Our speakers this year come from a variety of backgrounds in the EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement & Hospital sectors, and include national speaker, Connie Mattera, MS, RN, EMT-P, and NYS DOH EMS Medical Director for Western NY, Dr Gregory Young. Workshops include many topics, from medical and trauma care to therapeutic communications and disaster management. (See the conference program below.) The registration form can be found at here.
Based on feedback from last year's conference, the Friday breakfast has been changed to a hot buffet instead of a continental breakfast, necessitating a $5 increase in the conference price. Additionally, vegetarian or gluten-free meal options will be available at no additional cost, but this must be indicated on the registration form by the date noted on the registration form.
In celebration of STEP's 50th anniversary, STEP is also sponsoring a community-based event on Thursday evening, March 30th to explore ways to decrease the potential for violence in the school setting, with leaders from many venues. This event will have a limited number of seats available for first responders, so early registration is recommended. (See details on the registration form.) Additionally, STEP will be coordinating a separate educational opportunity (MeduPrep) with MLREMS sponsorship to prepare paramedics interested in taking certification exams as Specialty Care Transport providers. This course will not be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, but instead in the Shapiro Conference Room adjacent to the MLREMS Office across the parking lot from the HGI. Information for a separate registration website can be obtained using the contact information below.
Connie J. Mattera, MS, RN, EMT-P, TNS who is the EMS Administrative Director and System Coordinator and Trauma Nurse Specialist Course Coordinator at the Northwest Community EMS System and Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights, Illinois, will be one of the plenary speakers on Saturday and will also do a workshop. Connie is a frequent speaker at national and state conferences and is on the faculty for NAESME instructor courses.
Dr. Gregory Young, Associate Commissioner and Medical Director for the NYS DOH’s Western Region and a practicing Emergency Department physician for over 30 years, will be a plenary session speaker on Friday. He has served as an Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine for SUNY at Buffalo, and was the former Chair of Emergency services for the Millard Fillmore hospital system before assuming his position for the NYS DOH, where one of his functions is preparing for disasters in NYS.
Dr. Jeremy Cushman, who will also be doing a plenary session on Friday, is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services, and is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chief of the Division of Prehospital Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, at the University of Rochester. Dr Cushman remains a certified Paramedic and is Medical Director for the Monroe-Livingston Region, Monroe County, and dozens of fire and EMS agencies. In addition to administrative medical direction, he provides medical support and scene response for all law enforcement, fire department, and special operations teams in the City of Rochester and Monroe County.