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STEP Conference

The STEP Conference will be held March 10-11,2023 with a preconference on March 9th at the Hilton Garden Inn at College Town, 30 Celebration Drive, Rochester, NY 14620.

This year we are working with Vigilant Fire Training to provide a dedicated fire-related track in addition to the educational offerings for EMS, first responders and others interested in public safety and health-related issues as STEP has done in past conferences.

Plenary speakers include EMS Medical Director Dr Jeremy Cushman, ED Physician Dr Maia Dorsett, Pediatrician Drs Art Cooper, Elizabeth Murray & Elise Vanderjagt, & Mark Strzyzynski, retired chief from Henrietta Fire Department.

A dedicated fire track features interactive and scene management workshops. The EMS tracks include workshops on pediatrics, geriatrics, and trauma among other interesting topics.

As in past years, the vendor area will be open from 7:30am to 4pm on Friday, while on Saturday, the vendor area will be open until after lunch. For the full conference, including breakfast and buffet lunch both days, plus the usual breaks, and coffee all day both days, the fee for attendees is only $205 if registered by March 1st. Additional pricing for a single day or for the preconference can be found on the registration site. Parking in the garage is free in the hotel parking spaces in the garage.

For attendee registration or information go to: Attendee Registration

For vendor information or registration go to: Vendor Registration

For information about conference-related questions, contact

Information on nominations for the Lloyd Leve or Joanna awards or the Chloe Alexson scholarship can be found on the Awards page. The deadline for nomination letters is February 10th.

The conference agenda is as follows:

Thursday, March 9, 2023

ALS/BLS Core Content - 6:00 pm-10:00pm     Bob Breese

Friday, March 10, 2023

8:00 - 9:00 Registration/Breakfast
Plenary 1
Eh…What’s Up Doc?
Dr. Jeremy Cushman
10:30-11:00 Break/Vendor/Auction
Track 1 Track 2 Fire Operations
Workshop 1
ACES - Adverse Childhood Experiences
Amy Eisenhower
Community Paramedicine
Mindy Meath, EMT-P
Incident Command & NIMS
Todd Smith
12:00-1:00 Lunch/Announcement
Vendor Time/Auction
Plenary 2
Diagnostic Errors in EMS
Dr Maia Dorsett
2:30-3:00 Break/Vendor
Workshop 2
Geriatric Pharmacology
Michael Henry, R.Ph
“Kenny! Where’s your Woobie?” - Hypothermia in the Trauma Patient
Adam Oplinger, EMT-P
Modern Fire Service Leadership
George Dorgan

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Plenary 3
Pediatric Agitation
Dr Art Cooper
Dr Elizabeth Murray
Dr Elise VanderJagt
10:30-11:00 Break/Vendor/Auction
Track 1 Track 2 Fire Operations
11:00 – 12:00
Workshop 3
Bias & Aging in Health Care
Diane Morrison, NP
Rescue Task Force
Amy Niespodzinski, EMTP
Fireground Size-Up
Todd Smith
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch
Plenary 4
What..Wait..What the heck just happened? Mark Strzyzynski
2:45-3:00 Break
Workshop 4
Pulmonary Hypertension & CHF
Peter Bonadonna
Rise of the Machines: Man in Machine/Machine in Man
Bill Hallinan, RN, EMTP
Fire Attack, Where To Put The Water!!
Tom May

Print Schedule

STEP would like the thank the Monroe Livingston Regional
EMS Council and Professional Ambulance Billing, LLC
for supporting the STEP Conference.


ROC the Day

Thank you to all of those who contributed to STEP during ROC the Day!! Your contribution will be put to good use in funding STEP's projects including the annual conference,
and the history archives at the Rochester Academy of Medicine.