Ninth Annual EMS Week Conference

Wednesday, May 24
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites
5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson

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The annual EMS Week Conference is dedicated to the science and treatment of patients who need prehospital and emergency care. We warmly invite you to join our experts as they bring us updates and the latest clinical practices for these patients in Southern Arizona.

Who should attend: This exciting and interactive 2017 EMS Week Conference is open to all EMTs, paramedics, nurses and administrators, and other medical professionals.

Objectives: Discuss the latest information on prehospital/emergency care of patients with various emergencies unique to this geographic area.

Continuing Education: CE credit for nursing is provided through Tucson Medical Center, is pending by the California Board of Registered Nursing; EMS CE credit is 8.5 hours approved by TMC Administrative Base Hospital.

Cost: There is no cost for this conference, but registration required. Space is limited.

Question/Information: Please contact Dawn Daniels, R.N., with the Base Hospital Office with TMC Emergency, (520) 324-1080 or


 7:00 - 8:00 

Registration and Breakfast

 8:00 - 8:15 

Welcome & Sponsor Recognition
Roger Ottman, M.D., medical director of TMC Base Hospital

Moderator: Ryan Wyatt

 8:15 - 9:00

Time for EMS to Start the Clock - Stroke Care
David Teeple, M.D.

 9:00 - 9:45

Post-ROSC Care for Prehospital Providers
Amber Rice, M.D.

 9:45 - 10:00

Hydration Break

10:00 - 10:15

Chemical Warfare and Autoinjectors
Amber Rice, M.D.

10:15 - 11:00

Cyanide & Cyanide Bioterrorism, Prehospital Recognition, Evaluations and Management
Frank Paul, D.O.

11:00 - 11:45

One Pill Kills
Melissa Zukowski, M.D.

11:45 - 12:30

Airway Pharmacology for the Emergency Provider
Merlin Curry, M.D.

12:30 - 1:30


 1:30 - 3:00

Tactics in the Modern Prehospital World "How to Stay Alive!"
Ryan Wyatt, Paramedic

Kubwimana "Moses" Myayamaguru, M.D.

 3:00 - 3:15

Hydration Break

 3:15 - 3:45

Extended Extractions - Now What?
Andrew Tang, M.D.

 3:45 - 4:30


Bites and Stings: Prehospital Evaluation & Management
Frank Paul, D.O.

 4:30 - 5:00


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The Presenters

David Teeple, M.D. - Dr. David Teeple earned his medical degree from Columbia University of College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Arizona. He completed a residency in neurology at the Barrow Neurologic Institute where he served as chief resident. He has also completed a fellowship in epilepsy at the Barrow Neurologic Institute.Teeple is a neuro-hospitalist at TMC, where he is the director of stroke care and is the neurology section chief. Also, Teeple is an assistant clinical professor, in the department of Neurology at the UA College of Medicine.

Amber Rice, M.D. - Dr. Amber Rice earned her BA in 2005, BS in 2005, MA in 2009 and MD in 2013 all through the University of Arizona. She completed her Emergency Physician Residency in 2016 at the UA. She presently is a clinical instructor and emergency physician at Banner University Medical Center, Tucson and South campuses as she completes an EMS Fellowship.
Melissa Zukowski, M.D. - Dr. Melissa Zukowski earned her bachelor’s in psychology in 2001, and both her master’s in public health and her medical degree in 2007. She completed a combined Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics Residency at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in 2012. Zukowski is now the medical director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Tucson Medical Center
Frank Paul, D.O., FACOEP, FACEP, NM/OMM - Dr. Frank Paul was an emergency physician, medical director of Rural Metro Fire and Southwest Ambulance and base station medical director and director of medical education at Hualapai Mountain Medical Center. He is now dean of Hospital Physician Partners University and vice president of Medical Affairs and chief medical officer, division of DME and a concierge physician at Crazy Mountain Ranch in Clyde Park Montana.
Merlin Curry, M.D. - Dr. Merlin Curry is an emergency medicine physician in Tucson with more than 20 years experience as a certified paramedic. He is affiliated with Carondelet St. Joseph's and St. Mary's hospitals. He graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine with his medical degree in 2013 and a 2016 UA graduate in emergency medicine. Curry is also medical director of Arizona LifeLine.
Ryan Wyatt, NRP, certified flight paramedic - Ryan Wyatt works with Arizona Lifeline as a certified flight paramedic and is the Education Chair for the Arizona program, bringing evidence-based medicine to the flight environment. Wyatt also works at Banner University Medical Center-Tucson as a paramedic in the emergency department precepting new employees, and teaching numerous classes in multiple disciplines for Banner and TMC’s Base Hospital program. And if that isn’t enough, he is a paramedic instructor for Pima Community College Public Safety and Emergency Service Institute.
Kubwimana “Moses” Mhayamaguru, M.D., paramedic - Dr. Kubwimana Moses Mhayamaguru is an EMS Medical Directions Fellow at The University of Arizona where he is also a clinical instructor in the department of emergency medicine. He completed an emergency medicine residency at the UA after which he decided to continue his career as an EMS physician. His interests include airway management and prehospital medicine, particularly helicopter EMS and tactical EMS. He also currently works part time as an emergency physician at Tucson Medical Center.

Despite having a doctor of medicine degree, circumstance forced him towards completing a bachelor of science degree in nursing prior to moving to the United States in order to increase his options for continuing in the medical profession. When he first arrived in the United States, he worked as an emergency department nurse in Florida for 10 years, seven of which were at an academic level-1 regional trauma center. During his tenure as a nurse he also went back to school and acquired a paramedic license. These opportunities to diversify his experience have helped him develop into a well-rounded physician.
Andrew Tang, M.D. - Dr. Andrew Tang is a tenured associate professor with the University of Arizona Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery. He is the Trauma Medical Director of the BUMC-T Level I Trauma Center. Tang is a member of the Arizona Department of Health Services State Trauma Advisory Board and is a site reviewer for DHS on state trauma center verifications. He is also associate director of the general surgery residency training program. Tang obtained his medical degree from the University of Arizona, General Surgery internship and residency at the University of Southern California.

Location and Lodging Accommodations

Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites
5151 E. Grant Road

  Single Rate - $85.00 + State and Local Taxes
  Double Rate - $85.00 + State and Local Taxes
  Triple Rate - $100.00 + State and Local Taxes
  Quad Rate - $115.00 + State and Local Taxes      

Rates will be available one day prior and one day after.

To make reservations online click TMC-EMS Conference. To make reservations via phone, call toll-free at (888) 627-7215 or locally at (520) 323-6262, and identify yourself as a participant of the EMS Week Conference. Rooms are limited so we encourage early booking. Reservations made after April 24 will be confirmed on a space/rate available basis.

Thanks to our Sponsors




Southern Arizona EMS Council

Arizona Burn Center

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