Symposium Registration Now Open

Symposium Registration Now Open!

Register today for this year’s Annual Virginia EMS Symposium where you will receive “an education for life!”

Registration is now open for the 35th Annual Virginia EMS Symposium, November 5-9, 2014, at the Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia. This year’s EMS symposium will offer over 280 courses and 18 course tracks that will help you meet your continuing education needs and maintain your EMS certification.

This event will feature a new pediatric course track in honor of the EMS for Children Program’s 30th Anniversary, a two-day youth rescue camp that trains children ages 8-12 on basic lifesaving skills and a BLS Academy to help providers select the essential courses needed to maintain EMS certification and a career fair. On Saturday evening, excellence in EMS is recognized at the annual Governor’s EMS Awards Ceremony and reception.There are two methods to register for the EMS Symposium, online and by paper application. There is no onsite registration. Registration is scheduled to close October 3, 2014 at midnight. Registering early assures greater selection of classes, especially for those with limited availability.

We have developed a new Virginia EMS Symposium Registration Portal with many useful features. We hope you will find it convenient and easy to use. Please use your provider portal credentials to access the system.

The symposium web page at the Office of EMS can be found by clicking here.

  • Technical Help: If you have questions about the new registration portal, please email OEMS-AppSupport@vdh.virginia.gov for assistance.
  • Payment Support: If you have questions about your registration payment, please call Sandi Short at 866-992-3637 or email symposium@vaems.org
  • General Registration Inquiries: For general Symposium registration questions, please call 804-888-9110.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course September 2014 at TJEMS

The Thomas Jefferson EMS Council will be conducting an Emergency Medical Technician course starting September 3, 2014 at our office in Charlottesville.  The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification course is designed to train an individual to function independently in medical and trauma emergencies.  This course provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to deliver basic life support (BLS) care and is required to progress to more advanced levels of pre-hospital patient care.

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Martha Jefferson Hospital-Linens for EMS

Martha Jefferson Hospital continues to suffer a large expense from lost linens.  We can help by using their "EMS ONLY" linens carts:

MJH-ED:  Hallway closet across from the EMS Room.

MJH-FSED:  Closet located in the EMS Room

MJH-ICU:  THIS IS NEW! The yellow linen cart next to Room 1031 in the ICU (Wendell One.)  This was placed for our convenience and is conveniently located next to a dirty utility room where we can leave used linen.  It was placed at that location since it is close to the Patient Transport Entrance and will help reduce the amount of linen that is being removed from the floors.

Your assistance in helping to limit their linen expense will be greatly appreciated.  The new cart in the ICU was placed at our request and I hope it will be helpful.  MJH's Environmental Services Director has offered to add additional items to these carts if needed.

FBI Background Checks

Update: FBI Background Checks Effective July 1, 2014 

Update: FBI Background Checks Effective July 1, 2014 

Please review the updated information concerning FBI background checks that states that any person who, on or after July 1, 2013, applies to be a volunteer with, or employee of, an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agency must submit fingerprints and provide personal descriptive information to be forwarded by the Office of EMS along with his fingerprints through the Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE) of the Virginia State Police to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for the purpose of conducting a state and national criminal history check.

For the entire article please visit: FBI Background Checks

For additional information, please visit the Office of EMS website at www.vdh.virginia.gov/oems, or contact Michael Berg, manager of Regulation and Compliance, 804-888-9100 or 800-523-6019 (VA only).

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course August 2014 at TJEMS

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course August 2014 at TJEMS

The Thomas Jefferson EMS Council will be conducting an Emergency Medical Technician course starting August 3, 2014 at our office in Charlottesville.  The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification course is designed to train an individual to function independently in medical and trauma emergencies.  This course provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to deliver basic life support (BLS) care and is required to progress to more advanced levels of pre-hospital patient care.

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