What happened at Education By The Sea 2023


Presented in conjunction with Port Aransas EMS, Education By The Sea 2023 enjoyed the highest attendance in the event’s history. With nearly 300 people in attendance, between registrants, speakers, and sponsors, the event filled the Port Aransas Civic Center auditorium during May 10-12, 2023. 

Education By The Sea 2023 hosted 15 educational sessions, 12 speakers, and two social events. Guaranteeing a memorable experience, all the attendees received a goodie bag with a t-shirt and gifts provided by sponsors. 

Day 1

The conference started on Wednesday, May 10th. Premier EMS attorney Steve Wirth led a full day of sessions about Compliance & Legal Considerations For EMS. Some of the topics presented were: “Malpractice or Murder: When Do EMS Providers Cross the Line from Negligence to Crime?”; “To Repeat or Not to Repeat: What Elements of Your ePCR Must be Included in the Narrative?”; and “The “Super Six” EMS Legal Landmines: Strategies for Reducing Risk for 2023 and Beyond”. 

After an educational day, Education By The Sea invited the attendees for a Meet & Greet at Treasure Island Bar, a favorite destination in Port Aransas. The event aimed to encourage connections and strengthen relationships with industry peers. 

Day 2

On Thursday, May 11th, the audience attended five educational classes during the second day of Education By The Sea. The Trophy Club EMS Captain, Shane Beck, started the sessions by discussing how Customer Service is a Choice. He was followed by Paramedic & EMS Instructor Suh Hughart and her class about Human Trafficking in America. Finishing the morning, Deputy Chief Bill Justice highlighted how to Make A Difference In Trauma Management.

Following the lunch break, Macara Trusty took the stage to discuss The Importance Of Employee Retention. Concluding the day, Captain Rick Maricle held the audience’s attention in a class about EMS Considerations For The Operational K9.

At the end of the afternoon, EMERGICON & Port Aransas EMS hosted a Seaside Shrimp Boil on the beach. The event offered live music, bonfires, s’mores, and lots of networking opportunities.

Day 3

Friday, May 12th, the last day of the conference, was focused on medical topics. Dr. Justin Northeim and Fire Chief Lee Richardson opened the sessions with a Lightening Round in EMS Hot Topics. They were followed by Stephen Rahm’s class regarding Airway Management: The Anatomy, Physiology, And Procedure. And Fire Chief Christopher Way‘s session about Putting The “M” Back In EMS: A Focus On Medicine. Cleburne’s Fire Chief, Scott Lail, closed the Education By The Sea agenda with a lesson about empathic leadership in his session, The Way of The Shepherd

EMERGICON appreciates our conference partner, Port Aransas EMS, client agencies, and attendees for making Education By The Sea 2023 a huge success. Special thanks to Platinum Sponsor Siddons-Martin, Food Sponsors Zoll and Public Consulting Group, and Silver Sponsors IA MEDFrazer LTDHiViZ LEDSStrykerSouthwest AmbulanceBound TreeTharseo PlaceLife AssistPhilips / Ferno, and ESO.

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