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2022: Pediatric Emergency Preparedness Seminar Series

Healthcare Coalition Emergency Management Virtual Seminar
May 10 & 11, 2022
8:30am - 12:00pm




QUESTIONS: please contact the Finger Lakes Regional Training Center


The 2022 Healthcare Coalition Emergency Management Virtual Seminar: WRHEPC Pediatric Emergency Preparedness will provide a broad overview of potential care needs for the pediatric patient involved in an emergency/disaster situation.  The goal is to improve collaboration of the local healthcare community towards the best pediatric care possible. The webinar series will include information for medical, trauma and crisis response specific to the most vulnerable population in any emergency event, children.  

Program Objectives:

  • Improve healthcare outcomes and advance the care of our pediatric population through pediatric focused education for our community healthcare partners.
  • Increase knowledge in the initital and ongoing treatment of pediatric trauma, respiratory, neurological and infectious disease emergencies.
  • Understand the statewide plan for Pediatric Surge, the basics of mutual aid plans and how the community will respond to a crisis that impacts the region's pediatric hospitals.


This virtual seminar is targeted to a broad cross section of Hospital, Diagnostic and Treatment Center professionals, First Responders, Public Health and Emergency Managers that may be involved in any emergency situation requiring emergency response, medical care and short or long term clinical support of children.


The virtual seminar will occur on May 10 & 11, 2022 from 8:30am - 12:00pm.  Each day will include three 1hr presentations.  Registrants can select to attend one or both days.
*topics and speakers subject to change*

May 10, 2022 @ 8:30am - 12:00pm


Welcome/Opening Remarks


Pediatric Sports Injuries and Concussion

Speakers: Sarah E. DiPalma, MD 
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow
University at Buffalo

Matthew Wiese, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow
Oishei Children's Hospital
Objectives: • Identify symptoms and exam findings consistent with a concussion, as well as ‘red flag’ symptoms that warrant immediate further evaluation.
• Discuss initial managem ent strategies for patients diagnosed with concussion.
• Identify and provide initial stabilization for common pediatric musculoskeletal sports injuries.



COVID-19 Complications and Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 in Children
Speakers: Oscar G. Gomez, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University at Buffalo
Objectives: • Describe the most important complication associated with actue COVID-19
• Describe the most common complication after COVID-19 has resolved
• Describe sequelae from COVID-19



Pediatric Neurology/Seizure Management
Speakers:  Arie Weinstock, MD
 John R. Oishei Children's Hospital - Trauma Program

Dr. Rosen, MD




Closing Remarks

May 11, 2022 @ 8:30am - 12:00pm



Welcome/Opening Remarks



Pediatric Peril: Managing a Child's Airway
Speakers: Jeremy Cushman, MD, MS, EMT-P, FACEP, FAEMS
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chief
University of Rochester Medical Center - Division of Prehospital Medicine
Objectives: • Identify best practices for positioning and suctioning the conscious child
• Describe techniques to optimize ventilation of the unconscious child
• Understand the challenges and risks to pediatric prehospital intubation



Pediatric Transport: Complications with Prolonged Inter-facility Transport
Speakers: Ben Sensenbach, EMT-P, FP-C, TP-C
Division of Prehospital Medicine, URMC

Daniel Muller, Chief Pilot
Mercy Flight Central                     
Objectives: • Differentiate between air medical and ground transport capabilities
• Predict logistical complications of long-distance transport
• Anticipate the medical needs of patient's in the out-of-hospital setting



Pediatric Surge and Regional Mutual Aid Planning
Speakers: NYSDOH - TBD

David Bujak
WRHEPC Pediatric Planning Committee - TBD




Closing Remarks/Evaluations



A Certificate of Attendance for each day will be available to all attendees that complete a post-session evaluation.

This activity has been approved by NYS BEMS for EMS CME Core and Non-Core Credits.  EMS CME Credits available for each session will be listed on the Certificate of Attendance. 

Regional Training Center (RTC) Grant funds are available to cover the cost of CME for appropriate Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition (HEPC) attendees that work in the Western, Central New York, Capital District and Metropolitan Area Regions of NYS (excluding NYC). We ask that you only request CME if your NYS Licensed Profession requires continuing medical education for license/certification renewal. This may include physicians, mid-level providers and nurses

ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CERTIFICATION: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.                


Anne D’Angelo, MS, RN
Program Director, Finger Lakes Regional Training Center
University of Rochester Medical Center

Andrew Dunnick
Manager, Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness
Guthrie Corning Hospital

Tiffany Fabiano, MS, CPNP
Pediatric Trauma Program Manager and Seminar Planning Committee Co-Chair
John R. Oishei Children's Hospital

Nicole Gerber, PhD, RBD, CEM, CHEC
Emergency and Safety Program Manager, Biosafety Officer
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Danielle Moran, RN, BSN
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Cuba Memorial Hospital

Deborah S. Palumbos
FL Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Healthcare Association of Western & Central New York

Lynn M. Sigeti
WNY Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Healthcare Association of Western & Central New York

Eileen Spezio
Senior Administrative Assistant, Finger Lakes Regional Training Center
University of Rochester Medical Center

Lauren Wittman, RN, BSN, CCRN-CMC
Pediatric Trauma Program Manager
University of Rochester Medical Center - Kessler Trauma Center



This seminar series has been partially funded through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the 2021-2022 New York State Department of Health Office of Health Emergency Preparedness awarded to the University of Rochester Medical Center - Finger Lakes Regional Training Center.


Only If You are Claiming CME Credits:

CME Guide - instructions for claiming credit and printing CME certificate