AMTC 11 opens in St. Louis, Missouri

AMTC 11 opens in St. Louis, Missouri 17 Oct, 11, Source: AAMS

What: This year’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), the largest gathering of its kind worldwide, will bring more than 2,200 air medical transport professionals from across the globe together for 150-plus education sessions covering topics in a variety of disciplines including safety, core clinical, specialty clinical, management, aviation, research, and communications. In addition, the AMTC features a sold-out exposition hall where more than 160 companies will display products and services specific to air and critical care ground medicine.

AMTC highlights include:

  • A special press conference featuring the story of Andrew Young, a Bonne Terre, MO teenager who suffered critical injuries to his spinal cord and brain after a car accident last year.  For the first time since the accident, Andrew and his parents will have a chance to meet the Air Medical Transport flight crew that transported him from the scene to St. Louis Children’s Hospital – Monday, Oct 17, 10:00 a.m., Room Room 241, America’s Center Convention Complex.
  • An Annual Community Awards Banquet recognizing excellence in air medical and critical care ground transport – Monday, Oct 17, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Ballroom America’s Center Convention Complex.
  • The annual “METI Cup” competition, sponsored by MedEvac Foundation International, in which competing teams practice and display their emergency patient-care skills on a state-of-the-art emergency-care patient simulator provided by CAE Healthcare. This competition is ongoing at Booth 224 in the exhibit hall, with the Finals occurring Tuesday, Oct. 17 during the lunch hour.
  • The conference’s opening session on Monday, Oct. 17, 2010, will feature a keynote address by Nick Argyres, expert in business strategy, organizational design, and critical thinking. His research studies the relationship between strategy and organizational structure; the structure of contractual relationships between organizations; make-or-buy decisions; and the effects of organizational politics on strategic decision-making – Monday, Oct 17, 8:00 a.m., Ballroom, America’s Center Convention Complex.
  • Also not to be missed is an Oct. 18 keynote speech by Mr. Randy Mains, the first recipient of the annual Golden Hour Award, recognizing him for his contributions to furthering the helicopter air ambulance concept in America – Tuesday, Oct 18, 8:00 a.m., Ballroom, America’s Center Convention Complex.

When: Oct. 17-19, 2011 (with a pre-conference aircraft fly-in from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 15 and pre-conference sessions set for Sunday, Oct. 16)

Where: America’s Center Convention Complex, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO

Who: AMTC organizers include the Association of Air Medical Services, the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association, the Air Medical Physician Association, the International Association of Flight Paramedics, the National Association of Air Medical Communication Specialists, and the National EMS Pilots Association.

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