More than 200 people from
14 countries attended the
2007 International Trauma
Conference on October 12-
15, 2007, in San Antonio,
The 2007 conference marked
the official rollout of the
much-anticipated 6th edition
ITLS provider manual
and previewed the future of
ITLS course management in a
demo of the new online system
that chapters began using on January 2, 2008.
The conference featured an
international set of speakers
including Bryan Bledsoe,
MD, FACEP, EMT-P, Patricia
Hastings, DO, Scott Bolleter,
EMT-P, Liz Cloughessy, RN,
AM, and Edward Racht, MD.
The annual ITLS Competition
featured 6 teams competing
in the Preliminary Round.
The 2007 teams included:
Alabama, Illinois, Italy, Japan,
Ontario, and Texas. Alabama, Ontario, and Italy advanced to the Final
Round, and the Alabama team was
awarded first place for their performance
in the scenario. Team members William
Hall, NREMT-P, John Holliday, NREMT-P,
Dea Calce, NREMT-P, and Nicolaus Ruehl,
NREMT-P, and team captain Spencer
Howard, NREMT-P, were recognized at
the Awards Reception on October 14.
The recipients of ITLS’ annual awards
were also honored at the Awards Reception.
David Maatman, NREMT-P/IC,
ITLS Michigan’s Chapter Coordinator,
was recognized for his enthusiasm and
expertise in teching ITLS with the Ray
Fowler Instructor of the Year Award.
Jill Pendegrass, an ITLS Illinois course coordinator,
was recognized for her ongoing
dedication to providing ITLS courses
in Illinois with the Pat Gandy Coordinator
of the Year Award.
Roy Alson, MD, PhD, FACEP, of North
Carolina, was honored for his many contributions
to ITLS on the chapter and International
level with the John Campbell
Medical Director of the Year Award.
Rita Chambers, of Ohio, was honored
for her dedication to promoting ITLS programs
and for demonstrating a clear understanding
of the ITLS mission with the
ITLS Ambassador Award. This new award
was established by the Board of Directors
to recognize an individual who does not
qualify for the other ITLS awards but has
made a significant and long-term commitment
to the organization.
Bruce Patterson, Captain/EMT-P was
given the Harvey Grant Memorial Award
for Excellence in ITLS Access. Mr. Patterson
was not in attendance at the conference
to receive his award.
The winners of the 2007 Images of Trauma Photo Competition were also recognized. Bernie Comtois, EMT-P of Massachusetts,
was awarded First Place for his
photo series, “Impaled Object.” Second
place went to Andy Smith, EMT-P, of
Georgia for his series, “Trauma in Georgia.” Jose Arjona, EMT, from Colombia,
won third place for his entry, called
The reception also featured a special performance
by Spensha Baker, a 14-year-old
rising star whose singing talent has
been featured on “Star Search.” ITLS
thanks Spensha and her family for making
her performance at the reception
As another successful and well-received
conference concludes, ITLS is already
looking forward to next year’s event. The
2008 International Trauma Conference
will be held in Guanajuato, Mexico, on
November 6-8, 2008, so get your passport
now and get ready for Guanajuato!
|ITLS authors (from left) J.T. Stevens, NREMT-P, Roy Alson, MD, PhD, FACEP, Donna
Hastings, EMT-P, Walter Bradley, MD, MBA, FACEP, John Campbell, MD, FACEP, and
Bill Pfeifer, MD, FACS, sign copies of the 6th edition manual.
|Editorial Board member Roy Alson, MD, PhD, FACEP, (left) and Board member Walter J. Bradley, MD, MBA, FACEP (right) compliment LTC John McManus, MD, MCR, FACEP on his session on hemostatic agents and hemorrhage control.
Campbell, MD, FACEP,
thanks Ed Racht, MD,
for his session on
controversies on field
management of trauma.
|Judges look on as a member
of the Alabama team cares for a
patient during the final round of
the ITLS Competition.
|Members of the Alabama
team (from left to right) Dea
Calce, NREMT-P, William Hall,
NREMT-P, Nicolaus Ruehl,
NREMT-P, and John Holliday,
NREMT-P, and team captain
Spencer Howard, NREMT-P pose
together after the announcement
that Alabama won the ITLS
Competition was made at the
|Dr. Bradley and ITLS President John Campbell, MD, FACEP (right) congratulate Roy Alson, MD, PhD, FACEP, of North Carolina, on his receiving the John Campbell Medical Director of the Year Award.
Walter Bradley, MD, MBA, FACEP poses with Rita Chambers, BBA, NREMT-P, of Ohio, after she was honored with the ITLS Ambassador Award at the 2007 International
David Maatman, NREMT-P/IC, ITLS Michigan Chapter Coordinator, proudly displays his Ray Fowler Instructor of the Year Award.
Jill Pendegrass, RN, of Illinois, shows off the Pat Gandy Coordinator of the Year Award she was honored with at the Awards Reception in San Antonio.
the 6th Edition
with instructor Jim
Boise, RN, from
|Enzo Croci, RN, and Roberto
NREMT-P, from Italy,
at the Instructor
Ontario team (clockwise from bottom left) Jonathan Britton, ACP, Ed Coleclaugh, ACP, George Eliadis, ACP, and Ron Kowalik, ACP pose together before
competing in the Final Round of the ITLS Competition.
Italy team members Roberto D’Angelo, RN, NREMT-P, Enzo Croci, RN, and Enrico Corsi, RN, NREMT-P, also competed in the Finals.
|The participants and instructors at the ITLS Access preconference show off their work at the end of the course.