Improving Trauma Care Worldwide

Highlights of the 2006 International Trauma Conference


More than 200 participants from 16 countries attended the 2006 International Trauma Conference, held November 1-4, 2006, just outside of Boston in Newton, Massachusetts.

The ITLS Provider Course that kicked off the pre-conferences was well-received, with participants from around the globe, including Brazil, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, and the U.K. Participants enjoyed lectures presented by ITLS Founder and President John Campbell, MD, FACEP and other ITLS textbook authors and leaders.

The “Airway: Special Situations” workshop and “Art of Traumillusion” moulage workshop were also a success. “Traumillusion” workshop attendees moulaged victims for the preliminary round of the ITLS Competition.

The 2nd edition of the Access textbook was unveiled at the conference, and authors Wm. Bruce Patterson, Captain/ EMT, and Anthony Cellitti, NREMT-P/FF III, presented an instructor update to familiarize instructors with the text’s new material.

Highlights of the educational program included lectures by JEMS cartoonist Steve Berry and noted EMS author Bryan Bledsoe. Mr. Berry also signed books for ITLS conference participants at the conclusion of his lectures.

Six teams, from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Italy, Ontario, and North Carolina, took part in the annual ITLS Competition. Alabama, Florida, and Ontario advanced to the Finals; Ontario was declared the 2006 champion team.

At the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, November 4, three ITLS leaders were honored for their outstanding efforts in ITLS education and promotion.

Doug Cunningham, EMT-B, of Missouri, was awarded the 2006 Harvey Grant Memorial Award for excellence in ITLS Access. He was nominated by ITLS Missouri chapter coordinator Bob Page, AAS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P/IC.

Kimberly Albright, EMT-P, of Illinois, was awarded the Ray Fowler 2006 ITLS Instructor of the Year award for her consistent dedication to bringing ITLS to students in search of trauma training. Ms. Albright became an ITLS instructor in 2004. Ms. Albright was nominated by ITLS Illinois Medical Director Art Proust, MD, FACEP.

Pablo Smester, MD, of the Dominican Republic, was awarded the Pat S. Gandy, RN, 2006 ITLS Coordinator of the Year award for outstanding leadership in prehospital trauma training. Unfortunately, Mr. Smester was unable to attend the conference to accept his award in person.

The winners of the “Images of Trauma” 2006 Photo Competition were also announced at the Awards Luncheon. Roberto D’Angelo, RN, CCEMT-P, of Italy, was awarded second and third place for two of his photographs, and Michael Rushing, EMT-P, of Florida, was awarded first place.

Mr. D’Angelo, as well as William Moore, MD, FACEP, of the Texas chapter, and Florian Kuhl, of the Germany chapter, presented mini-presentations during the Awards Luncheon and business session, providing overviews of their chapters.

campbell-group-shotFrom left, Editorial Board Members Roy Alson, MD, PhD, FACEP, and J.T. Stevens, NREMT-P, founder and president John Campbell, MD, FACEP, his wife, Jackie, and Board of Directors member Neil Christen, MD, FACEP, enjoy the Opening Reception.

steve-berry_000ITLS Founder and President John Campbell, MD, FACEP (left) and Board of Directors Chair Walter Bradley, MD, MBA, FACEP (right) thank JEMS cartoonist and speaker Steve Berry, EMT-P (center) for his high-energy presentations at the conference.

bledsoeRoy Alson, MD, PhD, FACEP, and John Campbell, MD, FACEP, pose with EMS author author Bryan Bledsoe, MD, FACEP (right) for his presentations at the conference.
competitionThe Ontario competition team competes in the Finals Round inside the field disaster shelter.
cunninghamDoug Cunningham, EMT-B (right) poses with Missouri Chapter Coordinator Bob Page, AAS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P/IC, who nominated Cunningham for the Harvey Grant Memorial Award he received at the conference.
albrightKimberly Albright, EMT-P, of Illinois, was awarded the ITLS Instructor of the Year award for her dedication to ITLS promotion and education.

rushinWalter Bradley, MD, MBA, FACEP, congratulates ITLS Photo Competition winner Michael Rushing, NREMT-P, for his winning image of a victim injured in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.

Vickey Lewis, RN, and Sabina Braithwaite, MD, FACEP, NREMT-P, sit with Massachusetts ITLS chapter hosts Jonathan Epstein, MEMS, NREMT-P, and Kathy Ulrich.


Participants pose at the end of evening after the “Taste of New England” conference social event.