Illini Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) was recognized with three competitive awards: Striving for Excellence in Campus EMS; Collegiate EMS Video of the Year award; and Collegiate EMS Advisor of the Year. The awards were presented at the 24th annual National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation (NCEMSF) conference in Baltimore in late February. IEMS is one of 246 campus-based EMS organizations in North America, and one of 100 that attended the NCEMSF conference.
The Striving for Excellence program recognizes organizations who meet certain benchmarks in their standards for patient care and delivery within their operational departments. The self-evaluation program assesses the delivery of care to patients, training and continuing education of members, and service to the community. IEMS is one of 16 collegiate EMS agencies to receive this three-year recognition.
IEMS’ Lead EMT Instructor, Nicholas Parks, directed and edited the submission for Video of the Year, featuring students of our classes, members of our leadership team, and alumni. This video was selected as Video of the Year from a record number of submissions. It can be viewed at the following link: https://youtu.be/H8FEUVWwdks.
Now in his 11th year as the advisor for IEMS, Brian Brauer RN, EdD was awarded the Collegiate EMS Advisor of the Year. Dr. Brauer is Associate Director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute and has worked to promote IEMS within the campus community since his time as a student member in the 1990s. Thanks to his efforts, IEMS transitioned from a Registered Student Organization to a program of the Illinois Fire Service Institute at the University of Illinois on July 1, 2016.
The NCEMSF is an organization dedicated to the promotion, advancement, and advocacy of EMS organizations on college and university campuses. The foundation began in the 1990s and has grown to a network of 246 collegiate EMS agencies in 41 states and four provinces with more than 4,324 members. More information can be found on their website: https://www.ncemsf.org.