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We regrettably inform you the AMPA Conference has been Cancelled

Dear AMPA members and colleagues,
With concern for the well-being of our members, the AMPA Board of Trustees cannot in good conscience proceed with plans for the Medical Director Core Curriculum: Part III and Air Medical Physician Symposium (AMPS) scheduled to begin in less than 48 hours while the city of Charlotte is under a State of Emergency.
We are canceling the Core Curriculum (9/24) and AMPS (9/25).  We hope that the situation resolves in time to allow us all to attend the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) which  begins on 9/26.  Registration fees to the AMPA conferences will be refunded.
AMPA President’s Message:
As most of you are aware the situation in downtown Charlotte is not very good at the moment. I have been in contact with a number of people this morning and I am being told that it is quite bad. We have seen photos showing tear gas being deployed in front of one of the AMTC conference hotels, The Omni. Another photo shows a tactical team closing a street near the conference center while fire billows in the background. The Hyatt Hotel, literally around the corner from the Westin, went into lockdown after bricks were thrown through the windows and hotel attendants were attacked inside. The Governor is sending the National Guard to the city and has declared a State of Emergency. We are not talking about 10 miles away; we are talking a few blocks.
AAMS said that AMTC will go on. That said, AMTC does not start until Monday and a lot can happen in the interim. Our preconferences were due to begin in less than 48 hours from now and the safety of our members is of the utmost priority. One of our board members has first hand experience of a similar situation that occurred in his city and the State of Emergency and nighttime curfew was not lifted for a week. Similar situations have flared up, smoldered, and then flared again.
The decision to cancel the AMPA meetings was extremely difficult but, I feel that for a community that promotes safety, a decision to proceed with the meetings would be foolish and hypocritical. There is not much I enjoy more than coming together with my friends to meet and collaborate but to do so in an environment of, in my opinion, such clear danger and unpredictability undermines every safety talk we have heard and every colleague we have lost to stupid mistakes. The board could not, in good conscience, ask members to come into a city that is in a State of Emergency. If recent history is predictive of future events, now is the time when people from out of town begin to arrive to join the protest and the unrest escalates. For the sake of those in Charlotte, I sincerely hope that is not the case and that the situation improves quickly.

Christopher J. Fullagar, M.D., EMT-P, FACEP
President, Air Medical Physician Association


September 22, 2016
Dear AMTC Attendees,
AAMS’ major concern is for the safety and welfare of our members, our industry, and patients you serve on a daily basis.  Our industry’s premier educational experience and trade show is the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC).  AAMS has been on the ground in Charlotte for the past 24 hours, working very closely with the City, its agencies, and all of our venues to review AMTC’s requirements, safety considerations, and options for continuing as scheduled.
The City of Charlotte, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and our venues have taken every precaution and believe AMTC would be successful as scheduled.  However, due to the events of the past 48 hours and the events being planned in Charlotte for the next three to five days, AAMS has made the very difficult decision to postpone this year’s AMTC from its Sept 26-28 dates.  We believe continuing as scheduled would detract from AMTC’s world-class educational and networking experiences.
We are working closely with the City of Charlotte to find alternative dates and will keep you informed as more information becomes available.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we’ve been navigating the developing situation here in Charlotte.
Rick Sherlock
AAMS President & CEO
Dave Evans
AAMS Board Chairman

CCTMC Conference

The focus of the CCTMC is clinical and designed to address issues pertinent to the prehospital and emergency care of the critically ill and injured patient.  Adult and pediatric as well as neonate and obstetrical care discussions are welcome.  Presentation of case studies, or topics geared to enhance the professional image of the healthcare professional are also popular.  We will offer Basic and Advanced tracks.


You can look into registration and all of the information about the CCTMC at their conference page right here.


The 2017 CCTMC  “Call for Speakers” is open until August 15, 2016A speaker submission form can be downloaded at this link.

Speakers Form

Submit as many topics as you would like to offer to:

2017 CCTMC
Attn: Pat Petersen


April 10-12, 2017

Wyndam San Antonio

River Walk Hotel


  • Make your lecture transport specific
  • Include critical care ground
  • Include new or innovative practices/technologies
  • Include pharmacology
  • Include pathophysiology
  • We love research!
  • We love case studies!
  • Participants want to hear cutting-edge, state-of-the-art information
  • Don’t underestimate the knowledge base of the audience.  Most CCTMC attendees like to be challenged

AMPA Summer Newsletter 2016

Please access the AMPA Summer Newsletter because, as always, it contains information you need to know!
  • CALL TO MEETING!  The AMPA 24th Annual General Membership meeting will be Sunday, September 25, at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.  PLEASE NOTE:  THE MEETING BEGINS AT 8:00 AM.  This is a change of meeting time from previous years.
  • Vote, vote, vote, vote, vote  –  NOW!  Active members please mark the ballot that was mailed to you and return it bySeptember 2!
  • Calling all flight physicians/retrievalists! New AMPA committee!
  • Query on transports for neonatal and pediatric patients.
  • REGISTER!  Please register for the Medical Director Core Curriculum: Part III and/or the Air Medical Physician Symposium (AMPS).  There is still room for more to attend this great AMPA education.
  • Who joined AMPA this summer?
  • Can’t wait to see you all at AMTC – September 26-28 – Charlotte, North Carolina.  AMPA Exhibit #1811 on Association Row.
Summer Newsletter

AMPA Proudly Announces The Publication Of Principles & Direction of Air Medical Transport, 2nd Edition

The AMPA board and your textbook editors are very excited to present the newest version of this Principles and Direction of Air Medical Transport, the most comprehensive collection of information on critical care air and ground transport medicine available today.

All Active AMPA members and textbook authors will receive a complimentary electronic copy in the near future. A copy of the book, both soft cover and electronic format, can be ordered via the attached order form, however only the soft cover textbook is available at this time (June 2015)

Textbook Order Form


AMPA Core Curriculum and Symposium – Charlotte, North Carolina

Dear AMPA members,
Please save these dates and mark your calendars for the upcoming AMPA educational events planned for this fall.

AMPA Medical Director Core Curriculum: Part III
Saturday, September 24, 2016
This is the third segment of the 3-part Medical Director Core Curriculum designed for physicians directing critical care transport teams. Topics are taken from Principles and Direction of Air Medical Transport. Core Curriculum segments do not need to be taken in any specific order.

Air Medical Physician Symposium and Forum (AMPS)
Sunday, September 25, 2016
With a new name and a NEW FORMAT, this year’s reinvigorated AMPA Forum will utilize an interactive series of focused presentations, panel discussions, and group problem solving to address current challenges faced by physicians involved in air and ground critical care transport. Multiple opportunities for sharing of audience expertise, discussion of research in progress, group networking, and committee involvement will occur. More information about specific topics and speakers will be provided at the AMPA website (www.ampa.org), as well as online registration. Get amp’d up for AMPS!!

Online registration for both the Core Curriculum and AMPS will be available at www.ampa.org by July, 2016.

Sunday, September 25, 2016
New time – 8:00-9:00 AM prior to AMPS!

September 26-28, 2016
Air Medical Transport Conference – Charlotte, North Carolina
Visit AMPA at Booth 1811 in the exhibit hall!
We look forward to seeing you at the AMPA meetings this fall.

2016 Call for Elections

Nominations are now being taken for the offices open in the 2016 AMPA Election of Board of Trustees. The positions available are President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, and 3 Board Members at Large. A new non-voting Board position has been approved for physicians in training. Nominations are due no later than July 15, 2016. **

AMPA 2016 Election Details Non-Voting Position Details

Medical Director Core Curriculum

The Medical Director Core Curriculum is offered as a preconference to the annual Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC). The AMPA Board of Trustees determined at the April 2003 Board meeting that offering a core curriculum process is relevant to the success of physicians managing critical care air and ground medical transport teams. The Core Curriculum is offered in three parts, which do not need to be taken consecutively, and covers topics in Principles and Direction of Air Medical Transport, a publication of AMPA. The sessions will be of interest to physicians just starting as medical directors, as well as those who are experienced. The preconference also offers an opportunity for physicians to network and presents a forum for interactive discussion.

The AMPA Medical Director Core Curriculum recognized and recommended by CAMTS as background training for a Medical Director of a critical care transport program that is applying for accreditation or undergoing reaccreditation.

MDs completed course