Each December, UMass Memorial LifeFlight presents a full-day of continuing education and learning for EMS and nursing providers: LifeFlight Symposium. Held on the first weekend of the month, the full day program is offered once in Worcester, MA (at the University Campus of UMass Memorial Medical Center) and once in Amherst, MA (at Fayerweather Hall at Amherst College).  Each year, hundreds of providers from across New England come together to learn from our physicians, flight nurses, pilots, paramedics, and special guests. Lunch and a LifeFlight t-shirt are always provided, as is the opportunity to earn continuing education credit.

Symposium 2013 – December 7th & December 8th

This year’s Symposium will be held on Saturday, December 7th (Worcester) and Sunday, December 8th (Amherst); this year, we will be hosting the Worcester event in the amphitheater of the new Albert Sherman Center on the University Campus! Click on the graphic below for a copy of the complete program brochure for this year’s event!


  • Dr. Scott King will discuss the treatment of the spine injured athlete and how this relates to your pre-hospital care.
  • When your injured athlete is a child, our focus seems to be more intense.  Pediatric attending physician Dr. Cathy James will discuss various common injuries that may be encountered and how to effectively treat them.
  • The effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) can be very mysterious and may vary from person to person.  Dr. Wiley Hall will review this complicated topic and shed light on what we can do as EMS Providers. We are also honored to have a distinguished panel of former patients who have suffered TBI and some providers who treat such patients every day.  They will give us a glimpse into their everyday lives.
  • Gregg Sculthorpe, EMT-P will share with us a different perspective of the EMS world…Wilderness EMS.  We will learn about the ingenuity required to treat patients in an unfamiliar environment.
  • Critical Care Paramedic Sean Williams will present a Life Flight/EMS case scenario with the assistance of Westborough Fire Department.  This interactive scenario will take you from your initial scene survey, through various routine and emergency procedures, to the care provided by our LifeFlight team and ending in the ER.  You will interact with the case to see what you would do as if you were there!
  • Although the events that took place at this year’s Boston Marathon were tragic for so many, the shining beacon of hope and care provided by the EMS Professionals that stood ready to assist those in need is what we would like to honor today. We will discuss these scenarios and the resources available to us after the last patient is cared for.

Registration Information

Use the order form below to register:

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO CASH ACCEPTED on either day of the Symposium.  Any day-of-event ticket purchases MUST be made with a DEBIT/CREDIT card or by CHECK.

If you cannot see the ticketing form above, please CLICK HERE to register on-line! Or visit

TO REGISTER BY MAIL, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM! Print this form, complete the information, and mail check or money order (NO CASH!) to the address listed.

Registration: $55 (fee will include continental breakfast, lunch, and Life Flight t-shirt)  Look for our new, all-online registration system coming soon.

Continuing education hours: RNs – 7.25

Continuing education hours:  EMTs – 8.0 hours, all levels (MA OEMS approved)

Please note that parking at UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus is not included in the registration fee!