23rd Annual Scientific Assembly

March 16-20, 2017
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Florida

Active Shooter: Are You Ready?

Jointly Provided by USAAEM

Friday, March 17, 2017

Course Description

A comprehensive discussion of active shooter events, including the epidemiology of the shooter and injury patterns of the victims, the evolution of the first responder response and how this might affect immediate care in the emergency department. Is your hospital ready for an active shooter — either in the community and/or in the hospital itself? Best practices from experienced providers on how to prepare to provide an integrated response should this tragedy befall your community will be shared.


Course Fee

  • $25 Students and Residents*
  • $50 Physicians and Allied Health Professionals*

*The registration fee is refunded within 30 days after the conference for USAAEM members who attend the course.


Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Review the epidemiology of active shooter events in the U.S. for the past five years, to include shooter attributes and injury patterns of the victims.
  2. Trace the evolution of first responders’ doctrine and describe innovative approaches (Rescue Task Force, Tactical Medicine TCCC) that may affect the state of the patient that arrives to your emergency department.
  3. Discuss important steps you can take to protect your hospital staff and optimize care for active shooter victims.
  4. Explore a community-based approach to preparing for an active shooter event in your neighborhood.


Course Schedule

Friday, March 17, 2017


Introduction to the Course/Epidemiology of the Active Shooter
Joseph G. Kotora, DO MPH FAAEM FACEP LCDR and
Benjamin Walrath, MD MPH FAAEM CDR MC USN


When Tragedy Strikes … The Aurora Movie Theater Shooting
Scott Sare


Evolution of the Prehospital Response and Integration of Law Enforcement and Medicine
Terry Nichols and William “Bill” Godfrey




Is Your Hospital Ready? Are You and Your Staff Safe?
Alexander Eastman, MD MPH FACS


A Proactive Approach to Optimize Care Should Tragedy Strike —
Integration of Community Assets in a Tabletop Active Shooter Exercise

Eric Epley


Panel Discussion


Course Directors

Joseph G. Kotora, DO MPH FACEP LCDR
EMS Medical Director, Camp Lejeune Fire and Emergency Services, Jacksonville, NC

Patrick Magajna, MD MS FAWN FAAEM
Navy Hospital Twenty-nine Palms, San Diego, CA

Benjamin Walrath, MD MPH CDR MC USN
Navy Medicine West EMS Medical Director, NMCSD EM Staff Physician


Course Faculty

Alexander Eastman, MD MPH FACS DABEMS     
Lieutenant and Deputy Medical Director, Dallas Police Department

Eric Epley, CEM        

William Godfrey, Chief (Ret.)

Joseph G. Kotora Jr., DO MPH FACEP FAAEM
Regional EMS Medical Director, Navy Region Southeast

Terry Nichols, Chief
Brownwood Texas Police Department

Scott Sare
Deputy Chief of Preparedness, Aurora Fire Rescue Department    

Benjamin D. Walrath, MD MPH  FAAEM    
Commander, United States Navy, Medical Corps; EMS Medical Director, Navy Medicine West


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