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Benjamin Podsiadlo, EMT-P, is the director of clinical integration for Armstrong Ambulance Service in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAEMS, is an emergency physician, researcher and EMS author. He’s professor of emergency medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and an attending emergency physician at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. He’s board certified in emergency medicine and EMS.

Chris Kroboth has been a career paramedic/firefighter for over 17 years and in EMS for over 23. He has been in prehospital and in-hospital education for the past 18 years. His last assignment before returning to operations was as the EMS training captain in charge of continuing education programs and certification. He is also affiliate faculty with the Virginia Commonwealth University Paramedic Program. He is the U.S. clinical education manager for iSimulate and also facilitates national conference clinical challenges to include EMS World, ENA and NTI.

Christian Ventura, NREMT, EMS-I, FHAMES, is an EMS clinician, lecturer, and scientific researcher with publications in cognitive neuroscience and EMS science. He is the author of The Emergency Medical Responder by Springer Nature, and Host of Evidence-Based EMS at JEMS

Dr. Christopher McLaughlin is a chief resident in the Department of General Surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. He obtained his NRP though Good Fellowship Ambulance Company in West Chester, PA, his BS in Biochemistry from Boston College, in Boston, MA, and his MD from Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA. His interests include trauma systems, rural EMS, trauma-induced coagulopathy, and prehospital management of chest trauma.

Clay Odell, BS, NRP, RN, is a paramedic-firefighter with Newport (NH) Fire-EMS, and a paramedic for New London Hospital EMS. He is a past state EMS bureau chief, state trauma system coordinator, EMS service chief, and a flight crew member at Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response Team. Clay has been a paramedic since 1985, and a registered nurse since 1997.

Clifton Thompson, BSN, RN, CFRN, NREMT, is a critical care transport nurse in North Carolina. He is the current educator for AirCare Critical Care Transport at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.

Coco Thomas, BSN, RN, EMT-B, is a medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a former adult and pediatric emergency room nurse and EMT, pursuing a career in emergency medicine. 

Cody Winniford is a flight paramedic and base manager in Baltimore, MD. He has a passion for sharing his professional experience in EMS and management. Cody’s clinical and leadership development background spans both military and civilian settings and has served in several capacities as a leader and prehospital clinician. He specializes in air medical and critical care transport, as well as organizational development and leadership development. He is an active speaker on various leadership and clinical topics and is an established and successful educator for prehospital clinicians of all levels. He has a passion for human performance improvement and the mental health and performance aspects of prehospital care.

Cory Agler, NRP, FP-C, CCP-C, is a nationally registered paramedic and board certified flight and critical care paramedic. He works as a firefighter/paramedic in western Ohio and has experience in both 911 response and inter-facility transport. He is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree with a pre-medical track.

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