Can’t make it to EMS World Expo?
Don’t worry, you can still experience elements of the show from afar
EMS1 reports annually from the EMS World Expo conference, offering takeaways from educational sessions, product announcements and updates from the Expo floor. Catch our coverage here.
This article was originally posted Oct. 10, 2022. It has been updated with new information.
Every year, EMS1 reviews the latest research, emerging techniques and newly debuted products exhibited at EMS World Expo. This year’s show will be held in New Orleans, Sept. 18-22.
These shows are bucket list events for many paramedics and EMTs. However, many will be unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts or budget constraints.
For those of you who are unable to attend EMS World Expo 2023, you can still benefit from the networking and information sharing. Here are a few ideas:
1. Look for takeaways
Presenters sometimes share clips, infographics or threads containing top takeaways from their sessions on their social media channels. Read expert analysis from educational sessions and find the latest product announcements in our EMS World coverage.
2. FOLLOW THE EVENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
A quick search will reveal EMS World Expo hashtags. You can already see the conversation underway at #EMSWorldExpo and #EMSWorldExpo2023. Plus, check out how presenters and exhibitors are drumming up interest in the show. Some examples:
https://twitter.com/ktcollopy/status/1700620085969174856 https://twitter.com/Sachse_TX/status/1699806085253607845 https://twitter.com/rbarishansky/status/1686301897492160513 https://twitter.com/ktcollopy/status/1659695787671171072
Pro tip: Not everyone remembers to use the hashtag so searching “EMS World,” “EMS World Expo” or similar keywords or presenter names will elicit posts as well.
3. SEEK OUT SIMILAR CONTENT
Once you’ve identified the content you’re most interested in exploring, start seeking out similar articles and videos. EMS World Expo 2023 will feature sessions on a wide variety of topics, including pediatrics, trauma, pharmacology, mental health, recruitment and retention, and more. Search EMS1’s topic page for information on these and many other topics.
- Andrea S. Abbas, MS, NRP, IC, CP-C
- Tony Bixby
- Chris Cebollero
- Remle P. Crowe, PhD, NREMT
- Rommie L. Duckworth, BS, LP
- Linda Dykes
- Michael S. Gerber, MPH, NRP
- Arthur Hsieh, MA, NRP
- Rhonda Kelly
- Jamie Kennel
- Rob Lawrence
- Anna Ryan
- John Sammons
- Macara Trusty, MS, LP, SHRM-SCP
- Steve Wirth & Doug Wolfberg
- Matthew S. Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT
4. CONNECT WITH PRESENTERS
Reach out to presenters whom you would have liked to see at the show, particularly if you have specific questions that you would have asked in the in-person session. Connect on LinkedIn or follow them on social media to glean information from their sessions or associated training.
Check out the full list of EMS World Expo sessions here.
5. ATTEND VIRTUAL EVENTS
Not all shows offer virtual events, so you’ll want to keep tabs on the show’s event information page to learn which events or presentations, if any, will be available to livestream – or for on-demand viewing after the show. Keep in mind that while some events may not be livestreamed, event sponsors or groups might choose to live-tweet from an event, keeping you up to date on the action.
6. VISIT VENDOR WEBSITES, HEADQUARTERS OR DISTRIBUTOR SITES
You may not be able to make it to EMS World Expo, but can you visit exhibitors after the show? Perhaps some of the companies you wanted to visit are located closer to your department than Orlando, and it would be an easier trek to hit the road for individual visits. Remember to make appointments with these companies so they are prepared to show you the goods.
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You may not be able to attend the show this year, so start planning now for next year. Block off your calendar, ask your supervisor about the steps necessary to attend the show, and start saving those pennies. It’s always great to connect with your peers, but when that’s not in the cards, at least you have some solid strategies to stay connected and continue learning.