Due to the continued risks associated with traveling abroad during the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, PTS has made the difficult decision to put a moratorium on this program until further notice.
Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS) and Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS) Pre-Hospital Exchange Program
A formal exchange program between prehospital personnel of the state of Virginia, USA and the prehospital personnel of the various Latin American countries. The goal of the program is the exchange of knowledge and experience between providers of different countries.
The program consists of having participants form groups (of 4 people per group) that will act as hosting organizations during one year and as guests the next year. The following organizations will participate:
VAVRS United States of America
PTS South and Central America
During the first year, the first group will travel to the exchange program held by VAVRS in the United States. The following year, the second group of pre-hospital providers from the USA will travel to a hosting country in Latin America. Involvement will have a duration period of two to three weeks for each exchange.
The program may be held in the month of September (variable in Latin America).
II. ACTIVITIES VAVRS USA
Host Organization: VAVRS Guests: PTS Prehospital Providers Month: September
Run in EMS
Ride along with six different rural and urban rescue squads
Life Evac- A regional emergency air transport system
Tour of Emergency Operations Center
Sites (Subject to change)
Urban Virginia Rescue Squads:
Rural Virginia Rescue Squads
Conventions and Seminars
VAVRS Convention (VA Beach)
The convention is held every year with the objective of learning new techniques through medical seminars, enjoying competition and participating in educational and social activities.
Annual Virginia EMS Symposium (Norfolk, VA)
The Virginia Annual EMS Symposium is one of the nation's premier educational opportunities for EMS providers and Registered Nurses to obtain continuing education and networking opportunities. National and local educators participate to make this event one of the top pre-hospital educational opportunities in the country. Topics: Airway, Cardiac, Critical Incident Stress Management, Communications, Critical Care, Educator, Leadership & management, Medical, Operations, Preconference, Preparatory, Safety, Special Considerations and Trauma.
These are held during the VAVRS Convention, this is an opportunity to observe multiple competitions among prehospital providers and it includes:
Farm machinery extrication
Emergency vehicle operator courses (E.V.O.C)
Tactical Medic Certification: a course designed to provide the medic with the skills necessary to support a tactical law enforcement team.
Attend educational activities during the Annual EMS Symposium and the VAVRS convention.
Level I Trauma center / Observational Experience at VCU Health System
Trauma Bay / resuscitation
Burn Center visit
Operating Room (observation of cases)
Meeting with Virginia Secretary of Health (Dr. Bill Hazel).
Meeting with Commissioner of Health (Dr. Karen Remley).
Meeting with Dr. Rao Ivatury PTS Executive Director/ Chair of division of trauma and Dr. Michel Aboutanos PTS President.
Meeting with Edward Bish president of VAVRS / Jane Laverne EMS international exchange program coordinator.
Visit the Civil War Reenactment of Military Hospital
Oktoberfest- Festivities starting at the end of September and first week of October with involvement of different breweries.
Busch Gardens- Interactive theme park
VAVRS Parade in VA Beach
Shopping in different malls and outlets
Day on the water (Janes boat)
Washington, DC – National Mall museum tour
New York City ground Zero / 911 memorial
III. ACTIVITIES PTS/ AFFILIATED SOCIETY
Host Organization: PTS
Month: May (Variable depending on country)
Urban & Rural
Meeting with the Health Minister
Meeting with Fire departments and EMS
Hospitality and camaraderie with Latin America (varied, depending on location)
Will be provided in MEDITECH Foundation, sponsored by Colombian Prehospital National Association and the Prehospital Committee of the PTS.
IV. WHO CAN APPLY?
PTS affiliated prehospital personnel
Sponsoring PTS Societies
The participants must pay for their airplane ticket.
Lodging should be provided (participants usually stay at residents homes, hospital or at the rescue squad, etc).