The Turkish Paramedic Association will be hosting the "4th International Paramedic Conference and Ambulance Rally" in Bodrum between December 8-11 of this year. Established in 2002, the Turkish Paramedic Association is the largest representative body of the paramedics, with over 4,000 members.
With ever increasing interest from the academics and the paramedic professionals, the congress have been the largest scientific event for the profession since 2012. We've had 600 attendees last year and we expect a similar turnout in 2016.
The congress is a 2 1/2 day event. It has two tracks, one in Turkish and the international one in English. Attached you can find a sample scientific program. We provide simultaneous translation for the international track. With the ever increasing participation, the international track has the potential of becoming a standalone conference. We have had colleagues and speakers from Canada, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece and Ireland attending the congress and competition in the previous years.
We also encourage paramedic colleagues to submit their research for oral/poster presentation at the congress.
This year, we are planning to conduct to workshops in Turkish. Those are going to be an advanced ECG workshop and an airway management workshop
The Ambulance Rally is an organization in which 3-member teams will compete against time to complete scenarios presented to them. Teams will be evaluated based on the accuracy of their diagnosis and treatment as well as scene management and time management skills. Therefore it is essentially an EMS Skills competition, but not a race…
We've typically had 4 or 5 distinct scenarios, which included:
- Medical emergency
- Trauma emergency
- Paediatric/new-born emergency
- Scene triage (night stage)
- Patient packaging and lifting/carrying skills
The teams will bring their own basic equipment. This include jump kits, resuscitation equipment, trauma management supplies (bandages and such). Oxygen cylinders, cervical collars, backboards, splints and actual drugs may not need to be brought in by the international teams, as these supplies will be provided by the hosting agency.
The top 3 teams in both categories (national and international) will win various awards.
Last year, we had 43 teams competed, including 4 international teams.
This year, we propose to this group to have a separate international competition as we expect more international teams to compete. We can have a group of experienced paramedics/clinicians to prepare the scenarios and checklists and perform judging during the competition. The advantage would be that the teams would not require translation during stages, as not all Turkish judges will be fluent in English.
The conference will be hosted in the famous resort town of Bodrum this year.
The hotel is Ersan Resort and Spa.
The congress and the competition will be held here and accommodation will be provided at the same location.
This year, we will charge the international participants a flat rate of 150 USD per person. This fee will include:
- 4 nights of all-inclusive hotel accommodation in a double-occupancy room
- Congress fee
- Competition fee
- Gala dinner
- Rally party
- Airport-hotel transfers
Those who wish to stay in single rooms will be asked to pay 50% more of this price (that is 225 USD per person)
The international participants can pay their fees when they check in to their hotels on arrival, either by a major credit card or cash.
You may check in to your rooms as early as the morning of December 7th and will need to check out in the afternoon of December 11th.
You may consider having a couple of more days in Turkey and visit Istanbul, Ephesus or other sites of interest. Those who wish to stay extra nights will be asked to pay 35 USD per person per night.
TRAVEL AND TRANSFERS
All flights should be arranged to/from Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV). They have good connections to/from Istanbul Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen Airports.
All airport-hotel transfers for the international visitors will be arranged by the organization committee.
For further information, contact Alan Batt, ICoP Member Services Officer, and International Paramedic Congress Scientific Committee Member.