Walt Alan Stoy, PhD, EMT-P, CCEMTP

Walt Alan Stoy, PhD, EMT-P, CCEMTP

Throughout his 40-ear career as an EMS professional and educator, Walt Alan Stoy, Ph.D, EMT-P, has set the precedent for advancing EMS education. Dr. Stoy is internationally renowned for his efforts in EMS, and is recognized by his peers and colleagues as an innovative leader in the field. Currently, Dr. Stoy is a Professor and Director of the Emergency Medicine Program at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. The list of titles and honors that Dr. Stoy holds shows his absolute dedication and commitment to the growth of EMS education. He has been given two lifetime achievement awards; his first one in 2002, from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, and in 2005, he was awarded his second lifetime achievement award from the National Association of EMS Educators (Dr. Stoy was the founding President of this organization).
Dr. Stoy has shared his views of EMS education in all areas of EMS to the National Association of State EMS Directors, the National Association of EMTs, the National Association of EMS Physicians, the National Association of EMS Educators, and the National Council of State EMS Training Coordinators. He has over forty years of experience in EMS. He was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education in Instruction and Learning with a concentration in Instructional Design Technology. In 2003, his excellence in teaching was recognized when he was awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, which is presented to a faculty member for practicing his or her profession with compassion and dignity through the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Stoy is also committed to the EMS community as a whole, and in 1995 founded the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) and in 2005 served as the Chairman of the Education Subcommittee for AHA-ECC. He is also a member of countless other professional and scientific organizations.

Dr. Stoy authored the Mosby's EMT-Basic Textbook (First and Second Editions) and Mosby’s First Responder Textbook, which is the textbook that most closely follows the National Standard Curricula. In addition, Dr. Stoy has written more than 60 instructional guides and published his educational work using both print and visual media including Instructional Guides for the Street Medicine Series, the Hands-On Series, and the ACLS Series. Dr. Stoy is an affiliate faculty member or instructor in numerous pre-hospital and medical education programs, including: Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Trauma Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support to name but a few.

He also has a proven track record for national project assessment, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. In 1998 he served as the project director of the EMT-Intermediate & Paramedic: National Standard Curricula Revision Project. He was also the principal investigator for National Guidelines for the First Aid Training Curriculum. He served as principal investigator to the 1994 EMT-Basic: National Standard Curriculum and project director to the 1995 First Responder: National Standard Curriculum. His revision to and adoption by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of these curricula are internationally recognized.

From 2006 until 2010 Dr. Stoy was the Executive Administrative Director of the HMC/UPMC Emergency Medicine Enhancement Project with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in Doha, Qatar. Under his direction, UPMC physicians, surgeons, paramedics, nurses and administrative personnel provided hands-on training in emergency medicine and worked side-by-side with their local counterparts to evaluate, improve, and achieve world-class emergency care at three HMC hospitals and the Emergency Medical Services. The HMC/UPMC partnership also created Qatar’s first Trauma Service at Hamad General Hospital. The Trauma Service was part of a broader vision to establish a Level 1 Trauma Center at HMC.
Currently, Dr. Stoy is focused on the development of distance education methods for the undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh. After several years of evaluation, the program has established a program for the entire senior year of the bachelor’s degree in Emergency Medicine (EMS).

For the past two years, Dr. Stoy has been significantly engaged with the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) to assure quality educational programs are offered throughout the nation.

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