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EMS Asia Conference to be Held August 24-26, 2016 in Seoul, Korea

The Asian Association for Emergency Medical Services (AAEMS) is a registered society chaired by Professor Hideharu Tanaka of Kokushikan University. The AAEMS aims to:


  • Promote sharing of experience of other Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems;
  • Act as advocates for EMS to different communities and countries;
  • Create opportunities for education and training for EMS physicians and providers;
  • Collaborate with each other for advancement of EMS systems; and
  • Undertake research projects on pre-hospital emergency care.
  • To further its objectives, the AAEMS hosts its biennial EMS Asia conferences in partnership with local societies and organizations, such as the Society for Emergency Medicine in Singapore, Hospital Pulau Pinang, and Lifeline Foundation.

    The inaugural EMS Asia conference was held in Penang, Malaysia in 2012, followed by Singapore and Goa, India. This year the EMS Asia 2016 is co-hosted by the AAEMS and the Korean Society of Emergency Medicine (KSEM), and organized by the Korean Council of EMS Physicians (KCEMSP) and EMS ASIA 2016 organizing committee.

    The conference theme is Pan-Asian Collaboration for Excellence in Pre-Hospital Care and will be held from August 24-26, 2016 at the-K Hotel Seoul, Seoul, Korea.

    The conference brings clinicians, policy-makers, paramedics, researchers, and other healthcare professionals together to share experiences and learn from top international and regional experts in the field.

    The conference will cover topics such as:


  • Development of international EMS system (EMSS); EMS, from the past to the future;
  • Establishing an EMSS – design, implementation, and monitoring;
  • Measurement of trauma care system;
  • Updates in pre-hospital acute coronary syndrome care;
  • Pre-hospital pediatric emergency care, etc.
  • Invited speakers include Prof David Cone, Yale Medical Group; A/Prof Marcus Ong, Pan-Asian Resuscitation Outcomes Study (PAROS) chair; Prof Henry Wang, lead investigator for the Alabama site of the Resuscitation Outcome Consortium; A/Prof Bryan McNally, executive director of Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival; Dr Michael Levy, medical director of the Anchorage (Alaska) Fire Department; Prof Kang Hyun Lee, Professor, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine; Prof Matthew Ma, Professor, National Taiwan University, etc.

    Apart from a comprehensive conference program, the EMS Asia 2016 will also be conducting several pre-conference workshops such as:


  • An EMS Medical Directors’ workshop:
  • A dispatcher-assisted CPR workshop:
  • Asian Excellence in Prehospital Injury Care for Traumatic Brain Injury course, etc.
  • The various clinical research networks and associations such as PAROS, AAEMS, and Pan-Asian Trauma Outcomes Study will also convene to discuss research plans, courses, activities, and implementation plans in prehospital emergency care, cardiac arrest, and trauma care.

    At this conference, the AAEMS will be hosting its 4th Asian EMS award in collaboration with Lifeline Foundation. The Asian EMS award recognizes individuals and institutions who have contributed significantly to the development of EMS in Asia. There are three award categories, including Individual Excellence Award, Institutional Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award. 

    Past awardees include Prof V Anantharaman from Singapore, Aman Foundation in Pakistan, Prof Sang Do Shin from Korea, etc. Nomination details can be found at the AAEMS’ webpage:

    With a commitment to reach out to participants from developing countries in Asia, EMS ASIA 2016 organizing committee has awarded travel grants to deserving candidates from Nepal, India, Vietnam, Philippines, and Indonesia.

    Further details regarding the conference can be found at: