Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) can re-certify themselves by attending Continuing Medical Education sessions (CMEs) through Clarkson's Lewis School of Health Sciences for free! The CME programs will take place virtually and/or at Clarkson Hall. Clarkson Hall is located at 59 Main Street, Potsdam, NY.

NYS State CMEs will be provided for attendees that attend in person or virtually. Food and beverages may be offered to those that attend in person.

Direct questions, comments or to be placed on our CME email list, please contact Douglas Wildermuth, 315-268-4444 or dwilderm@clarkson.edu.

CME Requirements:

  • Attendees must be on time.
  • Attendees must be engaged (with cameras on) the entire time.
  • Names, email addresses, NYS EMT #'s, etc. must be provided.

Past CME Sessions

April 17, 2024

Virtual only
FREE to first responders!

6:30 -8:30 PM
Cardiac CME on 12 lead EKGs by Tim Redding

Ever want to know how to "Read that 12 lead"? This course will discuss basic 12 lead ECG interpretation.and is ideal for EMTs and AEMTs that want to learn more about it. This could also be good for paramedics that want a quick brush up review. During the last part of this session, we will introduce the concept of Occlusion MI and why the STEMI paradigm has to go!

Mr. Redding is the founding President and Owner of Emergency Education Consultants, a firm that strives to improve patient care through quality, current education and best-practice. Tim has been in EMS since 1992 and a Paramedic/Instructor since 1996. He holds multiple credentials and certifications and is an Instructor Coordinator for the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He is a regular speaker across the US who has also presented internationally in Guyana, Guatemala, Ireland and Australia.

Tim is a two-time Ironman and a Boston Marathon finisher! 

March 20, 2024 

Held at 3005 Clarkson Hall  
59 Main Street  
Potsdam, NY 13676  
FREE to first responders!  
Available in-person and virtually

6:30 - 8:30 PM
Are you ready for baby? An update on Emergency Childbirth and Newborn Care presented by Dan Batsie

Managing prehospital childbirth is an infrequently used skill with very high stakes. Many of the traditional steps and skills we once took for granted are now being replaced with more updated practices. Are you ready? This class is designed to update providers on modern best practices and review the key interventions necessary to overcome several different childbirth and neonatal complications.

Dan Batsie is the deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Safety. He has been a paramedic in New York, Maine and now Vermont for more than 30 years. Over his career, Dan has worked hard to elevate the profession of Prehospital medicine and demonstrated a particular passion for high quality EMS education. Dan has directed two accredited paramedic programs, authored two EMS textbooks both nationally and internationally on current EMS topics. In addition to his work at the state level, Dan is active in numerous national EMS projects and committees.


February 21, 2024 

Held at 3005 Clarkson Hall  
59 Main Street  
Potsdam, NY 13676  
FREE to students  
Available in-person and virtually

6:30 PM 
Insights on treatment and the Amish (Trauma CME) presented by Robert MacKenzie CEM/CFC/AEMT-P

Join us on February 21st at 6:30 pm for a presentation about EMS and the unique challenges faced by the Amish community in traumatic situations. Gain insights into caring for these patients and the cultural considerations.

Robert MacKenzie is a lifelong resident of Lewis County and has been a paramedic since 2007. He is credentialed in both Midstate and North Country EMS systems. He is the director of Fire and Emergency Management in Lewis County and is an instructor for the Department of Homeland Security Situational Awareness as an intelligence liaison officer.


January 17, 2024

Held at Clarkson Hall  
59 Main Street  
Potsdam, NY 13676  
FREE to students  
Available in-person and virtually

6:30 - 8 PM
 "No Medic Available": Effective BLS Response to Diabetic Emergencies presented by Nancy Magee 
For BLS and ALS Responders

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US, and many diabetic emergencies are life threatening, accounting for roughly 15 million ER visits annually. Yet many EMTs and first responders have only a superficial understanding of the pathophysiology, causes, symptoms and appropriate EMS response to the complications of this disease. Too often, treatment provided by first responders consists of a set of vital signs, a “Mayday” call for ALS response, and hesitation in providing any kind of definitive treatment. From the perspective of an EMT and parent of a Type 1 child with diabetes, Nancy has dealt with diabetic emergencies both personally and professionally, and believes there is no doubt we can, and must do better for these patients.

This session will review how this disease affects the body, who is the most vulnerable, and how to be a competent and confident caregiver in these events, especially when ALS is not immediately available.


  1. Review the differences in the pathophysiology of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, prevalence of diabetes, prediabetes, risk factors for complications, acute and long-term complications and how to distinguish the signs and symptoms associated with each.
  2. Discuss the different presentations of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia and their underlying causes, dispel outdated stereotypes (ex-all Type 2 diabetics are fat) that may affect recognition of a diabetic emergency, and common medical conditions that may distract from or mask signs and symptoms.
  3. Consider the obstacles EMTS face when confronted with a diabetic emergency. Restrictive and outdated protocols in some jurisdictions do not allow EMT’s to use a glucometer. Others allow more aggressive treatment including the administration of glucagon.  What does the ADA say? What are your current treatment options? Are they enough to provide excellent care? How far is your agency willing to go to change the status quo based on today’s discussion?
  4. Hands On: Ambulances may carry commercially prepared oral glucose products, energy gels used by athletes, cake frosting, or even maple syrup as treatment for hypoglycemia. Diabetics today may use a lancet and glucometer, an insulin pump, or a cell phone app to monitor and record their BGL. A hands-on evaluation of these options will leave the audience with a better understanding of options available to monitor and treat these patients.
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