The MedEvac Foundation International has awarded the 2019 Safety Management Training Academy (SMTA) Scholarship to Joseph LeBrecque, Safety Officer for Travis County STAR Flight and Emily Colyer, pediatric/neonatal critical care transport nurse with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center out of Omaha, Nebraska.  SMTA provides formal continuing education for individuals (and their organizations) interested in improving their understanding of safety systems theory and the application of that theory to the practice of medical transportation.  The Academy operates with a rigorous approach to competency-based education, utilizing formal classroom hours, mandatory student participation, written testing, and a code of professional conduct.

Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) began funding the SMTA Scholarship in 2011.

“It is my goal as a Safety Officer to further improve our safety program, with knowledge and confidence to change the program as needed,” said Mr. LeBrecque, SMTA 2019 scholarship recipient. “SMTA will provide me with the tools to help all I come in contact with in day to day operations.”     

The scholarship is made possible through a gift to the Foundation by the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA). “Exceptional safety and training for our air medical providers is our primary goal,” says AMOA Executive Director, Sally Veith.  “AMOA’s support of the SMTA Scholarship demonstrates our ongoing commitment to improve the safety of the life-saving transportation we provide.”

The MedEvac Foundation International is pleased to provide funding for an additional scholarship.

“Attending SMTA I have learned a tremendous amount about biostatistics, epidemiology, implementation science, and the like. I have learned so much theory and foundational material – but now I have a huge knowledge gap in how all of it practically applies to transport operations,” says the 2019 SMTA recipient Emily Colyer. “I want to attend SMTA to gain knowledge about the practical application of everything I am learning in grad school so that I can bring it back and apply it to our safety management system and ensure that our team comes home safely every night and delivers infants and children safely to tertiary care: every call, every time.”

“Ms. Colyer’s commitment to safety at her organization is without question and representative of the ideal candidate for the SMTA scholarship,” says MedEvac Foundation President and CEO, Rick Sherlock.  “We look forward to providing Ms. Colyer a broad range of safety tools to put to immediate use at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.”

There is still limited space available for the Safety Management Training Academy!  Click here to learn more about the Academy.