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Congratulations, Karryn!

The MedEvac Foundation International has awarded the 2016 Safety Management Training Academy (SMTA) Scholarship to Karryn Schwab, FP-C, Safety Officer. Ms. Schwab is an active flight team member and the first Safety Officer for Sanford AirMed. She receives the scholarship based on her dedication to safety management in this ever growing industry.

In her role as Safety Officer, Ms. Schwab’s daily tasks include reviewing and resolving safe guard reports, presenting safety education classes, and searching for ways to improve Sanford’s safety program. Karryn acts as the liaision between AirMed team members, the Safety Committee, and the base Quality Committee.

“I promote a safety culture atmosphere by encouraging team members to speak up as well as creating opportunities for improved safety performance through continuous learning,” states Ms. Schwab. “I am fascinated by the risk assessment/mitigation side of air medical transport, however I’m finding that the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know. I believe that this program will give me critical information and tools I need in order to become a more effective safety officer, both in my personal safety practices as well as my team’s safety practices.”

The 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.

The scholarship is made possible through a gift to the Foundation by the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA). “There is no goal more important to our crew members and our patients than to provide excellent safety training for air medical providers around the world,” says AMOA President, Christopher Eastlee. “Our continued support of the SMTA Scholarship is one significant way that AMOA remains committed to that goal.”

“Ms. Schwab’s role as the first Safety Officer at her organization and her drive to create opportunities for improved safety performance, make her the ideal candidate for the 2016 SMTA Scholarship,” says MedEvac Foundation President and CEO, Rick Sherlock. “The SMTA program provides a wide range of safety education and Ms. Schwab is eager to apply the knowledge and skills to growing the Sanford AirMed program, a valued AAMS member.”

There is still limited space available for the Safety Management Training Academy!  Learn more about the Academy.