The second award was the 2019 John P. Pryor, MD/Street Medicine Society Award. John P. Pryor, MD, was an EMS physician who was killed while serving in Iraq. Dr. Pryor posthumously received the first award in his name at the 2009 EMS Today conference. Each year, the Street Medicine Society, an informal forum of physicians who got their start as EMS professionals, awards a physician who has come up through the ranks with this award bearing Dr. Pryor?s name.
This year?s recipient is Dr. Paul E. Phrampus, a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh, board certified in Emergency Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Paul started when he joined the Millville Rescue Squad in Millville, New Jersey, as a volunteer in the early 1980s. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his Navy tenure, he actively volunteered at the Davis Corner Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. During that time, he became a Virginia state-certified cardiac technician and a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic.
Paul was accepted to medical school and graduated with an MD degree in 1997. He completed his residency training and board certification in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has been on the faculty since 2000.
Paul has created simulation-based education for paramedic programs as well as an airway training program for paramedics and simulation-based competency assessment training programs for helicopter flight crews. Paul has been director of the Peter M Winter Institute for Simulation, served as a program chair for the International Meeting for Simulation Healthcare, and was a past president of the Society for Simulation Healthcare. He has also served as a past board member and annual meeting chair of the National Association of EMS Physicians, authored more than 20 publications directly related to EMS and prehospital care, and mentored many others involved in research associated with prehospital care.
Dr. Phrampus has contributed to JEMS regularly for more than 35 years.