Chief Clinical Consultant for
Dr. Barbara McLaurin, MD
Phoenix Indian Medical Center
4212 Norht 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Links of Interest
- American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
- American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM)
- Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine (COPEM)
- Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, EMTALA
Emergency Medical Services ( EMS)
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of EMS
- National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)
- Mountain Plains Health Consortium (MPHC)
The IHS EMS Black Hills training center moved from Rapid City to Sturgis, SD, in 1997, and was incorporated into the MPHC. The EMS training staff provides primary and continuing EMS education to tribal EMS and CHR programs in Sturgis and on-site at tribal EMS programs. MPHC maintains a current contact list of all tribal EMS programs. It is supported by funding from IHS HQE and Aberdeen Area, through an inter-agency agreement with the VA.
- National Native American EMS Association (NNAEMSA)
The Board of the NNAEMSA provides national tribal EMS leadership, and the organization hosts a week-long annual educational meeting for tribal EMS programs. The website for NNAEMSA is maintained at MPHC.
Jim Upchurch MD, MA, NREMTP practices in Montana and is board certified in Family Practice with added qualification in Geriatrics. He has a master’s degree in education and human development and is licensed as a paramedic. Dr. Upchurch is a ‘Legacy’ member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Since 1985 his practice has been with the Indian Health Service and has focused on emergency medicine and EMS while providing the full spectrum of care required in a rural/frontier environment. He provides medical direction for BLS and ALS EMS systems, including a critical care interfacility transport service. He also provides medical direction for the Incident Medical Specialist Program, USDA Forest Service, Northern Region and the Northern Rockies Smokejumper Program. Dr. Upchurch has served as American Heart Association ACLS Regional and National faculty for Montana and currently represents Montana on the Council of State EMS Medical Directors of the National Association of State EMS Officials.
Contact Dr. Jim Upchurch in Crow Agency, Montana. With NAEMSP and the Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation, he has developed a web-based core content educational module for new rural EMS medical directors, a Guide for Preparing Medical Directors.