26 July, 2021
12:00 PM
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Congratulations to the newest SMTA graduates!

William Spradlin – Grad Jessalyn Colbert
Steven Tanner
Karryn Schwab
Curt Walker
Amanda Ball
Steven McNeely
Brandi Riley
Ben Clayton

Congratulations to the SMTA Class of 2019!

AAMS Safety Management Training Academy


UPDATE: Unfortunately SMTA has been cancelled for 2020
For Registrants: Information regarding rolling over your registration or refunding has been sent out.  If you have not received an email, please reach out to us at meetings@aams.org

We will be using the NinthBrain LMS as part of our Virtual Package!

Next Course: July 27-30, 2020 



Installment Plan for Registration Available 

Learn more about the Certified Medical Transportation Safety Professional (MTSP-C) specialty certification. 

First Year Course Curriculum

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 with courses in the following areas:

Incident & Accident Causation

Basic Sequence of Accidents (Accident Causation)
Accident & Mishap Theory, Modern Accident Causation Model, System Defects, Counter Measure Potential, and the System Model

Empowered Accountability 
The concept of “better mistakes,” the missing link in traditional Human Factors, the Normalization of Deviance, and identifying and managing “rogue” practitioners. Why good isn’t good enough, positive peer pressure, the normalization of excellence, and spectrum shifts in safety.

Human Factors
HFACS, routine vs. exceptional violation of SOPs, etc.

Principles of Accident Investigation
Purposes, legal requirements, the 3 W approach, root cause analysis, and more.

A Systemic Approach to Safety

Safety Management Systems: Soup to Nuts
The safety “stereotype,” the management dilemma, the 8 building blocks & the 4 areas of responsibility

Quantum Safety Metrics
Tools for measuring your APE and assessing your Accident Prevention Potential.

A Meeting of the Minds: the Convergence of Medicine & Aviation
The cross-fertilization of quality improvement & system design tools to handle the complex interface between medicine and safety.

The Balanced Scorecard: From Strategy to Action
Linking objectives, measures, targets and initiatives in a way that everyone knows the score (and can help the team along)!

The Policy & Regulatory Environment

Safety Policy
Understanding the value of your CEO commitment to Safety and outlining what is required to get “sharp end” involvement.

Applicable Agencies & Fundamental Safety Underpinnings
Be able to translate the alphabet soup of regulatory agencies dealing safety in the EMS environment: OSHA, CDC, EPA, DOL, DOT, DHHS, DHS, FAA, NHTSA, NIOSH, NTSB, etc.

Setting the Standards (Regulations, Certifications & Accreditation)
Safety standards abound. Come learn the differences between such touchstones as CAMTS, OSHSPA, HIPAA, 1910, CWA, SPCC, EPCRA, Part 91, Part 135, NOTAMS, GOM, ADs, ANSI, NFPA, JCAHO, ISO, ICAO, etc.

Health & Safety Regulation: DO Sweat the Small Stuff
The safety risks associated with working – CISD, MRSA, needle sticks, infectious agents, pandemics, and other fun things to keep you up at night.

A Hazard Identification and Analysis

Risk Management – Assessment, Mitigation & Implementation
The history, principles, process and integration of risk management into your operations.

Safety Assurance
How to evaluate the effectiveness of your SMS and avoid “practical drift.”

Root Cause Analysis
Students will learn analytic ways to determine what happened, why it happened, and what steps need to be taken to stave off a possible re-occurrence. Examples of Safety Cases and Lessons Learned will also be shared in this session.

Safety Education

Safety Promotion
Safety Guidelines vs. A Culture of Safety; accountability standards; assessing the costs of safety; communications & buy-in.

Safety Culture
In this course, we’ll discuss why culture is vital to sustained safety management. You’ll learn why the first step to correcting a failing culture is defining core aspects of professional behavior and setting the expectation of it. Enhancing basic professionalism can drive change from within, even if it is not adopted by everyone initially. Your search for excellence will inspire your peers and take your entire organization to a new level.

Just Culture
This is an extension of the Safety Culture course that pries into the establishment of a Just Culture in your organization. You will learn what Just Culture means, how the line between acceptable and unacceptable is determined. Examples of some practical application will be used together with way to measure your company’s success through this journey.

Note: This is a preliminary course listing subject to change.

“Comprehensive selection of topics from a safety focus, presented by recognized authorities in the aviation and HEMS industry who are also motivated instructors.”
— Hal Iverson, CMTE, Operations Manager, Air St. Luke’s, Boise, Idaho

Second Year Course Curriculum

The second year course curriculum will build on the basic core knowledge areas covered in year one. Some of the topics to be covered will include:

Balanced Scorecard
“A balanced scorecard is a system of linked objectives, measures, targets, and initiatives which collectively describe the strategy of an organization and how the strategy can be achieved. It can take something as complicated and frequently nebulous as strategy and translate it into something that is specific and can be understood.” – David Norton

Applying the Balanced Scorecard
By the end these two hours the student should fully understand what the Balanced Scorecard is, the process (basic methodology) for creating the Balanced Scorecard and understanding the importance of strategic focus.

Quantum Safety Metrics
Tools for measuring your APE and assessing your Accident Prevention Potential

Emergency Preparedness I
Disaster planning, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery fall into the category of emergency management. FEMA defines an emergency as any unplanned event that can cause deaths or significant injuries to employees, customers, or the public, or that can shut down your business, disrupt operations, cause potential environmental damage, or threaten the facility’s financial standing or public image. Therefore, emergency management is the process of preparing for, mitigating, responding to and recovering from an emergency. An emergency management plan, also known as an emergency preparedness/management plan usually covers 4 stages: prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. The class will go over the steps in the planning process and provide definitions of each of the elements of the emergency management plan.

Emergency Preparedness II
At the conclusion of the presentation, students should be able to identify Motivational Strategies for implementing and Emergency Management Program. A case study in domestic terrorism will be a part of the discussion.

Project Management & Communications
How many of you have had Project Management (PM) training or experience? What was the project were you working on? Define your role as the PM. How would you define PM? What did you learn as you gained experience? The Project Manager is the primary coordinator and driver for all of the project team members and their activities relative to the team. The PM is the vital lynch pin between the project team and management; the PM is the supreme arbitrator of all team issues and holds team members responsible for their tasks. The PM keeps the team moving in a focused direction and on time. You will find that your team members will respond to you and follow your lead in attitude, timeliness, and energy.

SMS Workshop
This workshop is designed to equip students with the necessary tools to develop their own SMS from scratch based on the ICAO standard. The workshop will use hands-on methods to challenge students into creativity while sticking within the pillar of an SMS. Students will also leave the workshop with the necessary skills to conduct a gap analysis/assessment of their company’s SMS.

Integrating and Collaborating with other Safety Management Systems
How do you collaborate with you aircraft operator if you have an SMS at your program? What are some of the challenges? How do you meet the CAMTS requirement? This is an interactive course that requires student participation.

Risk Management Course
Graduates of the risk management workshop receive the training and practice required to prepare risk management presentations and conduct risk management training for their organization.

Other courses offered…
Trend Analysis, Quality Improvement Toolkit, Success Factors for Group Projects, Training & Education, Fatigue Management

Note: Strongly suggest completing the OSHA 10-Hour online prior to the first year of courses but it must be completed before the second year of courses start.

Safety Management Training Academy Faculty

Faculty Chair
Donna York Clark

Faculty(in alpha order)
Greg Botz, MD
Tom Baldwin
Dawn Boldstad-Johnson
Eric Bratton
Jeff Currin
Johnny Delgado, PhD
J. Heffernan
D. Scott Hencshel
Colin Henry
Lance Hofmann

Schedule At-A-Glance

First Year

1200 – 1300h Registration/Orientation
1300 –  1630h Sessions
1700– 1930h Welcome/Networking Reception & Dinner

Tuesday        0800 – 1600 Sessions
Wednesday 0800 – 1600 Sessions
Thursday     0800 –  1600 Session
Friday – Travel Day

Second Year

1200 – 1300h Registration/Orientation
1300 –  1630h Sessions
1700– 1930h Welcome/Networking Reception & Dinner

0800 – 1600 Sessions
1600h Group Project Time

0800 –  1600h Sessions
1600h Group Project Time

0800 –  1330h Sessions
1330h Group Project Presentations
Post Presentations MTSP-C Accreditation Exam TBD

Friday – Travel Day

Graduate Workshop
(use toward MTSP-C – recertification)

1200 – 1300h Registration/Orientation
1300 –  1630h Sessions
1700– 1930h Welcome/Networking Reception & Dinner

Tuesday        0800 – 1600 Sessions
Wednesday 0800 – 1600 Sessions
Thursday     0800 –  1600 Session
Friday – Travel Day

Tuition & Housing

Your SMTA Registration Package will INCLUDE tuition, full accommodations and most meals daily.

Hotel Included           Member/Non Member   $750/$850
Hotel Not Included   Member/Non Member $2400/$2650

Questions? 703.836.8732

*In order to qualify for the member rates, you must work for a program or company that is currently an AAMS Regular, Associate or Affiliate Member, or you must have an AAMS Personal Membership. For further information on AAMS membership, please contact us at (703) 836-8732 or via e-mail at directory@aams.org. You may also visit our website at www.aams.org.

Your hotel reservations will be handled by AAMS staff once your SMTA registration payment is received.

About The Academy
The Academy 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. Students will gain expertise and practical skills through formal didactic and participatory sessions designed to instill creative thinking and decision-making. Participants also obtain valuable insight into real life challenges by networking with industry leaders. 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. Due to the demands of the program, students will be expected to complete out-of-classroom assignments. Graduates of the first and 2nd year program will receive a two items: certificate of instruction and an OSHA certificate , and will be invited to participate in more in-depth programs on specific safety management topics offered in the future. Both years can be completed within a 12-month period.

While we recognize the professional obligations of the participants, students will not graduate who have missed more than two didactic sessions. Attendance is taken at the beginning of every class, and participants are expected to be on time and utilize breaks to make phone calls, answer pages, etc. Students who fail to meet the above criteria will be allowed to audit the program but will not sit for the final exam, receive a refund or obtain a certificate of completion.

Students will be given a validated 100 question online exam between first year and second year. Second year students must fully participate and complete a capstone project to successfully graduate from the Academy, students must achieve a score of at least 70% on the first year exam. There is an opportunity to sit for the MTSP-C Exam

Resource Materials
Study and other resource materials, developed by the Faculty and others will be sent to registrants on for download prior to the start of the academy.

Class Registration
Strong early registration is expected for this program, so don’t hesitate once registration becomes available. Installment payment options available

The Mission
The mission of the AAMS Safety Management Training Academy is to provide a comprehensive foundation in the science and application of the discipline of safety systems for current and future leaders in the air medical and critical care transport industry. The ultimate goal of the program is to build a cadre of industry personnel with a broader knowledge and interest in all aspects of the management of safety across the entire enterprise of medical transportation – with special emphasis on safety management systems, patient safety, aviation/vehicle operational safety, and workplace safety.

Who Should Attend
The multi-disciplinary curriculum for the Academy has been developed for students with a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including:

  • Safety Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Area Managers
  • Program Directors
  • Base Managers
  • Pilots
  • Directors of Operations
  • Directors of Maintenance
  • Communicators
  • EMS Coordinators
  • Area Clinical Supervisors
  • Safety Committee Chairs
  • Hospital Supervisors
  • Influencers & Decision-makers
  • Current & Future safety leaders

At the completion of this course, the successful student will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals by which and through which safety is integrated in a given organization. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to take the MTSP-C  certification exam.

Ninth Brain LogoNinth Brain has a partnership with Association of Air Medical Services as the official Education Partner for our education programs. Ninth Brain’s learning management and communication software is utilized for the AAMS Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI) and AAMS Safety Management Training Academy (SMTA).

About Ninth Brain:
Ninth Brain offers a customizable software solution to assist your organization in complying with the high standards of industry accreditation and mandates.  With one login, you can easily manage all your company’s needs with our robust tools.  We offer Credential Tracking, Education, Workforce Scheduling, QI Incident Tracking, Risk Assessments, Flight Debriefs, Utilization & Chart Reviews, GAMUT metrics, Vehicle and Staff Customizable Forms & Checklists, Communication Tools, and more!  For more information, visit us at www.ninthbrain.com.