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EMS Professionals from the Medical College of Wisconsin Earns Awards and Grants at NAEMSP® 2020

Milwaukee, March 2, 2020 – The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) honored EMS professionals with grants, professional awards and research awards at the NAEMSP 2020 Annual Meeting, January 6-11, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Calif.

Scott A. Kunkel, DO, NRP, Thomas Grawey, DO, Maureen Luetje, DO, Robert Treat, PhD, and Jason Liu, MD, MPH, from the Medical College of Wisconsin, won the award “Best Disaster Research Presentation Sponsored by the National Disaster Life Support Foundation,” for their study, A Comparison of the Application of the SALT and START Triage Systems with Respect to Accuracy, Time to Completion, and Time to Application of Life-Saving Measures.

Thomas Grawey, DO, an assistant professor at MCW, explains the significance of this study, “There are around a dozen different ways, that triage can be performed, and no specific way has been determined to be the best. Two of the most common triage systems include START and SALT. The goal of our study was to test these systems against each other to identify whether one system was better than the other in regard to accuracy, time to completion and time to application.”

NAEMSP 2020 awards and grants
Dr. Jason Liu, Dr. Scott A. Kunkel, and Dr. Thomas Grawey displaying their award

“We are lucky to have such dedicated members,” says NAEMSP President David K. Tan, MD, EMT-T, FAAEM, FAEMS. “Many EMS professionals work hard to improve patient care not only through research and advocacy, but also by volunteering to help other professionals in organizations such as NAEMSP. We’re proud of all of our members and the important work they do.”

The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) is an organization of physicians and other professionals partnering to provide leadership and foster excellence in the subspecialty of EMS medicine. For more information please visit:

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