The National Registry of EMTs (National Registry) and its Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Heather Davis, EdD, NRP as the organization’s Board Chair. Dr. Davis is currently the Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care, David Geffen School of Medicine and has served on the National Registry’s board in various capacities for the past 12 years.
“Dr. Davis brings a unique perspective and depth of knowledge to the National Registry to help lead and transform our organization during our 50th anniversary year,” said Bill Seifarth, executive director. “We will look to her for strategic leadership as we continue to strengthen the National Registry through upgrades to our IT infrastructure, examinations and continued competency.”
“I look forward to helping this organization work with key industry stakeholders to protect the public when they are most vulnerable in an emergency by creating and delivering evaluations that ensure entry level competency. It is important that whoever shows up to provide emergency medical care knows and can do what they say they can do,” said Dr. Davis. “It is also important that disparities in care are minimized by ensuring a fair testing process and ensuring continued research about our workforce so that we recruit and retain a diverse pool of fantastic providers.”
In addition to her role as the Associate Director for the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care, David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Davis has served as the Paramedic Program Director for UCLA and was the Education Program Director for LA County Fire. On February 1, 2020, she will transition to a new role as the Director of Student Assessment in the David Geffen School of Medicine. She holds a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Southern California where she also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Rossier School of Education. Dr. Davis also is a published author and national speaker.
Dr. Davis’ term as the Board Chair is from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021. Dr. Robert Swor, the previous Board Chair, transitioned to the role Immediate Past Chair.
“I want to thank Dr. Swor for his guidance and management during a period of significant transition for the National Registry,” said Seifarth. “During his tenure as chair, Swor oversaw the selection of a new executive director, changes in recertification, the launch of mobile applications and continued transformation to the examination process.”
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