Nationally Recognized Mercy College EMS Instructor Selected to Lead Brazil’s Inaugural Advanced Medical Life Support Program Course

(Des Moines) - Lee Richardson, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Associate Instructor and Clinical/Field Coordinator for Mercy College, has been selected by the National Association of EMT’s to teach the inaugural Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) Program in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August 2013. 

Richardson is currently the AMLS Region 4 Coordinator for the National Association.  In that role, he oversees the quality of AMLS courses and sites for 10 states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Texas and Washington. He was personally a member of the first AMLS course taught in the United States in 1997, and has remained actively involved in the program for the last 16 years as an instructor, course coordinator, affiliate faculty and, his current role, as a regional leader.

The upcoming course will be taught at the University of São Paulo, School of Medicine and will be the second time Richardson has taught AMLS internationally; the first was in Quebec, Canada.  Richardson will lead the team traveling to Brazil that includes two emergency medical doctors from Florida.  Together they will teach both the initial provider class in the country and help to select participants for the first Instructor Course, leading to future courses taught by local Brazilian EMS personnel.

According to the National Association of EMTs, the AMLS course is the first EMS education program that fully addresses how to best assess and manage the most common medical crises in patients, offering a "think outside the box" methodology. It is for all levels of practitioners with a strong commitment to patient care, including emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists and physicians.

In addition to his professional expertise in AMLS, Richardson is one of about 40 people in the United States authorized to teach Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support, which is part of the national Tactical Medic Program run through the U.S. Park Police.

At the Fall 2012 Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association (IEMSA) Conference, Richardson received the 2012 Fulltime EMS Instructor of the Year award, while his co-worker, Michael Kaduce was the recipient of the Part-time EMS Instructor of the Year.

The Mercy College EMS Program continues to exceed both the state (68%) and national (74%) on first-time passage rates on the certification examinations for students in its core paramedic program; its current rate is 88% in 2012.  The program is nationally accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions and the Iowa Bureau of EMS.

Mercy College is the only Catholic college in Central Iowa and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). To learn more about all of our health science academic programs, visit the College website at

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Lee Richardson, CMO, NREMT-P, PS, CCEMT-P
Associate Instructor, Emergency Medical Services



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