University Emergency Medicine Student Association

“Preparing Tomorrow’s Heroes”


A chance encounter between two undergraduate students in August 2004 would ultimately lead them to form an organization with the ambitious goal of making the USF Tampa campus a safer place. After advertising the new organization, there was a resounding positive response. Relationships were formed with USF Administration, Student Health Services, College of Public Health and a local ambulance company, American Medical Response, to develop a First Responder training program under the license of the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI). In the past 13 years, UEMSA has trained and certified over 550 First Responders - or the new classification - Emergency Medical Responders (EMR). With medicine advancing everyday, we provide the most up-to-date information to our students. Our programs are taught using the current standards of treating medical and traumatic emergencies, including the American Heart Heart Association's 2015 guidelines for BLS CPR and AED use.

In 2013, UEMSA leadership met with Student Health Services to discuss a partnership in the management of all Automated External Defibrillators (AED) on the USF Tampa campus. The Campus AED Management Program (CAMP) was developed with the goal of locating and maintaining all AEDs as well as training designated USF personal in CPR and the use of the AEDs.

In early 2015, UEMSA and Student Health Services collaborated to develop a clinical volunteer program for our EMR graduates. The program allows persons with an EMR certification or higher to volunteer on campus in the Student Health Clinic. Volunteers gain direct patient care and clinical hours that they can use towards their degree program requirements.

UEMSA is a public charity organization. All donations are tax deductible. IRS Information.

Mission and Goals

UEMSA is designed for students who aspire for a career in healthcare, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), medicine, or just looking for a unique leadership opportunity.

Our goals are to provide the education necessary for seeking those careers through educational lectures, EMR and CPR certification, and practical experience in emergency medicine. We also hope to foster new interest in the field of emergency medicine.

Our mission is to raise the bar of safety on the USF Tampa campus and in the community with educational opportunities and when appropriate, a campus–based, student run, volunteer rescue EMS system.

Leadership | Spring 2019

Organization Chairs

Chief (President)

Deputy Chief (Vice President)

Directors of Operations


Directors of Social Engagement


Chief Financial Officer

USF Faculty Advisor

Austin Jared, EMT (

Sebastian Smith, EMT

Delanie Dantuma, EMT & Richard Statzer, Paramedic

Barbara Bicelis, EMR & Christel Gharby, EMR

Victoria Pappademetriou, EMR

Stephen Poff, MD


SHS Volunteer Program 

Education & Training

Executive Director

 Assistant Director & Scheduling Officer

Training Director

Justin Weiner, EMR

Alexis Allison, RMA

Delanie Dantuma, EMT


UEMSA Directors

Alex Lee, EMT

Edward Mikulich, EMR

Education Directors


EMR Course Director

CPR Course Coordinator

Field Training Officers

Medical Director

Kaitlyn Armstrong, Paramedic

John Beauchemin, Paramedic

Austin Jared, EMT

Anxhelo Mara, Paramedic

Tiffany Ma, EMT

Sebastian Smith, EMT

Richard Statzer, Paramedic

Stephen Poff, MD


Past Chiefs

Eric Arbeli

Morgan Gmytruk

Tyler Conti

Matheus Tesser

Wesley Giuliano

Victor Maduro

Dan Dennis

Daren Spinelle

Nick Studer

Ari Rubinstein (Founder)

Aitan Zacharin (Founder)

Spring 2017 - Spring 2018

Fall 2016

Fall 2015 - Summer 2016

Spring 2015 - Summer 2015

Spring 2013 - Fall 2014

Spring 2011 - Fall 2012

Fall 2009 - Fall 2010

Summer 2009 - Fall 2009

Spring 2007 - Spring 2009

Fall 2004 - Fall 2007

Fall 2004 - Fall 2006