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 15 years, UEMSA has trained and certified over 600 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 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 2020

Organization Chairs


Vice President

Director of Operations

Directors of Social Engagement & Recruitment

Social Media Officer

Chief Financial Officer

USF Faculty Advisor

Sebastian Smith, EMT (

Judah Kreinbrook, Paramedic

Victoria Lopez, EMT

Barbara Bicelis, EMR & Christel Gharby, EMR


Sebastian Claro, EMR


Amneh Husein, 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 Director

EMR Course Director

CPR Course Director

Field Training Officers

Medical Director

John Beauchemin, Paramedic

Austin Jared, EMT

Anxhelo Mara, Paramedic

Judah Kreinbrook, Paramedic

Sebastian Smith, EMT

Stephen Poff, MD