Emergency Medicine in Yosemite: Parting Words

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Supporters, The Emergency Medicine Symposium held each January in Yosemite Valley has had a 46-year run, starting in the very early days of the new specialty, Emergency Medicine. In addition to the best and brightest stars in emergency medicine, we enjoyed unusual felicity, resulting from afternoon group hikes and evening programs featuring displays by professional photographers and artists and speakers on various aspects of human endeavor. Many long-lasting friendships have resulted. Aramark, the latest Yosemite concessionaire (running the hotels, restaurants, meeting rooms), has not presented us with a contract for each of the last two years, without which we cannot have our symposium. Given the impact of COVID, given the changes in CME, and given the ever-increasing costs for putting on the conference, it has become apparent that the time has come to bid a fond farewell to an event that has meant so much to all our attendees, faculty and loyal supporters. There are too many people to name, but a particular thanks to Deanna Janey, our Course Coordinator these past 16 years, Billy Mallon, our anchor faculty member, and Dave Schriger who provided so many provocative presentations and who helped recruit speakers of incredible excellence. We are indebted to the assistance and co-sponsorship of the California Chapter of ACEP which managed the course for the first 30 years and the Yosemite Medical Education Foundation (YMEF) which has sponsored it for the past 16 years. We are indebted to many donors to the YMEF whose generosity helped fund the extra-curricular activities.

Best Wishes and a Fond Farewell,
Ron Crowell

Course Founder On behalf of the Board of Directors
Judi Crowell
Bill Koenig
Adria Ottoboni
David Malmud
Jim Manning
Myles Riner
Jan Shoenberger
Dave Schriger

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Adria Ottoboni, MD

Jan Shoenberger, MD

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Plan to join a family program which includes a top flight emergency medicine symposium, outdoor activities including Ranger guided hikes, ice skating, cross-country and downhill skiing and sightseeing in Yosemite Valley, evening programs with photography and art exhibits and speakers on all manner of subjects. Lasting friendships will be made. Many attendees have been coming for decades. This is an experience like no other.



  • Mel Herbert, MD: "The Road Ahead: All Electric"
    • You can catch all of the episodes of Talking Tesla on TalkingTesla.net or subscribe and listen through the Talking Tesla iTunes podcast channel. Dr. Herbert is an internationally recognized and award winning educator in Emergency Medicine. An Australian by birth, he went to medical school at Monash University in Melbourne and did his postgraduate residency training in Emergency Medicine at UCLA in the United States. He currently serves as an attending physician and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC at the LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.
  • Alan Eagle: "The Story About a Great Coach of Silicon Valley Legend, by the co author of The Trillion Dollar Coach"
    • Google executives Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle have written a new book called "Trillion Dollar Coach". Alan Eagle runs a couple of sales programs at Google, former speechwriter and communications lead, co-author of How Google Works, Trillion Dollar Coach.
  • Joseph Heithaus: "A Walk in Yosemite Valley with a Poet" & "Emergency: Poetry-Wonder-Medicine"
    • Professor Heithaus earned a PhD and an MFA from Indiana University and his poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals including The New York Times, Poetry, The Atlanta Review, The North American Review, The Southern Review, and Prairie Schooner.
  • Billy Mallon, MD: "Bird Watching in Yosemite-My Top 5 List of Birds You’ll See Here"
    • Let Billy Mallon, MD refresh your soul with the delightful stories of the birds in Yosemite.
  • Heather Sullivan: "Yoga"
    • Founder, Program Director, Guide and Yoga Instructor of Balanced Rock. She studied a variety of bodywork modalities including Shiatsu massage, Thai massage, Lomi Lomi massage and Ayurveda massage. She currently works in the greater Yosemite area and does in-home treatments as well as appointments in a local studio.
  • Paul & Karen Amstutz: Ranger Guided Group Hikes to Mirror Lake, Vernal Falls & Yosemite Falls Trail
    • Before parenthood, the couple were on the road almost constantly, both for fun and work. When Paul is off duty from the Yosemite Institute, he leads trips to Tibet, Pakistan, Nepal, China and Mali for Wilderness Travel in Berkeley. Karen, a naturalist, is a former associate professor who taught field courses for UC Santa Cruz's Sierra Institute.




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