Integrated Residency in Emergency Medicine

Edward Fieg, D.O., Director

EMS Cadaver Anatomy Procedure (C.A.P.) Lab

EM logoThe Department of Emergency Medicine has offered the Cadaver Anatomy Procedure (C.A.P.) Lab at Wright State University since 2006. These one-day seminars are designed for emergency medical services personnel who want to learn more about human anatomy and basic and advanced procedures used in EMS. Participants receive hands-on experience, have the chance to handle specimens and gain a detailed working knowledge of the human body. This is achieved through intense training led by emergency medicine faculty and residents.

C.A.P. Labs are usually offered in December, in White Hall on the Wright State University campus. The cost last year was $65 per person, which included lunch and a free T-shirt.

Course Description

CAP Lab classroomThe Greater Dayton area is widely known for having a high emergency patient caseload in its 21 regional hospitals. Advancing the skills of area EMTs and paramedics will yield concrete benefits for the community. This seminar provides an extraordinary educational opportunity for anyone involved in emergency medical services who wishes to receive physician instruction on anatomy, physiology, and basic and advanced procedures.

Attendees obtain experience with new and innovative products. They receive information on some of the latest technologies in EMS care and have a chance to evaluate the new equipment first-hand in the lab. Advanced simulation models provide life-like experiences and allow participants the opportunity to utilize their EMS skills while getting real-time feedback and instruction. Participants gain an understanding of human anatomy as it relates to the EMS provider in addition to being more informed on the future of EMS care.

CAP Lab - man on stretcherDuring the day-long program, participants rotate through multiple teaching stations with small group, hands-on instruction. They also have the opportunity to perform or observe many different procedures including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Oral and Nasal Intubation
  • Airtraq, Gum Bougie, King LT-D, Cobra, SALT Airway
  • Various Cricothyroidotomy Procedures
  • Needle Decompression and Thoracostomy
  • Fracture reduction and traction splint placement
  • Various IO Devices
  • High fidelity interactive simulation cases
  • And many more...

CAP Lab - Intubation

Due to overwhelming positive feedback, Wright State's Center for Immersive Medical Education and Research will once again offer high fidelity, state-of-the-art simulation cases to test participants' knowledge, skills, communication and teamwork.

Continuing Education credits will be provided to all participants who complete the course.

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Contact the course directors at:

2014 Course Directors:
  • Jason R. Pickett, M.D., EMT-P/T, Medical Director
  • Sara Birdsong, M.D., Emergency Medicine Resident, Course Director
  • Jeremy Moore, M.D., Emergency Medicine Resident, Course Director
  • Brian Tucker, D.O., Emergency Medicine Resident, Course Director


CAP Lab“Hey, Ron Wolf was one of my students who attended C.A.P. Lab. He had a dry wall contractor who fell off his drywall stilts and broke his right femur.  Ron said if he hadn’t gone to C.A.P. and saw how much effort it takes to traction a femur, he would have done it all wrong.  He wanted me to thank you and the rest there at the C.A.P.”
—Jeffrey Asher, Chief Paramedic Instructor, Chippewa Valley Technical College

“I just wanted to say thanks for accommodating our paramedic students at the C.A.P. lab yesterday and Wednesday. I attended with my class yesterday; and, I was very impressed with everything. The instructors were great. The entire event was very well organized. I was particularly impressed with the efficiency of the entire day. There was no time wasted at all. I discussed it with my students in class today, and their feedback was completely positive. They all enjoyed the day. Please pass along our thanks to everyone involved. We look forward to participating again next year.”
—Joshua Borkosky, B.S., NRP, EMSI, Assistant Clinical Coordinator for EMS Programs; Lead Classroom Instructor, Evendale Campus Paramedic Program, Health and Public Safety Division

Cadaver Anatomy Procedure Lab

View a slide show of the 2013 C.A.P. Lab: