VBEMS is pleased to announce that Dr. Stephanie Louka has completed her field facilitation program and has now been released to general supervision in our EMS Duty Physician (EDP) program. The EDP program provides an opportunity for direct physician involvement in the full range of minute-to-minute pre-hospital operations. EDPs are licensed physicians who possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to also function as EMS providers. They bring the full depth of a medical school education, a residency, and a comprehensive set of professional experience to the scene. As a Duty Physician, Dr. Louka will be assigned to an ALS Intercept Vehicle and will get dispatched to the most serious or complex call categories. When the unit is staffed, our pre-hospital personnel may request his response to other calls, and Dr. Louka may exercise the initiative to respond to any EMS call. She may render direct patient care (sometimes riding to the hospital with the patient) and/or provide on-scene and in-transport medical control or clinical guidance. Between calls, the Duty Physician may provide radio consultations for remote EMS personnel. She may participate in registered Quality Management Projects, such as trials of advanced, or novel, field treatment modalities. The call-sign of the EMS Duty Physician is “MD-2”, and the unit will be listed as “MD02” in the CAD.
Stephanie Louka began her medical career as an EMT with the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad in 2004. Inspired by her work in EMS, she changed careers from Marketing to Medicine and graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2014. She completed residency training in Emergency Medicine (EM) and a subspecialty EMS Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, VA. She continues to serve as an EM attending physician and Clinical Instructor in the VCU School of Medicine. She also works part-time with Richmond Emergency Physicians, Inc (REPI) at both St. Mary’s Hospital and the Short Pump Emergency Center in Henrico. Her prehospital interests include provider education and prehospital point of care ultrasound among others. She lectures annually at EMS World Expo and Virginia EMS Symposium. In her free time, she enjoys travel with her husband, Amir, and daughter Evie. She’s looking forward to rejoining the organization that first introduced her to her passion, Emergency Medicine.
Welcome back to Virginia Beach EMS and the Virginia Beach Emergency Response System, Dr. Louka!
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