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2023 GEMSA providers & Educators Conference

October 15-18, 2023

Conference Location:
Jekyll Island Convention Center
75 Beachview Dr N, Jekyll Island, GA 31527

Preconference Options: Oct. 15 & 16
Conference Days: Oct. 16 at noon to Oct. 18 at noon (Monday-Wednesday)

The Georgia EMS Association encourages you to come to join us at the beach for the 37th Annual GEMSA Providers & Educators Conference. We believe you are going to find the educational experience at this conference to be both enjoyable and rewarding.  In addition, we hope you take advantage of some of the great features Jekyll Island has to offer. 

NEW Features for 2023

For 2023, the Georgia EMS Association has made a few changes to our conference. Below are the highlights:


THIS CONFERENCE WILL NOT BE OFFERED VIRTUALLY THIS FALL. THE ONLY OPTION TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE IS IN-PERSON. We encourage everyone to join us on Jekyll Island for some time away to relax and recharge, while you attend educational sessions for continuing education hours, learn about the latest and greatest products and services in EMS, and network with new and old friends. Our pre-cons offer hands-on and interactive sessions while the regular conference days offer general sessions, and tracks for instructors, providers, and nurses.

The regular conference days are Monday-Wednesday, so feel free to come down the weekend before or stay a few days after to enjoy all the island has to offer. Most hotel block rates are valid before and after our conference dates.


This year, GEMSA is partnering with Georgia ENA to provide continuing education for nurses throughout the conference. Nursing hours will be available throughout the regular conference days, and new this year, ENA is offering a special nursing track on Tuesday, October 17 for nurses and EMS professionals to attend. There will be limited space in these sessions. Nurses can register for the entire conference or a single day on Tuesday to attend the nursing track. We look forward to joining forces and providing quality education for healthcare professionals, and we hope you will join us in welcoming the nurses to our conference. The nursing track sessions are still in development and will be updated in this brochure as information is available.

Pre-order shirts available.

Shirts will no longer be provided with a conference registration moving forward. Instead, GEMSA will be providing challenge coins with your registration. These will be collector’s items with a design that changes every year. This will get you started on a collection or add to your current collection! If you would still like a GEMSA shirt with our logo on it, you can pre-order one with your registration for $20 each, and we will have it available for pick-up at the conference. These are navy long-sleeved t-shirts available in small-5X.


We have now implemented discounted member pricing on pre-conference sessions, single days, and the regular conference. A membership is only $25 per year and will save you $50-100 off registration for just one event! Attend other events and save even more! Plus, you get the first option to sign up for FREE grant-funded training across the state hosted by GEMSA.

Join online at It only takes a few minutes. Then you can go register for the conference and take advantage of membership benefits and pricing right away.

This is just one of many benefits you will enjoy as part of the Georgia EMS Association. See additional benefits at


Once again this year, GEMSA will be having a silent auction during the conference. We will preview items online before the event, but you must be present at the conference to bid. Past items have included: hotel stays, Jekyll Island gifts, Georgia Bulldogs decorations and clocks, gift baskets, yeti coolers, and much more. You can get involved by bidding or donating! If you would like to donate an item, please contact Mary Napier at -


Download the brochure here.

The brochure will have an agenda, information on pre-conference workshops, session descriptions, speaker bios, hotel options, and more! 



Please note: members must login in the upper right to view the member prices.   (If you don't have a password, go to the login screen and click on "forgot my password". This will e-mail you instructions on how to create one.) If you have trouble, contact the GEMSA office.

Golf Option:

Join us at Jekyll Island Golf Club for a fun round of golf on Saturday, October 14, 2023 before the 2023 GEMSA Providers & Educators Pre-Conference sessions kick off on Sunday.   We will play a 4-person scramble with tee times starting at 9 am.  Learn more and register for golf here.

Conference Deadlines

Early Registration - Sept. 22, 2023 (Extended to Sept. 25)

Price increases by $50 on September 26

Payment Deadline - Oct. 6, 2023

Please note that payments must be received in the GEMSA office by Oct. 6 to confirm your attendance at the conference. You can pay online or mail a payment.

If you don’t pay online, please mail a copy of your registration information with payment to be received by GEMSA by Oct. 6 to:

386 River Point Drive
McDonough, GA 30252

Online Registration Deadline - Oct. 6, 2023

After Oct. 6 you must register on-site.

Conference Rates 

2023 GEMSA Providers & Educators Conference -
MON., Oct. 16-WED., oct. 18

$250 - GEMSA Member
$250 - GA ENA Member (code required)
$300 - Non Members
     (nonmember rates includes 1 year of GEMSA membership in the
       Providers or Educators Division)

$175 - Student (must submit Instructor Confirmation)

Conference fees include: refreshments each day, light breakfast items on Tuesday and Wednesday, and lunch on Tuesday.

Pre-conference Workshops - oct. 15-16

Times and prices vary.  See brochure or online registration form for details.  

Day Rates - Members/Nonmembers

$80/$105 - Monday, Oct. 16
$160/$185 - Tuesday, Oct. 17
$80/$105 - Wednesday, Oct. 18

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in either writing or online by Sept. 22, 2023 will receive a refund less a $50 administrative fee.

Hotel - Make reservations

There are no hotels connected to the Convention Center, however, there are lots of lodging options available on Jekyll Island.  We have negotiated room blocks with several hotels to fit a variety of budgets and types of rooms needed. 

The mission of the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Association is to advocate for the emergency medical provider, develop educational programs, liaison activities, provider benefit programs, and improvements to the Emergency Medical Service System in Georgia.

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