Project Description: This is an ongoing contract funded by the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation, Office of EMS for Greg Mears, MD to serve as the State Medical Director of the North Carolina Office of EMS. The current contract year began on October 1, 2009 and will end September 30, 2010. In the role of Medical Director, Dr. Mears serves as a liaison within the medical community and provides assistance to the regional and local medical directors with the development and implementation of the medical aspects of their respective EMS system (particularly in the areas of rule compliance, protocols and medical oversight). Additionally, Dr. Mears consults with OEMS staff on the medical aspects of various agency programs and represents the agency at local, regional, state, and national conferences and seminars.