Dr. Elliot Carhart is an Associate Professor in the Emergency Services program and the Director of the Center for Healthcare Simulation Research. He is a multi-disciplined health care provider whose experience in EMS spans 15 years in a variety of roles and delivery models. Prior to joining the faculty of Jefferson College in January 2012, he was a firefighter/paramedic with the Pinellas Park (FL) Fire Dept. and an adjunct faculty member at St. Petersburg College. He also has experience as a respiratory therapist and holds critical care credentials in both fields. He is a former SWAT medic and served as a medic with the National Disaster Medical Service as a member of Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) FL-3.
He completed his undergraduate education at St. Petersburg College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in public safety administration and dual associate degrees in EMS and respiratory care. He went on to earn his MA from Ball State University and his MHSc and EdD from Nova Southeastern University. His doctoral studies focused on health care education and his dissertation investigated the impact of human factors training on prehospital medical errors in a simulated prehospital environment. His research interests include matters of prehospital respiratory care and pedagogical aspects of health care simulation.
Dr. Carhart has received numerous awards and commendations over the course of his career, including the “Best Research” award from the UCLA Prehospital Care Research Forum (2012 & 2013) and “Best Oral Research Presentation” award (2013, 2014, & 2015). He was the 2008 Pinellas Park Fire Department “Employee of the Year” and was similarly recognized in 2007 as “Paramedic of the Year.” His work has been published in Prehospital Emergency Care, Respiratory Care, EMS World, and the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). Dr. Carhart serves on the review board for the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, he is a member of the editorial advisory board for EMS World Magazine, he serves as an Associate of the UCLA Prehospital Care Research Forum, and he is the vice-chair of the National Association of EMS Educator's Research Committee.