Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431


Scott Alter, M.D., N.R.P.

Assistant Professor of Integrated Medical Science

Tel. (561) 737-7733, Ext. 87410


Scott Alter, MD, NRP is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Medical Science and serves as Associate Research Director for Emergency Medicine in the Department of Integrated Medical Science, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. His responsibilities include overseeing emergency medicine research and emergency medical services education.

Dr. Alter completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he became interested in research and earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies. Dr. Alter earned his medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (then UMDNJ) in Piscataway, New Jersey. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey.

Dr. Alter then relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he completed his fellowship in Emergency Medical Services at Carolinas Medical Center and Mecklenburg EMS Agency. Following training, Dr. Alter joined Emergency Medicine Physicians, working in community practice within Carolinas Healthcare System in the Charlotte region. He also served as System EMS Director for EMP of Mecklenburg County.

Dr. Alter is a Nationally Registered Paramedic. Between his undergraduate and medical degrees, he completed his paramedic training at Union County College in Plainfield, New Jersey. Since high school, he has worked in emergency medical services, first as an EMT, and later as a practicing paramedic – even throughout medical school and residency.

Dr. Alter is dual board certified in emergency medicine and emergency medical services. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the National Association of EMS Physicians.


  • 2004: B.S. Communication studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2010: M.D. Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (formerly UMDNJ), Piscataway, NJ


  • 2016-present: Associate Research Director of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Professor of Integrated Medical Science, Department of Integrated Medical Science, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  • 2014-2016: System EMS Director and Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine Physicians of Mecklenburg, Charlotte, NC
  • 2013-2016: Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC
  • 2013-2014: Fellow, Emergency Medical Services, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
  • 2010-2013: Resident, Emergency Medicine, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ

  • Alter SM, Studnek JR, Swanson DR. Evaluating clinical care in the prehospital setting: Is REMS the missing metric of EMS? [abstract]. Prehospital Emergency Care. 2016;20(1):138.
  • Alter SM, Eskin B, Allegra JR. Diagnosis of aortic dissections in emergency department patients is rare. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2015;16(5):629-631.
  • Appiah O, Knobloch-Westerwick S, Alter SM. Ingroup favoritism and outgroup derogation: Effects of news valence, character race, and recipient race on selective news reading. Journal of Communication. 2013;63(3):517-534.
  • Alter SM, Merlin MA. Nosocomial and community-acquired infection rates of patients treated by pre-hospital advanced life support compared to other admitted patients. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2011;29(1):57-64.
  • Merlin MA, Saybolt M, Kapitanyan R, Alter SM, Jeges J, Liu J, Calabrese S, Rynn KO, Perritt R, Pryor PW II. Intranasal naloxone delivery is an alternative to intravenous naloxone for opioid overdoses. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2010;28(3):296-303.
  • Saybolt MD, Alter SM, Dos Santos FD, Calello DP, Rynn KO, Nelson DA, Merlin MA. Naloxone in cardiac arrest with suspected opioid overdoses. Resuscitation. 2010;81(1):42-46.
  • Merlin MA, Alter SM, Raffel B, Pryor PW II. External blood loss estimation using the MAR Method. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2009;27(9):1085-1090.
  • Knobloch-Westerwick S, Appiah O, Alter S. News selection patterns as a function of race: The discerning minority and the indiscriminating majority. Media Psychology. 2008;11(3):400-417.
  • Knobloch-Westerwick S, Alter S. The gender news use divide: Americans’ sex-typed selective exposure to news topics. Journal of Communication. 2007;57(4):739-758.
  • Knobloch-Westerwick S, Alter S. Mood adjustment to social situations through mass media use: How men ruminate and women dissipate negative moods. Human Communication Research. 2006;32(1):58-73.
  • Knobloch-Westerwick S, Sharma N, Hansen D, Alter S. Impact of popularity indications on readers’ selective exposure to online news. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. 2005;49(3):296-313.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • Member of American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Member of National Association of EMS Physicians

Board Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency Medical Services, American Board of Emergency Medicine

Last Modified 1/11/17