Promoting Innovation in EMS


1.Promote higher educational standards for EMS Professionals a. Local EMS agencies / authorities should:

2.Support and cultivate EMS educators a. Local EMS agencies / educational institutions should: i. Strive to support EMS instructor development through rigorous hiring, quality improvement, supporting credentialing, formal education, experience, and mentorship. ii.Enhance salaries for exceptional educators. b. State EMS authorities should: i. Enhance standards for EMS educators. ii.Encourage EMS-interdisciplinary undergraduate- graduate training. c. National EMS associations should: i. Sponsor educational internships and fellowships. ii.Promote the role of EMS educators in national decision-making roles. 3. Enhance educational methods a. Local EMS agencies / educational institutions should: i. Utilize evidence-based practices to teach evidence-based medicine. ii.Include opportunities for integrated, team-based experiences with other health care, public health, and public safety disciplines. iii. Incorporate problem-based and simulation- based learning. iv. Provide exposure to research, population health, behavioral health, and health informatics. b. State EMS authorities / associations should: i. Hire EMS-trained professionals in leadership roles. ii.Promote EMS-affiliated graduate training opportunities. iii. Refine metrics of local training centers and perform benchmarking. iv. Incentivize innovative training methods.

i. Support, incentivize, and encourage a gradual transition over a decade toward a new standard of

degree-based education for paramedics. ii. Survey local EMS training centers for recommendations and involve them in transition planning.

iii. Explore funding opportunities to encourage EMS providers, specifically paramedics, to obtain academic degrees. iv. Expand education of providers, educators, and managers to harness potential of EMS data and informatics. v. Include emergency preparedness and population health education into all levels of EMS training. b. State EMS authorities / associations should: i. Review current requirements for EMS students and educators. ii.Conduct EMS workforce needs assessments. iii. Analyze impact of existing 4-year training programs. iv. Survey college and university interest in expanded training. v. Survey current educational standards of training centers. c. National EMS associations should: i. Develop guidance for local EMS stakeholders seeking to transition to degree-based education. ii.Enlist assistance of HRSA Bureau of Health Professions to: iii. Analyze current educational standards. iv. Define optimal EMS workforce. v. Analyze implications of enhanced educational requirements. vi. Seek recognition for paramedics within the National Health Service Corps.




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