Rachael Rosen

Rachael Rosen joined the Fisdap customer experience team in February 2009. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Rachael moved to Minnesota (brr!) from Washington, DC, where she graduated from The George Washington University. Look for Rachael’s house makeover in four episodes of Rehab Addict on the HGTV channel.

Posts by Rachael Rosen

Fisdap is hiring an Office ManagerBy Rachael Rosen

January 7, 2015

Sorry, this position is closed.

About Us:

At Fisdap, we love our customers. The people in EMS education have dedicated their lives to helping people, and we've dedicated our business to helping them.

Holiday Housekeeping WebinarBy Rachael Rosen

December 18, 2014
Where did 2014 go?? It's the end of another year, and time to get ready for a new one. This webinar will be your helpful reminder of the various things you can do in Fisdap to complete your current class and prepare for a new one to begin.
In this webinar, we cover topics such as, graduating your students, auditing shifts, reviewing the students' portfolios and terminal competencies, as well as creating new student groups to automatically move incoming students into when they first register with Fisdap.

As we look forward to planning new webinars in the new year, what do you want to hear about? What would help you become a master Fisdap user? Let us know at support [at] fisdap [dot] net

Fisdap Testing + Accreditation - What Paramedic Programs Need to KnowBy Rachael Rosen

November 26, 2014

Take this short quiz. If you can’t answer all these questions correctly, we can help! Watch the webinar or read the cliff’s notes below.

Who should review your terminal competency exam(s)?
A. Students
B. Adjunct faculty
C. School dean
D. Medical director

Your medical director only needs to review the exam before a site visit.
A. True
B. False

Which statistical analysis does the program director need to understand?
A. Point biserial
B. Discrimination coefficient
C. Logit score
D. Cronbach’s Alpha

Sign up for the December CAAHEP/CoAEMSP Accreditation Update and Evaluating Student Competency WorkshopsBy Rachael Rosen

November 3, 2014

CoAEMSP NAEMSE logoNAEMSE and CoAEMSP have teamed up to bring this engaging and educational workshop series to four cities this year. The December workshop in Atlanta is your last chance in 2014 to learn about the CAAHEP accreditation process and best practices for student evaluation. Don't miss your chance!

The next workshop is December 4-6 in Atlanta, GA. 

Hilton Atlanta Downtown
255 Courtland St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

  • Accreditation Update: Thursday, Dec. 4, 8am-5pm
  • Evaluating Student Competency: Friday, Dec. 5, 8am-5pm & Saturday, Dec. 6, 8am-3pm

Studying for Your EMT or Paramedic NREMT Exam? 3 Tips for Mastering Computer Adaptive TestingBy Rachael Rosen

October 28, 2014

In case you didn’t already know, the NREMT is a computer adaptive test. Computer adaptive testing (CAT) is becoming an increasingly common practice in the world of exams. For instance, the NCLEX (the exam nurses take for their national licensure) also uses CAT1.

But let’s back up and start with what does computer adaptive testing mean? How is it different from a regular computer-based test?

First, let’s define computer-based test. Essentially, this is any test that’s administered electronically through a computer--an alternative to what was historically more common, the paper and pencil test. For instance, Fisdap exams are computer-based tests. There’s a set list of questions (in our case, multiple choice) and the testing software allows the test administrator to randomize questions and instantly grade the test.

Researching Paramedic Student Personalities: This Time, Let's Talk About NeuroticismBy Rachael Rosen

October 16, 2014

Warning Signs: Increased Neuroticism is Associated with Poor Professional Behavior during Paramedic Student Contacts

Mike BowenFisdap’s Director of Testing Mike Bowen worked alongside David Page, a paramedic educator at Inver Hills Community College, author and national speaker, and Luke Stanke, a psychometrician, on an award-winning research project that looked at the affective domain through the lens of personality traits.

In the research project, “Warning Signs: Increased Neuroticism is Associated with Poor Professional Behavior during Paramedic Student Contacts” Bowen examined the relationships between students’ neuroticism scores on the Fisdap Entrance Exam and their preceptors’ ratings of their professional behavior, as outlined in the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) Psychomotor Competency Portfolio Project (PCPP) and recorded in Fisdap. The results showed a positive correlation between paramedic students' level of neuroticism and their preceptors' rating of their professional behavior. In other words, students with a high degree of neuroticism were likely to show signs of unprofessional behavior. 

This research begs some further questions. How does neuroticism, as a personality trait, impact the paramedic’s interactions with patients, preceptors, or partners? And if a paramedic students tests for signs of neuroticism, will they be a good paramedic? How can educators work with these students to assess their fit for paramedicine and help them coach them through paramedic school and their internship?

I met with Mike Bowen to ask him some questions about the research his team did and learn more about the takeaways from this research, which he reminded me is in its infancy.

Attend the 2015 Research SummitBy Rachael Rosen

October 8, 2014

2014 Fisdap Research Summit

You're invited to attend the 2015 Fisdap Research Summit on February 6-7 in Minneapolis, MN.

Attending the Research Summit gives you an excellent opportunity to work with research experts, statisticians and programmers on a research project that can drive evidence-based changes in EMS education. Many of the research projects that begin at the Research Summit go on to win awards and be published in national research journals.

If you'd like to attend, please fill out our online application by Friday, October 31.

Missed the Fisdap User Meeting at the NAEMSE Symposium and our webinar last week? Watch the video!By Rachael Rosen

October 2, 2014

Each year, at the NAEMSE Symposium, Fisdap hosts a User Meeting where we invite you to join us for a discussion about what we've been working on in the past year and where you'd like to see us go in the year ahead. This meeting is important to us because we want to hear from you about what's working well and where we can make improvements. In fact, this meeting ends up being a great source for lots of the ideas and feedback that drive what we do.

In this webinar we'll cover the 10 major highlights of the projects and features we released in the last year:

Bulk Approve and Deny Shift RequestsBy Rachael Rosen

August 7, 2014

If you allow your students to submit shift change requests (drop, cover, or swap) we understand that the list of pending shift requests can start to pile up. Our change should help!

Lab Skills Refresher By Rachael Rosen

July 24, 2014

Our July 23 webinar focused on how to implement Lab Skills in your program's Fisdap account.

Lab Skills (or Lab Practice) is a section of the Skills Tracker that enables you to set goals and track students’ progress toward skill acquisition when they’re in the formative stages of the program.

Lab skills are tracked differently from lab and clinical skills. Lab skills are tracked in a separate interface and do not necessarily include the full patient assessment or narrative that students document for their field and clinical internships.

Lab Skills are also completely customizable. In this webinar, we show you how to set up and configure the following:

  1. Lab practice report vs. Grad Requirements

  2. Quick Eval vs. Skill Sheet

  3. Semester 1 vs. Semester 2