NAEMSE 2013 Recap - Research PresentationsBy Rachael Rosen

August 28, 2013

We recently returned from the 2013 NAEMSE Symposium where one of the perennial highlights for me is listening to the research presentations during the Prehospital Care Research Forum (PCRF) General Session.

The PCRF showcases the best research abstracts for educational research at NAEMSE each year--clinical research is presented at EMS Today. This year, the topics almost appeared to have a theme: examining bias in EMS. Is there bias against older, non-white, or female students? Is there bias between emergent and non-emergent calls and the ability for cognitive learning? Can students accurately evaluate themselves or is there bias? And, lastly, instead of focusing on students, Dr. Carhart focused on the educators--why aren’t they conducting research? What is the perceived bias that may limit EMS educators from becoming involved in research?

Here’s a list of the research abstracts that were selected for oral presentations. You can read the abstracts by clicking the links under Attachments, below.

Faculty Perceptions of Barriers to Conducting Research in Accredited EMS Education Programs presented by Dr. Elliot Carhart

Lights! Siren! Learning? Paramedic Student Exposure to Prehospital Emergency Patient Contacts Improves Summative Exam Scores presented by David Page

Student Self-Evaluation: Learning to “Know Thyself” presented by James Dinsch

Preceptor Bias? EMS Students Perceptions of Preceptor Interactions Based on Age, Gender, and Ethnicity presented by David Page

Dr. Elliot Carhart won both research awards: Best Research and Best Oral Presentation.

Are you interested in doing research?

Each year, Fisdap hosts our annual Research Summit in January or February. This is a two-day workshop in Minneapolis where Baxter Larmon and David Page teach research novices how to do research and by the end of 2 days, most groups have a working research abstract. We use the Fisdap database to ask a lot of questions about EMS education--each year we dig deeper and use real numbers to inform evidence-based best practice recommendations.

As of August 2013, we have:
Over 900 active institutions
5,000,000 Runs
7,263,000 Clinical assessments
6,050,000 IV attempts
12,509,213 Vitals
138,000 Lab Practice Items (~ 6 months)

We strategically time this event to give participants just enough time to do research before the PCRF educational research abstract submission deadline at the end of March. Additionally, we know that if you’re traveling to Minnesota in winter, you’re serious about research and want to focus on the conference.

The Research Summit is a very popular event and is limited to approximately 40 people. As you can imagine, registration fills very quickly. We wiil open registration for 2014 on October 16th and take participants on a first come, first serve basis. Since so many people who attend the Research Summit wish to return year after year, we have begun to randomly select from the group “returners” so that we can also accommodate people new to research.

If you’re interested in attending the Research Summit, please sign up to our special email list. You’ll receive priority notification and be among the first to get the email when we announce that registration is open.

Research Barriers - Dr. Carhart.pdf78.31 KB
Student Self-Evaluation- Learning to “Know Thyself”.pdf69.23 KB

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