The Fisdap Blog

Fisdap Lab Skills & the PPCP - June WebinarBy Mike Mayne

June 25, 2015

In this webinar, we show off some Lab Skills best practices and discuss the NREMT's Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio (PPCP). Read about the latest changes to the PPCP in Nora's blog post, and watch this webinar to personalize your program and track precisely what you want your students doing in the lab. 

Plus, a sneak preview of the upcoming release of a brand new feature: Attachments.

How to Set a Cut ScoreBy Nora Vanni

June 18, 2015

There are many ways to construct an exam. You can use short answer questions, fill in the blank questions, multiple-choice questions, true/false questions, essay questions: the possibilities are endless! When it comes to grading that exam, some questions have a single correct answer and some are graded on the accuracy and quality of the response. But how do you determine who passes the test?

What is a Cut Score?

The score at which a student passes or fails is called the cut score. It is the score that separates passing examinees from failing examinees. This standard is for a minimally acceptable candidate (MAC). Such an examinee isn’t an A or B student, but more a borderline C or D performer.

Revisiting the "Golden Hour" - PCRF Journal Club

June 10, 2015

This month, a great panel of experts joined us for a rousing discussion of this recent research on shock and traumatic brain injury. Joining us this month were:

•  Chris Ryther, MS, NRP, Paramedic at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Professor at American River College in Sacramento, CA
•  Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP, Medical Director for Healtheast Medical Transport in St. Paul, MN
•  Lawrence Brown, PhD, MPH, TM, Director of Research Education at the University of Texas at Austin
•  Jessica Greupner, MD, Emergency Medicine Resident at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN

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"Simulation Use in Paramedic Education Research (SUPER)" feat. Kim McKenna - PCRF Journal Club

May 12, 2015

This podcast features Megan Corry, PCRF fellow, as well as Kim McKenna, MEd, RN, EMT-P, the principal investigator of "Simulation Use in Paramedic Education Research (SUPER): A Descriptive Study." Co-authors included Elliot Carhart, EdD, RRT NRP; Daniel Bercher, PhD, NRP, Andrew Spain, MA, EMT-P, NCEE; John Todaro, BA, RN, NRP, NCEE; and Joann Freel, BS, CMP. This article was published in the January/March 2015 issue of Prehospital Emergency Care.

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Infographic: The Path to TransitionBy Jennifer Berry

April 30, 2015

Fisdap Transition CourseThe requirements to transition to the National Education Standards can seem intimidating: requirements for didactic learning and skills training vary by state, and there are a myriad of training options to choose from. (Wondering if the Fisdap Transition Course is approved in your state? Take a look at this map.)

To expose the simple steps at the core of this process, we've laid out the path to maintaining your NREMT certification through transition in this infographic. Check it out!

For more specific details, such as how transition differs from a recertification and how to receive CE credit for the Fisdap Transition Course, check out our post on the "Top 3 Frequently Asked Questions about Transition."

Spring Semester Wrap-Up - April WebinarBy Ben Hejkal

April 27, 2015

The end of the academic year is approaching fast—how time flies! Watch a recording of this month's Fisdap webinar as we cover a number of topics to help you wrap up the semester:

  • Guidelines for scheduling and proctoring Fisdap exams
  • How to audit student data and why it matters for future research
  • Advice for supporting students as they prepare for the NREMT exam

Trends in EMS Research from NAEMSPBy Jennifer Berry

April 22, 2015

This article was co-authored by Todd M. Cage, n instructor of emergency medicine and a practicing paramedic.

When we embarked on the EMS Reference, we agreed we wanted to cite all facts that were citable. We knew there was a dearth of research in EMS and emergency medicine, and we wanted to simultaneously highlight the papers that made it to print and the areas that were lacking.

We have found out what we already knew: It’s not easy citing studies that haven’t been done. In other words, there’s a big need for research in EMS.

The deadline for the Prehospital Care Research Forum abstracts recently passed, and the participants of Fisdap’s Research Summit are patiently awaiting news on the fates of their abstracts. As we wait to find out which ones were chosen, we’d like to remember some of the most interesting research that came from the January National Association of EMS Physicians conference.

Hydroxocobalamin & Hemorrhagic Shock Resuscitation - PCRF Journal Club

April 15, 2015

Sponsored by the Prehospital Care Research Forum (PCRF) and facilitated by Fisdap, this monthly webinar series features discussions of recently published EMS research.

This month, we discussed "A Prospective, Randomized Trial of Intravenous Hydroxocobalamin Versus Whole Blood Transfusion Compared to No Treatment for Class III Hemorrhagic Shock Resuscitation in a Prehospital Swine Model," by Vikhyat S. Bebarta, MD; Normalynn Garrett, PhD, CRNA; Susan Boudreau, RN, BSN; and Maria Castaneda, MS, published last month in Academic Emergency Medicine.

Joining us to help lead the discussion was Alex Trembley, NREMT-P, who (along with our host David Pageis co-author of the JEMS Research Review column.

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