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Apply to Attend the 2016 Fisdap Research SummitBy Nora Vanni

October 5, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Research Summit! 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.

2016 Virtual User Meeting - September WebinarBy Genghis Philip

September 30, 2015

It's that time of year again: our September webinar was a digital version of our annual User Meeting, our "state of the union" from Fisdap President Mike Johnson that's held each year at the NAEMSE Symposium.

If you couldn't make it to Nashville this year, or just want a refresher of all of Fisdap's latest releases, updates, and plans for the future, tune into the webinar recording below.

Emergency Medical Services and "Psych Calls" - PCRF Journal Club

September 18, 2015
This month, PCRF Director David Page led our discussion of "Emergency Medical Services and 'Psych Calls': Examining the Work of Urban EMS Providers," a study by Christopher Prener and Alisa K. Lincoln of Northeastern University. 
Published online in advance of its print publication in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, this article presents "an analysis of the ways in which EMS providers interact with people with mental illness and substance abuse problems, as well as providers’ experiences with the mental health care system." We were joined by an amazing, large group of panelists for a fascinating discussion about the stigma of homelessness and the role EMS providers play.

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Fisdap Joins Forces with Jones & Bartlett Learning

September 14, 2015

Fisdap has joined forces with Jones & Bartlett Learning (JB Learning), a leading provider of educational resources and learning technology for Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The alignment of JB Learning and Fisdap brings together two organizations working to achieve excellence in EMS education and the highest quality patient care.

Fisdap’s objective is to improve the training experience by providing tools to help with record keeping, accreditation, certification testing, managing internship schedules, and tracking student activities. They offer a range of products, from Scheduler and Skills Tracker to valid and reliable Entrance, Unit, and Comprehensive Exams, all designed to improve EMS training programs and students’ training experiences.

Get your FREE exhibit hall pass and visit us at EMS World Expo!By Nora Vanni

September 8, 2015

EMS World Expo exhibit hall 2015Redeem this free exhibit hall pass and visit us next week at EMS World Expo in Las Vegas, NV. Stop by Booth 1029 to ask questions, give our team feedback, or just say hello! We hope we'll see you.

Redeem your pass online in three easy steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Click REGISTER in upper right-hand corner of homepage.
  3. Use the code FISDAPVIP to get free admission to the exhibit hall.

Your VIP Pass also gives you FREE access to:

  • Opening Ceremonies & Keynote Presentation – “Mission Critical: Securing the Future of EMS”, Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FACEP
  • Exhibit Hall –See the latest products and technologies from over 300 exhibitors covering 70,000 sq. feet of exhibit space
  • Learning Center – Choose from 10+ educational classes to earn free CE credits
  • Sim Lab – Get hands-on and put your clinical skills to the test using the most advanced products and simulators in the market
  • And More!

What is an Exam Blueprint?By Rachel Walwood

September 1, 2015

Testing is a complex subject area. We’ve spent some time this year explaining the basics of Cut Scores and Exam Validity to help EMS educators ensure the tests they’re administering provide good evidence of the student’s knowledge. But how do we know whether our tests measure the domains of knowledge we want to evaluate? The answer is in an evidence-based testing blueprint.

Start at the Beginning

Testing should never be an afterthought in education. Although a summative or final exam is administered toward the end of a course, it should be used to align the curriculum before the course begins. Developing a blueprint based on educational priorities allows you to prioritize what is taught. It also ensures you have spent enough time covering the tested material in class or lab, or through homework. Before beginning the blueprint, you need to know what type of exam you’re creating. A formative exam (a quiz or unit test administered during the course) should have a minimum of 60 items. A summative exam, which is also called a final exam, has ideally between 150 and 200 items.

From North Dakota to Ghana: Collaboration in EMS EducationBy Nora Vanni

August 28, 2015

Ron Lawler with his students in Accra, GhanaIn recent years, the North Dakota Army National Guard has partnered with the Ghanaian government to help develop military, security, and infrastructure. As part of a focus on improving disaster relief and healthcare, one element has been to further develop Ghana’s EMS apparatus. This spring, a group of EMS educators and administrators traveled across the world from North Dakota to lead two weeks of training in Accra, Ghana’s capital city. Among them was paramedic educator and friend of Fisdap Ron Lawler, who sat down with me to discuss his part in the most recent trip to Ghana.

"Race and Sex Disparities in Prehospital Recognition of Acute Stroke" - PCRF Journal Club

August 10, 2015
This month, we discussed a study on disparities in recognition of stroke by prehospital providers based on race and sex. Joining us were guest facilitator and PCRF fellow Megan Corry and study author Dr. Prasanthi Govindarajan of Stanford University. This was a fascinating discussion about a key topic in EMS.
"Race and Sex Disparities in Prehospital Recognition of Acute Stroke" was authored by Prasanthi Govindarajan, MD, MAS, Benjamin T. Friedman, NREMT-P, James Q. Delgadillo, David Ghilarducci, MD, Lawrence J. Cook, PhD, Barbara Grimes, PhD, Charles E. McCulloch, PhD, and S. Claiborne Johnston, MD, PhD. It was published March 2015 in Volume 22, Issue 3 of Academic Emergency Medicine.

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