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What's New in the Latest Version of the Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio?By Nora Vanni

March 17, 2015

Beginning in 2009, the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) began piloting the Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio, an educational rubric designed to help reliably track a student’s psychomotor performance over time. Last month, the NREMT released the most recent version of the PPCP.

Curious or confused about what’s different in this new document? We spoke with Todd Vreelund at the NREMT to learn more about the changes and how they will affect your program.


"A Meta-Analysis of the Effectiveness of Crew Resource Management Training" - PCRF Journal Club

March 10, 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 meta-analysis of the effectiveness of crew resource management training in acute care domains," published November 2014 in Postgraduate Medical Journal.

This was a fantastic discussion, featuring comments from Eliot Carhart, Asst. Professor at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, whose dissertation investigated the impact of human factors training on prehospital medical errors, and Paul Misasi, Clinical Manager at Sedgwick County EMS, whose agency's implementation of a medication cross-check reduced Fentanyl administration errors by 60%.

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FREE Exhibit Hall Pass to EMS Today in BaltimoreBy Nora Vanni

February 26, 2015

If you live in the Baltimore area and are interested in visiting the EMS Today conference, use this pass to access the Exhibit Hall for free. Whether you're a student, an educator or a provider, this is a great national conference to learn more about what's going on in the EMS industry.

Share this with anyone you think might like to go, and we hope to see you all there! Fisdap is in booth #1022-- stop by to say hello!


"Challenges and Solutions During Paramedic Endotracheal Intubation" - PCRF Journal Club

February 24, 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 two articles about airway management. The second article discussed was "The Process of Prehospital Airway Management: Challenges and Solutions During Paramedic Endotracheal Intubation," by Matthew E. Prekker, MD, MPH; Heemun Kwok, MD, MS; Jenny Shin, MPH; David Carlbom, MD; Andreas Grabinsky, MD; and Thomas D. Rea, MD, MPH (published June 2014 in Critical Care Medicine).

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Happy Birthday, Scheduler 2.0! February WebinarBy Ben Hejkal

February 19, 2015

It's been a year since we launched Scheduler 2.0--who can believe it? For this month's webinar, we hosted a little shindig in honor of Scheduler's first birthday. Learn about new features introduced in the year since Scheduler launched, including:

  • Expanded student settings
  • Bulk approve/deny shift requests
  • Month details view
  • Calendar subscriptions

The Changing Scope of Distance Education - An Interview with Darcy Hardy, PhD

February 17, 2015

This article originally appeared in the February edition of the CoAEMSP newsletter. Thanks to Jennifer Warwick at the CoAEMSP for allowing us to share it here!

'Distance education' is quickly becoming a misnomer, according to Dr. Darcy Hardy, who held a seminar with NASEMSO Board members and staff on the topic late last fall. CoAEMSP Executive Director Dr. George Hatch believes her insight and messages were critical enough to the future of EMS education that he recently arranged for a follow-up interview with Dr. Hardy.

"The term 'distance education' doesn't really fit what we do today," Dr. Hardy stated. With the advent of sophisticated technological advances, 'online learning', Dr. Hardy explained, may be a more accurate term to use. Today, online learning provides accessible education "anytime, anyplace, anywhere." This exciting breakthrough means quality education is now accessible geographically, time-wise, and location-wise (such as home, office or classroom). Technology has played a huge role in changing the scope of online learning, and now employs a variety of learning tools including podcasts, audio conferences, video conferences, and chat rooms, along with traditional print materials.


"Advanced Airway Management is Necessary in Prehospital Trauma Patients" - PCRF Journal Club

February 9, 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 two articles about airway management. The first article discussed was "Advanced Airway Management is Necessary in Prehospital Trauma Patients," by D. J. Lockey, B. Healey, K. Crewdson, G. Chalk, A. E. Weaver, and G. E. Davies (published December 23, 2014 in British Journal of Anaesthesia).

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The Fisdap office is closed Friday, February 6th.

February 4, 2015

The Fisdap office is closed today as we host the 2015 Research Summit. If you have a pressing support issue, please email us at support [at] fisdap [dot] net.

Happy Friday!


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