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What is Exam Validity?By Nora Vanni

April 7, 2015

DartsThe Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) standards state that EMS educational programs must “provide both the students and program faculty with valid and timely indications of the students’ progress.”1 In other words, your program must demonstrate that students are on track to meet the expectations set for them at the outset of the semester. To effectively do so, you must use valid examinations. Validity is the most important factor to consider when developing an exam. But what does it mean for a test item or exam to be valid?

Some quick vocab to get us started: Testing literature often refers to “test items,” which may seem unfamiliar. An item is simply a test question. Not all test questions are posed in question form, so they are referred to as items. A terminal competency exam is commonly referred to as a final. Back to validity!


How to Complete Your EMT Recertification RequirementsBy Jennifer Berry

April 2, 2015

EMT recert reminderI just completed the requirements for my National Registry and state/county EMT cards. This is my first time recertifying, and it was overwhelming at first. Here are a few tips to help improve your experience.

First, take a close look at all the requirements and check with your agency’s training officer. Chances are, if you work with an agency, you’ve already done most of your continuing education and skills. It’s a good idea to obtain copies of your files and keep them in one place that’s easily accessible in case of an audit.

Providers who don’t work with an agency that provides continuing education and skills may need to fulfill the requirements on their own.

If this is your case, determine whether your licensing agency (state or county EMS office) requires you maintain your National Registry card for recertification. The National Registry Reciprocity Map is a great place to start, but always also check with your licensing agency. States can be broken down into the following three categories.


Customizing Graduation Requirements - March WebinarBy Ben Hejkal

March 27, 2015

As the end of the semester approaches, it's important to understand how to interpret your students' data inside Fisdap. In this month's webinar, we discussed a number of topics related to graduation requirements:

  • Goal Sets (Ages, Complaints, Impressions, Skills, & Team Leadership)
  • What is the "comprehensive assessment"? How do students enter patient contacts that count?
  • How do the Fisdap reports display this data? (Student goals widget, Graduation Requirement Report, CoAEMSP G/H, Airway Management Report)

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

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