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Defining Moment

November 1, 2008
"I spoke to the nurse that was handling the patient. I said, 'Oh, you know, what happened to that patient? I'm curious.' He says, 'Well, she coded right after you guys left ... we ended up reviving her' ... I immediately thought that had I not made that decision, she probably would have coded on me in the back of the ambulance." Tom Reynolds and Sarah Desombre talk about "listening to your gut" and the satisfaction of making the right choices.
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Test Writing Workshop in Dallas AreaBy Rachael Rosen

October 27, 2008

David Page, FISDAP, and Collin County Community College invite all EMS instructors to join them for an Item Review Workshop. In this workshop, you will develop skills to:

  • write better exams and quizzes for your students.
  • review your test items for accuracy and validity.
  • prepare your students for the NREMT Cognitive Exam.

You will also learn how:

  • criterion-based exams like the National Registry are written.
  • FISDAP's valid, reliable, and predictive exams are developed.
  • to get discounted or free access to FISDAP Testing.

This two-day workshop will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, December 3rd and 4th. Please contact sdesombre [at] fisdap [dot] net (Sarah Desombre) to sign up.

Who
EMS Coordinators and Instructors

What
FISDAP Item Writing Workshop

Where
Frisco, Texas
Preston Ridge Campus
Collin County Community College

When
December 3rd from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
December 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


FISDAP at EMS ExpoBy Rachael Rosen

October 10, 2008

We will be attending EMS Expo, October 14th-17th, and look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas. Please stop by booth #559 to say hello and learn about some of the new features we've recently released.

Like last year, we will be recording stories for Open Airways, an ongoing project to capture an EMS oral history. Come check out our recording booth on the show room floor and share a story with us!



Test Writing Workshop in DenverBy Rachael Rosen

October 10, 2008

David Page, FISDAP, and Denver Health invite all EMS instructors to join them for an Item Review Workshop. In this workshop, you will develop skills to:

  • write better exams and quizzes for your students.
  • review your test items for accuracy and validity.
  • prepare your students for the NREMT Cognitive Exam.

You will also learn how:

  • criterion-based exams like the National Registry are written.
  • FISDAP's valid, reliable, and predictive exams are developed.
  • to get discounted or free access to FISDAP Testing.

This one-day workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 5th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please contact sdesombre [at] fisdap [dot] net (Sarah Desombre) to sign up ASAP!

Who
EMS Coordinators and Instructors

What
FISDAP Item Writing Workshop

Where
Denver Health Paramedic School
190 West 6th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204

When
Wednesday, November 5th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Print and Send Schedules!By Rachael Rosen

October 6, 2008

Many of you have been looking for a way to easily print and download your schedules. Now you can! Our new feature converts your schedule into a PDF file that is easy to print and download to your computer. Send the schedule to preceptors, coworkers, and classmates.

When visiting the FISDAP Scheduler, you will notice a PDF icon above the right corner of the calendar. Click the icon, choose your settings, and then click "Display Report." Your PDF calendar will appear in your Web browser.

We hope that you enjoy this feature. As always, please let us know what you think by emailing support [at] fisdap [dot] net


Being There

October 1, 2008
"I was ashamed. And from that day on I went out of my way to make sure-- whenever I was dealing with someone who in the past I may have said, 'Well, this is not worth my time as a paramedic; I could be doing something better,'--to take a step back and just talk to people and be nice. And realize that, no matter what we get called for, that's our job and those people are worth our time." Listen below as Scott Snyder relates how he learned the value of every call and every patient.
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Feedback is a Balancing Act

October 1, 2008
"He knew that he had screwed up. He wasn't sure how, but he knew he had. And so as we started talking about it he was very receptive to learn how to fix it." George Perry and Charlie Soucheray discuss constructive ways to give feedback to students.
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How Far We've Come

October 1, 2008
"She died at the hospital, and they came yelling at us for having her die at the hospital. And we had no idea, within our training at the time, we did not know what we had done ... What I decided at that point is nobody will ever go out in the street with as little as I knew." Click below to hear more fascinating stories from Cynthia Osborne about the early days of EMS in Chicago.
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