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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!

EMS Coordinators and Instructors

FISDAP Item Writing Workshop

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

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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The Constant Struggle

October 1, 2008
"You kinda have to build these two complete levels of emotional armor ... work is work and home is home, and they just don't mix too much." Rod McGinnes and Charlie Soucheray discuss the difficulty of maintaining an emotional separation between home life and work as an EMS provider, and how your relationship with your partner plays an important role.
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The Blue Paramedic Exam is PredictiveBy Rachael Rosen

September 24, 2008

The research has been concluded: the Blue Paramedic Exam is valid, reliable, and predictive. Thanks to all of the students, instructors, and experts who participated in the development of this exam. We couldn't be more thrilled by the results!

More than 2,000 paramedic students helped pilot-test the Blue Paramedic Exam. By using Item Response Theory to analyze the students' results, we determined that the exam has an average Item Discrimination Index of 0.73; the exam can reliably distinguish high-level learners from low-level learners. The Subject Matter Expert recommended cut score (i.e. passing score) was 73%. Students who met or exceeded this score passed the exam.

Participating institutions were asked to report their students' NREMT Cognitve Exam (NREMTCE) results. We received NREMTCE results from 33 schools in 21 states (N=399). The study showed that 97% of students who passed the Blue Paramedic Exam passed the NREMTCE on the first attempt. 76% of students who took the Blue Paramedic Exam (regardless of passing or failing) passed the NREMTCE on their first attempts.

FISDAP at 2008 NAEMSE SymposiumBy Rachael Rosen

September 2, 2008

We are excited to attend the NAEMSE Symposium in St. Louis, September 11-14th. It's always nice to see familiar faces and meet new ones. Be sure to come and say hello to Mike, Louise, and the rest of the FISDAP gang in booth #210.

On Saturday, we will be hosting a FISDAP user meeting. Come learn about the latest FISDAP features, get a sneak peek of features coming soon, ask questions of FISDAP staff, and meet other members of the FISDAP community.

FISDAP User Meeting
Saturday, September 13th, 5:30 PM
Landmark 7 Room
St. Louis Renaissance Hotel

Also, be sure to check out the Trading Post Session, sponsored by FISDAP, at 6:30 PM on Friday. We hope to see you there!

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