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CA Bay Area Instructors: Free Test Writing Workshop!By Rachael Rosen

May 15, 2008

The National College of Technical Instruction (NCTI), FISDAP, and David Page of Inver Hills Community College invite all EMS instructors to join them for an Item Writing Workshop in June. 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.
  • your students can get discounted or free access to FISDAP Testing.

This FREE one-day workshop will take place from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, June 10th, 2008, at NCTI's Roseville Campus. Contact Sarah at sdesombre [at] fisdap [dot] net to reserve your spot for this exciting event!

FISDAP Test Writing Workshop

8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

A Snowy Day in New York

May 1, 2008
"It was kind of a forgone conclusion that the first chance I could get I would join the fire department. I joined right after my 16th birthday which was at the end of October and I was voted in at the first meeting that they had in November. And anybody that's been in central New York anytime after Labor Day--you can pretty much guarantee that you're gonna see some snow." Click below to listen to the story of Tim Perkins' first EMS call on that snowy day.
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Somebody Somewhere Loves Them

May 1, 2008
"We got called up in the middle of the night one night for a car that had literally wrecked a telephone pole. You hear these things, but I had never seen one." Click below to listen to the rest of this story from Cynthia Bullard about a call that particularly affected her.
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Life of an EMT

May 1, 2008
"We're there not to do any further harm, we're there for them to have a safe trip to the hospital, we're there to help them feel a little better if we can... The ultimate goal is the patient care." In this episode, Karen Bresson and Jack Mangin talk about some of their calls, how to listen to patients, how to deal with difficult partners, and other aspects of EMS life.
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A Master Disaster

April 1, 2008
"We arrived on scene and it was very chaotic. People were running out of the building holding one another up, very similar to the WMD training videos..." Click below to listen to the rest of this story from David Jaslow and Matthew Butler, plus an extra bonus story about a dog.
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The Chain of Survival Worked

April 1, 2008
"One evening while I was teaching advanced cardiovascular life support at the college, we were just ending up class... when one of my old paramedic students came rushing into the room saying, 'Tim, we need you down here in the gym!'" Click below to listen to the rest of this story from Tim Sheehan.
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The Most Humbling Experience

April 1, 2008
"If we really want to exhibit true professionalism...we have to be humble...and say the right thing at the right time, but more importantly sometimes, not say the wrong thing at the wrong time." Click below to listen to the rest of this story from Keith Wesley.
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New TA Role in Class Section FeatureBy Rachael Rosen

March 25, 2008

Instructors can link students and educators using FISDAP's "Class section" feature. Now Teacher's Assistants (TA's) can also be associated with a class section. Any student can be upgraded to TA status. TA's are permitted to confirm online evaluations for students in their class section(s). Instructors, go to the "Admin" section of FISDAP and click the "Class Section" button in the left menu to create a class section.

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