Facilitating EMS research is one of Fisdap’s most important objectives and we are proud to be a leader in EMS educational research.

Fisdap has been involved in research since our beginning—our first product, the Skills Tracker, was conceived as a grant-funded research project to track student internship data.

Since 2005, the information and data that students enter into the Fisdap database has supported dozens of research projects—many of which have won awards and national recognition.

As a relatively new profession, EMS standards are often determined by collective professional opinion and not scientific research. Fisdap, along with our collaborators, is making intentional and substantial efforts to improve EMS education and lay the foundation for future studies.


Get involved: Attend a Research Summit

Once a year, Fisdap hosts the Research Summit, a workshop that attracts EMS educators from around the country. For two days, educators immerse themselves in a focused research project.

The Research Summit has two primary goals:

  1. To teach EMS educators how to conduct valid educational research.
  2. To facilitate research plans and apply real Fisdap data to hypotheses, so that participants leave with a working, nearly finished research abstract.

EMS educators with any level of research experience are encouraged to attend. We provide you with the opportunity to work on a run.">team with peer researchers, Fisdap’s computer programmers, statisticians, and medical directors. For most teams, the outcome is a research abstract that can be submitted for consideration to the Prehospital Care Research Forum at NAEMSE.

Registration for the Research Summit opens in the fall for the following February. If you would like to be sure that you’re included in the list of people notified about registration, please contact Rachael Rosen.

For any other inquiries about getting involved in Fisdap research, please contact rrosen [at] fisdap [dot] net (subject: Research%20Summit) (Rachel Rosen).


Sample consent form

To view a sample of the consent form we ask all students to fill out:

  1. Go to the orange Account tab.
  2. Under the Student Accounts section, click the Sample consent form link.

Research 101

Research 101 is an online video series designed to promote and encourage EMS providers, educators and students to get inolved in EMS research. The course is free.

To log in to Research 101, go to https://research101.fisdap.net/

You can also find a link to Research 101 from the Learning Center once you’re already logged in to Fisdap.

Once you’re on the Research 101 site, click Open Course.

If you’re not logged in yet, you’ll be prompted to do so. Since Research 101 is a free course, anyone with a Fisdap account is able to log in with a Fisdap username and password.

The Research 101 videos are presented in the order in which we recommend that you watch them. However, you can watch the videos at your own pace, re-watch videos you’ve already seen, or skip around.

Following each video is a short quiz. At the end of each quiz, you’ll have the option to review your results. If you’ve earned 100%, you’ll be prompted to return to the course--otherwise, you’ll be prompted to reattempt the quiz. To fully complete each video segment, you’ll need to get a 100% on the quiz. You have an unlimited number of attempts, so there is no penalty for taking multiple attempts before earning a 100%.

Once you’ve completed a video segment, a green checkmark will appear to indicate that you’ve finished it.  You’ll also see a status bar at the top that shows your progression toward completion. Since the course is four hours and we don’t expect everyone to complete the course in one sitting, these are helpful reminders for how much, and what, you’ve already done.

Finally, when you’ve watched all the videos and earned 100% on all the quizzes, a certificate of course completion will appear. The certificate will contain your name and the date you finished the course so that you can print it for your records.