5 CoAEMSP Accreditation Tips: Don’t Get Dinged!By Rachael Rosen

April 9, 2014

Paramedic accreditation CoAEMSPWe don’t want to dwell too much on the negative, but we think it’s helpful to share some of the more common CoAEMSP citations so you can work to avoid them.

1. Program Directors Must Have a Bachelor’s Degree

It’s a requirement that all program directors must, at a minimum, have a bachelor’s degree. This is non-negotiable. At one time, the CoAEMSP was granting some leniency for people who had contacted them about completing a bachelor’s well before the January 1, 2013 deadline for becoming accredited. (This is the date that the NREMT began enforcing the stipulation that paramedic candidates could only take the Registry exam if they had graduated from an accredited program.) At this point in time, though, this appears to be a firm standard.

2. Medical Director Involvement

Dr. George Hatch has a fondness for the expression “milk carton medical director.” This refers to a medical director, who, if you held up a picture of him/her to the students, they wouldn’t know who that missing person was. In other words, an absent medical director who is not involved.  

If you don’t think your students would be able to pick their medical director out of a crowd, see what steps you can take to bring the medical director into the classroom or run a scenario.

While you’re at it, be sure you can provide documentation of the medical director reviewing your exams and curriculum.

On Using Fisdap Testing in Compliance with the CoAEMSP for Accreditation

March 28, 2014

Mike Johnson, Fisdap CEO FounderA Message from Michael Johnson, Founder & CEO of Fisdap

As we approach another testing season, we want to make sure you feel comfortable with how Fisdap exams fit into the CoAEMSP Standards for accreditation. Here are three important things paramedic programs must be aware of and do.

  1. Be involved in the creation of your exam.
  2. The program director and medical director must review and approve the exam.
  3. Review the exam’s item analysis for your students.

All of this can be achieved in Fisdap.

5 Things I Learned at the CoAEMSP Accreditation WorkshopBy Rachael Rosen

March 24, 2014

Earlier this month (just in time to miss Mardi Gras!), 80 or so program directors, educators, and I attended a one-day accreditation workshop in New Orleans. In cooperation with NAEMSE (who runs a 2-day component on student evaluation), the CoAEMSP started hosting these workshops in 2013 and will offer three more in 2014. What’s really incredible and beneficial about this workshop is hearing all the accreditation information straight from the horse’s mouth. Between George Hatch, Gordy Kokx, and Deb Cason, there’s a ton of experience and authority in the room to speak expertly about accreditation and answer participants’ questions.

While I’m not a program director, we do talk to a lot of program directors at Fisdap, so I’m familiar with some of the common questions and concerns. Here’s my list of the top 5 things I learned that you may or may not already know:

Reports for Students Webinar RecordingBy Mike Mayne

March 21, 2014

Following the release of New Reports, we wanted to provide an opportunity for educators and students alike to see the New Reports system from the students' perspective. 

In this webinar, we:

  • show you a demo of the new system
  • give you a sense of familiarity with the interface
  • introduce you to some of the many reports you may not know about

Want a tutorial on how to use Reports? Watch our webinar recording.

New Skills Tracker & Accreditation Reports Available NowBy Mike Mayne

March 13, 2014

We are excited to announce the launch of Fisdap's redesigned Reports system!  Over the last several months, we've been rewriting Reports from the ground up in a new framework that offers many advantages. The new framework will allow us to make swift changes, easily spin up new reports or features, improve consistency between reports, etc. Check it out!

Brand New Reports

In addition to recreating our Legacy reports in the new framework, we've added a few new ones to the list:

  • Attendance

  • Late Data Entry

  • Preceptor Signoff (Eureka)

  • Shift Comments

  • Transition Course Completion

  • Scheduler Shift Requests

This new reports framework allows us to greatly reduce the amount of time our developers will have to spend creating new reports.  Say we want to build a Test Item Analysis report or a CoAEMSP Airway Management report, it would take our developers weeks instead of months. (Also, hint: those reports are coming up next!)

Fundraiser for local Allina crew members injured in January ambulance accidentBy Rachael Rosen

March 4, 2014

Because of how close-knit the EMS community is, no doubt you have heard about the tragic ambulance accident that happened in Wright County, Minnesota on January 18. The two local Allina crew members who were critically injured are paramedic Brian Nagel and EMT Tim Daly. Thankfully, both are making promising strides in their recoveries.

We want to help Brian and Tim by publicizing two ways you can show your support.

1. Buy a t-shirt.

100% of the proceeds through March 10 will be distributed directly to Brian and Tim. The t-shirt features the same quote, “Family is more than blood,” that Brian is shown holding in this uplifting photo from Allina’s Facebook page. You can purchase the t-shirt online.

2014 Research Summit RecapBy Rachael Rosen

February 28, 2014

Since the first Research Summit in 2005, Fisdap has invited EMS educators to join us in Minnesota for a weekend to learn about how to conduct research and then, actually, go and do it.

Hosting this conference in Minnesota in February each year means that weather is always a threat--and for the first time this year we asked ourselves if we’d have to cancel in anticipation of a monster snowstorm. (We got 10” in 24 hours!) We were sad that some participants had their flights canceled but were pleased that we still had a group of 40 participants--including five Australians!

Fisdap Update in Response to the New Standards Interpretations Adopted by CoAEMSP Board of DirectorsBy Mike Mayne

February 12, 2014

The CoAEMSP released a new set of Standards and Guidelines interpretations this week.  The release, taken from, reads:

Take Our 15 Second SurveyBy Rachael Rosen

February 3, 2014

Even in our office we go back and forth, so we figured we'd put it to a vote! Throughout Fisdap, wherever there are lists, should student names be displayed FIRST LAST or LAST, FIRST?



Coming next month - get an early look at ComplianceBy Rachael Rosen

December 12, 2013

As we prepare to roll out Scheduler 2.0 to all programs, we'd like to invite you to check it out! During our November webinar, we introduced you to Scheduler 2.0 and all the improvements we've made. In Part 2, we introduce you to Compliance.

Compliance is a brand new (FREE!) feature in Fisdap that will be available to everyone using the Fisdap Scheduler. Compliance allows you to track all the different documentation and prerequisites (vaccinations, background checks, HIPAA training, etc.) that your program and clinical affiliates require. Incorporated into the Scheduler, Compliance will help you manage when students are eligible to go on shifts depending on whether they've met the requirements.

Scheduler 2.0 -- Compliance from Fisdap on Vimeo.

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