Preceptors can now be added to clinical shifts in the Skills Tracker

August 16, 2013

In Skills Tracker, we previously only allowed students to select a preceptor as part of their patient care report if they were entering data for a field shift. Due to feedback we received, we decided to make this an optional field available for clinical assessments, too.

Since this is an optional field in clincal, if there's no relevant preceptor, students can leave it blank.


Map It addresses have been added to emails about the shift

August 16, 2013

Just in case you're not using the Skills Tracker or you primarily rely on Fisdap emails to communciate shift information, we have added the Map It! feature to Fisdap email notifications about the shift. The Map It! feature helps students navigate to their shift based on the address information provided about the site or base in the Site Administration section.

 

 


5 new updates in Fisdap

July 25, 2013

Here's an update on what's recently been changed in Fisdap. All of these items were reported by customers--thank you for helping us get better everyday!

 

1. Mobile shifts - fixed a bug that was preventing the creation of new shifts from the Fisdap Mobile interface. The Save button had gone missing but now it's back!

2. Site Productivity Report enhancements - we added the columns for "Shifts completed" and "Hours completed" to help paint a better picture of the time spent at each site.

3. Shift sign off - added user validation to the shift sign off feature to ensure that only precepotrs and instructors--and not students--can sign off on the students' shifts.

4. Lab Skills patient type update - to accommodate the majority of users, we changed the default patient type in Lab Skills to be "sim-manikin" instead of "human." One less click!

5. Two med routes added to Skills Tracker - Both "piggyback" and "IV push" were added to the med routes list as options for medication administration.

Here's an update on what's recently been changed in Fisdap. All of these items were reported by customers--thank you for helping us get better everyday!


Check out the newest changes in Fisdap

June 12, 2013

These updates primarily affect your account administration tools

 

As some of you may already know, we are getting ready to launch a new version of the Fisdap Scheduler. The updated version will match the newer Fisdap design and introduce lots of enhancements--including features you've been asking for! 

To prepare for the release of Scheduler later this summer, we are also focusing on cleaning up other areas of Fisdap to make the entire website easier to use. You will already see our most recent changes, and we'll share more information with you about what to expect from new Scheduler in the weeks ahead. 

Thank you for your patience as we make these changes and please let us know how we're doing!

Shared Scheduler administration


 

These updates primarily affect your account administration tools


Changes from "Goals" to "Graduation Requirements" with a message from the CoAEMSP

April 15, 2013

Fisdap recently renamed our Goals Report to the Graduation Requirements/Goals Report to help make the distinction between "goals" and "requirements."

 

We have used the term "goals" to refer to the number of skills or patient contacts students should obtain during their internship. However, the word "goal" does not imply or mean the same thing as "requirement" and we changed the language to reflect the standard that student performance should be tracked against what a program's requirements are for successful completion of the program, i.e. graduation.

For now, since the Goals Report will continue to function the same, we have kept the word "goals" in the name of the report so that people who are accustomed to finding the Goals Report will not be confused. Also, programs can set benchmark goals to measure student progress throughout different phases of the internship, in addition to and separately from, the program's graduation requirements. 

Fisdap recently renamed our Goals Report to the Graduation Requirements/Goals Report to help make the distinction between "goals" and "requirements."


Just in time for the end of the semester--introducing the AEMT exam

April 8, 2013

We are excited to announce the release of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) exam for pilot testing.This exam has gone through Fisdap’s content validation phase and is now ready for your students’ attempts.

Your participation is critical to validating the reliability of this exam, so pilot tests are free for your students. You can schedule this exam in the Test Scheduler tool -- look at the bottom of the test drop down menu options for “Pilot Exams.”

This new comprehensive exam reflects the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines and the new Education Standards. The exam contains 200 multiple choice items and covers the 6 content areas: Airway, Cardiology, EMS Operations, Medical Emergencies, Trauma, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics. The exam contains 85% adult items and 15% pediatric items.

Participation in pilot testing will give additional critical thinking item exposure to your students in preparation for their comprehensive exam, but no scores or Learning Prescriptions are provided.

We are excited to announce the release of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) exam for pilot testing.


Updates to the narrative format--now customizable!

March 18, 2013

Using the new settings options for Skills Tracker, you can build your own narrative format for your program.

If you want to train your students how to document patient care reports with the SOAP or CHART formats, that's now an option in Fisdap. Our most recent update allows you to customize the narrative page so that you can control how your students enter their trip reports in Fisdap.

Watch the demo video for a look at these changes and an explanation on how to use this new tool.


Code update 3/4/13

March 4, 2013

More housekeeping & bug squashing updates complete!

1. If you're using both the Scheduler and Skills Tracker in combination, we have made one of the connections between the two just a little smarter. Now, when you click a "View data" link from the Scheduler, you go directly to the specific detailed shift report as opposed to the MyShift page (at which point you'd have to select the shift again). 


Code release 2/20/13

February 20, 2013

Minor fixes PLUS the option to automatically lock shifts when student data is late...

1. We are now tracking IOs in the Goals Report. A student was the one who brought this to our attention--if there are any improvements or questions you have about the skills/meds/procedures we're tracking and how they're getting counted in the Goals Report, don't be shy about asking us!

2. We changed the way that the calendar loads on the Scheduler page. Because this page was slow to load due to the incredible numbers of shifts that many schools manage in their calendar, we decided to add an initial step to speed up the page loading. Now, when you first visit the Scheduler page,  you'll first be asked to select your filter settings to control how many shifts are displayed in the calendar. You'll be asked to do this the first time you arrive at this page every time you log in to Fisdap--and then the page will remember your filter settings. 


System Status 2/2/13

February 3, 2013

The maintenance we performed successfully moved several important Fisdap services to a more powerful, more reliable infrastructure. This behind the scenes change affects:

  • Scheduler
  • Skills Tracker
  • Testing
  • Preceptor Training
  • Study Tools

After the migration, we expect you to experience better performance and less chance of unplanned downtime. Thanks for your understanding.


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