EMS World

JAN 2019

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42 JANUARY 2019 | EMSWORLD.com TRAINING AND EDUCATION developing yourself professionally." James DiClemente is paramedic pro- gram director for Pro EMS in Cambridge, Ma s s ., w hich al s o recently launched a new learning mana gement s ystem. DiClemente says greater flexibilit y for EMS profes sional s to pur sue training they want or need is a huge value of the NCCP model. "One of the changes spurred by the Registr y is a move away from ver y rigid recer tification guidelines," says DiCle- m ente. "If yo u lo o k at th e p hy sician model for continuing education, they are given some ver y broad topics in which they need CMEs. They can obtain those CMEs in a lot of different ways. If you're a healthcare professional, you should be smar t enough to understand what you need to study and what makes the most sense for your professional education. I think we're starting to see EMS move in that direction." The shift in EMS continuing education has implications for EMS professionals, quality of care, and the profession as a whole in terms of credibility. "The more we interact and intersect with the rest of the healthcare system, the more awake people will become to what we need to do as a profession to hold our seat at the professional table," says Taigman, who recently ser ved as lead facilitator for the EMS Agenda 2050 technical expert panel. Continuous edu- cation and learning and rigorous recerti- fication are key components. Greater Flexibility Many leaders in EMS education see the field in a critical transition period. As a result training and recer tification pro- grams are making changes and offering more blended classrooms and greater flexibility for students through combina- tions of classroom learning, simulation labs, online classes, videos, and other forms of digital content. "The traditional classroom—come in, sit down, go do labs—has changed into what's more practical in the field," says Dav id B ecker, an online ins truc tor at Columbia Southern Universit y, educa- tor for more than 40 years, and imme- diate past chair of the EMS Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Becker points out that people's expec- tations of training and curricula have dra- matically shif ted with the widespread use of mobile technology. "The fact is, people don't want to sit down and read a 100-page chapter on cardiology and tr y to digest that anymore," Becker says. "They're not programmed to learn that way. We have to break it up into smaller pieces for them." In addition to being more in line with how people consume information now, training on digital platforms has other advantages. Students can work when it's convenient for them. For agencies and training officers, it is also trackable, and reporting software can show which team One benefit of the NCCP is flexibility for providers to train on the skills they need to practice the most. (Photo: Hilary Gates)

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