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There are many exciting changes happening in EMS education. Some of these changes have been in motion for over a decade. The EMS Agenda for the Future, a NHTSA document published in 1996, was created to determine the most important directions and continued evolutions of EMS. Out of this document was born the EMS Education Agenda for the Future, which was published in 2000 with an intended roll out or implementation date of 2010. An enormous amount of work has been done to make this transition achievable.
At their May 5, 2010, meeting, the Board of EMS adopted the National Education Standards - one component of the EMS Education Agenda for the Future - for the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Paramedic levels. In 2011, the Board adopted the Education Standards for Advanced EMT (AEMT), as well.
The Agenda contains minimal changes in comparison to our current curricula. Many of the differences present instructors with greater flexibility for targeting instruction to specific audiences, resulting in enhanced comprehension and improved student competences.
Scope of practice changes, another component of the Agenda, will be addressed by the Maine EMS Medical Direction and Practices Board (MDPB) as they continue work on the next protocol revision.
Go the EMS Educator Links on this web page to learn more.
Click Here to see listings and information of upcoming licensing courses, Continuing-Education-Hour (CEH) programs and specialty training availble to Maine EMS providers.
Training Centers and course sponsors may submit a course or program for inclusion in the calendar by completing the "Education and Training Opportunities Form".
We are excited to announce our new online learning management system!
We are hopeful this will become the home of many quality educational programs, all providing continuing education hours (CEH) online to Maine EMS providers.
Our first educational program is the 2011 Protocol Update. This program will be considered equivalent to a live update. CEH credits will be given and certificates of completion will be issued. The program is available at our new learning site http://www.memsed.org/lms/
To sign in on the site, click the link below:
You will use your MEMSRR user name and password. If you are not a MEMSRR user you will need to use the forgot password link and your sign-in information will be emailed to you. If you have problems with signing in please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you as soon as possible.
As of January 1, 2010 courses leading to Maine EMS licensure that are held in Maine must be conducted by a Maine EMS Authorized Training Center.
For licensure classes and continuing education opportunities, contact any of the following training centers:
EMS Agenda for the Future http://www.ems.gov/pdf/2010/EMSAgendaWeb_7-06-10.pdf
EMS Education Agenda for the Future http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/ems/FinalEducationAgenda.pdf
National EMS Core Content http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/ems/EMSCoreContent/index.htm
National Scope of Practice http://www.ems.gov/pdf/EMSScope.pdf
National EMS Education Standards http://www.ems.gov/pdf/811077a.pdf
Gap Analysis Template http://www.naemse.org/data/2009%20NASEMSO%20Gap%20Analysis%20Template.pdf
Whether you are learning EKG interpretation for the first time, or you have had the training before but would like to refresh your skills, here are some websites that allow EMS providers to enhance their skills on EKG interpretation:
This material is for qualified instructors to use in conducting the 2005 Airway Update program. Qualified instructors are those who attended an instructor training program conducted by Maine EMS or an instructor program approved by the Regional EMS office.
Listed below are conversion guides for online training that have been reviewed and approved for CEH credit by Maine EMS:
The CPAP lesson plan and Powerpoint presentation provided below must be presented by a Maine EMS approved CPAP instructor. For approved CPAP instructors in your area, contact your regional EMS office.
The Maine EMS Education Committee in concert with the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence has developed a Continuing Education Program for EMS providers on Improving EMS Response to Domestic Violence.
This module is for EMT-Intermediate providers who have completed the EMT-I Update program prior to the addition of this module into the Update curriculum.
PIFT training must follow this curriculum and paramedic services operating under this expanded scope of practice must be approved by Maine EMS. Only trained and Maine EMS approval PIFT services will be able to provide PIFT care.
Protocol update training must be conducted by a Maine EMS licensed Paramedic-level Instructor Coordinator who has completed the 2011 Protocol Update Train-The-Trainer program, and who has received permission from Maine EMS or from a Maine-EMS-authorized Training Center to conduct the program.
Maine Prehospital Treatment Protocol Books ( effective December 1, 2011) are available for purchase from Maine EMS:
Please contact us at 207-626-3860 should you have questions about purchasing the Maine EMS Prehospital Treatment Protocols.
Following are resource materials for instructors of the Transporting Children Safely in Ambulances program:
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