We are working on development of an EMS curriculum for the PEM Fellowship here at UAB/Children's Hospital of Alabama. EMS systems vary from one state to the next, of course, and what works with some systems may not mesh well with otherrs. But, it seems reasonable to benchmark with other training programs to gain a sense of what different groups/centers are doing. For those of you involved in PEM fellowship programs (and anyone else with thoughts/feelings on the matter), what are you doing? Do you have dedicated EMS rotations? What do they consist of? Ride-alongs? Didactics? Education of prehospital personnel? Advocacy? EMS-related meeting attendance? Are the rotations month-long blocks of time (vs 2 weeks vs any other duration)? Is there a way that you have integrated EMS into the context of the full PEM training experience? What has worked well? What frustrations have you faced? Which frustrations are worth enduring for their ultimate benefit? What efforts have not been worth the energy expended?
Sorry to bombard you with questions. Any input/response will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your time and consideration.
Benjamin F. Jackson MD
PEM Fellow, University of Alabama-Birmingham
Children's Hospital of Alabama
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