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Here are some links that may prove useful for Course Coordinators:

The Board of EMS has issued a transition course checklist:
Scope of Practice Transition Course Guide

Here is a page summarizing the regulations, including links for downloading them or reading online:
February 2012 – Regulation Update

For Course Coordinators only, a link to the most current instructor and student manuals:
EMS Transition Curricula

The Board office issued two memos:
The transition requires all providers to pass written and skills tests
Changing Transition Course Dates and/or Times

Education standards for new, original courses of instruction for the new levels, EMR, EMT, and AEMT were created by Hutchinson Community College and posted by KSBEMS here.

Local services as well as many of the Kansas Community Colleges are offering transition courses.

Below is updated information regarding the Train-the-Trainer courses including known locations and links to each Region’s website.

 Date Location  
August 28, 29 – 2010 Region I Oakley
September 25, 26 – 2010 Region III Hutchinson
October 9, 10 – 2010 Region VI Parsons
October 23, 24 – 2010 Region IV Salina
November 6, 7 – 2010 Region II Garden City
November 20, 21 – 2010 Region V Overland Park

Just a note to say that we are in the process of converting files to pdf so that they can go to the printer tomorrow.  On Thursday (July 15) we’ll be delivering the curriculum to the Board of EMS.  This gives us about 5 weeks to work on developing the train the trainer course.  Our first train the trainer course is with our friends in the Northwest in Region 1.  It is scheduled for the last weekend in August in Oakley.

Just about all checked off . . .

I have a friend who is a corporate pilot.  Alan has flown jets for years and so I was surprised one day when Alan announced that he was going to back to school for a week to learn a new aircraft.  It seems his company was adding a Gulfstream jet to its fleet of Citation jets.  In order to make the transition, all of the pilots were heading back for a week of school to learn the new aircraft.  It seems that while the basic principles of lift, weight, thrust and drag remain the same for flight; achieving the balance of these principles in a way that keeps you from creating a hole in the ground is dependent upon knowing how the aircraft you are flying works.  As Alan said, “They’re not teaching me to fly, Jon.  They’re teaching me not to crash.”

 Over the past few weeks, we have been asked a number of times why instructors who are paramedics must attend the train the trainer course.  The assertion is that they already know the material.  This brings to mind my friend Alan’s experience.  The train the trainer is not about teaching you how to teach prehospital medicine.  The train the trainer is about teaching you how to use the EMS transition bridge courses.  We will not be spending time teaching you the lift, weight, thrust, and drag of prehospital medicine.  If you are coming to the train the trainer we assume that you either know this or have people back home who do.  Our job is to teach you how to teach clinical medicine successfully within the framework of the transition course lesson plans. 

 We are looking forward to seeing you this fall as we move from the development phase into the launching phase of this exciting time in Kansas EMS.

Yes, it has been a while since I posted.  I’ve been a bit consumed over the past several months as we push this project towards the completion of the development stage and ready for the implementation stage. 

As we enter into the final push, we loaded up the laptops and headed to our Colorado branch office to work “off the grid”.  It is amazing what you can get done when you don’t have email, the Internet, or telephone distractions.  Here is a view from the office we had for a few days.  It was nice to get back to the sweltering heat of Kansas after several days of cool, crisp, mountain air.

Colorado Branch Office

I thought you would be interested to know the projected estimates for hours in each of the transition courses:

Emergency Medical Responder – 16 hours (Must be completed in the two-year recertification cycle.)  This will be a busy transition course with a lot of enhancements to the EMR scope of practice.  Instructors and students should expect to be busy as they work to complete this bridge course in the 16 hour time frame!

Emergency Medical Technician – 24 to 28 hours (Must be completed in the two-year recertification cycle.)   Remember, you must have 28 total hours to renew so if your bridge course is only 24 hours you have 4 more hours to complete!

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician – 116 + hours (Approximate.  This must be completed over two recertification cycles [4 years].)    The estimated time for AEMT is just that, estimated.  It really depends upon the knowledge level of the instructors teaching the course and of the students taking the bridge course, as well as the speed with which students pick up the new material.  If they have a strong grasp on their EMT-Intermediate knowledge and are enthusiastic about studying and learning, I suspect the course will move along.  If they have let their foundational knowledge slip away over time or do not have strong study habits, you will likely need to plan for more than 116 hours. 

In the next few weeks we will be finalizing lesson plans, cleaning up media, spell checking task analysis and check sheet documents, and rolling out sample syllabi and schedules.  We’ve also got some work to do on pre and post tests for modules.  So, we’re down to the details and getting close to the end.

A big “thank you” to the people who have been helping us by reviewing and giving feedback on the development of lessons.  It has been very rewarding to have both field providers and physicians who have given strong recommendations to ensure that the lessons are meaningful and on target.

Who should attend? Any Kansas TO1, TO2, or I/C who wishes to coordinate Kansas EMS Transition bridge courses will need to complete the Train-the-Trainer course for each level bridge (EMR, EMT, AEMT) they will coordinate.

The scheduled dates for each Region are as follows with locations to be announced on or before July 15:

 Date Location
August 28, 29 – 2010 Region I
September 25, 26 – 2010 Region III
October 9, 10 – 2010 Region VI
October 23, 24 – 2010 Region IV
November 6, 7 – 2010 Region II
November 20, 21 – 2010 Region V

Read more about preparing to teach the bridge courses.

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