August 11, 2010
CoAEMSP Site Visitor Scoop

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Site Visitor Update Luncheon at NAEMSE Annual Symposium

WHAT:    CoAEMSP Site Visitor Update
               (Special Invitational Session)

WHO:      Current CoAEMSP Site Visitors

WHEN:     Friday, September 10, 2010; 12:30 - 2:30PM

WHERE:   NAEMSE Annual Symposium, Schaumburg (Chicago), IL

WHY:       to show our appreciation for your work with us

RSVP:      to Jennifer at or 817.330.0080,  X114

Upcoming Webinar

CalendarCoAEMSP is providing current site visitors with this webinar to educate and update them on recent changes within CoAEMSP. These include changes in the site visit process, interpretations of the Standards, and resources available to site visitors and programs.

Site visitors are required to successfully complete any required Site Visitor Updates (with post update exam) and attend any required CE sessions provided by the CoAEMSP (web-based, in-person, or other format) to ensure continuous compliance with CAAHEP Standards to maintain their status as a CoAEMSP/CAAHEP site visitor. The webinars will be provided online at a later date.

Due to demand, CoAEMSP is offering its inaugural webinar again:

"Changes in the Process, the Site Visitor Manual, and State Government Issues."

August 18
3:00PM EDT / 2:00PM CDT / 1:00PM MDT / 12:00 Noon PDT

Register here

Reminder: Book Air Travel Early!
Help Keep Site Visit Costs Down

money bagIf there is one thing program directors are concerned about regarding their site visit, it is the costs involved. CoAEMSP does what it can to keep costs down; however, our site visitors play a big role in this, too!

An email confirmation of the site visit is sent to site visitors at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance, with instructions to begin making travel arrangements. However, too many site visitors are waiting until the last minute, which results in higher air fares.

CoAEMSP appreciates the time you give and the expertise you share; without your knowledge and experience, CoAEMSP would not be the strong organization it is. As a valued volunteer,  you are asked to book your airline ticket as soon as you receive the confirmation email with the program director's contact information.

Thank you for your understanding.

Standards Interpretations:
Preceptor Training

Standard: III.B.1.a.1) Program Director Responsibilities

The program director must be responsible for all aspects of the program, including, but not limited to:

1) the administration, organization, and supervision of the educational program.

  • Purposes of the student rotation (minimum competencies, skills, and behaviors)
  • Evaluation tools used by the program
  • Criteria of evaluation for grading students
  • Contact information for the program
The training media may take many forms: written documents, formal course, power point presentation, video, on-line, or there could be designated trainers on-site that the program relies on. The program should tailor the method of delivery to the type of rotation (e.g. hospital, physician office, field).

The program must demonstrate that each field internship preceptor has completed the training. For example, there may be an on-line session documenting completion by the preceptor, or there may be a written packet provided by the program, which is read and signed by the preceptor at the start of the rotation, or a representative of the program may meet briefly with the potential preceptors at that location.

There must be an orientation offered for at least key hospital and other clinical experience personnel. The program can then arrange to have those key personnel provide guidance to other hospital preceptors, if needed.

The program must provide evidence of the completion of the training of field internship preceptors by dated rosters of participants, on-line logs, signed acknowledgment by the field internship preceptor.

Standards Interpretations Approved

The CoAEMSP Board approved more interpretations of the CAAHEP Standards at its most recent Board meeting, including: Medical Director responsibilities, curriculum, resource assessment, student evaluations and graduate assessment, and more!

Access all of the Standards interpretations here.

We Need Your Picture!

photographerCoAEMSP is getting new name badges! The look is fresh, professional, and jazzy! To complete these name badges, we need your picture. The name badge will identify you as a CoAEMSP/CAAHEP Site Visitor with your name, credentials, and picture, along with emergency contact information of CoAEMSP staff.

Email a head shot of yourself to Jennifer at  that includes a white or neutral wall for a background. The photo does not need to be professionally taken; however, a professional photograph will be accepted.

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