October 20, 2011 
News from the CoAEMSP

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CoAEMSP Website

CAAHEP Website

NREMT Website

Institute of Medicine Report

National EMS Scope of Practice

EMS Agenda for the Future

Education Standards

National EMS Core Content 
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

American Ambulance Association (AAA)

 American College of Cardiology (ACC)

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)


 American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP)

 American College of Surgeons (ACS)

 American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)

 National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians (NAEMSP)

 National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

 National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE)

 National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO)

 National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) 
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There's Still Time to Register for the November Accreditation Workshop in Atlanta!


Monday, November 14, 2011, 8:00 AM ET

to Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 12 noon ET


The Omni Hotel at the CNN Center

100 CNN Center 

Atlanta, GA  30303

(404) 659-0000


Accreditation Workshop: STEPS TO SUCCESS


Register Now  

This comprehensive one-and-a-half-day accreditation workshop will arm you with all you need for a successful accreditation experience. You will receive hands-on instructions and guidance. Plan to attend now.   


Join us for an informative workshop, which will include the:

  1. Concept and overview of accreditation 
  2. Process of accreditation 
  3. Steps to the self study report with examples 
  4. Site visit process--how to prepare for it and what happens during and after the visit 
  5. Common stumbling blocks to accreditation and how to overcome them

NEW! Following the conclusion of the workshop at noon on Tuesday, November 15, presenters Dr. Hatch, Ms. Cason and Mr. York will be available for individual 15-minute sessions from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. These special 15-minute sessions will be based on time availability and requests made in advance. A sign-up roster will be available at the beginning of the workshop.


REGISTRATION fee is $350. This fee includes the cost of the workshop plus breakfast, lunch and breaks each day.  




Who Should Review your Self Study Report Before Sending it to CoAEMSP?

by Terry DeVito, Ed, RN, EMT-P, EMSI

Chair, Department of Health Careers

Coordinator, Paramedic Program

Capital Community College



Writing the self study report (SSR) is a process of gathering program data according to the CAAHEP Standards. Once the SSR is complete, and before submitting it to CoAEMSP, allow strategic people to review the document in its entirety.


While you may have had others assisting with the data collection, reviewing the document in relation to the Standards once again provides a clear picture of the entire program as it will be viewed by the site visitors and the CoAEMSP Board members.


Once you have completed compiling the SSR, put it away for a short time. Analyze it again with a copy of the Standards close at hand. Reviewing the content with a fresh perspective often identifies elements that still need attention or clarification.


Next, share the SSR with others who have a vested interest in the program. This includes any key player involved in the program, particularly those who will be part of the interview process, such as program faculty, the Program Medical Director and the program administrative oversight personnel. Depending on the program sponsor type, whether it is a hospital setting, college, or private company, the administrative personnel could include the academic dean, college president, hospital management or company supervisor where the Program resides.


Having key personnel review the self study report serves many purposes. Everyone should be aware of the findings and data that are presented. They may be able to assist with any issues that were discovered, and more importantly, there should not be any surprises during the site visit interviews. 




What are the Steps in the Accreditation Process?

Flow Chart


Use the chart shown here to plan and stay on track during the accreditation process!


Programs seeking initial AND continuing accreditation will find this document helpful in planning tasks and managing time. 

Access the full PDF here.

Register Now for This Free October Webinar

CoAEMSP Site Visits:
Before, During & After  


WebinarThursday, October 27, 2011
1PM Central


Learn the process for coordinating and hosting a CoAEMSP/CAAHEP site visit. You'll find out what to do to prepare, what to expect during the site visit, and what is expected after the site visit occurs. Time will be alloted for questions and answers. Take advantage of this free learning opportunity to make the site visit a successful process.




Meet Board Member


Eric Bentley

Eric is General Surgeon and President of Central Kentucky Surgical Institute, P.S.C., in Campbellsville, Kentucky, a position he has held for 16 years. He has also held the title of Medical Director, Hospice of Central Kentucky, and the Medical Director for Campbellsville /Taylor County Rescue since 1993, Medical Director of Air Evac Life Team since 2003, and Director of Surgical Critical Care at Taylor County Hospital for 21 years. 


Eric has been Assistant Professor of the College of Allied Health Professions, University of Kentucky, for 15 years. In addition, he has been Clinical Professor, General Surgery at Pikeville College, at the School of Osteopathic Medicine, In Pikeville, Kentucky since 1993.  


Eric has served in the US Army since 2003, first as a Commissioned Major. He was then promoted to Lieutenant Colonel the following year, becoming Commander of the 933 Forward Surgical Team in 2005. In 2009, Eric was promoted to Colonel, MC, USAR. While serving in the Army, Eric was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq; Wuerzburg, Germany, and Al Asad, Iraq.    


Eric is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Medical Association, Kentucky Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, National Association of EMS Physicians, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and American Society of General Surgeons.     

Eric holds certification with the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, and Diplomate National Board of Medical Examiners. 

In addition to serving as a board member for the CoAEMSP, Eric is Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services Commissioner, a member of the Kentucky Medical Association Emergency Medical Services Committee, and Chair of the Kentucky Committee on Trauma, as part of the American College of Surgeons. 


Eric was awarded his M.D. from the University of South Alabama in 1985. His military education includes Officers Basic Course, AMEDD Captains Career Course, The United States Army Combat Readiness Center Commanders Safety Course, Forward Surgical Team Commander's Course, The United States Army Reserves CO/DET Commander's Course, and the Joint Combat Trauma Management Course.

Site Visitor Highlight:

Linda Anderson, RN, BSN, MICN

AndersonLinda has been the Director of Paramedic Education at Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California since 1994. Prior to taking this position, Linda was Santa Rosa Junior College Director of EMS Training Programs, serving in this role for 16 years. For eight of those years, Linda held both positions. Among her other experience, Linda was also Director of Emergency Services at Community Hospital ER, where she had 24 hour responsibility for a 40-member staff. 


Linda began her professional career in 1983, when she was an intern at Sonoma County Emergency Medical Services Agency in Santa Rosa. That same year she received her B.S. in Nursing from Sonoma State University. 


Her professional accomplishments include serving on the board of the California Paramedic Program Directors; past president of the Redwood Chapter, Emergency Nurses Association; and numerous advisory/task groups regarding nursing and emergency service standards for professional, governmental and academic organizations.


Linda most recently wrote the article "Program Director Responsibilities" which appeared in the September issue of this eUpdate. 

Meet Our Sponsors:

The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians 



The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians exists to support high quality emergency care, promote and protect the interests of Osteopathic emergency physicians, insure the highest standards of postgraduate education, and provide leadership in research.  


Founded in 1975, ACOEP provides emergency physicians with information pertinent to their practice of emergency medicine, high quality educational programs, CME programs, and access to other health organizations and societies.    

Three levels of membership provides support to active professionals, residents, and students. ACOEP offers a Residency Training Program, and Mentor Program.


The ACOEP is served by President Thomas A. Brabson, D.O., MBA, FACOEP-D; President-elect Gregory Christiansen, D.O., M.Ed., FACOEP; Secretary Mark A. Mitchell, D.O., FACOEP; Treasurer Beth A. Longenecker, D.O., FACOEP; and Immediate Past President Peter A. Bell, D.O., MBA, FACOEP-D.



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