Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs
for the Emergency Medical Services Professions



CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting, Teleconference



CoAEMSP Quarterly Board Meeting,

CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting,
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State Officials:
Is Your State/Territory Ready for the Accreditation Initiative?
Are You Ready
The National EMS Accreditation Initiative begins January 1, 2013. Determine if your state or territory is ready. Learn more.
Potential Paramedic Students:
What to Look for in an Education Program
Is Your Program Accredited
Programs of instruction beginning January 1, 2013 must be accredited. Here's what you should know about this new accreditation initiative. Learn more.

What You Need to Know
Not all paramedic educational programs are alike. Make sure you are informed when considering a career as a paramedic and when evaluating programs for enrollment. Learn more.
2012 Annual Report Available Soon!

Support is available by email and phone: Lynn Caruthers at lynn@coaemsp.org or 214-703-8445, ext 115.

If you are a program that is CAAHEP-accredited or holds the CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR), you will receive an email later this month informing you that access to the annual report is available for data entry, along with your program's user name and password. The filing deadline is December 1, 2012.

Key Points to the Annual Report
  1. Enrollment & Retention: continue adding enrolled classes up through December 1, 2012.
  2. Survey Worksheet: Survey results for the graduates of 2011 are to be entered.
If you already filed a 2012 Annual Report, you must update that report and re-submit.

Keys to an Appropriate Response to the Findings Letter or Submission of Progress Report

By Patricia Tritt, RN, MA; Director, EMS and Trauma
HealthONE, Englewood, CO

After digesting the contents and information requested in a Findings Letter or preparing a Progress Report, preparing an appropriate response is critical. Questions may be: What exactly are they asking for, what specifically do I need to submit, and how much detail is expected? Read the complete article
Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio (PPCP)

The Board of Directors of the CoAEMSP recognizes the need to determine minimum entry-level competence for successful practice as a paramedic.  To that end, the CoAEMSP Board has determined that a mechanism must be in place to verify that graduates of paramedic programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP) have achieved terminal competence as an entry level paramedic.
A Significant Step in Strengthening EMS Nationwide
Michigan's Move to Implement the Accreditation Initiative

Most recently, Michigan State EMS Officials have been working to implement the requirement for accreditation of paramedic educational programs in their state.

During a recent interview, NASEMSO President Randy Kuykendall expressed that NASEMSO was extremely pleased with Michigan's actions. "Sometimes public policy takes a while, and I believe we'll get there as a country," Randy said. "EMS is only 40 years old and we've done things a certain way for about 38 of those years. Sometimes it takes some time to work through the understanding of a change."

From the NASEMSO perspective, Randy said, the accreditation initiative is in the best interest of patients and the professionals who carry out patient care.  Randy cautioned, however, that the EMS community still has work ahead of it. "We're not there yet, even though 2013 is virtually on us," Randy said. "There are still opportunities out there. But we are closer than we've ever been."

Speaking about the accreditation initiative in general, Randy said, "In the 39 years I've been in EMS, I can't remember when four EMS organizations came together at the national level to lift up our profession in such a manner. This demonstrates what can happen when key EMS organizations come together and set their mind to it. NASEMSO gives a big shout out to CoAEMSP, NASEMSO, NREMT and NAEMSE for putting their efforts into this move. The requirement for accreditation is huge in our profession."

Randy concluded in saying, "NASEMSO is committed to providing the resources and support to states so they can in turn support their schools in adopting National Certification and the accreditation initiative."
New Webinars from CAAHEP

CAAHEP Webinars
These webinars are provided free of charge if you participate by using a computer USB headset.* Pre-registration is required --please note the "register by" date. Don't miss out--be sure to register today!

*If you use a telephone, you may incur long distance phone charges, depending on your long distance plan.

Your Advisory Committee:  Meeting Expectations and Beyond
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 12:30 to 1:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Register by: October 2, 2012


Effective Interprofessional Faculty Development
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12:30 to 1:30 PM (Eastern Time)
 Register by: October 12, 2012

CoAEMSP Board Member Bill Raynovich Receives Lifetime Achievement Award 
William (Bill) Raynovich, EdD., Associate Professor and Director of Creighton University's Emergency Medical Services Education program, is the recipient of the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award honors individuals who have dedicated themselves to EMS education in roles including teachers, mentors and national speakers. Raynovich has devoted more than 45 years to the EMS profession as a clinician, educator, author, researcher and national and international speaker. Read more.

Meet Board Member
Bridgette Svancarek, MD, FACEP

Bridgette is Clinical Instructor, Washington University School of   Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She is also an Emergency Medicine Physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) and Barnes-Jewish West Hospital (BJWC).

Academic positions Bridgette holds include Clinical Instructor, EMS Section, Division of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine; Emergency Medicine Physician BJH; Emergency Medicine Physician BJWC; and Core Faculty EMS Fellowship at Washington University. Read more.  
Meet Site Visitor
Chy Miller
Chy Millier
Chy is currently Director of Emergency Services Education and Department Chair for Public Safety at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas.  
Chy has experience as an ACLS provider/instructor;  PALS provider; Firefighter I & II  Instructor; AHLS instructor; PHTLS provider; and Kansas certified  Instructor/Coordinator. He also has experience as a Paramedic/Training Officer and Caption/Training Officer. Read more.  

Meet Our Sponsors
International Association of Firefighters
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has nearly 300,000 members who are full-time professional city and county fire fighters and paramedics.

In addition to these city and county professionals, The IAFF also represents state employees, federal workers and fire and emergency medical workers employed at various industries.

The IAFF is headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices also in Ontario, Canada. The IAFF is one of the most active lobbying organizations in Washington DC.

The IAFF has been instrumental in making significant improvements in fire and emergency services. It is the primary advocate for fire fighters and paramedics, to ensure they can carry out their responsibilities.

A number of programs and services are provided to IAFF members, including the Alumni Association; International Fire Fighters Unions Alliance; and Education & Training. The IAFF Charitable Foundation supports IAFF members and their families in their time of need, promote fire and burn prevention, advocate for fire fighter health and safety, and educate the public in preventing and recovering from traumatic events.

The IAFF Executive Board is responsible for policy making and providing services to its members. Harold Schaitberger is General President; with Thomas H. Miller serving as General-Secretary-Treasurer. 

IAFF representatives on the CoAEMSP Board are Manuel Chavez and Barbara Sellers.

Visit the IAFF website.
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Jennifer S. Anderson Warwick, MA