Innovative approaches to emergency medical services fellowship challenges

Benjamin W. Weston, Joshua Gaither, Kevin Schulz, Saranya Srinivasan, Jennifer J. Smith, M. Riccardo Colella

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Abstract

Introduction: Since the development of an Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited emergency medical services (EMS) fellowship, there has been little published literature on effective methods of content delivery or training modalities. Here we explore a variety of innovative approaches to the development and revision of the EMS fellowship curriculum. Methods: Three academic, university-based ACGME-accredited EMS fellowship programs each implemented an innovative change to their existing training curricula. These changes included the following: a novel didactic curriculum delivery modality and evaluation; implementation of a distance education program to improve EMS fellows’ rural EMS experiences; and modification of an existing EMS fellowship curriculum to train a non-emergency medicine physician. Results: Changes made to each of the above EMS fellowship programs addressed unique challenges, demonstrating areas of success and promise for more generalized implementation of these curricula. Obstacles remain in tailoring the described curricula to the needs of each unique institution and system. Conclusion: Three separate curricula and program changes were implemented to overcome specific challenges and achieve educational goals. It is our hope that our shared experiences will enable others in addressing common barriers to teaching the EMS fellowship core content and share similar innovative approaches to educational challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-433
Number of pages5
JournalWestern Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

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  • Emergency Medicine

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