Every year, EMS Week celebrates the entire EMS community and recognizes the hard and vital work it does. As part of EMS Week, Monday is EMS Education Day. Since EMS education is our forte, we’ve put together a few resources to help educators improve the quality and effectiveness of their classes.
Free Resources for EMS Educators
To get your professional development going and save you some time, we’ve put together this list of printables, learning exercises and other educator resources to help you in the classroom.
2020 UPDATE: We created a class planning guide that essentially combines the resources below, plus includes discussion questions and other ready-to-use content for every major topic in the EMT curriculum. It’s comprehensive and easy to use.
EMTReview.com and ParamedicReview.com are our subscription NREMT prep sites for students. But for instructors, the site contains the resources you need to turn a traditional EMT course into a successful hybrid or “flipped” program. Using a hybrid approach, you can have a successful 15-week class, eliminate weekend sessions, and make your existing class times more relevant and engaging.
Patient Assessment 2019 Flowchart
One of the biggest issues we hear from the classroom is confusion about the patient assessment process for EMTs. This chart cuts the confusion and encourages critical thinking as it moves from primary through secondary assessment.
Exam Item Creation
A four-part guide to item writing for EMS educators wanting to improve the quality of their class exams.
Dynamic Learning Exercises for ALS
These learning-based classroom activities combine clinical education with the practice of compassion.
Spinal Motion Restriction Flowchart
Created last fall after the release of the latest position paper on SMR, this guide will help teach students about spinal motion restriction.
Six Questions to Tell if an EMT is Well Trained
These questions serve as a benchmark for testing EMT students’ readiness for the NREMT and the field.
Exam Cram NREMT Study Guide
This was designed for students and makes a great handout for your class.
FOAMFinder and FOAMed Resources
FOAM (or FOAMed) stands for Free Open Access Medical education. To help find and organize the volumes of FOAM available, we built FOAMFinder – a search engine that helps people discover and share content from a single place.
What other tools and resources have you found to be helpful in your classroom? We’d love for you to share in the comments so other educators can take a look!
EMS Educator Webinars
We also host regular educator webinars. Whether you’re just starting out or have been running a flipped classroom for decades, we’ve got tools and tips for continual improvement. In these webinars, Dan Limmer will share some of his strategies to integrate apps in the classroom and create successful EMS students and practitioners.
The webinars usually cover:
- How we style our questions after the National Registry’s.
- How to integrate apps into any classroom.
- How to navigate LC-Ready apps and educator dashboard tools.
- How to use diagnostic scoring and how it can help guide your lessons.
You’ll also get a complimentary educator app. The apps aren’t dependent on any textbook, and can benefit students of any level, anywhere. If you’re planning for upcoming courses now, this is a great opportunity to evaluate your lesson plans and look for areas of opportunity.