Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support (CONTOMS) Medical Director's Course
The Medical Directors Course is an eight-hour course designed for physicians and others who provide medical control for prehospital personnel operating with tactical law enforcement teams. This course details the rationale and scientific basis for modified standards and scope of practice in the tactical environment. Key topics include: Background for TEMS practice; Modifications in medical procedures and philosophy for care in the tactical environment; TEMS Protocol development; Step-by-step development of a TEMS program; Quality assurance mechanisms; Role of the physician in TEMS; Controversial issues in TEMS; and Tactical Commander's perspective on TEMS.
The goals of the CONTOMS Program are to offer a nationally standardized curriculum, certification process and quality improvement procedure to meet the needs of those EMTs, paramedics and physicians who operate as part of a law enforcement team. Additionally, the program tracks data to ensure the educational efforts are evidence-based, so they meet the dynamic needs of the law enforcement and EMS communities. Finally, the program faculty is available for consultation to federal, state and local agencies to help meet immediate requirements, solve urgent problems or conduct needs assessments.