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Association Update: NAEMSE to Lead Update of Education Standards

Last year was exciting and productive for the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE). In 2018 more than 1,100 EMS educators took part in NAEMSE instructor courses.

In addition to the Level 1 Instructor Course (IC 1), we are excited to be promoting additional courses such as IC 2, which builds on the foundation of IC 1 with topics such as lesson plans, presentation technologies, and administrative issues. Our Evaluating Student Competency course covers areas such as simulation and scenario oral evaluation and cut score determination, to name a few.

Also in 2018 NAEMSE partnered with the Platinum Educational Group to put on a workshop focused on improving students’ EMS techniques, where attendees learned to perfect testing, measurement of techniques, and tips and tricks for moulage creation. We held four classes across the country, leaving dozens of attendees with new and exciting ways to improve their teaching techniques. 

In the planning stages in 2019 is a new Skills Lab Instructor workshop to provide evidence-based strategies for lab instructors to efficiently and effectively instruct and evaluate student skill acquisition and performance. We hope to have this ready for registration by the end of 2019. 

NAEMSE has partnered with Jones and Bartlett Learning to put out the third edition of the NAEMSE Foundations of Education textbook. The third edition will have a new chapter that covers accreditation along with updated chapters on simulation, remediation, and EMS educator roles, along with many others. Look for its release by August 2019. 

The National Association of EMS Educators completed another successful annual EMS Educators Symposium in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of educators gathered to help advance EMS education. Topics at the 2018 symposium included technology, mentoring, student assessments, and measurement.

The 2019 NAEMSE Symposium will be held at the Omni Hotel in Ft. Worth, Tex. July 31–Aug 5. The program committee and chairs are busy putting together another education-filled event. Our guest speaker this year will be nationally known EMS cartoonist Steve Berry, who will entertain attendees in the opening general session and other breakout sessions with his humor and insights. 

NHTSA has awarded NAEMSE and the RedFlash Group the contract to revise the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards. With the release of the 2018 revised National EMS Scope of Practice Model, it is now time to also address the decade-old EMS education standards to ensure they are up to date, align with current medical practice, and reflect revisions to the scope of practice. The partnership between NAEMSE and the RedFlash Group provides a complete team of subject matter experts.

Look for more information on the NAEMSE website as the project moves forward, with invitations for feedback and input along with opportunities to apply to be a content reviewer or subject matter expert. The project is estimated to last through 2020.

NAEMSE also officially announces the retirement of executive director/CEO Joann Freel. Joann served as our executive director for 23 years. At the NAEMSE Symposium in August we held a retirement reception where many of her friends came to wish her luck. Until a new CEO is hired, our business manager, Stephen Perdziola, will step into the role of acting CEO. 

We continue to work with our strategic partners and thank them for their support. We invite EMS educators to join our association and help be a voice for EMS education. NAEMSE empowers the profession of EMS education through collaboration, education, and innovation. Visit to find out more. 

Bryan F. Ericson, MEd, RN, NRP, LP, is chair of the NAEMSE board of directors. He has 23 years’ experience teaching EMS and is an associate professor of emergency medical services at Tarrant County College in Hurst, Tex. He has taught at UT Southwestern Medical Center and served as EMS clinical coordinator for the Arlington Fire Department.


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