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School of Medicine offers Emergency Medical Services training

Beginning in January 2012, the School of Medicine will commence several programs for EMS professionals to meet the rising demand for emergency medical personnel in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

The school will work in conjunction with the Department of Emergency Medicine at Truman Medical Center to offer Pre-Hospital Life Support training programs, including certified programs for emergency medical technicians, paramedics and EMS instructors.

The programs will continue UMKC’s mission “to provide innovative educational opportunities to support the initial education of UMKC medical students as well as the lifelong learning of the healthcare community overall.”

Designed to highlight the role of first responders in local communities, they will provide one of the most comprehensive educational programs in the regional area.

Each program has already been accredited by the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of EMS. Dr. Joseph Salome III, Medical Director of KCMO Emergency Medical Services, will head the programs.

In addition, the faculty is made up of experienced practitioners, who are share advanced knowledge of emergency medical procedures.

Normally, EMS professionals are the first outlet for community residents seeking life support.

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program, based on the U.S. Department of Transportation curriculum for EMT-Basic education and the 2009 EMS Education Standards for Emergency Medical Technicians, will offer entry-level access for workers interested in becoming part of that outlet.

The Paramedic program will focus on industrial practices associated with pre-hospital emergency medical care.

Classes for both programs begin on January 3 and January 4, respectively.

The EMS Instructor program also offers an entry-level platform, based on the 2002 U.S. Department of Transportation curriculum, for intermediate and advanced EMS personnel.

The programs will take place in the School of Medicine’s Youngblood Medical Skills Lab.

Enrollees are expected to gain practical experience through clinical training exercises with professionals at Truman Medical Center’s emergency division.

ltrigg@unews.com

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