Electives for Medical Students
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Electives in EMS are available to fourth-year medical students.
Objectives for Elective Rotation in EMS
- Develop a working knowledge of EMS systems, their components and how these components are integrated.
- Be familiar with how the present EMS system in Nova Scotia (EHS) was developed and why this model was chosen.
- Be familiar with the different levels of paramedics, their education and scope of practice.
- Know the duties, responsibilities and authority of an EMS medical director.
- Be familiar with the advantages/ limitations of air medical transport.
- Be familiar with EMS controversial issues.
- Become familiar with EMS disaster planning, management of CBRNE events and preparing for mass gatherings.
- Be familiar with the potential expanded roles of EMS and its integration with other health programs and care providers.
- Orientation to the vehicles, equipment and medications that EHS uses.
- Two ground ambulance ride-alongs – at least 1 day and 1 night shift.
- Conduct an interactive educational session with either paramedics or paramedic students or both.
- Listen in real time to call takers and dispatchers (grounds, air and medical first response) in the EHS communications centre.
- Participation in a CQI activity.
- A tour of the Air Medical Base with interaction with the paramedics, nurses, pilots and administrative staff.
- A half day shift in the emergency department, spending time with the triage and the department paramedics.