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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.