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Objectives for Royal College residency 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.
  • Understand the duties, responsibilities and authority of an EMS medical director.
  • Know the indications/contraindications, advantages/limitations and special considerations that may pose specific problems with patient care by air medical transport.
  • Be familiar with EMS controversial issues.
  • Understand EMS medico-legal issues.
  • Understand continuous quality improvement as it applies to EMS systems.
  • Be familiar with EMS disaster planning, management of CBRNE events and preparing for mass gatherings.
  • Be able to discuss the potential expanded roles of EMS and its integration with other health programs and care providers as part of Integrated Networks of Emergency Care.


  • Orientation to the vehicles, equipment and medications that EHS uses.
  • Three ground ambulance ride-alongs – at least 1 day and 1 night shift.
  • Conduct an interactive educational session.


Fellows or residents from other programs, please contact Dr. Alix Carter at (902) 494-2255 or ems@dal.ca or Jennifer Day at jennifere.day@nshealth.ca for more information.