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This Month’s MedicCast Live Show on Collegiate EMS
This month, the MedicCast Live looked at the unique group of community EMS volunteers that make up the collegiate EMS provider. These EMTs and paramedics are college students who provide volunteer emergency medical services as first response units and transport units for their classmates at colleges and universities across the country.
We were very pleased to have two representatives from the NCEMSF (National Collegiate EMS Foundation). NCEMSF President Dr. George J. Koenig, D.O. and Vice President Scott Savett, PhD both active responders in collegiate EMS during their undergraduate careers. Dr. Koenig is a trauma fellow at Johns Hopkins University Hospital and Dr. Savett is chemist and informatics implementation specialist in the pharmaceutical industry.
We also had long time listeners David Cawston formerly of the University of Vermont response team and Woody Parker of St. Lawrence University EMS in upstate New York. We also had the pleasure of hosting several other collegiate EMS providers in the chatroom and on the phone lines during the show.
We discussed confidentiality issues and HIPAA rules, common funding issues for these lightly funded organizations, interactions and training with surrounding services, and other current focuses of the NCEMSF and their member organizations.
I urge all of you to listen to this episode with an ear towards how important it is to work with neighboring organizations in training, joint operations and emergency planning. These issues came up during the discussions on several occassions and don’t just pertain to collegiate EMS. These problems are faced and affect all of us.
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