Finally in the news this week is a story out of Arkansas from their University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. They are starting an emergency medical services bachelor’s degree program that is aimed at improving leadership and clinical skills and education of their graduates.
Health Care Disciplines Collaborate
The chair of the Emergency Medical Sciences, Daniel Bercher, says in the article that he hopes it will also encourage more interdisciplinary interaction between the other Health Sciences program students and faculty. I agree that this is needed. In order for our careers and profession to be advanced, we have to do more to be seen as health care professionals and public safety and first responders.
To do this, there are a few things that we need to do. First we need to develop our own body of research focusing on how we do our jobs and what influences patient outcomes positively. Second, we must collaborate with other professions with whom we interact on a regular basis on some research so they see us as colleagues and not just delivery people.
Moving EMS Career Path Forward
Encouraging 4-year degree programs for EMS at the paramedic level and beyond is the next step in this process. Eventually developing our own EMS Masters and PhD programs will follow until we can be seen as advanced practitioners along side physicians and nurses in their advanced practice roles.
This coincides well with our changing role in community paramedicine, too. As we move to become mobile health care providers and not just emergency responders, we can advance paramedic practice to the next level. I’m looking forward to the next few years of change and advancement. Are you?
Let me know what you think by shooting me an email to Podmedic@mac.com and let me know what you think about this news item.
Follow-up on the link for this and other news items as well as all of the additional resource links in the show notes for this episode — A.J. Heightman, Jennifer Berry, JEMS and Episode 328.