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Are computers really the issue?

Are computers really the issue?

A recent New York Times opinion piece discussed the issue of laptops in the classroom. It was a popular piece and frequently shared among EMS educators but are we looking at the problem from the wrong direction?

NREMT: Ridiculous or Relevant?

NREMT: Ridiculous or Relevant?

As exam season starts, Facebook study groups are lighting up with posts from students who find perfectly reasonable questions totally outrageous. They label the NREMT as “ridiculous” and “out of touch with the street.” Why? Because they are poorly prepared for what to expect.

Tight and Right: Feedback for Item Writers

Tight and Right: Feedback for Item Writers

Writing good NREMT style questions can be difficult. Our items writers are getting great advice from Todd Vreeland on their questions. We have gathered his advice here – be sure to check it out before writing your next exam.

On Seizures, Syncope and Science

On Seizures, Syncope and Science

Not all research papers provide everything you need to know about a topic. It is up to the reader to carefully read, analyze, think and apply each bit of information to clinical practice. How can published research impact EMS thoughts and practices in the field?

4 Steps for Evaluating a NREMT Question

4 Steps for Evaluating a NREMT Question

What is the most important information in the stem of a question? We propose that there are 4 steps you can use to best evaluate a NREMT question.

Do you fail if you kill a patient?

Do you fail if you kill a patient?

Our friend, Becky Valentine, posted a note on her Facebook page telling a story where she heard a student waiting to take their final practical ask, “Is it a fail if you kill the patient?” It is a great anecdote—and one of the many questions our students ask that make us both smile and shake […]

High Tech/Low Tech in EMS Education

High Tech/Low Tech in EMS Education

Much is said today about the tech-enabled classroom. Simulation, classroom response systems (polling) and gaming are becoming mainstream practices. These high tech methods create a dynamic classroom that appeals to students and provides solid education. But what about low tech? All too often EMS is an all-or-nothing proposition. In this case, either heavily reliant on […]