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Annual Reports Update
Thank you to all of the 517 programs that submitted their annual report on time! That is an incredible number that will steadily increase for the next several years and is the new norm. In the past a single individual from the staff conducted a preliminary review of the annual reports; however, the internal process has changed. This year a committee of volunteer board members and staff are reviewing and analyzing the 517 annual reports. Programs will be notified mid-April of the outcome of that review.

Every accredited program will be notified mid-April if the CoAEMSP's review of the 2016 Annual Report indicated any targeted threshold(s) is/were not met and identify the applicable SPR(s) due.

For 2016, CoAEMSP is reviewing the 3-year outcomes window for Graduation Year 2015+2014+2013. The 2016 Annual Report targeted thresholds are:
  • NREMT/State WRITTEN Examination Success
  • NREMT/State PRACTICAL Examination Success
  • Retention
  • Positive (Job) Placement
The revised SPRs will be posted on the Annual Reports page of the CoAEMSP website on April 1. Standardized Progress Reports for 2016 will be due no later than June 1, 2017.

Board Member Joe Nelson Receives Distinguished Fellowship Honorary Title
CoAEMSP Board Member Joe Nelson, DO, FACOEP-D, was recently awarded the Distinguished Fellowship in the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians honorary title. This is a title that acknowledges the further accomplishments of an emergency physician who already holds the honorary title of Fellow in the College who has surpassed the expectations of the College in the following ways:
  • advancing the practice of emergency medicine through his or her own efforts in the founding of or teaching in an approved residency program
  • conducting significant research in the field of emergency medicine
  • professional contributions or service to national, regional or local agencies dedicated to either osteopathic medicine or emergency medicine
  • contributing to America through national service.
The CoAEMSP is proud of Joe and honored to have him on its board!
NO Milk Carton Medical Directors
Attending the 19th Annual EMS State of the Science: Gathering of Eagles Conference, CoAEMSP Executive Director George Hatch, EdD, LP, EMT-P shared with the nearly 1,000 attendees his conviction that medical directors must be actively engaged with their personnel and not be what he termed a "Milk Carton Medical Director," or "one who can't tell who their paramedics were if they were in the same room." His comment drew a rounding applause.

The conference consists of "rapid-fire lectures" by medical directors--or 'Eagles'--from the largest municipalities and EMS systems in the United States, Great Britain and New Zealand.

According to the article appearing on Jems.com and written by Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, the faculty of 40 EMS medical directors presented talks that immersed the attendees' brains in the 'state of the science' of EMS, including the latest thinking, protocol changes and explanations of what procedures and practices may be in store for them in the near future.
As of February 14
CoAEMSP Becomes Largest Committee on Accreditation Within CAAHEP
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is a programmatic post-secondary accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and carries out its accrediting activities in cooperation with 25 review committees (Committees on Accreditation, CoA). CAAHEP currently accredits more than 2100 entry-level education programs in 30 health science professions.

In January, the CoAEMSP eclipsed the committee on accreditation for medical assisting, Medical Assisting Educational Review Board (MAERB), to become the largest CoA within the CAAHEP system with 528 programs.

By the Numbers

Personnel Changes Update
When there is a change in key personnel (Program Director, Medical Director), whether on a permanent, temporary, or acting basis, the CoAEMSP Executive Office must be notified no later than (15) calendar days following the effective date of vacancy. A Personnel Change form and supporting documentation must be submitted.
When there is a change in key personnel (President or Dean), whether on a permanent or temporary basis, the CoAEMSP Executive Office must be notified no later than (15) calendar days following the effective date of vacancy.
When there is a change in key personnel (ADDING/Updating Associate Medical Director, Assistant Medical Director, or Lead Instructor), the CoAEMSP Executive Office must be notified no later than (15) calendar days following the effective date of the vacancy/appointment. A Personnel Change form and supporting documentation must be submitted.  These positions are new under the 2015 CAAHEP Standards and require approval by CoAEMSP.  Self studies being submitted under the 2015 CAAHEP Standards identifying these new positions may also require submission of the required personnel documentation outlined on our website IF the self study report does not contain the information (i.e. full CV, signed/dated appointment/acceptance letter, current State and/or NREMT license(s) as applicable for the position).  An official transcript is required for the Lead Instructor validating his/her highest degree.

The CoAEMSP Personnel Change Form requires OFFICE CONTACT ONLY; therefore, if the personnel change form does NOT INCLUDE office contact information, the personnel change form (and the entire packet if submitted as one document) will be REJECTED; the program will be required to submit a new personnel change form following the stated instructions.

Refer to the Personnel Changes page of our website for more information.

Effective April 1, 2017, there will be a $100 fee assessed to a program if it fails to notify the CoAEMSP of a personnel change within the prescribed time limits. This fee is assessed per personnel change.
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Shelia Barnes, program director of the Paramedic program sponsored by Northeast Alabama Community College, Rainsville, Ala., earned a Masters of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham on August 13, 2016.

Darryl Cleveland, program director of the Paramedic program sponsored by Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nev., earned a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, on December 27, 2016.

Dawnelle Mathis, program director of the Paramedic program sponsored by Pueblo Community College, Pueblo, CO, earned a Masters of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology from New York Chiropractic College on August 12, 2016.
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Jennifer S. Anderson Warwick, MA