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AUGUST 1 - 6
NAEMSE Educator Symposium, Fort Worth

OCTOBER 13 & 14
Accreditation Workshop
Salt Lake City

DECEMBER 1 & 2
Accreditation Workshop Dallas - Ft. Worth
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A COMMITTEE ON ACCREDITATION OF CAAHEP

JUNE 2016 
Site Visitor Application Deadline Fast Approaching!
The CoAEMSP is increasing its site visitor cadre and is seeking Paramedic educators and physicians to become site visitors for CoAEMSP.

Complete application packets are due no later than July 1 for those interested in applying.

The training workshop will be hosted on October 24-25, 2016 in Denver for those applicants who have been selected to be site visitors.

FAQs were compiled to help answer the questions you may have regarding the workshop.


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VISITOR APPLICATION

By the Numbers

Change in Monitoring Requirement for NAEMT Courses
Earlier this year, NAEMT's Education Committee reviewed current policies covering how EMS training centers become approved to conduct NAEMT courses.

In recognition of the high educational standards that EMS training centers must demonstrate to obtain CAAHEP accreditation, the committee recommended, and the NAEMT Board approved, waiving the standard requirement of affiliate faculty monitoring of new courses for all CAAHEP accredited Paramedic programs.

CAAHEP accredited Paramedic programs can now use their designated course coordinators to monitor their own faculty teaching NAEMT courses, provided that their faculty complies with all NAEMT instructor requirements (i.e., successful completion of the NAEMT Instructor Course and provider course).

Please contact Corine Curd, NAEMT's Course Site Development Manager at corine.curd@naemt.org for more information.
New Program Director? New Medical Director? New President/CEO? New Lead Instructor?
When there is a change in personnel (Program Director, Medical Director, Associate Medical Director, Assistant Medical Director, Lead Instructor, Dean, President/CEO), the program must notify the CoAEMSP of changes within 15 calendar days of the vacancy.

Within 30 days of the vacancy, the program must submit required supporting documentation for the Program Director and Medical Director.

Personnel change forms are available here.
Annual Fees Due July 1 
Avoid Additional Processing Fees & Other Necessary Actions!

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Staff Contact: Ruth Crump,  ruth@coaemsp.org or 214-703-8445, x116
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Programs received an invoice for Annual Accreditation Fees ($1,400) and Annual Satellite Fees ($500 per satellite) the week of May 4. This invoice came from Ruth Crump ( ruth@coaemsp.org).

If you have not received an invoice, first, check your spam folder to see if the invoice ended up there; if not, notify Ruth: ruth@coaemsp.org, so that she can email it to you immediately.

The due date for the invoice is July 1. This applies to ALL programs that either hold accreditation, the Letter of Review, or are working toward the LoR.

To avoid additional processing fees, payment is due on or before July 31.  

NOTE: An Additional Processing Fee invoice of $500 will be sent the first week in August for past due Annual Accreditation Fees and Annual Satellite Fees.

If your program requires that a Purchase Order appear on the invoice, email this request immediately to   ruth@coaemsp.org.
Exploration Step: Assessing a Fee to Consortium Sponsors
At a recent meeting of the CoAEMSP Board of Directors, the board approved a motion to consider assessing a fee to a sponsor that is a consortium. A consortium is a unique sponsorship of a program when two or more members partner together to operate a Paramedic program. According to CAAHEP Standard I.B.:

I. Sponsorship
B. Consortium Sponsor
1. A consortium sponsor is an entity consisting of two or more members that exists for the purpose of operating an educational program. In such instances, at least one of the members of the consortium must meet the requirements of a sponsoring institution as described in I.A.

2. The responsibilities of each member of the consortium must be clearly documented in a formal affiliation agreement or memorandum of understanding, which includes governance and lines of authority.

With all consortium sponsors, additional time is required during the comprehensive review process to review and work with a consortium sponsor to ensure the documented formal affiliation agreement or MoU meets all the components of a consortium.

Future updates will be provided via the monthly eUpdate, www.coaemsp.org, and on social media.
New Request for Approval Form! 
Be Sure You Understand Requirements for Satellite Locations & Classes!
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Staff Contact: Lynn Caruthers, lynn@coaemsp.org or 214-703-8445, x116
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Some programs are under the impression that having its satellite location and class approved once is enough. Not true!

The completed Request for Approval must be submitted in ADVANCE of the beginning of class, and for EACH cohort matriculated for each satellite location.

A new form is now used for the Request for Approval instead of via Survey Monkey! Be sure to use the new form!

Failure to obtain prior CoAEMSP approval for each location/class may result in the graduates from the location/class not being eligible for the national examination for the Paramedic.

Questions about this form and about the approval process may be directed to Lynn Caruthers at 214-703-8445, x115 or lynn@coaemsp.org.
Are you Registered?
CoAEMSP is at the NAEMSE Educator Symposium!


August 1-6, 2016
Fort Worth, Texas


PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION


Evaluating Student Competency
Monday, August 1, 8 am to 5 pm
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CoAEMSP BREAKOUT SESSIONS

CAAHEP Unplugged--Accreditation Update 2016
Saturday, August 6, 10:10am to 11:10am
More Information & Registration

CoAEMSP Case Studies
Saturday, August 6, 1:30pm to 2:30 pm
More Information & Registration

CoAEMSP Annual Reports
Saturday, August 6, 2:40pm to 3:40pm
More Information & Registration





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CoAEMSP EXHIBIT BOOTH
Meet One-on-One with CoAEMSP Staff and Board Members
Find us at Booth #502
Register for CAAHEP Accreditation
Workshops in Salt Lake City
and Dallas!

 


     
Left: Dr. Thom Skalko, President of CAAHEP, welcomes attendees.
Right: Dr. Gordy Kokx educates attendees on the 2015 CAAHEP
Standards and Guidelines , and answers questions.


OCTOBER 13 & 14
SALT LAKE CITY
Registration opens July 1

DECEMBER 1 & 2
DALLAS - FT. WORTH
Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center
Registration opens July 1



This updated accreditation workshop will focus on the new 2015 CAAHEP Standards and the new Self Study Report templates. This workshop is a must for new program directors as well as seasoned program directors!

Because all programs will be transitioning to the new Self Study Reports (SSRs), and more than 200 programs will be going through the accreditation process for the first time, these workshops will serve as an invaluable resource.

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Why Should YOU Attend an Accreditation Workshop? Read Comments from the Most Recent Workshop Attendees

"This course should be mandatory for program directors and deans."

"We attend yearly as our commitment to the accreditation. It is so worth the time and money to maintain the accreditation."

"Great job; I feel a lot better about our upcoming visit."

"I liked the presentation of each step of the process. We are currently awaiting our site visit so that portion of the workshop was the most applicable to our situation. I appreciated the slides that contained valuable information regarding preparation for the site visit. And the general vibe of the workshop was relaxed so that attendees felt they could ask any question and have it answered to their satisfaction. If the presenters felt there wasn't adequate time to discuss the question right then, they always made sure to make time for discussion later."

"This workshop was extremely valuable to the accreditation process. We are anticipating a site visit in the fall and had a high level of anxiety about that process. Leaving the workshop, I felt confident that we were on the right track.CoAEMSP makes several tools available to make the process easier and also provides resources for questions or
concerns that arise along the way. Excellent workshop and I am so grateful that I was able to attend."

"This was truly one of the best workshops that I've attended in years. Excellent on all fronts: CoA staff, presenters, hotel & food were all excellent. Reasonable price for conference, hotel and flight. A++++"

Milestones
In recognition of an educational milestone being achieved, the CoAEMSP would like to recognize those who have furthered their education and earned a Masters degree or higher. Congratulations!

Paul Arens, MEd, NRP, program director of the Paramedic program at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, earned the Masters of Education degree from the University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on May 20, 2016.

Jason Hemler, MS
, program director of the Paramedic program at California State University-Sacramento earned the Master of Science degree from California State University-Long Beach on December 22, 2015.

Allen Patterson, MPA
, program director of the Paramedic program at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama, earned the Master of Public Administration degree from Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts, on May 21, 2016.
CoAEMSP is Seeking Two Public Members
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Staff Contact: Dr. George Hatch, Jr., george@coaemsp.org or x112
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The Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) has vacancies for two public member positions on its Board of Directors. Public members of the CoAEMSP serve three-year terms, with eligibility for a maximum of three consecutive terms of service. Public members will begin serving immediately following their election (expected to be August 2016). There is no honorarium for these Board positions, although all customary travel expenses associated with the position are reimbursed.The purpose of the CoAEMSP includes:
  1. Functioning as a Committee on Accreditation (CoA) member of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) to provide accreditation services to educational programs in the EMS professions;
  2. Conducting the Letter of Review process for educational programs in the EMS professions;
  3. Monitoring the need for recognition of Paramedic educational programs and/or courses of instruction, and responding to such need; and,
  4. Educating the public, sponsoring organizations, governmental agencies, healthcare professions, and others about recognition, review and accreditation of programs/courses for the EMS professions.
The CoAEMSP has 14 sponsoring organizations; each sponsor has two representatives on the CoAEMSP Board of Directors, which constitutes a Board of 28 directors. The addition of two public members would bring the number to a total of 30 and is in accordance with our Bylaws.Please refer to the position description for additional detail. Interested applicants should submit all required application documentation to Dr. George W. Hatch, Jr, at george@coaemsp.org. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

The position description and the application can be found here.
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Jennifer S. Anderson Warwick, MA
CoAEMSP