The role of an EMS Education Advisory Committee is simple: to provide input, guidance, recommendations regarding our EMS Institute training programs, and to review and revise the program goals as necessary. For an EMS Education Advisory Committee to be maximally effective, a broad representation of our stakeholders is crucial.
Stakeholders: A stakeholder may be defined as: a community of people who share a common interest in our educational program(s). Practically speaking, how does this relate to our programs? This can be addressed through the two following questions:
Who are the individuals most impacted by our program(s)?
How can we better address the needs of those most impacted by our program(s)?
The answers vary but probably include representatives from various community interests. Area employers including representation from our EMS Chief’s Association should be a primary component.
Hospitals or other clinical areas where students complete clinical rotations should be participants: this includes both nursing and physician representatives. These individuals can provide important information on this critical student experience.
Program support agencies that provide field internship opportunities may not be agencies that hire our graduates but should be included. This may include agencies such as the coroner’s office, urgent care centers, colleges and universities as well as our emergency communications center. External partners such as fire and law enforcement will be able to offer significant insight into inter-disciplinary integration for our programs and will have representation on the committee.
Program graduates provide an additional view point for continuous quality improvement and should represent the more recent (and therefore, more relevant) perspectives on the current program(s).
Program coordinators (ALS, BLS and ancillary programs) and Montgomery County EMS Regional Council administration representatives are basically ex-officio members.
Our EMS Education Advisory Committee meetings provide a time to update the representatives on all program activities, but should primarily serve to assess our programs, review progress toward our collective goals, and discuss future improvements in a collaborative forum.
Lastly, the committee should select a chair-person, shape itself into an initial structure with shared and collaborative areas of responsibility, while working to invite other members of interest into the committee.
Requirement: The EMS Education Advisory Committee will meet quarterly and at least once a year, review the goals, outcomes for the classes, and make recommendations for program improvements including budgeting for new equipment and resources. In addition, EMS Education Advisory Committee meetings will include a review of minimum competency requirements, including team leads, achievement of goals, analysis of goals, action plans, and results of action, and review the interval as well as annual reports. EMS Education Advisory Committee meetings will have minutes reflecting the attendees and meaningful discussion and actions during the meeting.