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TRAINING PROGRAM OVERVIEW

SWVAEMS offers a yearly schedule of courses aimed to help EMS practitioners continually maintain and upgrade their patient assessment and treatment skills.  Courses are open to any member of the EMS community who wishes to attend, and many are offered free of charge.  Program offerings include Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport (CCEMT), BLS and ALS Category-1 Required Topics, and many others.  This section includes a schedule of courses, training site information, training policies, and a course fee schedule.  For more information, please contact Field Coordinator Gary Whiteaker or Josh Wilkinson.

CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR NON-COUNCIL COURSES

The Training and Education Committee implemented a new regional policy effective January 1, 2008, that prohibits the Council from issuing continuing education (CE) credit for non-council courses.  This decision was made for quality assurance/improvement reasons, and to reduce Council course cancellations.  The Council is open to partnering with our regional hospitals and other EMS stakeholders when practical to make CE opportunities available throughout the region.  Such collaborative arrangements allow the Council to insure that educational objectives are met, adhere to state and national program guidelines, and allow for the level of oversight necessary for the Council to issue credit for those programs.

Healthcare facilities wishing to partner with the Council should submit a CE Partnership Agreement and may contact Gary Whiteaker or Josh Wilkinson for more information.

WEB-BASED CONTINUING EDUCATION (OEMS)

The Office is EMS is pleased to announce the capability to receive electronic continuing education records from third-party CE vendors. This new interface allows the Office of EMS to accept and apply Category 1 and Category 2 CE credits earned from approved third-party vendors directly to the provider’s CE records.  For more information, please visit the OEMS website at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/OEMS/Training/WebBasedCE.htm

TRAINING PROGRAM LINKS