The Education Section within our Division of Emergency Medical Services is a full-service educational provider. Our continuing education programming is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services and fulfills regulatory requirements. Additionally, we offer episodic and stand-alone courses for the communities that we serve as needed. Card courses (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and/or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) can also be delivered. Our faculty and staff includes American Board of Emergency Medicine-boarded physicians and paramedic educators.
Our education modules are written in a collegial manner with significant physician input. This includes collaboration with thought leaders outside of Emergency Medicine.
Boarded EMS physician input regularly occurs with the primary contributors of Ray Fowler, M.D., Marshal Isaacs, M.D., Ronna Miller, M.D., and Gilberto Salazar, M.D. each month. It not uncommon to have EMS fellows contribute as well. We huddle with paramedic faculty and physicians to produce relevant and high-quality curriculum through collaboration of ideas utilizing evidence-based material as available. Being that the topics are locally written, we can adjust in a timely and rapid fashion due to emerging events (e.g., during the Dallas-area Ebola virus outbreak in 2014).
UT Southwestern Paramedic Faculty
Our EMS Division has strong paramedic instructors. These instructors are true educators and have an extensive knowledge of emergency medicine. Most members have had significant and demonstrated contributions to EMS at the local, state, national, and international levels. Our faculty are responsible for the development of the Dallas County clinical practice guidelines.
We provide education through many delivery methods. We deliver:
- In-person/traditional live didactic lessons
- Virtual Instructor-Lead Technology lessons
- Live panel/podcast
- Card courses
- Simulation training
Additional educational offerings are provided. We regularly offer cadaver labs, ultrasound courses, difficult airway courses, and other topics of interest. These offerings can be delivered under a contractual arrangement or a la carte.
UT Southwestern Endeavors
Our goal is to enhance the out-of-hospital clinical care that is rendered by our EMS partners; it is not enough to only meet established regulatory requirements. As a state university, we serve the greater good of our state and we expect to exceed these regulatory requirements.
Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Support
We support EMS agencies with quality improvement initiatives and use the findings to enlighten our educational process.