In our upcoming column (published in
the December issue), we’ll identify specific
patient safety objectives and demonstrate
how simulation activities can be designed
to support safety goals and help build and
strengthen a patient safety culture for your
agency. It’s important to embrace this important change in EMS philosophy to support
the safety of our patients and our prehospital
care providers. JEMS
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Jennifer McCarthy, MAS, NRP, MICP, CHSE,
is a founding member, associate professor and
director of the Paramedic Science Program at
Bergen Community College in Lyndhurst, N. J.
She’s a national presenter at both EMS and
medical simulation conferences and has a passion about the
use of medical simulation to advance learning within the EMS
profession. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amar P. Patel, DHSc, MS, NRP, is the director of the Center for Innovative Learning at
WakeMed Health and Hospitals. He has more
than 20 years of experience in the fire and
EMS services, disaster medicine, and critical
care transport as a firefighter, paramedic, researcher and
educator. Contact him at email@example.com.
Andrew E. Spain, MA, NCEE, EMT-P, is the
director of accreditation and certification
for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
He’s been a paramedic for more than 20 years
and is a nationally certified EMS educator.
Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timothy Whitaker, BS, CHSE, CHSOS, EMT-P,
is a clinical educator at CAE Healthcare. He’s an
experienced simulation educator credentialed
by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare as
both a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator
Learn more from Jennifer McCarthy, Amar
Patel, Andrew Spain and Timothy Whitaker
in the full-day EMS Today preconference
workshop, “Stimulating Simulation: A deep dive into EMS best
practice of simulation techniques,” held at the new, ultra-modern
MEDIC Simulation Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Feb. 20, 2018. Visit
EMSToday.com for more details and to register.