Excellence Through Challenge

Everyday on the job is a competition for EMS workers against the forces of nature (and sometimes even stupidity). Staying sharp and ready for these challenges can be daunting – especially when you are not asked to exercise all of your skills. Following that logic, friendly competition can help make you better as a emergency care provider. That is why I wanted to post this following announcement from Mike van Mil on the upcoming Paramedic Competition this April. Plan to improve!

11th Annual Paramedic Competition

Think you’re the best at what you do? Do you have the skills to beat out all others? Do you like to show off those skills? Come on up to Oshawa, Ontario Canada and prove it!

Teams compete in one of three divisions: Advanced Care Paramedic, Primary Care Paramedic and Primary Care Student. For competitors unfamiliar with those terms, ACP may likened to EMT-P while PCP may be considered to be EMT/EMT-I/etc. The scope of practice for each paramedic level may be found by reading the National Occupational Competency Profile (updated 2012) created by the Paramedic Association of Canada. If you are unsure of which division you should be competing in, please contact us to discuss your situation.

A “Team” is considered to be 2 Competitors and 2 Judges. The judges will be separated from their teams and will not judge their own team at any time. In the spirit of the competition, judges are expected to be fair and non-biased in their judging of other teams. The competition relies on honesty on the part of both competitors and judges to ensure a fair outcome and a great experience for everyone. Judges are expected to be certified at the same level as the competitors from their team. Should a team not be able to provide two judges, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible so we can find replacement judges. In the event that a team is unable to provide two judges, the lunch and banquet tickets assigned to the missing judges will be given to the replacement judges supplied by the committee.

The competition is a one day event that consists of practical scenarios using human actors as well as high-fidelity patient simulators along with academic tests and challenges. This format has proved popular in the past and will be followed again for 2013

Please visit our website for further information www.paramediccompetition.ca you will also find links to our Facebook and twitter accounts for the most up to date information. We look foraward to seing you there!

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Jeffrey Hammerstein
Stop Dissing Response Times and Start Dissecting the Argument
I think that the position someone takes on this issue depends entirely on the circumstances of the particular EMS system they have in mind when they consider the question. If we're comparing a 7 minute response time to a 70 minute response time (or infinite as mentioned above), then of course it matters. That's a…
2015-07-03 11:44:45
Dave Shrader
Stop Dissing Response Times and Start Dissecting the Argument
I had meetings recently with a client in an underserved County. They have multiple tax supported volunteer organizations, and a City FD as EMS providers. The system is totally Balkanized with each agency doing it’s own thing. One agency failed to even respond to 66% of its calls last year. So, 66% of the time,…
2015-07-03 08:08:44
Matt Zavadsky
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
This article is spot on - the rapidly changing healthcare finance environment is a game changer for us - IF, and ONLY IF, we can prove that we bring value to the payer... Does our care make a difference in the patient's experience of care, outcome and cost of care... By assessing our patient satisfaction,…
2015-06-17 08:38:01
Steven Lichtenberg
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
The biggest issue in pay scales is one you hit on directly. Payment for service rendered is solely based on transports. Refusals/DNR/DOA etc are not reimbursed. Once Medicare determines that we are in fact medical professionals and not "ambulance drivers" and pays for care rendered we have a chance. Community paramedicine is one mechanism for…
2015-06-16 21:47:53
daleloberger
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
Thank you for making the comment, Kim. I suspect you may have missed my meaning in that statement though. The passionate folks in EMS are some of the hardest working people I know. My complaint is certainly not that "we" don't put enough into our jobs to deserve better pay, it is that we must…
2015-06-16 18:13:18

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