On any given day in Kansas City, EMS professionals may provide advanced life support to an elderly patient experiencing a heart attack, stabilize an injured child in shock at the scene of an auto accident andor control the bleeding of a young man with a gunshot wound. In these circumstances, and many others, the city’s emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics (PM) are the first link in the community’s chain of health care.
Reflecting its mission to advance the health of the community, beginning in January 2012, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine will offer training and continuing education programs for beginning, intermediate and advanced emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.
The new program at UMKC was developed in part to meet the regional demand for more comprehensive EMS education programs, but more significantly, to bring the training of these important first responders into the complete continuum of emergency and community health care.
The program will be headquartered in the School of Medicine’s Youngblood Medical Skills Lab, where participants will learn and practice clinical skills using the lab’s state-of-the-art simulation technology. They will also gain hands-on experience through clinical training opportunities working alongside physicians and nurses in the emergency room at Truman Medical Center. Medical direction for the EMS program will be provided by Joseph Salomone III, M.D. Dr. Salomone is an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill, a member of the School of Medicine faculty, and the Medical Director of KCMO Emergency Medical Services.
The EMT class starts on January 3 and the Paramedic program on January 4. More details may be found at http://www.med.umkc.edu/ymsl/EMS.shtml