Fisdap-Sponsored Project Wins Best Research at 2014 NAEMSE Symposium

Reno, Nev. – Earlier this week, at the 2014 National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) Annual Symposium, the Prehospital Care Research Forum (PCRF) presented Fisdap Director of Testing Michael Bowen; paramedic educator, speaker, and author David Page; and psychometrician Luke Stanke with the Best Research award for their research project “Warning Signs: Increased Neuroticism is Associated with Poor Professional Behavior during Paramedic Student Contacts.”

The project compared student scores on the Fisdap Entrance Exam and preceptor ratings of a student’s “Professional Behavior,” as outlined in the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) Psychomotor Competency Portfolio Project (PCPP) and recorded in Fisdap. Results showed a correlation between matriculating paramedic students’ level of neuroticism and their preceptors’ rating of their professional behavior. In other words, students with a high degree of neuroticism were likely to show signs of unprofessional behavior. The neuroticism score proved a strong indicator of how a student may be expected to interact with patients.

Three additional research projects developed at the Fisdap Research Summit were also accepted for presentation at this year’s symposium.

  • “Consider Kindness: Agreeableness is Linked to Improved Communication During Paramedic Student Internships” by David I. Page, MS, NREMT-P; Michael Bowen, NREMT-P; Luke Stanke, PhDc.
  • “Clinical Compliance of Paramedic Students Acquiring Prehospital 12-lead ECGs,” by Dean C. Meenach, RN, BSN, CEN, CCRN, CPEN, EMT-P; Thomas Dobrzynski, BS, NRP; Joanne Ruck, API, RN, BPS BN; Mark Cromer, MS, MBA, NRP; James D. Dinsch, MS, NREMT-P; Elizabeth C. Landry, BS, NREMTP; Alyssa R. Morris BS; Sara Richter, MS, EMT-B; Michael Bowen, NREMT-P; Jesse Mortenson, BA.
  • “Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional: an Analysis of Paramedic Student Treatment of Extremity Traumas,” by Laurie Hill, NRP; Catherine Lewis, BA; Jason Hums, MPH; Avis Thomas, MS; Sandi Wewerka, EMT-B, MPH; Benjamin Getsug; Rachel Walberg, BA; Abigail Zagar, BS; Nick Skenderian, BA, EMT-B; Nathan Ross, BS, NRP, MS; Mike Burbank, EMT-B; Mark Malonzo, MA, NRP.

Thank you to all participating institutions and students whose anonymized data made these research projects possible.

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