EMS Student Rotation

Requirements

Summary

The EMS Student Rotation requirements include: a protocol review, attendance at ACFR or GFR-ACFR meetings, attendance at EMS lectures and six, 8-hour ride alongs.

Start your Rotation

Prior to the start of your rotation, you will need to meet with Amber Cook in the Emergency Medicine office in the 1329 building.During this meeting, you will receive all the necessary information needed to complete this rotation successfully.

Below you will see the links to the forms, and links that you will need to complete your rotation.

Attend a Meeting or a Fellowship Lecture

During your rotation you will need to attend the monthly Medical Directors meetings located at ACFR Headquarters (911 SE 5th St, Gainesville Fl.) Every month there is an ACFR leadership meeting which occurs on the 2nd Tuesday at 11am and a joint GFR-ACFR meeting which occurs on the 3rd Monday at 1pm. Fellowship lectures are typically every Monday at 9am.

Plan to set up a time to meet separately with Dr. Jones or Dr. Fitzpatrick. In this meeting we will discuss an EM physician’s role in EMS, your protocol review, the articles provided, and your presentation topic. Following the medical directors meetings is usually an ideal time to meet with us. You can discuss the scheduling of this meeting with the coordinator at the beginning of your rotation.

Ride Alongs

There are 48hrs of required ride along time which should be 6, 8hr shifts divided over 3 weeks (at the end of this rotation you will turn in a list of dates/agencies/times where your ride alongs were completed). These shifts can be done with ACFR, or Levy County DPS.

  • Any ShandsCair shifts scheduled must have a backup ground shift scheduled in case of helicopter malfunction, training or weather issues.
  •  If Dr. Jones’s schedule allows, there is an option to set up one of your ride alongs with Dr. Jones. Simply email Dr. Jones for possible availability and be sure to let the coordinator know if you are replacing and already scheduled ride along.

Example Schedule

  • Week 1:  EMS Lectures, ACFR meeting and 2, 8 hours ride alongs with ACFR ground units.
  • Week 2: EMS Lectures, 2, 8 hours ride alongs with ACFR ground units.
  • Week 3: EMS Lectures, 1 ride along with ACFR and 1 ride along with Levy County DPS
  • Week 4: Vacation (These weeks will be interchangeable if your vacation week is one of the other weeks).

Protocol Review

  • Identify a protocol you are interested in reviewing and the EBM literature behind this topic in prehospital setting. Before moving forward with your review please check with Dr. Fitzpatrick or Dr. Jones to make sure this topic has not been done in the past.
  • Your review will consist of a table summarizing the literature found and a one page summary of your findings.
  • ACFR protocols can be found here.
  • Your protocol review must be turned in at the end of this rotation, and you will not pass this rotation until this is complete.
  • Examples:

Absence

  • One of these weeks will be your vacation.
  • If you have other days within the other weeks that interfere with EMS requirements you will need to provide an explanation and you will need to make up this day at another time (this includes absence for working moonlighting shifts, covering previously owed shifts).

Contact Information

Each resident/student is responsible for making sure that all requirements given are met. Please try and email  Amber Cook 2-4 weeks before your rotation to discuss vacation week and another other time off.

  • Please dress professionally, we recommend an EMS type pair of dark pants and a plain polo style shirt with a pair of boots or sneakers.  Absolutely NO scrubs or open toed or open heeled shoes are allowed due to safety concerns.

If you have any problems please let Amber Cook know immediately!