Knowing Theory Helps Good Medics Become Great
The Ambulance Science Fellowship is a global, online 1-year intensive graduate-level learning program where participants read and discuss the most important topics in Ambulance Science. The program is designed for the mid-career professional (current Fellows have more than 10 years of experience, on average), and although it will focus on graduate-level discussion (1/3 of Fellows have a doctorate or are doctoral candidates, another 1/3 have at least a Masters), participants are not required to have a previous college degree. The Emergency Management Academy works with ambulance agencies, researchers, and regulators from around the world and is a member and proud sponsor of the National EMS Management Association
How Does it Work?
Participants read the equivalent of three books a month (10,000 pages overall), discuss six key questions in a threaded web-based discussion as they read, then participate in a facilitated weekly 90-minute online conference call centered around six discussion questions led by participants (so each student will have to prepare and lead one discussion question roughly every other week.) The Academy provides you with a Kindle with the readings already on it.
Is the Ambulance Science Fellowship For Me?
The Fellowship is designed as the only program in applied ambulance science in the world. It is NOT a clinical program, nor is it a management program- it is a theory program where we discuss WHO should provide ambulance care, WHAT ambulance systems are supposed to do, WHERE care should take place, WHEN care should take place, and HOW ambulance systems can be structured. We are looking for medics who learn best by reading-and-discussing, who are interested in really mastering the theory behind ambulance science and for mid- to senior-level medics who do not have a degree but do want to learn and discuss how theory applies to their practice.
How Big Will My Cohort Be?
Each cohort will have no more than 12 participants, so we can ensure a high-level professional discussion.
Why Develop a Program That is Not a University Degree or Certification?
In one word: Mastery. We have been paramedics for more than 25 years and spent that entire time wondering about the structure and the meaning of ambulance systems. After starting the Disaster Science Fellowship, we realized that over 70% of our Disaster Science Fellows were paramedics or physicians working in EMS. So after 2 more years of careful thinking, we were sure that we wanted to develop another Fellowship to talk about ambulance issues. Surprisingly (or perhaps not), there are NO graduate-level programs in the world designed to focus on the underlying theory behind ambulance systems.
Mastery, as one of the best human motivators, is discussed in this GREAT video by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce. (We promise that it is worth viewing!)
Are There Tests?
Participants will receive an weekly evaluation of honors, high pass, pass, or fail based on the three components of email discussion, presentation of the discussion question (as assigned), and participation.
What Do I Get In The End?
When participants complete the program, they will have mastered the Body of Knowledge and will be awarded the title "Ambulance Science Fellow (ASF)."
What Are the Experts Saying?
“....With over 26 years in EMS, I felt I knew the major issues well. I was wrong. The Academy brought together excellent resources coupled with Professor Phelps’ inquisitive facilitation to deeply analyze these issues....After diving into the body of knowledge, I found myself wanting to participate more actively in the future of ambulance science.”-Daniel J. Neal, PhD, Paramedic, Captain, Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management and 2014 Ambulance Science Fellow
“I decided to apply for the Ambulance Science Fellowship with the Emergency Management Academy for two main reasons. I’m interested in ambulance system theory but because I already hold a PhD, I did not think an EMS graduate degree would be beneficial to me. Second, I was already enrolled in the Disaster Science Fellowship and enjoying it very much. Professor Phelps being a seasoned paramedic, emergency manager, and consultant has the ability to bring the body of knowledge to life.”-Professor William McDonald, PhD, Paramedic, Professor of Paramedic Sciences at Jersey City Medical Center EMS and 2013 Disaster Science Fellowship Candidate
"The Fellowship offers a excellent opportunity to conduct a meaningful discussion among motivated professionals who critically unwrap the various layers of complexity in the field of emergency management (or EMS). It allowed me to view this field through different lenses."- Professor George W. Contreras, MPH, MS, FAcEM, Paramedic, Associate Professor and Director, Allied Health Sciences. Director, Paramedic Program, The City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College. Former Director, Emergency Medical Services, St. Clare's Hospital (NYC)
“The Ambulance Science Fellowship provides students with an international perspective of universal problems within the profession of pre-hospital emergency medicine. This program enables students to begin the transformation of emergency medical services from within their local jurisdictions with the cumulative effect of correcting and strengthening the profession as a whole.”-Christopher Neuwirth, MA, FAcEM, Paramedic. New Jersey Office of Homeland Security, Trenton, NJ
"If EMS is going to grow as a profession, the next generation of leaders is going to have to know much more than how to respond to calls. They need to know our history, and the medical, political, social, and financial environments we operate in, and the only way to do that is to study the work of those that came before and laid the foundations of EMS. You cant make good managerial decisions unless you have some idea of what works and what doesn't, and that means looking beyond your own system for best practices and keeping an open mind. That body of knowledge is out there, and the Fellowship brings it together and challenges the participants to examine it and expand their comfort zone."-Professor Gene Iannuzzi, RN, MPA, CEN, EMT-P, EMS Program Director, Borough of Manhattan Community College
What If I Need an Advanced Degree, Instead?
If the Fellowship isn't right for you right now and you need a graduate degree, here is a direct link to every Master's and Doctorate-level program that we knew of from around the world:
These graduate programs had a significant amount of Ambulance Science content. Almost all are taught primarily or completely online:
Charles Sturt University (AU). Post-Graduate Certificate in Paramedic Service Leadership and Management: http://www.csu.edu.au/courses/postgraduate/ems_leadership/course-overview
Creighton University. Master of Science in Emergency Medical Services: http://ems.creighton.edu/degrees-programs/master-science-emergency-medical-services
Kangwon National University (KOREA). Graduate School of Disaster Prevention (EMS focus): http://foreign.kangwon.ac.kr/nano/eng/sub02_01_04_04.php
Kongju National University (KOREA). Master of Science (?) in Emergency Medical Services: http://english.kongju.ac.kr:8090/academics/gra_Z81450.jsp#null (seems like a blend of clinical paramedic and ambulance science theory)
The George Washington University. Masters of Science in Health Sciences in Emergency Medical Services Leadership: http://healthsciencesprograms.online.gwu.edu/emergency-medical-services-degree
University of Maryland Baltimore County. Master of Science in Emergency Health Services: http://ehs.umbc.edu/Graduate
Western Carolina University. Masters in Health Science, with concentration in Emergency Medical Care: http://www.wcu.edu/11943.asp
These graduate programs did not have a significant amount of Ambulance Science content, were clinical programs, or it could not be determined:
Anna Maria College. Masters of Public Administration with concentration in Emergency Medical Services: http://online.annamaria.edu/mpa/emergency-medical-services-specialization
California State University Long Beach. Masters of Science in Emergency Services Administration: https://www.ccpe.csulb.edu/continuinged/course_listing/programdescription.aspx?Group_Number=264&Group_Version=1
Columbia Southern University. Masters of Science in Emergency Services Management: http://www.columbiasouthern.edu/Online-Degree/Safety-Emer-Services/Emer-Serv-Mgmt/Programs/MS-Emer-Serv-Mgmt
Edith Cowan University (AU). Master of Paramedical Science: http://www.ecu.edu.au/future-students/our-courses/overview?id=I58
Flinders University (AU). Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice: http://www.flinders.edu.au/courses/rules/postgrad/macp.cfm
Flinders University (AU). Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies: http://www.flinders.edu.au/courses/rules/postgrad/gdpicp.cfm
Latrobe University (AU). Masters in Paramedic Practice: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/handbook/2013/undergraduate/bendigo/health-sciences/hzpphw.htm
Monash University (AU). Masters in Emergency Health: http://www.monash.edu.au/study/coursefinder/course/3878
University of Ballarat (AU). Graduate Diploma in Paramedicine: http://programfinder.ballarat.edu.au/ProgramFinder/displayProgram.jsp?ID=699
University College Dublin School of Medicine and Medical Science (IE). Masters of Science in Emergency Medical Science (Immediate Care): https://www.ucd.ie/medicine/studywithus/graduatestudies/emergencymedicalscience/mscemergencymedicalscienceimmediatecare/
Master of Science in Emergency Medical Science (Advanced Paramedic): https://www.ucd.ie/medicine/studywithus/graduatestudies/emergencymedicalscience/mscemergencymedicalscienceadvancedparamedic/
University of East Anglica (UK). Masters of Science in Advanced Practice: http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-degree/detail/msc-advanced-practitioner-paramedic-part-time
University of Hertfordshire (UK). Master of Science in Paramedic Science: http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/MSc-Paramedic-Science.cfm
University of Utah College of Health. MS in Health Promotion & Education with concentration in EMS Education: http://www.health.utah.edu/healthpromotion/cep/Degree%20Programs/masters.html
Capella University. MS & PhD in Public Safety Leadership: http://www.capella.edu/online-degrees/phd-public-safety-leadership/
(If you know of a graduate program directly related to ambulance work that we don’t list here, please drop us a line so we can add their program!)
What If I Need a Bachelor Degree, Instead?
Here is also a list of Bachelor's-level programs (because somebody asked us for it.)
Auckland University of Technology (NZ) http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas/health-sciences/paramedic-and-emergency-management/paramedic
Australian Catholic University (AU) http://www.acu.edu.au/courses/undergraduate/health/paramedicine/bachelor_of_paramedicine
Bournemouth University (UK) http://courses.bournemouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-degree/emergency-urgent-care-practice/bsc-hons/342/
Bringham Young University-Idaho Bachelors of Emergency Services: http://www.byui.edu/health-recreation-human-performance/paramedic-program/future-students/program-overview
Bristol: University of the West of England (UK) http://info.uwe.ac.uk/programmes/displayentry.asp?code=B781&rp=listEntry.asp
Canterbury Christ Church University (UK) http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/StudyHere/Undergraduate/courses/c.asp?courseurl=paramedic-science
Cape Peninsula University of Technology (SA) http://www.cput.ac.za/index.php?option=com_jumi&fileid=8&q=324&f=5
Centennial College/University of Toronto (CAN) http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~jtprogs/paramedicine.html
Central Washington University http://www.cwu.edu/health-science/paramedicine
Charles Sturt University (AU) http://www.csu.edu.au/courses/undergraduate/paramedic
Creighton University http://ems.creighton.edu/degrees-programs/bachelor-science-bsems
CQUniversity (AU) http://handbook.cqu.edu.au/Handbook/programs_1.jsp;jsessionid=8d631e7f2b830df291d70b84d0c565669bede6bb01ef6958b13f469fce384b81.e3eLaNuSahyRe34Oc3aKc30Nahv0n6jAmljGr5XDqQLvpAe?code=CG95
Durban University of Technology (SA) http://www.dut.ac.za/faculty/health_sciences/emergency_medical_care_and_rescue
Eastern Kentucky University www.emc.eku.edu
Edith Cowan University (AU) http://www.ecu.edu.au/future-students/our-courses/overview?id=K89
Flinders University (AU) http://www.flinders.edu.au/courses/undergrad/bhsp/
George Washington University http://smhs.gwu.edu/crl/programs/ems/curriculum/bshs
La Trobe University (AU) http://www.latrobe.edu.au/courses/paramedicine
Loma Linda University www.llu.edu/llu/sahp/emc/index.html
Medicine Hat College (CAN) http://www.mhc.ab.ca/ProgramsandCourses/Academic%20Programs/Programs%20of%20Study/Paramedic.aspx
Monash University (AU) http://www.med.monash.edu.au/beh/
Plymouth University (UK) http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/3409/Pages/CourseOverview.aspx
Queensland University of Technology (AU) http://www.qut.edu.au/study/courses/bachelor-of-paramedic-science
St George’s University of London/Kingston University (UK) http://www.healthcare.ac.uk/schools/paramedic-science/courses/
University of Brighton (UK) http://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/paramedic-practice-bsc-hons
University of Greenwich (UK) http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/ug/hea/b781
University of Johannesburg (SA) http://www.uj.ac.za/EN/Faculties/health/departments/emc/coursesandprogrammes/Pages/default.aspx
University of Hertfordshire (UK) http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/Paramedic-Science.cfm
University of Maryland, Baltimore County http://ehs.umbc.edu
University of New Mexico http://hsc.unm.edu/SOM/emsacad/bsems.shtml
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA www.shrs.pitt.edu/embs
University of South Alabama http://www.southalabama.edu/alliedhealth/ems/bachelor.html
University of the Sunshine Coast (AU) http://www.usc.edu.au/study/courses-and-programs/bachelor-degrees/SC395/
University of Surrey (UK) http://www.surrey.ac.uk/undergraduate/paramedic-practice
University of Tasmania (AU) http://www.studentcentre.utas.edu.au/coursesatutas/Details.aspx?course_id=53A
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio http://www.uthscsa.edu/shp/ehs/about_ehs_programs.asp
Victoria University (AU) http://www.vu.edu.au/courses/bachelor-of-health-science-paramedic-hbpx
Western Carolina University http://emc.wcu.edu
Whitireia Community Polytechnic (NZ) http://www.whitireia.ac.nz/courses/Pages/BachelorofHealthScience(Paramedic).aspx