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This course is designed to be an immersive experience in pre-hospital medicine in Gary, Indiana allowing the student to experience perspective role of the paramedics, administration, and physician medical directors. Student are to participate in ride-alongs with Gary Fire/EMS, Paramedics and EMS Chiefs. Shifts will be 8-12hrs in length. Students are excepted to complete a moderate amount of course reading on the fundamentals of pre-hospital care, complete required FEMA Online modules, and produce an EMS presentation or protocol review on a specific EMS topic.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iu.edu)

Director: Jude Kieltyka, M.D.

Campus: Northwest-Gary

Location: IUSM- Northwest

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Familiarize with the role of a community EMS system in a significantly underserved area (SBP1).
    2) Administer treatment to patients of the community EMS system, under the supervision of the EMS medical director (PC3).
    3) Explain the role of dispatch in EMS and Fire (SBP1)
    4) Familiarize with EMS education systems and EMS QA/QI processes (SBP1)
    5) Identify key roles of community based education systems in teaching paramedics and EMTs (SBP1)
    6) Critically evaluate current EMS research and present on a topic in a concise, organized manner (ICS5).
    7) Explain the role of the EMS medical director, specifically describing their role in developing and updating protocols in collaboration with other EMS leaders (SBP1)
    8) Critically evaluate EMS research and position statements in order to generate an end-of-rotation work product (EMS presentation, mini journal club, EMS protocol review, synopsis of experience, and how the rotation can be improved) (PBLI1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th Year Status; Completion of the Emergency Medicine Clerkship

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: CP- Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

ADD/DROP CONTACT PERSON: Amy Han PhD (amyhan@iu.edu) Please contact Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iu.edu) at least one month prior to registering for this elective.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None