Do EMS Exams Really Gauge Provider Competency?

OK, so these episodes of Office Hours are always my favorite. This week I left the topic open ended and planned on discussing various items in EMS that are making the news etc. Josh began with an overview of his EMT CC course and then it evolved into EMS exams, their short comings and how they don’t necessarily mean a provider knows what they are doing by passing them. While I agree most EMS exams don’t give an accurate picture of competence, I think they can be a tool that is part of a bigger evaluation process. Take a listen and be sure to post your comments below.

Show Notes

Thanks to Tim and Bob for joining us and lending their insight.

Tim Noonan at Rogue Medic

Bob Sullivan at EMS Patient Perspective

Josh Knapp over at WANTYNU

Upcoming webinar on EMS Grants noted during the show.


  1. Angel burba says:

    The issue is far from completed discussion wise. There are many pieces not explored, for example, what is the expectation of entry level and outcome from the credentialing process, what about competency testing is recommended? What is the purpose of orientation if not grooming novices for the workplace? I hope you tackle this topic again. Although all the participants had some passionate points to make, I am curious how many of them are educators? And of those educators, how many have an academic educator background vs. training program graduates? I am curious because I believe that frames perspectives. Sent from my ipad


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