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  • 2020-03-27 12:23
    Reply # 8862323 on 8835601
    Jennifer Truman

    I know there have been some hospitals that have already removed students from clinical rotations.  Has anyone had their field internship (Fire Department, EMS agencies) remove students from rotations?

  • 2020-03-19 10:43
    Reply # 8842095 on 8835601

    Update on Palm Beach State's Plan

    Covid-19 EMS Plan Summary

    Core staff will meet Tuesday, March 24th to finalize plan and details.   Classes will resume on Wednesday, March 25th (A Shift) and will run Monday through Friday (shift schedule) as outlined below:

    Didactic - 

    •Lectures will be 100% online.   This is already in place and occurring through Blackboard.  

    •Exams will be given via EMS Testing (as is current practice).   Leads will adjust scheduling of these exams to fit individual cohorts.   Exams will be timed and password protected to prevent students from other classes from having access. 

    •Leads/OSE’s already have a system in place for communication with students via email/phone/text.  

    •Each lead will utilize Collaborate via Blackboard once per week, scheduled at their discretion to provide students with weekly interaction.  This can be adjusted as needed. 

    •All students will temporarily receive an Incomplete (I) for their grade.  This will be adjusted as needed with students grades being changed once they complete the required material. 

    Psychomotor (Lab) – 

    •All scheduled students for clinical/field hours report to campus and remain in groups of 6, plus 1 instructor.  

    •NO interaction between labs.  Students will remain in a particular room for the duration of lab.  

    •6:1 ratio will be adhered to at all times. 

    •Number of labs and the duration each day (4 or 8 hours) will be dependent on number of lab instructors available.  

    •Paramedic focus will be on PHTLS and then PALS.

    •The EMT “big” room will only be utilized by one group.  

    •Appendix G numbers will be adjusted as CoAEMSP evaluates. 

    Clinical – 

    •Students will resume clinical rotations (hospital and FR) at the discretion and notification received by each Hospital and Fire Department. 

    •Appendix G numbers will be adjusted as CoAEMSP evaluates. 

    •Clinical Instructors and Fire Rescue Instructors will utilize the State direction that allows for 50% of clinical and field hours in a simulated setting by coming to campus and utilizing lab room.  This will be adjusted based up space and instructor availability. 

    •Our Achilles heel.  Cannot move forward with new cohorts until current students can return to clinical sites.

    All bullet points listed above are subject to change (daily if needed).

    Last modified: 2020-03-19 10:44 | Anonymous
  • 2020-03-18 09:25
    Reply # 8839544 on 8835601
    Jeff Gilliard

    We implemented our EOP Interim Contingency today, here is the memo as approved by the board and sent to CIE. Please feel free to share, copy paste or use in any helpful manner. Yesterday one of our Clinical sites closed its doors to students until June 2020, everyone else still open for now. Cheers everyone, we will get through this together!

    To: EMETSEEI/EMETS Students, Staff and Faculty

    From: Jeffery D. Gilliard, Pres/CEO & EMETSEEI Board of Directors

    Subject: Interim Guidance for EMETSEEI students for COVID-19.

    Date: 16 MAR 2020

    Interim measure start date: 18 March 2020

    Resume normal operations: 6 April 2020

    The safety, security and good health of our students, registrants, staff and partners are of the highest priority for the EMETSEI Institute Inc. Considering the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, I wanted to personally update you, to ensure you’re informed on our response.

    COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are learning more about it every day. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. At this point, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Stopping transmission (spread) of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy. Learn more about COVID-19.

    To be clear, older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one more information is available at If You Are at Higher Risk

    In Florida and across the nation health officials are taking steps to prevent community spread of COVID-19 into US communities. Institutions of higher education (IHE) play an important role in this effort. Through collaboration and coordination with local health departments, EMETSEEI will disseminate information about the disease and its potential transmission to our students, staff, and faculty. EMETSEEI is prepared to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among their students, staff, and faculty as local health officials identify such needs.

    For the safety of our students, staff and visitors effective Wednesday 18 March 2020 we will conduct business as usual Mon-Friday 0900-1700 for staff.

    Our current EMT classes will be following these interim protective measures. All students shall continue their course work from home and follow their current syllabus as if they were in the classroom.

    • 1)    Labs time will be suspended until we resume our regular scheduled class format. They will be made up and all skills performed when regular session commences.
    • 2)    Each day of your normal scheduled classroom time you will call in between 0845 and 0900 for clock in and wellness screening. Between 1445 and 1500 you will call the office for your end of day clock out and wellness check.
    • a.     Monday & Wednesday Clock in and wellness check 0845-0900, Clock out and wellness check 1445 and 1500.
    • b.     Tuesday & Thursday Clock in and wellness check 0845-0900, Clock out and wellness check 1445 and 1500.
    • c.      Any day that there is a scheduled proctored exam. You must call in the day before or the Friday prior to schedule a time to come in and take the exam.
    • 3)    Faculty advisement times:
    • a.     Monday & Wednesday: 1000-1100
    • b.     Tuesday & Thursday: 1000-1100

    You will receive an email each day to join a video conference that will be opened during the given times. Once you have asked any questions you may have you will then end your call on your end. This service is being handled through our skype account (emetsskype). You do not have to have Skype to participate, just click on the link and follow the instructions. If you have problems, you may simply call the office 321-417-5151 or email your questions to student@emetseeiinstitute.com.

    • 4)    When we are notified that student clinicals will be suspended in accordance to local actions by the Hospitals, Brevard County Fire Rescue and Coastal Health Systems of Brevard. We will notify you.
    •  They will resume at the discretion and notification by each department. We will keep students informed of their actions.
    • 5)    Each Friday we will communicate via your email any updates or changes to these interim measures. Stay tuned to your local health department and CDC recommendations as well.

    In no way will this effect your graduation date or State of Florida eligibility to test for EMT or Paramedic.

    COVID-19 informational resources: Here are some fact sheets and information sources:

    For guidance for students, staff, or faculty who plan to travel, or have recently traveled, to areas with community spread of COVID-19, refer to CDC’s FAQ for travelers and COVID-19 travel website. For specific guidance on foreign exchange and study abroad programs, see CDC’s guidance on student foreign travel for IHE.

    EMETSEEI Institute Inc, working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of disease. EMETSEEI’s efforts will help ensure students, staff, and faculty have safe and healthy environments in which to learn and work. We welcome questions from students, staff, faculty, and visitors from throughout the community. With that I personally thank you for your patience during this difficult time, know that our actions are directly related to your safety and the safety of our community.

  • 2020-03-16 18:57
    Reply # 8835909 on 8835601

    My program is shut down this week and next week is spring break anyway.  Our goal is to be back in class on the 30th of March.  All clinical and internship sites are still available for Paramedic students at this time.  The EMT students were still a couple of weeks from starting.  Several of the clinical sites have stated they would not allow students once they had their first confirmed case. 

    My students are dedicated and have expressed concern about being closed a week or even longer.   And one of our concerns is that a lapse of time will only create a larger problem of having to remediate and review after we return to class.  With that being said, audio lectures, PowerPoints, and notes have been uploaded for the students.  We will actively be using case studies, and discussion boards, quizzes, virtual ride alongs, and virtual simulation for online classes.  As with others, this is great for the didactic portion and we will play catch up with the lab and scenario portion. 

    Hopefully this will go AWAY soon.


  • 2020-03-16 18:38
    Reply # 8835880 on 8835601
    Ted Rogers

    Thanks, Matt.  That is very similar to our current plan, however we are still waiting for a final decision on when F2F meetings will resume.   We already had a blended format and are setting up for interactive online lectures.  We also have had virtually all sites pull the plug.  Ultimately labs and clinicals are at a dead halt until we resume F2F and agencies allow students again. 

  • 2020-03-16 17:23
    Reply # 8835762 on 8835601
    Matt Keeler

    Hi Ted,

    I sent this to all the Program Directors listed on the DOH website.  This should give some insight as to what we are doing at Palm Beach State...

    I hope this email finds you well.  I have been reaching out to as many Program Directors as I can to exchange ideas, action plans, and create communication among EMS Programs throughout the State.   Though our programs may differ in size, location, and demographics, we will all be affected by the inevitability of a long-ish disruption Covid-19 will present to us and ultimately our students.     It is my hope that whatever contingency planning you have done or will do can be augmented with idea’s from another institution.  

    Palm Beach State College has instituted (or will institute) the following:

    • On Thursday, March 11th, I made the decision to suspend all Clinical rotations to my entire program (EMT & Paramedic).  This proved to be very proactive, as the following day, our largest fire rescue partner, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue removed all students until further notice.   Also that same day, PBSC suspended onsite instruction effective 3/13 @ 5pm campus wide, with a move to begin online instruction on 3/23.
    • My Department Chair has instructed our Paramedic and EMT faculty to develop contingency schedules to complete our program with a return date of March 23rd, April 27th, and May 26th.   This will be subject to change depending on the length students will be away from the program. 
    • Because all our handout material and approx. 15% of our program is via Blackboard,  all lecture material has been uploaded to each classes Blackboard platform.   All students will be provided access to all lecture material including the PowerPoints.  They will be given a morning and an afternoon assignment/schedule that will compress 2 days of lecture into 1 day. Given that the students are already prepared to dedicate a full day to the program on all their scheduled class days, they will be substituting didactic material in the place of the scheduled lab portion for the day.  While this will help the students didactically,  this compressed didactic content equates to the students having to “catch up” on lab skills and scenario materials upon their return.  We will then follow the pattern of doing a full day of lab content until all skills are made up.  After all lab material is caught up to the didactic schedule, we will resume a normal schedule of didactics in the morning and labs in the afternoon. 
    • The lead instructors will remain available through both school email as well as cell phone/text message to allow questions to be asked/answered along the way.  
    • PBSC utilizes EMS Testing for exams.   Our intent is to make all written tests available in an online format so the students can test remotely.    Tests will be timed and only open to a specific cohort at a specific date/time.   
    • Our big hurdles moving forward:
      • CoAEMSP Appendix G numbers – We are thinking VERY outside the box here and are still formulating our plan.   The last email rec’d from CoA suggested that they are not deviating from their requirements.  While this may change in the future, we are operating under the mindset that they will stay true to their statement.  That said, my Psychomotor Lab Coordinator is developing a plan depending on the length of time students will be without Labs.
      • Clinical Rotations – This is our Achilles heel (as is with nearly all programs).    We really are at a standstill until our clinical sites (Hospital and Fire Rescue) allow us to return.     I have 3 paramedic cohorts in class who are scheduled to graduate August 18th.   I am struggling to find any scenario in which that happens thereby forcing current students to continue on into the fall semester which in turn affects additional cohorts that would start around the same time.

    Please feel free to respond with your thoughts or ideas.   Be safe!

  • 2020-03-16 15:58
    Message # 8835601

    Have any programs completely shut down operations, and if so for how long?

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