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EMS Education Around the World (#31daysofCE)

Early in 2009 I joined with Chris Montera, Buck Feris, and Rob Theriault to start the EMSEduCast – the podcast by and for EMS educators. One of the many great joys of this podcast has been our shows about EMS Education around the world. The similarities and the differences have been fascinating to me. Social media tools – blogging, podcasting, Facebook – have made it easier than ever for EMS professionals from around the world to connect with one another.

Here are a few podcasts and blogs to learn about EMS and EMS Education around the world:

EMSEduCast Episode 41 featured the organization Medical Teams International and their efforts to grow EMS systems in developing countries. Paul Bollinger from MTI introduced us to MTI’s Sri Lanka EMS team leader Nomi Nathan. Together they discussed the rapid development of the Sri Lanka EMS system since 2005, EMS professional levels, and EMS education opportunities.

EMSEduCast Episode 38 explored EMS education around the world – Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand, Canada, and US systems were discussed, contrasted, and compared.

EMSEduCast Episode 15 featured Peter Hartley, an EMS Educator, from Australia. Peter explained EMS structure and EMS education in the land down under.

EMSEduCast Episode 9 discussed why all EMS providers in Canada are called paramedics. Rob Theriault shared the history of EMS development in Canada.

Follow the Chronicles of EMS blog for the latest videos and news about the first EMS reality series that is by and about paramedics. The pilot episode was filmed in November in San Francisco featuring the bloggers and Medic999.

Read the Medic999 blog by UK paramedic Mark Glencorse. He is also the co-star in the pilot series of the Chronicles of EMS.

You can listen to a series of podcasts I did while traveling in Israel to learn about the Israeli response to mass casualty incidents.

Which blogs and podcasts do you follow to learn about EMS and EMS education around the world?

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.