EMS Education Tips

Facilitating Patient Assessment Scenarios

I am teaching a first responder refresher class this week – Tuesday to Friday – for a group of industrial first responders. Since most of my work is online education I really look forward to and enjoy time in the classroom. Since this is a refresher we won’t be doing a lot of lecture. My refresher classes are heavy on discussion, reviewing actual incidents students have responded to, skill competency checks, and patient assessment drills. The key to good patient assessment drills is the instructor facilitating the students towards desired outcomes and learning objectives.

Last week for my Everyday EMS Tips column for I wrote about questions to ask to keep students on track during patient assessment drills. Training time is too valuable to let students wander too far from the desired instruction outcomes.

After you read the article come back here and tell me how you keep students on track and your tips for great patient assessment scenarios.

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.