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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - EMER 544




University of Maryland Medical Center

Description and Goals:

The goal of this rotation is to provide the student with exposure to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and how prehospital care works within a hospital system. Student will run shifts with local EMS agencies, assist prehospital providers in caring for patients, complete online learning activities, and observe physician interactions with EMS systems including QA/QI processes and training of prehospital providers. The student will also participate in special events medical standbys that may occur during his/her time with the rotation. There will be didactic lectures, required reading, and online interactive activities for the student to use as supplemental learning.


  1. Familiarize the learner with prehospital medical skills including intravenous access, medication administration, immobilization, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS)
  2. Familiarize the learner with EMS structure and command systems through didactic lectures and online resources
  3. Expose the learner to EMS prehospital provider care through ride-alongs with Baltimore City Fire Department teaching the student how to:
    1. Obtain a complaint-specific history and physical in a prehospital patient with an undifferentiated illness or injury
    2. Recognize seriously ill patients and learn how to treat immediate life threats
    3. Understand the prehospital management of medical and trauma patients prior to their arrival to the emergency department
    4. Formulate a differential diagnosis and management plan for prehospital patients
    5. Develop skills on how prehospital clinical information is presented to receiving facilities
  4. Expose the learner to EMS administration through ride-alongs with Baltimore City EMS Supervisors and learn how medical oversight is provided to prehospital providers
  5. Expose the learner to EMS command systems and dispatch through Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)
  6. Learn how disaster management and mass casualty incidents are coordinated by EMS providers

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:



Varies. Shiftwork of either morning, afternoon, or night shifts

Faculty Responsible:

Benjamin Lawner
Deputy Medical Director of Baltimore City Fire Dept.

Administrative Contact:

Angela R. Taylor
410-328-8025 office
410-328-8028 fax 


Last Revision: April 26, 2013