The Open Emergency Medical Care project is an open-source curriculum based on the 2021 National EMS Education Standards and designed to teach clinician-scientists capable of delivering emergency medicine in the out-of-hospital environment.


At the completion of this program you should be able to:

  1. Professionalism (PR)
    1. Demonstrate the responsible, ethical practice of out-of-hospital emergency care in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements. (PR-01)
    2. Demonstrate sensitivity to a diverse patient population by identifying social determinants of health impacting healthcare delivery. (PR-02)
    3. Evaluate the current roles of EMS within public safety, public health, and healthcare. (PR-03)
    4. Critically evaluate medical literature in order to use current practice guidelines and apply the principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care. (PR-04)
  2. Communication (CM)
    1. Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills to develop therapeutic, culturally sensitive, and ethically sound relationships with patients, families, and other members of the healthcare system that results in effective information exchange. (CM-01)
    2. Accurately and adequately document regarding care for medical, legal, quality, and financial purposes. (CM-02)
  3. Medical Knowledge (MK)
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical and clinical science. (MK-01)
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of the most common and most serious patient presentations. (MK-02)
    3. Demonstrate an investigative and analytical approach to clinical care. (MK-03)
  4. Patient Care (PC)
    1. Elicit and interpret a comprehensive and accurate patient history. (PC-01)
    2. Perform a comprehensive or complaint-oriented physical examination. (PC-02)
    3. Assess the severity of common emergency and non-emergency conditions and respond in a decisive and appropriate manner. (PC-03)
    4. Develop a differential diagnosis based on medical knowledge, patient presentation, patient history, and physical exam. (PC-04)
    5. Perform diagnostic assays and medical care, including procedures and pharmacological interventions, based on a differential diagnosis. (PC-05)
    6. Provide basic life support, perform emergency evaluation and care, and initiate therapeutic procedures in life-threatening situations as part of a team, or in the absence of a physician or other healthcare professionals. (PC-06)
    7. Provide healthcare services and education aimed at disease prevention and health maintenance. (PC-07)
  5. Operational Knowledge (OK)
    1. Demonstrate and apply principles of high-reliability organization to identify and address risk. (OK-01)
    2. Apply principles of emergency medical services operations. (OK-02)