Chattanooga and Hamilton County and surrounding communities provide significant opportunities for emergency medicine residents to learn about emergency medical services (EMS) and EMS Systems. Hamilton County EMS has several designated personnel to ensure that the residents receive substantial exposure and training in EMS. During the first year there will opportunities for the emergency medicine residents to ride along and learn the function of base station operations. The majority of the training will take place at EM2 level with a dedicated EMS month.
The goal of the EMS rotation is to provide the resident with an overview of:
The goal is not to make an EMS Medical Director out of the resident, but to rather help them foster and appreciate the EMS environment and develop a working relationship with area EMS providers.
EM Residents will be encouraged to attend regional EMS meetings and teach at continuing educational programs held at services and at the regional level.
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The Emergency Medicine Rapid Response Team is a joint effort between Trauma Surgery and Emergency Medicine and Hamilton county EMS which responds per request of area EMS agencies. Typically, the team responds to scenes involving mass casualties but can also mobilize for individual rescues such as a trapped victim requiring amputation. The environment that the team response too can be extremely unstable and members adhere strictly to the Incident Command System. Team discipline is the operative word.