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General Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS)


The GEMS course is designed to address all of the special needs of the older population, including the geriatric objectives as identified in the EMT-Basic, Intermediate, and Paramedic National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) National Standard Curricula.


The GEMS course is innovative, comprehensive, and highly visual with:


  • Case-Based Lectures - The GEMS lectures cover the most important points that need to be emphasized. This is done through the use of case studies, which help students assess how they would treat a similar case in the field.

  • Live Action Video - Containing real-life footage from the field, these clips illustrate hands-on skills covered in the GEMS course.

  • Hands-On Skill Stations - The GEMS Skill Stations are an important part of helping students practice the hands-on aspects of what they earn by reading the text, listening to the lectures, and watching the GEMS video.

  • Small Group Scenarios - The scenarios help students apply information from all aspects of the GEMS course.



Intended Audience:


Emergency medical providers such as physicians, nurses, emergency medical  technicians, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other professionals who may respond to a geriatric emergency.


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