What is the Parkmedic Program?
The Parkmedic program provides the emergency medicine residents at UCSF Fresno the unique opportunity to become EMS medical directors (under faculty supervision) for the EMS providers of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI). With staff guidance, residents participate in:
- MonthlyContinuing Education of the Parkmedics (CE) (monthly continuing education sessions)
- Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
- Biannual Parkmedic Primary Certification Course
Residents voluntarily participate in this program usually starting in the PGY 2 year (see Parkmedic EMS Curriculum).
Parkmedics are park rangers with specialty medical training. Their training is similar to an AEMT, but with an expanded pharmacological and procedural scope of practice. Parkmedics in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park provide EMS services under protocols written, reviewed and revised by Parkmedic residents. Parkmedics call for medical direction from the field to the CRMC emergency department, where trained residents provide advice and consultation via radio.
January Parkmedic Primary Certification Course, Trauma Tactics Day