The Rural Health Professions Action Plan, in partnership with Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS), offers rural physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants the opportunity to receive relevant, interactive skills training at their rural location through the General Emergency Medicine Skills (GEMS) Course.
GEMS is an online, multimedia emergency-skills training experience with a hands-on component provided via a STARS Human Patient Simulation Session that enables rural physicians to upgrade emergency medical skills at work or at home. GEMS modules include the following: preparation for transport; C-spine, X-Ray, and CT head; central venous access and intraosseous infusion; shock advanced airway management and rapid sequence intubation; emergency thoracostomy; injured child; and obstetrical emergencies.
Through maintaining and acquiring emergency management skills, physicians achieve better patient and physician outcomes, while maintaining their interest and commitment to rural Alberta. The GEMS Course meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and has been accredited for MainPro-C credits. To be eligible for these credits, both online and community-based simulator sessions must be successfully completed.
To be eligible, the following conditions must be met:
- Any rural Alberta physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant is eligible to take the GEMS online modules.
- For the purposes of this program, rural means practising in a rural Alberta community with a population of fewer than 15,000 people that does not fall within the defined Census Metropolitan Area boundaries of Calgary or Edmonton (see rhpap.ca/about for more details).
GEMS Training Process
- Complete and submit the GEMS Training Application Form to receive the log-in & password needed to access the on-line GEMS Learning Modules.
- Log on to the Online GEMS Learning Modules.
- Complete the on-line pre- and post-tests for each of the GEMS Modules.
- Upon completion of the GEMS Modules, GEMS candidates contact STARS to register for a Human Patient Simulator session.
STARS Operational Training – Edmonton
STARS Operational Training – Calgary
STARS Operational Training – Grande Prairie
- STARS will notify RhPAP of the candidate’s successful participation in a Human Patient Simulator session.
- RhPAP sends a Certificate of Attendance to the GEMS participant. The participant can then record their completed CFPC Mainpro® credits.