For rural physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, maintaining clinical competency in emergency medicine can be a challenge.
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, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to upgrade emergency medical skills at work or at home.
Through maintaining and acquiring emergency management skills, rural health-care providers achieve better patient 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+ credits. For physicians 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-based 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 located outside the defined Census Metropolitan Area boundaries of Calgary or Edmonton with a population of fewer than 15,000 people (see rhpap.ca/about for more details).
- Resident physicians, locum physicians, and students are not eligible to take the GEMS Course.
GEMS Training Process
- Complete and submit the GEMS Training Application Form to receive the log-in and password needed to access the online GEMS Learning Modules.
- Log on to the Online GEMS Learning Modules.
- Complete the online 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 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. Physician participants can then record their completed CFPC Mainpro+® credits.