Nov 23, 2011    #199
Contact: John Austin

UMKC School of Medicine launches new Emergency Medical Services training program

New program will emphasize role of first responders in community health care chain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On any given day in Kansas City, EMS professionals may provide advanced life support to an elderly patient experiencing a heart attack, stabilize an injured child in shock at the scene of an auto accident and/or control the bleeding of a young man with a gunshot wound. In these circumstances, and many others, the city's emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics (PM) are the first link in the community's chain of health care. Reflecting its mission to advance the health of the community, beginning in January 2012, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine will offer training and continuing education programs for beginning, intermediate and advanced emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.

The new program at UMKC was developed in part to meet the regional demand for more comprehensive EMS education programs, but more significantly, to bring the training of these important first responders into the complete continuum of emergency and community health care.

The program will be headquartered in the School of Medicine's Youngblood Medical Skills Lab, where participants will learn and practice clinical skills using the lab’s state-of-the-art simulation technology. They will also gain hands-on experience through clinical training opportunities working alongside physicians and nurses in the emergency room at Truman Medical Center. Medical direction for the EMS program will be provided by Joseph Salomone III, M.D. Dr. Salomone is an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill, a member of the School of Medicine faculty, and the Medical Director of KCMO Emergency Medical Services.

The EMT class starts on January 3 and the Paramedic program on January 4. Click here for more details.

About the UMKC School of Medicine

The UMKC School of Medicine was founded in 1971 as an innovative combined degree program. From its baccalaureate/MD curriculum to a docent system that emphasizes small group learning, the school has remained a trendsetter in medical education and research. For more information about the UMKC School of Medicine, visit You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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