About Fisdap

We’re helping to build a nation of connected EMS students and healthcare professionals.

Our roots are deep in the EMS education community. In 1996, a group of educators first developed Fisdap as a way to address a common need to track skills and patient care during student internships.

The Fisdap community includes educators who are members of NAEMSE, serve as site visitors for CoAEMSP, and participate in item-writing workshops with the NREMT. Collaborating with educators who are plugged in helps us stay up-to-date with the changing needs of EMS education.

Our commitment to research

Research is a core value of our organization and at the heart of what we do.

Fisdap has been committed to research and finding innovative answers to changes in best practices for medicine and education since its creation.

In 1996, Fisdap started as a grant-funded research project to gather information about paramedic student skills acquisition and competency. This online patient care reporting tool eventually became the Fisdap Skills Tracker.

After several years of capturing student information, we decided to make the data available to researchers. In 2006, we hosted the first Research Summit.

We asked Dr. Baxter Larmon from the UCLA Prehospital Care Research Forum and David Page from Inver Hills Community College to facilitate, and invited novice researchers, statisticians, MDs, computer programmers with access to the Fisdap database, and a representative from the Inver Hills Community College IRB.

Since then, the annual Research Summit has produced dozens of research abstracts--many of which have been presented at national EMS educators’ conferences, published in academic journals, and won awards.

The most comprehensive set of educational tools
for EMS on the web.

In partnership with our community of educators, we’ve developed a suite of online tools specific to EMS. It has always been our mission to invite the EMS community to share their ideas for innovative solutions to address common needs in EMS education.

Following the release of Skills Tracker, we developed the Scheduler, an integrated calendar for scheduling students’ internships. Recently, we added a new feature, which tracks students’ requirements and shows whether they’re compliant to go on their shifts.

Next, to respond to requests to help students better prepare for the National Registry written exam, we established a test development process. Working closely with veteran educators to create and validate test questions, we’ve created a series of exams. We started with Comprehensive Exams (200-question tests for EMT and paramedic students) and have expanded into Unit Exams (on subjects such as airway, medical and cardiology), Study Tools for students (practice tests) and, most recently, a Paramedic Entrance Exam.

Over time, we’ve worked to fill other gaps in the EMS education sphere that educators have brought to our attention. We developed Preceptor Training to help paramedic programs adhere to best practices and stay in compliance with the CoAEMSP. To provide quality training for providers who need to transition to the National Education Standards, we created the Transition Course, which is available at all three certification levels.

Want more like the EMS Reference? Check out a couple of our other free resources: Research 101 is an online video series that teaches the importance of EMS research and how to get started. Open Airways is a collection of stories from EMS providers recalling some of their most memorable calls.