I find myself constantly browsing the internet for information related to EMS. Whether it be from my home computer looking for study material, or from my phone looking up information on a poison while on scene of a call. I can pretty much find anything I need within minutes, if not seconds. There are a number of sites that I have found to be extremely useful that I visit time and time again. So I figured I would share them with you.
I stumbled across this site a couple months ago. It is an amazing resource for information related to EMS. I wish I would have known about this site when I was going through paramedic school.
Greg Friese does a wonderful job of providing good tips for people that work in EMS. He does app reviews for EMS related smart-phone apps, book reviews and even gives advice on doing interviews for your next job. Greg has also has an e-mail newsletter that I find quite useful. If you haven’t checked out his site, do so now.
Epocrates is any medical professional’s dream. It is a limitless on-line medical resource, and contains tons of great information for free. The best part is that they offer free smart-phone apps. It is currently available for iPhone, Palm, Blackberry, Windows and my favorite, Android. If you have a smart-phone and haven’t taken advantage of Epocrates, you are missing out.
The EMS Educast is a really cool podcast aimed at providing useful tips to the EMS professional. This is one of those podcasts that I pull up on my phone and listen to while I’m driving or sitting on a street corner at work. Definitely a must for everyone!
Jamie Davis AKA “The Podmedic” has really cool podcast that I listen to every week. He covers EMS news, tips and does some cool commentary as well. He recently added video to his weekly show, which I think is awesome. Jamie also has a podcast for nurses and provides “MedicCast Extra”, an affordable study aid for EMS students at all levels. The man must have found a way to invent a 30 hour day, because I have no idea how he finds time to do all the cool stuff that he does.
FEMA’s independent study program is an on-line training program aimed at emergency responders like EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement. They offer on-line ICS (Incident Command) training that I highly recommend taking. The best part is that it’s free. These classes are full of great information when it comes to MCI’s. They are also redeemable for CEU’s, which is a plus.
EMS1 is a great source of EMS news and information. They feature tons of great columnists and have daily information that I find to be extremely useful. Be sure to add them to your bookmarks.They also have a monthly newsletter that I would recommend subscribing to.
JEMS.com is the leading on-line EMS resource for news, case reviews and discussion. Not a day goes by where I don’t check in to keep up on information related to EMS. If you don’t mind spending a few bucks, their monthly publication is worth a subscription. Tons of great information. Also be sure to check out connect.jems.com an on-line social network for EMS professionals.
The EMS Garage is another great podcast that I listen to weekly. I also occasionally find myself on the show discussing and debating topics in the industry. Chris Montera has put out over 80 episodes of really cool material. My favorite feature on his page is the mobile version of the site. I listen to his podcast from my phone all the time while I’m on the road. You are missing out if you haven’t been listening to the garage.
I saved the best for last. The Chronicles of EMS is a up and coming TV show that features EMS systems from around the world. The creators of this show are traveling around the world filming paramedics in their unique systems and showing the rest of the world how EMS is different and the same in many aspects in all the different areas. This is a must-see for all EMS professionals.