Professional Development

Ride Along Program, Critical Care Courses and Seminars

Boston MedFlight is one component of a much bigger critical care delivery team that includes clinicians and caregivers from our region’s hospitals, fire personnel, police, first responders, paramedics and EMTs. If we all understand each other’s operations, roles and responsibilities, the better care and service we will provide to our patients and their families. And at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

To give other professionals in the critical care continuum the opportunity to get to know us, we developed our educational and development programs. The goal is to provide our partners in care with a detailed understanding of our environment and our capabilities.

The Boston MedFlight Ride Along Program provides the opportunity to accompany our teams in our aircraft and ground transport vehicles. First developed as a training tool for potential Boston MedFlight employees, we now offer Ride Alongs to first-responder partners and hospital-based clinicians (including nurses and physicians doing residencies or fellowships).

Conferences and Specialty Care Courses:

Boston MedFlight also offers specialized courses for healthcare professionals and emergency first responders looking to improve or add to their critical care skill sets.

FCCS: The Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS) course is sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and provides exposure to the essential principles of critical care. The course, which consists of lectures and skill stations, offers guidance for decision making in the care of critically ill patients during the initial hours of management.

PFCCS: The Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (PFCCS) course, sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, includes lectures and skill stations that address the core components of the early management of critically ill, pediatric patients.

Here is a list of our upcoming courses. Online registration will be made available as the course date approaches: 


Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation

The Intro to Mechanical Ventilation is a 6 hour course that helps to better prepare the medical practitioner to function more efficiently and effectively when managing a patient requiring mechanical ventilation support.  This educational offering will present the fundamental principles and application of mechanical ventilation.  Although most providers have been exposed to patients on mechanical ventilation, often times, they do not understand the basic indicators for, and mechanisms of, this intervention. 
The course begins with a review of respiratory anatomy and physiology, and expounds on pathophysiologic conditions and their implications.  During the day, the students will discuss the common mathematic calculations applied to the physical principles of gases
outline the criteria for the application of mechanical ventilation support, review the various modes of mechanical ventilation support, identify airway pressure and flow settings, discuss oxygenations vs ventilation concepts and progress to higher level of thinking by reviewing the guidelines for initial mechanical ventilator settings and specific modes, discuss common pharmacologic support useful with ventilated patients, present criteria for altering mechanical ventilator settings or modes and discuss principles and application of ventilator support weaning.
The Intro to Mechanical Ventilation helps build confidence in the provider who may be caring for a patient on mechanical ventilation, as well as providing a strong fundamental knowledge of this intervention.  The course is designed to strengthen fundamental knowledge of mechanical ventilation, which is applicable to any machine or system with which they may be exposed to.

To qualify for our Ride Along Program, you must:

  • Be employed by an EMS agency or hospital in the Boston MedFlight service area and have been in good standing with your employer for at least one year
  • Not have participated in a Ride Along at any time within the past 36 months
  • Weigh less than 210 lbs fully clothed (helicopter Ride Alongs only)
  • Not suffer from motion sickness (helicopter Ride Alongs only)
  • If you’re interested in a Ride Along, contact us.