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, a nonprofit critical care medical transport organization that partners with a consortium of Boston-area hospitals 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: 

Pediatric Acute Care

A new date will be posted soon
This six hour course provides ALS responders with a foundation to better prepare for, and manage a newborn or infant resuscitation.

Infant and Neonatal Resuscitation Course for ALS Providers

This 6 hour course provides ALS responders with a foundation to better prepare for, and manage a newborn or infant resuscitation.   Topics include:

  • Identifying neonates and infants in distress
  • Physiologic changes that occur at birth.  
  • Determining perfusion, respiratory, and neurological status 
  • Mindset and preparation about resuscitation after birth
  • Congenital abnormalities affecting resuscitation
  • Basics of neonatal and infant cardiology, and post resuscitation considerations.  
This course uses preserved fetal pigs for skill performance. 

Topics in Inter-facility Transport Medicine: Vascular emergencies

This 4 hour course provides for the transport care giver

  • Post  tape administration risks and how to minimize those risks
  • Introduce the mechanisms of common antihypertensive medications
  • EVDs / ICP monitoring devices and increased ICP management
  • Ongoing management of status epileptics
  • Basic understanding of pathophysiology of aortic dissection
  • Principles of impulse control and management agents
  • Basic evolution of myocardial infarction and NSTEMI
  • Ongoing management of post-arrest patients


06 - 07

The goal of these courses is to introduce principles important in the initial care of critically ill or injured patients to physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers who are not skilled in critical care, but, who must care for such a patient in anticipation of the arrival of an intensivist, or pending transport of the patient to a more suitable facility.  During these courses, the students will

  • Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill or injured patient, select appropriate diagnostic tests,
  • Identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable patient,
  • Recognize and initiate management of acute life-threatening conditions, and
  • Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer and preparing the practitioner for optimally accomplishing that transfer.  



08 - 09

The Pediatric FCCS course has presentations dealing with: Pedi assessment, Transport, Mechanical ventilation, Poisoning, Trauma, Post-Operative Care, Sedation/Analgesia, Shock, and Hemorrhage Control, among others.  
Both FCCS and P-FCCS courses have skill stations and small breakout sessions each day.  The content of both courses is appropriate for Physicians, ICU/ED Nurses, Paramedics and other higher level health care providers.   This course is provided by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. 
Please note: This is not a critical care certification course, but a certificate of successful completion will be awarded by SCCM.


Intoduction 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.

  • Review of basic respiratory anatomy and physiology
  • Overview of indications and criteria for mechanical ventilation
  • Understand common mathematical calculations
  • Review physical principles of gases
  • Distinguish universal modes and basic settings of mechanical ventilation


S.T.A.B.L.E. Learner

This 6 hour program is designed to provide important information about neonatal stabilization for maternal/infant healthcare providers in all settings-from community hospitals and birth centers, to emergency rooms and more complex hospital environments. The information will be organized using a mnemonic STABLE to assist with retention.

  • Neonatal stabilization (post resuscitation and pre-transport)
  • Standardize processes and approach to care
  • Teamwork building techniques
  • Mitigating medical errors, eliminating preventable adverse


Applications of Mechanical Ventilation

The Applications course is a 4 hour workshop designed as a practical follow up from the Intro to Mechanical Ventilation Course. Knowledge and skills from the Intro course are applied in a workshop setting with hands on scenarios. 

  • Real-world scenarios and cases
  • Application of the advanced principles and critical thinking applications of mechanical ventilation. 
  • Function more efficiently and effectively when managing a patient
  • Alternative ventilation strategies and pharmacological interventions.
This is not an entry level course for the inexperienced provider. Students enrolling in the Applications course must have previous experience with respiratory management, mechanical ventilation or courses including: Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation, Mechanical Ventilation I or Fundamental Critical Care Support course. 


EKG Interpretation for the ALS Provider

This course is designed to provide the medical care provider a simplified approach to interpreting selected EKG monitoring strips. The 4 hour interactive course begins with reviewing the fundamentals of cardiac physiology and EKG reading.

  • Approach to EKG Interpretation
  • Interpret common EKG findings for patient with ACS and identify pathologic conditions and infarction patterns.  
  • Axis Deviation, Bundle Blocks, Hemi fascicular Blocks, ST-segments and AMI Diagnosis,
  • Conditions that Obscure the AMI, ST Depression and T Wave Inversion, EKG Pseudo infarction Patterns, Benign Early Repolarization, Left Ventricular Hypertrophy, Hyperkalemia, among others.

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.