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.

Boston MedFlight Ride Along Program

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). 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)

FCCS: The Fundamentals of Critical Care Support

This 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.

Check the Course Calendar for upcoming dates.

PFCCS: The Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Support

This 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.

Check the Course Calendar for upcoming dates.

Course Calendar
24 - 25
The Difficult Airway - June 2024
The Difficult Airway
7:45am - 5:00pm
This is a two-day course.  
Early registration is recommended as this course always sells out quickly.

Learn the full range of airway management techniques, work with expert faculty who know the unique challenges facing EMS providers, practice decision-making and airway techniques, and face the most challenging patient scenarios in a no-risk environment.  
16 hours.  Course dues include electronic textbook.
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.
Approved for 4 hours (CAPCE) 3.75 (Nsg)
ASTNA Nursing CEU approved.
Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation
6 Hour course reviewing the basics of respiratory anatomy and physiology, indications for artificial ventilation, basic mechanical ventilation functions.

CAPCE approved for 6 hours Continuing Education all levels.  
Prior to attending: I understand that BMF as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation will submit a record of my course completions to the CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records may be accessed by or shared with such regulators as state EMS offices, training officers and NREMT on a password-protected need to know bases. In addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE accredited course completions by contacting CAPCE
6 contact hours have been approved by the Air and Surface Transport Nurses' Association, ASTNA is an approved provider for the California Board of Registered Nursing CEP 13575
09 - 10
OB-FCCS - September 9th & 10thth
Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics 
7:45am - 4:00pm
OB-FCCS is a two-day (16 hour) course

Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS): Obstetrics provides training specific to treating the critically ill or injured pregnant patient. The course is recommended for healthcare professionals who may provide maternal/fetal critical care and for clinicians in obstetrics seeking critical care training.
Topics include:
•    Physiologic Changes During Pregnancy
•    Airway Management in the Pregnant Patient
•    Hemodynamic Monitoring
•    Preeclampsia/Eclampsia
•    Sepsis in Pregnancy
•    Thromboembolic Disease and Pregnancy
•    Obstetric Hemorrhage
•    Maternal Mortality and Cardiac Arrest
•    Fetal Evaluation and Fetal Concerns in the Seriously Ill Pregnant Patient
•    Nonobstetric Surgical Diseases in the Pregnant Patient
•    Pregnancy-Related Acute Kidney Injury
•    Management of Delivery and the Newborn
•    Transport of the Critically Ill Pregnant Patient

Approved for 16 hours (CAPCE) 16 (Nsg)
ASTNA Nursing CEU approved.
07 - 08
FCCS October 7th & 8th
Fundamental Critical Care Support
7:45am - 4:00pm
FCCS is a two-day (16 hour) course

The goal of this course 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 this course, 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.
  • Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer and preparing and practitioner for optimally accomplishing that transfer.
Approved for 16 hours (CAPCE) 16 hours (Nsg) ASTNA Nursing CEU approved.
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.
Approved for 4 hours (CAPCE) 4 (Nsg)
12 - 13
Pediatric FCCS November 12th & 13th
Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support
7:45am - 4:00pm
PFCCS is a two-day (16 hour) course

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.
Approved for 16 hours (CAPCE) 16 (Nsg)
ASTNA Nursing CEU approved.

Please note: This is not a critical care certification course, but a certificate of successful completion will be awarded by SCCM.
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