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
Feb
19
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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.
Feb
22 - 23
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Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS)
Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support

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 the 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.
Apr
09
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EKG Interpretation for the ALS Provider
NOTE:  There are limited spots available for this course.  However, as state restrictions regarding capacity limits change, more spaces may open up.  
We encourage anyone interested in attending to add their name to the waitlist if the course is sold out.

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.
Apr
12 - 13
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OB - FCCS
NOTE:  There are currently only two spots available for this course.  However, as state restrictions regarding capacity limits change, more spaces may open up.  
We encourage anyone interested in attending to add their name to the waitlist if the course is sold out.

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)
ASTNA Nursing CEU approved. 
Apr
30
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Pediatric Acute Care
This six 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.
May
17 - 18
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FCCS
Fundamental Critical Care Support

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.
Jul
12 - 13
REGISTER
PFCCS
Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support

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 the 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.
Aug
27
REGISTER
Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation
Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation is a six hour course reviewing the basics of respiratory anatomy and physiology, indications for artificial ventilation, and basic mechanical ventilation functions.

CAPCE approved for 6 hours Continuing Education at all levels.

Prior to attending:  I understand that Boston MedFlight, 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 at NREMT on a password-protected need-to-know basis.  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
Sep
10
REGISTER
Applications of Mechanical Ventilation
The Applications of Mechanical Ventilation course is a four-hour workshop designed as a practical follow-up from the Introduction 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 advance 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 courses.
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