Year-long Quality & Safety Course

NAEMSP® is committed to developing and nurturing the next generation of clinical quality and patient safety leaders in the EMS community. The NAEMSP® Year-Long Quality Improvement and Safety Course provides EMS physicians and quality improvement leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead quality improvement and patient safety initiatives in their region, system or agency. Participants will develop an in-depth understanding of how to apply tools and strategies of quality improvement to their local needs to affect the care of patients.

Program Description:

This is the 7th annual Quality Improvement and Safety Course offered by NAEMSP®. The program will take participants on a journey to improve the quality of care and safety in their system through a multi-modal approach.

  • Monthly Moderated  90-minute Online Sessions: These sessions will be led by expert faculty and program participants to discuss key aspects of quality improvement. Articles and readings will be assigned to facilitate discussion.
  • Capstone Project Development and Mentorship: Participants will choose a project that will implement quality improvement methods to a problem in their agency or system. Each participant or team will be assigned a faculty member to help guide their progress. Each student will get an account with the Simple QI® cloud-based application to foster project progress, data-tracking and collaboration.

Participants should expect to accomplish specific quality improvement goals:

  1. Analyze current environment to identify quality/safety problems
  2. Develop measurement tools
  3. Create strategies for change of practice
  4. Implement a program of change.

Monthly topics will include:

  • Identifying changes that need to be made and why
  • Setting a project aim
  • Developing measurement strategies
  • Understanding variation and tracking progress
  • Leading change
  • Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA)
  • Presentation & publication of improvement science

Commitment and Expectation

  • Attend and participate in monthly conference calls/synchronous learning sessions.
  • Meet and work with your faculty mentor.
  • Complete capstone project and poster which may be submitted to the NAEMSP Annual Meeting.


  • 2 Day NAEMSP on-line or in person Quality and Safety Course or other similar course is highly encouraged for admission to the Quality Improvement and Safety Year-Long Course.
  • We are looking for a diverse group of participants, physicians, and EMS professionals, who may have different levels of experience with quality improvement, but the infrastructure to succeed. Teams are encouraged to apply together.  Group discounts will be offered for two or more participants ($800 first team member/$400 for each additional team member).
  • Each participant will need to purchase the book The Improvement Guide, 2nd Edition by Langley et. al., which is available online via Amazon or other booksellers.
  • DEADLINE for Application is Friday, July 19th, 2024. Early applications are encouraged and applicants will be notified no later than August 16th, 2024.
  • First on-line session will be on September 25th, 2024 (Subsequent 4th Wednesdays of the month with the exception of major holiday weeks)

Program Faculty

The faculty consists of leaders in EMS quality improvement from across the country.

Maia Dorsett, MD, PhD, FAEMS*
Nicola Little, Paramedic, FAEMS*
Rick Allgood, Paramedic
Stephanie Ashford, Paramedic, FAEMS
Christopher Berry, MD
Brooke Burton, Paramedic, FACPE
Scott Bourn, PhD, RN, Paramedic
Brad Cramer, Paramedic
Remle Crowe, PhD, NREMT, FAEMS
Gabe Gan, MPH, NRP
Joseph Grover, MD, FAEMS
Josh Kimbrell, Paramedic
Ian Medoro, MD
Michael Redlener, MD, FAEMS
Robert Rosenbaum, MD, FAEMS
Zachary Potts, Paramedic
Jake Shores, Paramedic
Michael Taigman, Improvement Guide
Dave Williams, PhD
Bryan Wilson, MD, Paramedic, FAAEM, FAEMS

*Course Directors

Applications for the September 2024 – June 2025 course are now open.

Online sessions take place the fourth Wednesday of the month (with the exception of major holiday weeks).

Click the button above to access the application. You will be asked to answer several questions, submit your CV and a commitment letter from your EMS agency/system.

DEADLINE for Application is July 19th, 2024. Earlier applications are encouraged and they will be review on a rolling basis.

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