Presentation Description:

Understanding cellular physiology should be a foundational concept for EMS providers.  Without this foundation, it is difficult to appreciate why various disease processes cause specific physical manifestations within our patients.  Instructors will be introduced to the “School House Theory” for cellular action potentials.  Interactive case studies will illustrate how the School House Theory and cellular action potentials can be taught to every level of EMS provider.

Type of Session:  Breakout session

Intended Audience:  Educators

Presentation Length:  60 – 90 minutes

NCCP Category:  Individual Component

Presentation Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify the basic elements of cellular action potentials.
  • Participants will be able to describe why cellular action potentials should be taught to all EMS providers.
  • Participants will be able to integrate the School House Theory into their educational programs.

What makes me qualified to present this topic?

  • Lead Instructor for one of the largest accredited paramedic programs in the Rocky Mountain Region. Personally, teach this subject within the curriculum to over 70 paramedic candidates annually.
  • Historically, this topic is a difficult concept for instructors to teach and relate back to the typical EMS provider. After implementing the School House Theory into our curriculum, students dramatically improved their understanding of cellular action potentials and better appreciate why this should be a common EMS concept.
  • Author a bi-monthly column for called “Fun with Physiology: Let’s Get Cellular” which this topic is the anchor for the series.