Emergency Medical Services
Pre-hospital care is an important part of the specialty of Emergency Medicine. Our residency provides a structured educational EMS curriculum for our residents. We offer exposure to the complete range of pre-hospital care from an advanced urban/suburban paramedic system responding to 50,000 calls per year to involvement in a state of the art aero-medical service.
Exposure begins in the first year when our interns are required to participate in ground EMS ride alongs with the Forsyth County EMS. Residents can also volunteer to fly with our busy helicopter service, AirCare. Our second and third year residents become more involved with providing on-line medical command for incoming EMS ground and aero-medical units. Opportunities also exist to participate in education of our EMS providers and to become Assistant Medical Directors for some of our outlying rural EMS units.
Several other opportunities exist for those residents more interested in EMS. Electives can be taken in ground EMS, EMS administration and aero-medical medicine. Interested residents can also join the local EMS disaster response team, Special Operations Response Team (SORT), for which one of our faculty members serves as its medical director. SORT members are trained in disaster medicine including hazardous materials. They are often activated by the federal government to provide disaster relief to hurricane victims. SORT also staffs many of the large sporting events in the local area including Wake Forest University football games.