A Tribute To Gordy Kokx

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Associates,

Let me begin by expressing my gratitude for your calls, letters, texts, messages, and emails over the past several months. Your kindness and concern have meant the world to me and my family. For those of you who were unaware, I suffered a life-threatening AMI at our February Board Meeting in New Mexico. Thanks to my great friends on the board – especially Dr. Drew Harrell – I was quickly transported by EMS to the University hospital where I received excellent care and as a result, survived.

The journey since then has been long and introspective. It is amazing what a brush with mortality can do to rattle one’s existential perspective. Considering the recent events, the demands of the job, and the need to recover, I have decided to step down from my role as Associate Director of the CoAEMSP.

It has been a distinct privilege to serve our profession as part of the organization the past 14 years – first as a board member and then on staff. I believe together we have made significant gains in our profession and moreover, have developed some terrific relationships. On a continual basis you reminded me of what is possible when we work together for the advancement of our profession.

Personally, I am excited for a new opportunity to teach EMS students of whom I have missed. I must confess, it will also be nice to be home more often. One day I also hope to return to the CoAEMSP in a contracted, technical consultant context; focusing on research to help us further understand the how and why of what we do.

As this chapter closes, my parting advice is to always remember: We are in this together and we all share in a valuable gift that affords us the ability to impact our world in a positive way by being good examples in our programs and to one another. We are works in progress and we never stop learning. As Maya Angelou famously stated, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

Please be good to yourselves and be kind to one another.

God Bless you and thank you for the opportunity to serve you,

After seven years of service as Associate Director for the CoAEMSP, and seven years as a board member, Gordy Kokx is stepping down due to health issues. We will genuinely miss the day-to-day interactions we had, as well as his unique ability to make us all better educators and people. A search to fill this position will be postponed until a later date.

Both the CoAEMSP and Paramedic education are more solid, credible, and effective, all for the ultimate good of the American public, thanks to the insight and dedication Gordy has contributed to our profession. Because of his experience as a Paramedic, EMS educator, program director, department chair, and acting dean, Gordy brought a firm understanding of the various aspects of the profession to the CoAEMSP. He is credited for designing, implementing, and directing the first public college-based Paramedic program in the state of Idaho. His award-nominated thesis for his Ph.D. addressed development of program director leadership curriculum and training–subjects critical for improving Paramedic education. One of the most significant contributions Gordy made during his time with the CoAEMSP was serving as the main subject matter expert in the development of Appendix G, an important evidence-based measurement of student competency which was introduced in 2017.

Among his colleagues, he is best known for ‘walking the walk and talking the talk,’ his humility, approachability, and genuine nature. True to his nature, Gordy has served as an advocate for Paramedic programs, and has promoted the importance of the affective domain in Paramedic education throughout his career.

Gordy has indicated that he will return to teaching, and we know that he will be an invaluable asset to both his Paramedic educational program and students.

We are delighted that Gordy hopes to one day return to the CoAEMSP. If that comes to fruition, he will be welcomed with open arms as both colleague and friend. We look forward to the times in which our paths will cross and we can re-connect with our esteemed colleague and trusted friend.

Gordy, we wish you all the very best!

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A Conversation with the CoAEMSP


Slides: A Conversation with the CoAEMSP
Sep-2020 Download

Paul Berlin & George Hatch

Recorded Sept. 3, 2020.

Chair of the Board Chief Paul Berlin and Executive Director Dr. George Hatch will provide an update on the activities of the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) and discuss the strategic outlook of the organization moving EMS education via credible education.

This is an opportunity to discuss issues, including hearing from the CoAEMSP’s communities of interest on topics of importance; seeking an understanding of the goals and values of the CoAEMSP; asking questions of the CoAEMSP leadership and give feedback; informing Paramedic educational programs about emerging issues in accreditation; informing the CoAEMSP about emerging issues from the perspective of programs; gauging where the communities of interest stand on certain subjects; and serving as a place to identify possible solutions to a problem.

Clinical Coordination


Slides: Clinical Coordination
Aug-2020 Download

Pat Tritt

Recorded Aug. 13, 2020.

Hospital clinical rotations, field experience, and capstone field internship have the potential to be incredibly rich experiences for students where they have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom. Coordinating the schedules is only one aspect of clinical coordination. Selecting appropriate sites, matching students to preceptors, monitoring student attainment of competencies, clinical supervision, and communicating with students and preceptors are all important components. We will explore current challenges in clinical education and best practices in managing the clinical coordination component of the Paramedic educational program.

How to Use the Interpretations


Slides: How to Use the Interpretations
Jul-2020 Download

Mike Miller & Joe Mistovich

Recorded July 30, 2020.

The CoAEMSP has adopted through policies interpretations of the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in the Emergency Medical Services Professions. The purpose of the interpretations is to assist Paramedic programs in understanding and maintaining compliance with the new CAAHEP Standards. The interpretations include examples of how programs may choose to demonstrate compliance with each standard. We will share best practices on how your program can use the interpretations to its advantage.

How to Use the Executive Analysis


Slides: How to Use the Executive Analysis
Jul-2020 Download

Jeff McDonald & Doug York

Recorded July 23, 2020.

Ever wondered what the best steps are after you receive the Executive Analysis (EA) for the program’s self-study report? After the initial shock that your self-study report wasn’t as perfect as you thought it’s time to look at the EA as a tool that can make the site visit go from stressful to just another visit by friends. The CoAEMSP returns the EA to the program as a tool to allow the program time to correct areas of concern identified in the self-study report, in order to improve the overall outcome of the accreditation process.

Watch this informative webinar that addresses the best ways to put the Executive Analysis to work for you. We look at how the EA is developed and talk about what we, the Reader, see in the self-study report. We will look at the more common areas of concern; and just maybe we’ll take some of the blame for simply not understanding your answers to the questions we asked. In the end, we hope you will see the EA as a tool to improve the ease of your site visit and make your journey through the accreditation process as smooth as possible.

Getting Started: An Action Plan for CAAHEP Accreditation


Slides: Getting Started An Action Plan for CAAHEP Accreditation
Jul-2020 Download
Takeaways: Getting Started An Action Plan for CAAHEP Accreditation
Jul-2020 Download

Pat Tritt

Recorded July 16, 2020.

Often the hardest part of any project is organizing a plan to get started. The action plan the CoAEMSP has developed breaks the activities into phases and identifies the activity and associated resources, such as the location on the CoAEMSP website that will provide the necessary information. We will share best practices for developing and implementing an action plan for your program’s next comprehensive review, from writing the self-study report through to responding to the site visit findings.