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General Operations

CrimsonEMS’ area of service is defined as the same as HUPD’s area of service, excluding the Longwood Campus. In the past, CrimsonEMS has been requested by groups such as the OSL, student organizations, intramurals, club sports, and the Alumni Association to serve at parties, athletic events, and special campus-wide events.

Patient encounters on shift are documented with patient care reports, but patient identifying information is kept confidential and members of CrimsonEMS are strictly required to uphold confidentiality of patient information.

Patient encounters on shift are documented with patient care reports. All patient identifying information is kept confidential and members of CrimsonEMS are strictly required to uphold this confidentiality, as outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

EMT-B Training Course

Any Harvard undergraduate in freshman or sophomore year can apply to take the course. Unfortunately, CrimsonEMS does not currently accept Extension School students, graduate students, or staff members affiliated with Harvard. We recommend that you check out other local opportunities for EMT certification, such as Boston University’s courses, if you are still interested in working in EMS.

A basic science background in biology, chemistry, and physics is helpful. The training course will review these topics before delving into concepts such as anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, illness, trauma, abuse and patient assessment, as well as methods of treatment and management.

The class is divided into four modules—foundations, medical, trauma, and special patients and operations. Along the way, you will also learn the skills needed for certifications in CPR, prehospital trauma support, and emergency pediatric care.

There are reading quizzes every class, as well as an exam after each module. The course is pass/fail.

The course cannot be taken for college credit.

Balancing the training course with academics and other extracurriculars is feasible, but takes forethought. The course meets for approximately 15 hours per week, and there are also readings assigned outside of the class. Many class members would agree that CrimsonEMS takes the same amount of time as a challenging PSET class. Students often say they find that CrimsonEMS becomes their main extracurricular activity the semester of the training course.

If you have more specific questions about balancing the time commitment, please email us at communications@crimsonems.org.

To receive a Massachusetts EMT-B license from the National Registry of EMTs, students will first have to pass a state practical exam and then a national written exam. The practical exam will occur at the end of the training course. After passing the practical exam, students can register to take the written exam through Pearson VUE.

More information about the certification process will be given to students during the training course.

In the Spring 2018 training class, 100% of the students passed the practical and 95% passed the written exam on their first attempt. CrimsonEMS offers extensive office hours and other sources of support to ensure that students feel prepared to successfully receive certification.

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