The University of New Mexico Emergency Medical Services Academy (EMS Academy) congratulates its 2009-2010 graduating paramedic class, including 17 paramedics and certificate students. Special guest and famed EMS author and emergency physician Dr. Bryan Bledsoe presided over the ceremony, ushering in the next wave of New Mexico EMS professionals.
UNM’s EMS Academy is the state’s designated lead training agency and remains the largest EMS training agency in New Mexico. Moreover, the UNM academy is one of only 13 university programs to offer a bachelor’s degree in EMS, and is in an exclusive group of agencies nationally to offer a statewide education program, including training for the Navajo Nation and U.S. Air Force. Training classes held throughout the state are coordinated by EMS Academy staff using more than 150 UNM-trained instructors, and academy curricula and equipment. A fleet of trucks and trailers loaded with training materials is directed to various communities throughout the state in a constant rotation.
UNM’s EMS Academy provides courses in:
- First Responder
- Emergency Medical Technician – Basic and Intermediate
- Emergency Medical Services
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support
- Mountain Medicine
For nearly 40 years, UNM’s EMS Academy has focused on rural New Mexico outreach. "The EMS Academy has a vital role here in New Mexico," explains Marc-David Munk, M.D., EMS Academy director. "UNM provides emergency medical training to EMS volunteers who serve nearly every community in New Mexico. There’s really no other organization that could do it."
For more information on UNM’s EMS Academy, call 505/272-5757 or visit http://hsc.unm.edu/som/emsacad/.