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Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Ellen MacKenzie
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Presents current research and program initiatives in pre-hospital and in-hospital care of the injured. Covers current program and policy issues related to the delivery of emergency medical services. Topics include technological advances in the acute care management of injuries, the regionalized approach to the delivery of emergency medical services, strategic planning for the financing of regionalized systems, manpower issues in the delivery of emergency care, to determinants and consequences of emergency department overcrowding and monitoring and appropriate methodologies for performance evaluation of trauma and EMS systems.

Learning Objective(s):

After completing the course, the student will be able to : 1. Justify the need for regional systems of trauma and emergency medical services (EMS) 2. Summarize the principal milestones in the development of EMS and trauma systems in the US and discuss the role of federal and state governments in the establishment and maintenance of these systems 3. Define the principal components of an inclusive trauma system 4. Describe the current status of trauma systems in the US 5. Compare and contrast alternative models for the organization, management and delivery of pre-hospital and hospital services for care of the injured 6. Identify approaches for measuring the severity of injury and trauma casemix 7. Summarize and interpret the results of several major studies demonstrating the effectiveness of regional trauma systems 8. Assess the strengths and limitations of a study designed to evaluate EMS and trauma system performance 9. Evaluate current and future challenges in the delivery of trauma and EMS care 10. Formulate priorities in EMS and trauma systems research

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on a paper and quiz.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 3:30 - 4:50
  • Wednesday 3:30 - 4:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

students wanting to audit this class must obtain permission of the instructor.

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Undergraduates must have completed the Introduction to Health Policy course taught on the Homewood campus prior to registering for this course.

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: Every Other Year
Next Offered: 2014-2015