The medical director may not be involved in day-to-day operations of the ambulance service, but is responsible for all aspects of the program that directly or indirectly affect patient care.
The medical director has the following responsibilities:
- Development and regular review of all medical policies and protocols in conjunction with regional EMS policies and protocols
- Active involvement in review of care provided, crew composition, job descriptions, knowledge base and performance assessment require active involvement
- Authority to grant, deny or restrict medical command authorization to an EMT who seeks to provide EMS medical care on behalf of this organization
- Yearly review of continuing education credits and skills assessment of all providers to determine if medical command will be renewed. This will include yearly evaluation of core competencies for all providers
- Works directly with the training officer to develop regular training programs – monthly 2 hour CME conference including run review
- Responds to problems or issues involving medical care affecting the program Participates in quality assurance and risk management programs, including run review for:
- All cardiac arrests
- All intubations
- Cases requiring drug administration
- Random sample
- Any cases that the chief, EMS coordinator or duty crew submit for review
- Reviews individual runs with EMS providers as deemed necessary by the EMS coordinator and medical director.
- Runs or concerns would be reviewed individually with providers or teams if necessary to address any particular concerns or investigate apparent clinical problems
- Involved in the selection of medical equipment
- Serves as liaison with local hospitals to resolve any concerns about service
- Signs all drug licenses and other state required documentation or billing required documentation
- Medical direction, protocol development and run review/run review classes are provided for an annual (or quarterly) fee.
In addition, the Center for EMS is able to provide a yearly Paramedic Refresher course and CEU conferences.
For additional information contact, Bill Barks, CEMS program manager, at 614-293-5101 or by e-mail at William.Barks@osumc.edu.