Thank you for your interest in starting an EMS program at your college. Since NCEMSF's inception, the Foundation has been assisting with the formation of new organizations on campuses across the country. You are about to embark on a difficult, yet rewarding journey - one that promises both frustration and tremendous satisfaction. When you ask your university administration to entrust you with your campus’ health and safety, as you can imagine, many administrators may initially be skeptical. However, from our experiences, we at the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation (NCEMSF) know that with the right approach, the advantages of collegiate EMS will ultimately become evident to all involved.
In our experience working with collegiate EMS providers throughout the United States and Canada, students who are attracted to collegiate EMS not only consistently provide high quality medical care to their campus communities, but also learn valuable lessons in leadership and civic responsibility.
We recognize that every campus is different, and thus while the startup packet is designed to raise questions and provide guidance, it is not necessarily all-inclusive. Please read through the packet and take advantage of the many resources offered by NCEMSF to determine the best way to create a collegiate EMS organization on your campus. NCEMSF can help guide you through the process by putting you in touch with your regional coordinator and other comparable campuses.
Additionally, as a startup organization you will be eligible to apply for a limited scholarship through NCEMSF to learn more about collegiate EMS at our annual conference every February (see the annual conference Web page each year for scholarship information). The conference brings together over 900 collegiate EMS providers from across the United States and Canada to exchange ideas and to discuss innovative approaches to delivering EMS on campus. I would also like to encourage you to contact me, NCEMSF’s Startup Coordinator, with any question or just to help you get started.
NCEMSF firmly believes that collegiate EMS is a powerful way to improve emergency preparedness on campus while providing students with the leadership skills to become a powerful force for positive change in our nation. We congratulate you on your decision to bring collegiate EMS to your campus and look forward to assisting you throughout the process.
Very truly yours,
Andrew S. Mener, MD