I had the pleasure of attending and speaking to attendees at the OPA Paramedicine 2019 conference this weekend in Toronto. The McNally Project for Paramedicine Research organised the keynote speaker, Dr. Paula Rowland, who delivered an amazing talk on the future of continuing professional development (CPD). In addition, we organised two research-based streams within the conference focused on advancing paramedicine through innovations in education – namely entry-to-practice education, and CPD.
I presented my PhD work in the Advances in Entry to Practice Perspectives stream, which focused on the misalignment of paramedic practice and education (slides available on ResearchGate here). This session also included talks on education standards, pathways from student to paramedic, and situational judgement testing in paramedic practice. A particular thank you to Dr. Walter Tavares for his work bringing these two streams together, along with the members of the McNally Project who assisted with the abstract review and logistics.