Simulation Use in Paramedic Education Research (SUPER): A Descriptive Study

A research study was conducted by a subcommittee of the National Association of EMS Educators' Research Committee, composed of members with expertise in EMS education and healthcare simulation. The group conducted a cross-sectional census survey of 638 Paramedic programs that were either accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or holding a Letter of Review by the CoAEMSP.

The purpose of this research was to characterize the use of simulation in initial Paramedic education programs in order to assist stakeholders' efforts to target educational initiatives and resources. This group sought to provide a snapshot of what simulation resources programs have or have access to and how they are used; faculty perceptions about simulation; whether program characteristics, resources, or faculty training influence simulation use; and if simulation resources are uniform for patients of all ages.