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Prerequisites/Qualifications
Who Can Teach What
Maintaining Status
Responsibilities
Course Coordinator Application

Prerequisites/Qualifications

To be a Course Coordinator, an individual must meet the following prerequisites/qualifications:

  • Be a physician (MD or DO), registered nurse, nurse practitioner, advanced practice nurse, physician assistant, paramedic, or EMT, with a background in EMS. (He or she must be at least a paramedic to coordinate a GEMS ALS course.)
  • Successfully complete the GEMS provider course at the same or higher level for which the individual seeks to conduct courses.
  • Submit the Course Coordinator application for approval to the Course Coordinator conducting the Course Coordinator Orientation Session or submit the application online at www.GEMssite.com before completing the Online Course Coordinator Orientation Session.
  • Have documented experience in conducting other nationally recognized standardized courses for prehospital personnel. The person also should have knowledge, experience, and expertise in the conduct of other adult education programs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and a working knowledge of the most recent GEMS course materials and policies.
  • Complete any required updates on the GEMS course materials.

Individuals who meet the prerequisites/qualifications to become a Course Coordinator will be eligible to attend a GEMS Course Coordinator Orientation Session or complete the Online Course Coordinator Orientation Session at www.GEMSsite.com. Additional information about these options can be found in the GEMS Resource Manual.

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Who Can Teach What

Following is an outline of what GEMS BLS and ALS Course Coordinators are qualified to teach.

    BLS Course Coordinators can teach:
  • GEMS BLS Course
  • Course Coordinator Orientation Session for BLS Course Coordinators
    ALS Course Coordinators can teach:
  • GEMS BLS Course
  • GEMS ALS Course
  • Course Coordinator Orientation Session for Course Coordinators

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Maintaining Status as a Course Coordinator

An individual's Course Coordinator status is valid for two years. To renew this status, the individual must participate in at least two GEMS courses within the two-year period. This involvement can be either as a Course Coordinator or as Faculty at a registered course.

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Responsibilities

The Course Coordinator is responsible for the quality of the GEMS course. Responsibilities include:

  • Educational Quality-The Course Coordinator is responsible for the educational quality of the GEMS course and must ensure that the content is presented in its entirety. The Course Coordinator must provide oversight to assure that the course content and instructional program complies with the standards and guidelines set forth in the GEMS course curriculum.
  • Course Supervision-The Course Coordinator must attend the entire course. He or she should supervise the registration process; observe lectures, scenarios, and skill stations; and be prepared to intervene if necessary (this may involve teaching a segment of the course or redirecting a scenario or skill station).
  • Course Integrity-The quality of the GEMS course relies heavily on the Course Coordinator. He or she should maintain the integrity of the course and ensure that all minimum course requirements are met. The Course Coordinator must provide oversight to assure the quality of the educational experience and of the Faculty.
  • Faculty Selection-The Course Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, preparing, and supervising the Faculty for the course being conducted. The Course Coordinator must provide oversight to assure the Faculty possesses the appropriate skills and knowledge required for presenting specific lectures.
  • Coordinate Logistics-The Course Coordinator is responsible for all logistical issues, such as teaching materials, equipment, room reservations, registration, catering, and promotion. In some cases these responsibilities can be delegated.
  • Budget Management-The Course Coordinator manages the course budget.
  • Course Roster Submission - At the completion of each GEMS course, the Course Coordinator needs to complete and send the course roster to the AGS. More information about Course Rosters can be found in the GEMS Resource Manual.
  • Ensuring Safety - The Course Coordinator must ensure that universal safety precautions are followed.
  • Course Evaluations-The GEMS Steering Committee would like to continually improve the GEMS course; therefore, feedback from the course participants and Faculty is very important. The Course Coordinator should ensure all participants and Faculty members complete a course evaluation form. Course Coordinators are required to submit the evaluation forms from the first course they coordinate and are encouraged to submit forms for every course they coordinate thereafter. Completed forms should be sent to the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) at the following address:

    American Geriatric Society
    The Empire State Building
    350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 801
    New York, NY 10118
    212-308-1414
    www.americangeriatrics.org
  • Click here to complete the course coordinator application

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