Rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Trauma – Organizations
American College of Emergency Physicians
Represents physicians who practice emergency medicine and
provides education, advocacy, and research opportunities.
Oversees the Section of Rural Emergency Medicine that
develops and shares information related to pre-hospital,
initial primary hospital, and tertiary hospitals that
provide care for rural emergency patients.
American College of Surgeons
Works to improve the care of surgical patients and provides
opportunities for education and practice. Sponsors the
Rural Trauma Team Development Course and maintains a
listing of rural surgery training programs in the U.S.
Center for Rural Emergency Services and Trauma
Works to improve rural healthcare delivery, collaborates
among hospital networks, shares best practices, and
provides resources for network hospitals. Offers education,
regional protocols, publications, and other resources.
Comprehensive Advanced Life Support
Provides an emergency medical training curriculum for
medical teams in rural areas. Focused on those who provide
emergency care in rural areas, including physicians,
paramedics, nurses, and advanced practitioners.
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
Represents the professional interests of emergency medical
services (EMS) practitioners, including paramedics,
emergency medical technicians, emergency medical
responders, and community paramedicine. Membership
organization that provides accredited, continuing education
courses for EMS practitioners, and the development of
National Association of EMS Educators
Promotes EMS education, develops educational resources, and
advocates research and lifelong learning. Supports
instructors, program directors, deans, training officers,
EMS physicians, EMS nurses, and EMS state officials.
National Association of EMS Physicians
Provides leadership, advocacy, resources, and education for
emergency medical service (EMS) physician members
responsible for medical care in the pre-hospital setting.
Includes information for rural EMS, community paramedicine
and mobile integrated healthcare, wilderness EMS, and
National Association of State EMS Officials
Develops emergency medical service (EMS) policy and
resources for national, state, regional, and local EMS
systems. Includes a Rural EMS Committee with a focus on
participation in the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency
National Volunteer Fire Council
Represents the interests of member organizations, including
volunteer fire, emergency medical services (EMS), first
responder, and rescue services. Provides training,
advocacy, education, resources, and programs. Addresses
recruitment and retention challenges which include the
aging of volunteer firefighters, commuting distances in
rural areas, increased training requirements, time demand,
Technical Assistance and Services Center
Assists states with all aspects of the Medicare Rural
Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program), including
Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) conversion, networking,
integrating EMS services into rural medical delivery
systems, and performance improvement. TASC is the technical
assistance center for the Flex Program, and a program of
the National Rural Health Resource Center.