The training course has been designed by the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University in collaboration with Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) which grants EMT certification to those candidates who successfully complete the full 12 weeks training. The curriculum emphasizes trauma and obstetric emergencies, with a focus on treatment, communication, and rapid transport.
The duration of the training will be 10 weeks. Six weeks of lectures and skills-station workshops plus 4 weeks of clinical rotations at participating area hospitals.
A team of Stanford Medical School doctors, nurses, and EMT specialists will conduct the lectures and guide the hands-on practical trainings including actual ambulance work.
Quality assurance will be an important component of systems development, insuring that on-going training appropriately reflects the epidemiology of Nepal. Data collection methods will be used that are practical and that do not overwhelm the providers or administrators of the NAS.
The research agenda will include internal quality assurance to optimize performance, as well as provide an impact evaluation of this landmark system. Further documentation will be carried out to assist the Nepali medical community to better understand community EMS needs and support the efforts of medical leaders and educators.