Professor Jeffrey Goodloe, MD, NRP, FACEP, FAEMS, LSSBB is the Section Chief of EMS in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He balances multiple duties from a local to national level including providing medical direction to approximately 4,300 prehospital providers between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. With the help of Dr. Landon Vinson, an EMS-fellowship-trained physician, our dynamic EMS faculty bring abundant opportunity to our residents and seamlessly integrate our trainees into the prehospital arena. We are able to provide our residents a baseline prehospital exposure that prepares all graduates for work in any academic or community setting and are grateful to have a robust system that can accommodate those wanting additional experience.
The EMS section of the resident curriculum includes one day during the orientation month of first year and one month during the second year of residency. Orientation month is all about exposure and troubleshooting, and the day of EMS is spent with EMS faculty getting exposure to EMS operations and a chance to get our residents outside into the prehospital setting.
The EMS rotation during the second year of residency is a two week block within a one month time frame. This is meant to be an immersive experience where our residents ride with our prehospital providers, see patients in the prehospital setting, and fully engage in prehospital medicine. We want our residents to see, hear, and sometimes smell what the providers of our EMS system do every day to develop a deeper understanding of the healthcare system as a whole. In addition to scheduled didactics from our physician EMS faculty, we have a huge cadre of paramedics, supervisors, and non-physician EMS faculty that facilitate and ensure an engaging educational experience for our residents.
Even for residents not interested in EMS medicine, we hope to demonstrate the monumental effort that goes into transporting patients to the ED, starting from the time 911 is dialed. Our residents graduate with an appreciation for and deeper understanding of the importance of prehospital medicine as an integral piece of the system as a whole.