A blog post on The EMS Patient Perspective about physicians specializing in emergency medical services, has piqued my interest.
In 2010, the American Board of Medical Specialties formally recognized EMS as a subspecialty – for physicians.
Officially, the specialty of EMS is a sub-specialty of Emergency Medicine.
Before we can get to specialize and sub-specialize, we have to have a PROFESSION to begin with.
So what is a profession? One definition is “a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation.” That, we are emphatically NOT. The recognized attributes of a profession are well described here: http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/spectrum/attributes.htmWe have high-school or at best trade school education. We have no distinct body of knowledge. We resist education and entry standards. We are, as a nationwide body (in the U.S.), someplace between a hobby and a trade or vocation. Profession? I with, but I don’t think so.
I have to agree with Mr. Kirkwood. EMS is not yet a profession, but it should be, and in the future it will be a profession. A brief look at other countries (United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany) and you will find that Paramedicine is a profession, even by Mr. Kirkwood’s definition.
It will not be easy.
It will not be cheap.
It will not be fast.
This is not a choose one situation.
This is a choose none, just get started, situation.
So what?Raising children can be very frustrating, is very expensive, and will take a long time, but most of us do not let that stop us. If we only looked at the obstacles, we would have become extinct long ago.
There is no simple solution, and it will not be cheap.