Society for Prehospital Educators in Canada (SPEC) 
Keeping educators connected accross Canada. 


March 2012

This newsletter was created and maintained by SPEC in an attempt to keep educators in communication and up-to-date from coast to coast.  We will be looking for updates from all regions across the country in the newsletters to come.  If you have anything that you would like to add to our newsletter, please feel free to contact me. (
The SPEC annual AGM and Educators Symposium is set for June this year.  There will be time set aside for discussion groups to talk about the NOCP changes and implications to education programs as well as a national prehospital educator certification program.  Great things ahead!

The new SPEC website is up and ready! 
This website will focus on keeping you up to date on educator related acivities across Cananda and eventually it will house a repository of resources (scenario templates, educational material, etc.) for members to access.  Check it out!

EMS Research Day

Nova Scotia - Scheduled for March 20, 2012

SPEC, led by Walter Tavares, has collaborated with educators, clinicians, regulatory bodies and employers to develop a global rating scale for the assessment of paramedic clinical competence.  A summary of the study is being presented at this year's EMS Research Day in Nova Scotia.  Look for the summary on the SPEC website.

National Exam Update

The National Exam is proceeding.
Two provinces will participate this June.

Check out the website for more information: SPEC website

2012 SPEC Symposium

June 17-19, 2012
Comox, BC (Parksville, BC)


Following the EMS Chiefs Conference in Vancouver.  

There has been a lot of chat over the year.  It's looking to be the best one yet!
- NOCP Updates and discussion
- Prehospital Educators Certificate Program
- Research Opportunities

Watch the SPEC website for further details!

NOCP Update

The Paramedic Association of Canada has released the newest version of the NOCPs.  You can access a pdf version at their website.   CMA has officially accepted this version for use in accrediation. 
The SPEC group has created documents that clearly outline the new changes and following the symposium in June hope to have a consensus on the implications of these changes that can be shared with all educators.  We are still waiting to hear further information regarding the appendices and definititions surrounding this document.  These are due to be released in the near future.  


Our vision is to promote excellence in prehospital care for all patients, by advancing the knowledge and collaboration through an inclusive fellowship of prehospital educators.


Our mission is to establish and promote excellence in prehospital education through research, leadership, and fellowship. We foster enhanced patient care by serving as a unified voice for Canadian prehospital educators.
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