Director's Message

Committed to advancing the practice of EMS

Welcome to the Dalhousie University Division of Emergency Medical Services, a Division of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Since its establishment in 1997, the Division has uncompromisingly pursued its mission to advance the scientific knowledge of EMS by advocating for, facilitating, and performing world class research, knowledge translation, education, and leadership.

The Division of EMS seeks to improve patient care in EMS through knowledge translation activities such as the Prehospital Evidence-based Practice (PEP) database, the introductory critical appraisal course Paramedic Evidence Based Practice (PEBP), and the hosting of journal clubs for paramedics and others in EMS.

Annually, the Division hosts an EMS Research Day, with projects presented by local and national EMS researchers. Through this opportunity, and chairing the Nova Scotia EMS Research Steering Committee, the Division works to advance EMS research and advocate for paramedic researchers. We also offer bursary support to paramedics who wish to undertake post-graduate education, and to all researchers for the performance or knowledge translation of research.

The Division strives to educate EMS leaders for the future, providing opportunities for post-residency Fellowship, EMS electives in medical school and residency, and research opportunities for paramedics, physicians, or other scientists.

The Division of EMS seeks to advance paramedicine as a health profession, and the discipline of EMS, valuing innovation, mentorship, and interprofessional collaboration. Please take a few moments to explore our website. I welcome the opportunity to discuss the Division of EMS with you.

Alix Carter, MD, MPH FRCPC
Director, Division of EMS