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School starts today for STARS Academy

3rd December 2008 - 05:23 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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STARS (Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) launched the inaugural class of the STARS Critical Care and Transport Medicine Academy today.

The course is a 12 week program designed for practitioners in the health care field who wish to prepare for a career in transport medicine. Eleven students from across Alberta are now starting the program which combines online training with hands-on education including case studies, human patient simulation and a transport practicum as an introduction to working safely within the air medical environment.
 
The anticipated graduation date will be March 8, 2009 after each student undergoes a two-day, physician directed skills assessment prior to receiving their certificate of completion.
 
Over 50 applications from across Canada and the United States were reviewed for the Academy, which will offer a second class for 12 candidates during the September to November, 2009 semester.
 
STARS is a non-profit charity providing airborne intensive care to critically ill and injured patients. Emergency medical communications, patient care and transport, education and research, and fundraising and community partnerships are the pillars of the STARS program. Since it began in 1985, STARS has flown over 17,300 missions.

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