Facilitating EMS research is one of Fisdap’s most important objectives and we are proud to be a leader in EMS educational research.

Fisdap has been involved in research since our beginning—our first product, the Skills Tracker, was conceived as a grant-funded research project to track student internship data.

Since 2005, the information and data that students enter into the Fisdap database has supported dozens of research projects—many of which have won awards and national recognition.

As such a relatively new profession, EMS standards are often determined by collective professional opinion and not scientific research. Fisdap, along with our collaborators, is making intentional and substantial efforts to improve EMS education and lay the foundation for future studies.

Research Summit

Once a year, Fisdap hosts the Research Summit, a workshop that attracts EMS educators from around the country. For two days, educators immerse themselves in a focused research project.

The Research Summit has two primary goals:

  1. To teach EMS educators how to conduct valid educational research.
  2. To facilitate research plans and apply real Fisdap data to hypotheses, so that participants leave with a working, nearly finished research abstract.

EMS educators with any level of research experience are encouraged to attend. We provide you with the opportunity to work on a team with peer researchers, Fisdap’s computer programmers, statisticians, and medical directors. For most teams, the outcome is a research abstract that can be submitted for consideration to the Prehospital Care Research Forum at NAEMSE.

Registration for the Research Summit opens in the fall for the following February. If you would like to be sure that you’re included in the list of people notified about registration, info [at] fisdap [dot] net (subject: Please%20send%20me%20info%20on%20the%20Research%20Summit) (please let us know)

Explore our research projects!


Research 101Watch the engaging video series that teaches the importance of getting involved in EMS Research and how to get started.

Sponsored and presented by the UCLA Prehospital Care Forum and Fisdap


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