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The 2021 Critical Care and Transport Academy will proceed as planned with a smaller class to ensure current distancing guidelines are met. There is a provision that the planned in person training and flight shifts may change at any time due to COVID 19. Please consider this provision when applying for the program.

2021 applications are open October 16 – November 16, 2020.

This outreach education program is available to rural and urban emergency service providers in air medical care, critical care transport, and system access.

STARS Air Ambulance partnered with the University of Calgary to offer the STARS Critical Care and Transport Medicine Academy certificate course through the Continuing Medical Education Department. The 20-week course covers the fundamentals of critical care and transport medicine and is designed for rural and urban registered nurses, paramedics (ground and fixed-wing) and physicians who wish to expand their knowledge and skills when caring for the critically ill and/or injured patients.

The Academy is delivered using a blended model, comprised of a 16-week online component which allows practitioners to continue to work full time in their current practice setting and a 4 week in-class didactic portion which includes lectures from clinical specialists, high fidelity simulation and critical care skill labs. Participants learn how to identify, assess, diagnose and treat critically ill and/or injured patients both in their current practice setting and in the transport environment. Participants learn and perform advanced critical care skills that are essential for saving lives using the most current trends and treatment based on evidence-based research. The course is further augmented by having the learners take part in flight practicums at one of the STARS bases which solidifies their critical care knowledge and skills in the rotary wing transport environment.

A minimum of 3 years of experience as a Medic (ACP level), registered nurse working in a rural environment or a tertiary care nurse who currently works in the ER/ICU or CCU and rural physicians are welcome to apply.

ACLS, PALS, TNCC, ITLS are preferred.