Continuing Education

Frontier AHEC

Rescue teams participating in simulation

Facilitate continuing education resources and programs for health professionals - particularly in rural and underserved areas

Frontier AHEC utilizes Project ECHO to provide continuing education resources for rural Nevada healthcare professionals while at the same time improving healthcare access for rural Nevadans.

Project ECHO is a simple tele-health linkage connecting university-based faculty specialists to primary care providers in rural and under-served areas to extend specialty care to patients with chronic, costly and complex medical illnesses.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine works with Project ECHO to provide training to healthcare professionals located in rural communities all over Nevada. Innovative tele-health technology allows better access to medical resources to assist medical professionals in providing better healthcare to rural communities.

Continuing education is not only important for Nevada's rural physicians but also for emergency medical personnel who are not always able to travel the long distances between medical facilities around Nevada. One of the ways Frontier AHEC is able to provide continuing education is through its collaboration with the Nevada State Office of Rural Health to facilitate an annual statewide EMS conference.

Rural Nevada EMS Conference

  • Held annually in September
  • 3 days
  • National-level speakers invited
  • University medical advancement training provided to rural EMTs
  • EMTs get critical feedback on skills
  • Continuing education units (CEUs) offered

The Rural Nevada EMS Conference is an annual three-day conference that helps Nevada's EMS personnel better serve their rural communities. Most EMS services in the rural areas are staffed using volunteers who have difficulty obtaining necessary continuing education units (CEUs) for re-certification. The attendees receive quality education and instruction on best practices from a variety of state and national EMS experts.

Attendees also have the opportunity to network with fellow rural EMS personnel from across the state as well as neighboring states. While participants appreciate receiving state-approved CEUs, some of the most valuable learning comes from the sharing of expertise among fellow EMS personnel. In addition, this networking promotes comradery for many individuals who often live in isolated communities.

The conference is self-funded with support from Nevada State EMS, local mines, vendors, and various sponsors. This allows for relatively low conference fees and a limited number of scholarships.

For more information, contact:
Terri Smith
775-738-3828 x20
tsmith@med.unr.edu