Frequently Asked Questions

  • I'm a freshman/undergrad/grad student/staff member at Stanford. Can I take this course?

    All Stanford students, both undergraduate and graduate, may apply for the class. In addition other Stanford affiliates (faculty or staff) may also apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis if there is space in the class. We are unfortunately unable to consider applicants who are not currently affiliated with Stanford University, including employees of Stanford Healthcare and Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. Enrollment in the course is not guaranteed and is subject to course director approval.
  • I'm going to take off from Stanford classes fall/winter/spring quarter. Can I break up this series between years?

    Yes. The EMR Program (EMED 111A) can be taken in Fall, Winter, or Spring Quarter of this year. The two-quarter EMT Program (EMED 111B/C) in Winter and Spring Quarters must be taken in succession within the same year
  • Are there pre-requisites?

    Yes, the prerequisite for the EMT Program (EMED 111B/C) is the EMR Program (EMED 111A). There are no prerequisites for EMED 111A, however students must obtain a BLS for healthcare providers CPR certification during the quarter. Details on how to obtain this certification will be provided on the first day of class.
  • What's class like?

    This year, the EMED 111 series will utilize a blended-learning format. The class will meet on Tuesdays remotely at 6pm-6:30pm(EMR) or 6pm- 6:45pm(EMT) for a Q&A session. Thursdays in-person practical sessions will have office hours from 5:30pm-6pm and class from 6:00pm-8pm, remote practical scenarios will be from 6pm-7:30pm. Practical sessions will alternate between in-person skills practice and Zoom scenarios. Most weeks, there will be a 10-minute Canvas quiz on the previous week’s lecture material. During practical scenarios, the class is divided into small groups to practice virtual hands-on skills. There will also be one required in-person practical skills weekend per quarter at the end of Week 7 or 8.
  • Is this class hard?

    The class is different from traditional classes; for some people it's harder, and for some, it's easier. Homework primarily consists of reading and practicing skills, and there are still quizzes and written tests, just like a normal class. Unlike normal classes, there is a significant amount of "hands-on" material in the class.
  • How is the class graded?

    Although the specific weights of these factors vary year to year, the grade is a combination of weekly quizzes, a written final, and class participation and attendance.
  • What immunization requirements are there?

    There are no immunization requirements for the EMR Program (EMED 111A). For the EMT Program (EMED 111B/C), in order to do your clinical observations, a component of the program, you will need to be immunized against Hepatitis B and have a negative TB test. If you have immunization records for Hepatitis B and have had a TB test (PPD, or other appropriate test) in the last year, then you're all set. If you haven't had either of those done, or cannot find the records, you will need to have the appropriate titers or immunizations performed. You will not need to show proof of immunization until the start of Winter Quarter, and immunization is not a requirement to apply and be accepted to the program.
  • How can I use the skills I learned in the EMT Program?

    There are a number of ways you will be able to use the skills you will learn in class, if you decide to get your EMT certification. On campus, you can apply to join Stanford EMS, who provides EMS services at large campus events. At home, you can apply for work as an EMT, or perhaps volunteer if you have a volunteer EMS service. There are also EMS providers around Stanford that will hire part-time EMTs.

    Another option for graduates from our class is to go on and apply to become course TAs for the class in the following year.
  • Have you noted any class conflicts year-to-year?

    Yes, certain midterm schedules from undergraduate classes (including pre-med classes) may conflict with our regularly scheduled lectures on Tuesday or Thursday nights.  Classes are required to reschedule out of class midterm times for students with University-sanctioned conflicts.  Therefore, midterms conflicts will not be considered excused absences from our class.
  •  Why will this class be offered in a blended-learning format?
  • The blended-learning format of this course will allow students greater flexibility with their time and reduce extracurricular and course conflicts. Students will be allowed to watch lectures asynchronously at their own convenience. Lecture content will then be practiced during virtual and in-person practical sessions on Thursday evenings. Students will have the ability to ask all questions on Tuesday evenings during the Q&A session.
  • What if I took EMED 111A/B/C during the 20 20-21 academic year and still need to complete my practical weekends for certification?
  • The exact practical weekend dates for the 2021-21 year have not been established, but please fill out this form indicating which skills weekends you need to complete, and we will be in touch. You have one year from finishing the course to complete your practical skills for certification.