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Distance CME™ Receives Organizational Accreditation from the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services Philadelphia April 1, 2011: Distance CME LLC, an e-learning company based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania was awarded the highest level of credentialing available to Emergency Medical Services Training Organizations. The 100% online and interactive platform is the first of its kind to receive this level of accreditation. Distance CME™ was started by a civilian paramedic deployed with the US Army in Iraq. “My National Registry Paramedic certification was coming up on its expiration while I was deployed. There was nowhere in dessert where I could take face to face classes to meet the National Registry requirement for non-distributive education. I thought, wouldn’t it be great if I could take the required courses online with real-time interaction to meet those requirements? There wasn’t anyone out there that did this.

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When I came home I found out why. The technology simply wasn’t there. I spent a year putting together technology experts to come up with a solution. The solution is the platform we launched here on Distancecme.com.” A year later Distance CME™ launched its live platform on January 10th, 2011. Distance CME™ was able to help dozens of deployed US military and contractors maintain their certifications while still in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, and Kuwait. “One of our students is an active US Army Combat Medic. She became injured in Iraq and was transferred to a US military hospital in Germany then was sent for rehabilitation in the US. She did some of the modules from Iraq, some from her bed in Germany, and finished the course from Kentucky.

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We feel honored to have helped her maintain her certifications across three continents even while she was hurt,” said Evan Feuer, Director of Marketing and Business Development. “Most of our students are EMS providers that are stateside. EMTs and paramedics notoriously work long days and longer weeks. Getting to a class to recertify is always a challenge. Our platform allows them to take two hour modules over time here and there until they complete their required hours. This way they never have to lose income or take time from the precious few hours they have with their families.” Distance CME™ started off being credentialed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of EMS as a continuing education provider. National Registry accepts Pennsylvania continuing education credits and many other states recognize their credentialing as well.

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“We wanted to be able to offer this high level of education with its benefits of convenience and portability to all the EMS providers nationwide. We wanted to be recognized by the highest level of accreditation for EMS education, the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services, CECBEMS,” says Scott McConnell, NREMTP, RN, CEN, Director of Academic Affairs at Distance CME. “So we applied to CECBEMS. They looked at us long and hard because we are the first of its kind to receive this level of credentialing. Finally after a long approval process, we received the word that we were approved.” Distance CME™ is now offering refresher courses for EMT-Basics, EMT-Intermediates, and paramedics. In addition they are offering fully credentialed ACLS and CPR courses that offer remote skills evaluations. Distance CME™ continues to expand its course offerings for all levels of EMS providers, physicians, and nurses. To find out more go to www.distanceCME.com

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[toggle title=”April 05, 2011 – Distance CME Sponsors Rider in National EMS Memorial Bike Ride” open=”no”]Distance CME sponsors rider in 2011 National EMS Memorial Bike Ride in memory of WWII Combat Medic Veteran Arthur T. Conroy. Washington, D.C. April 5, 2011: Patrick Conroy is a remote site paramedic for an oil and natural gas drilling company in the mountains of Colorado. Pat was a student in the Distance CME live online 48 hour paramedic refresher course, which he applied toward his National Registry recertification this past March 31st. After one of the classes, Pat mentioned to the Distance CME instructor that he was going to be riding in the Boston to D.C. National EMS Memorial Bike Ride from May 14th-21st, 2011. The first part of the story that caught Distance CME’s attention was that Pat would be riding in memory of his father, Sergeant Arthur T. Conroy, who was a combat medic during World War II. Pat said, “I think he suffered from PTSD before anyone knew exactly what it was.” The second part of the story that is amazing is that Pat will soon be 65 years old. He may in fact be the most seasoned rider in the upcoming event. The folks at Distance CME were so impressed with Pat and his story that they decided to help him raise money in memory of his father. Pat was asked to contribute a short biography to add to this press release. This is what he submitted: I was wondering what to do with the free time I had as a result of completing my paramedic refresher course online with Distance CME. How about a bike ride? After all, I saved myself from driving to another state and sitting in a classroom for 6 days of 8 hours a day of lectures. I live in Florida, and since they are not a National Registry state no one offered any refresher courses that I could find. How about riding the National EMS Memorial ride? Never heard of it? This year it runs from Boston to D.C. and covers about 500 miles. The event takes place between May 14th and 21st, and I will be riding the Kentucky to D.C. leg of the journey. So what? Well, let me give you a little bit of my background. After getting out of high school and not wanting to be drafted (Yes I am that old), I joined the Navy and became a submarine sailor. I left the Navy, and since Xerox was an up and coming company, I joined them for the next 13 years. Next, I was offered a senior management position at a small electronics company and was doing well until it got bought out by a large corporation. Luckily, I was serving as a volunteer firefighter/EMT at that time, and the mayor of the city asked if I would be interested in enrolling in paramedic school. I said yes and one month after I finished school, I took the test and scored well enough to get hired as a medic. I retired from the fire department and wondered what to do next. Finally, I took a job as a remote paramedic on an oil rig in Colorado. Well, my 65th birthday is coming up on May 11th, and I could not think of a better thing to do than to go for a bicycle ride in honor the fallen EMS worker. I am riding for all the armed services medics that gave up their well-being and/or their lives to save their fellow solider. Who will join me? The ride is also trying to bring attention to a proposed federal law that would provide a death benefit to EMS workers who die in the line of duty. Read more about that here http://muddyangels.org/?p=925 . Distance CME will be meeting Pat at the finish line in D.C. on May 21stto celebrate with him. Distance CME would like to invite the EMS community to join them in this celebration. Please logon to the ride’s website and donate in the name of Sergeant Arthur T Conroy.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”April 20, 2011 – Distance CME Globally Accredited Through AREMT” open=”no”]Distance CME is now the only truly global EMS e-learning platform. Distance CME courses are accepted by the Australasian Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Philadelphia, PA – 20 April 2011-Distance CME is an Emergency Medical Services e-learning company based outside of Philadelphia, PA. They hold the highest level of accreditation for an EMS education company by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services, CECBEMS. Distance CME has been providing online, real-time, live courses to busy EMS professionals and deployed military. “We have been providing this service to EMS professional for a relatively short time since the technology is pretty new and cutting edge,” says Evan Feuer, the Distance CME Director for Marketing and Business Development. “Many of our students enrolled in the paramedic or EMT refresher courses are either deployed military or expat Americans overseas that are unable to attend a traditional in person course. Recently we had some new students enroll from Australia in order to maintain their United States based paramedic certifications. One of the students, Ray Woods, is an evaluator for the Austrailasian Registry of EMTs. He mentioned that there is a push in Australia to standardize the paramedic curriculum across the region and that the AREMT was becoming the gold standard for EMS certifications in the region.” Many of the regional paramedics are remote site medics that don’t have ready access to traditional courses, “ Ray said. Ray is a paramedic originally from the USA now working and living in Australia. Distance CME was asked to go through the acceptance process with the AREMT. Certifications from the Australasian Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians are accepted in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Philippines, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, South Korea, UK, and UAE . Through their course approval, Distance CME’s courses are accepted in the same countries. This makes Distance CME the only truly global EMS education company. One of the greatest parts of the Distance CME platform is information sharing. “In any given class there may be a student from Texas, one from Pennsylvania, one from Michigan, one deployed with the military in Afghanistan, another in Australia, and another on an oil platform off of China. Sharing experiences makes the learning process that much more interesting,” says Scott McConnell, RN, NREMTP, Director of Academic Affairs for Distance CME. For more information about Distance CME go to www.distanceCME.com For more information about AREMT go to: http://www.aremt.com.au/Index.php[/toggle]
[toggle title=”August 13, 2011 – Distance CME™ Is Now Accredited Through The American Academy Of Distance Continuing Medical Education” open=”no”]Distance CME™ is accredited to offer continuing medical education to all levels of medical professional through joint sponsorship with the AREMT.The American Academy of Continuing Medical Education (AACME) has served as the international predominant standards-setting and accrediting body for continuing medical education for over 10 years in over 96 countries worldwide, providing the highest level quality accreditation for nearly 16,000 member governmental and non-governmental hospitals, 5120 medical schools, 1300 medical specialty societies and state medical associations, and over 610 pharmaceutical companies, in addition to recognizing over 1230 International and, State Medical Societies, Medical Syndicates, governmental and private medical organizations. The AACME also accredits most medical conferences offered by the World Health Organization (WHO), Ministries of Public Health and medical authorities in 96 countries, over 6,500 annual conventions, symposiums, satellite meetings, enduring materials and seminars given by Medical Associations and Specialty Societies, Hospitals, Medical Schools, in the United States, Europe, Africa, Far East, Latin America and the Middle East, ensuring conformity with the AACME Accreditation Standards and Policies. To achieve this task, the American Academy of Continuing Medical Education (AACME) established 7 international Regional Office in all continents. These regional offices serve over 173 countries through the following Regional Offices: (Also seeCountries Served by the American Academy of CME) The American Academy of Continuing Medical Education (AACME) mission is to promote global excellence in public health, by defining, reviewing, and publicizing CME standards related to CME structure, process and outcome; measuring healthcare organization’s CME performance against the AACME’s peer-set standards; enhancing the knowledge of physicians and health care professionals through the highest level of accreditation standards for continuing medical education programs (CME) that are vital for their ongoing knowledge and skills they need to provide their patients and communities with optimum care and which will assist them in understanding the disease mechanism, diagnosis, and treatments. We achieve our mission through a voluntary self-regulated system for accrediting CME providers and a peer-review process responsive to changes in medical education and the health care delivery system worldwide.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”August 16, 2011 – Ken Lee Dies at 41. A True American Hero” open=”no”]Kenneth James Lee, of Philadelphia, PA, formerly of Niagara Falls, died on Tuesday August 16, 2011 in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital following complications from a second heart transplant. He was born in Lewiston, NY on September 22, 1970, the son of Kenneth R. and Linda (Lackas) Lee formerly of Lewiston of Wadsworth, Ohio. Kenneth attended local schools and graduated from Philadelphia University and received his Masters Degree in Forensic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. From 1988-1995, Kenneth worked for several ambulance companies in WNY. He also fulfilled his childhood dream and was a Fire Paramedic for the City of Philadelphia and served as an instructor at the Jefferson Hospital with Paramedic classes. During the horrible events of 9/11, he was sent with his company to NYC as a first responder. Most recently he was employed by the Philadelphia Medical Examiners Office as a Forensics Investigator. An avid sports enthusiast, he played goalie for the Philadelphia Admirals. He stayed true to his roots and always was a loyal Buffalo area sports fan along with the Philadelphia sports teams. He loved music and working as a DJ, photography and his pets. Survivors include his parents, Kenneth and Linda (Lackas) Lee; two sisters, Robin Sheffield – Lemkin (Eric Lemkin) of Sylvania, OH; Gerilyn Davis (Roger) of Gilbertsville, PA; nieces and nephews, Darren Sheffield; Brendan Sheffield; Olivia Lemkin; Megan and Zachary Davis. Also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Robert W. and Elizabeth (Kemp) Lee and his maternal grandparents, Lewis and Geraldine (Supple) Lackas. The family will be present Sunday and Monday from 2-4, 7-9 PM in the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY, where Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11AM. The interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Memorials if desired may be made to the Gift of Life, 401 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Ken was a close friend and respected colleague of principals in Distance CME™. Over the years we have worked on many projects together. He was a true professional and EMS hero. Not only was he a friend, but an inspiration to all that met him. He will me missed. A story about Ken can be found on the JEMS website that illustrates how strong a person he was.[/toggle]
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[toggle title=”October 27, 2011 – Come see Distance CME™ at the New Jersey Statewide Conference on EMS ” open=”no”]Distance CME™ is proud to announce its sponsorship of the New Jersey Statewide Conference on EMS. The conference is being held at the Atlantic Convention Center on November 3-5 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Come join us for specials and give-aways that will only be available at the convention. For more information click here or email us at info@distanceCME.com. [/toggle]
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