AB paramedic programs struggle to find practicum mentors for students


Paramedic students in Alberta are struggling to find work placements due to high EMS workloads, reports CBC. Practicums are a mandatory part of paramedic student coursework, CBC reports, but mentors are increasingly difficult to find amidst provincial staffing shortages and higher call volumes. AB has recently increased the number of seats in paramedic programs, some are concerned about the impact of the continued lack of practicums. “I think increasing the class size is a great concept, but it really isn’t probably actionable until we can increase the pool or the uptake of paramedic practicums,” said College of Paramedics Registrar Tim Ford.