The medical director of an Ohio EMS agency is a valuable and mandatory asset of an EMS agency. In addition, this physician serves a critical liaison between the local EMS agency, hospital administrators and medical staff, local public health and public safety agencies, and the layperson members of the community.
The qualifications for a physician to serve as the medical director of an EMS organization are established by the Board in Ohio Administrative Code 4765-3-05. The medical director must:
If a physician who was not an existing medical director prior to February 1, 2009 and meets all of the minimum qualifications except for number 6 above, the physician should contact the Division of EMS to discuss possible options to obtain a waiver from the Board.
The medical director is encouraged to join the Regional Physician Advisory Board (RPAB) for the region of the physician’s residence or employment. The RPAB is an important liaison between EMFTS Board and local EMS systems and communities. All RPAB meetings are open to the public, and medical directors are invited to attend whether or not they are members.
Although it is not mandatory, the Division of EMS encourages medical directors to consider the designation of an assistant, adjunct, secondary, or co-medical director to ensure seamless provision of medical direction to the EMS agency in the event of an unexpected absence of the primary medical director.
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