Research investigates the female EMS leaders' career path

Study hopes to identify some of the issues facing women in EMS such as harassment, discrimination and bullying

RICHMOND, Ky. — A recently launched research study, "Female Leaders in EMS," is collecting responses to a qualitative survey to gain perspective on the work environment, educational status, career path, work/life balance for women in and to understand how to succeed in a male-dominated field. 

"EMS professionals provide lifesaving care in some of the harshest and most difficult of environments," Dariusz Wolman, PhD, NRP said. "In addition, women in EMS may face harassment, discrimination and ridicule."

An additional purpose of the study is to begin to formulate a plan to assist current female EMT and paramedic students as they embark on their careers. It is important for current female EMS leaders to assist with the next generation of female providers.

"This study hopes to gain understanding of some of the issues facing women in EMS," Wolman said.

Wolman is an Assistant Professor at Eastern Kentucky University in the Emergency Medical Care Program. He has been a paramedic since 1991 and an EMS Instructor since 1997. Wolman is also American Heart Association national faculty in BLS.

Visit the Eastern Kentucky University Emergency Medical Care website to learn more and to complete the survey.

Participation in this study is not required, but greatly appreciated. Researchers will not retain any personally identifying information and the collected data will be compiled in such a manner that it cannot be associated with any individual participant.

Wolman intends to publish the results of the survey in the Fall, 2016.

For questions or concerns about the study, contact Dr. Dariusz Wolman.

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