Frequently Asked Questions

1.Why was CERN-RCRSP formed?

CERN-RCRSP was formed as a result of recommendations from the Canadian National EMS Research Agenda (NRA). Specifically the NRA recommended: "The network of Canadians interested in EMS research should be formalized, possibly as a national EMS research organization or conferences" (p. 80). It was recognized that there were areas in the country of EMS research excellence and areas where there was virtually no EMS research occurring. It was felt that a network could link existing EMS researchers together to increase collaboration, and help in mentoring new EMS researchers.

2.How was the first Steering Committee chosen?

The first Steering Committee comprised those that had expressed an interest in being part of the development of a national EMS research network and representatives from existing national EMS and paramedic organizations. Those individuals put their names forward and were approved through a formal election at the first annual general meeting in 2014. From these early beginnings the structure and process (and name!) of CERN-RCRSP was created through extensive engagement with those who were identified as an EMS and paramedic research stakeholder during the process of data collecting for the Canadian National EMS Research Agenda. This formed the general member list of CERN-RCRSP, which has continued to grow as others have self-identified as being interested in EMS and paramedic research in Canada.

3.How do EMS organizations provide input into the activities of CERN-RCRSP?

Please see the Executive Board section of this website for details on the membership of the Executive Board. In short, during engagement with CERN-RCRSP general membership, it was identified that there were four national organizations that should have input into the operation of CERN-RCRSP. These include: Society for Prehospital Educators in Canada (SPEC), Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC), Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC), and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP).

4.Does CERN-RCRSP control the type of research members undertake?

No, CERN-RCRSP supports all types of EMS and paramedicine related research. Its goals are: Knowledge transfer and exchange of EMS and paramedic research, collaboration on a national level for EMS and paramedic research, and mentorship. Ultimately CERN-RCRSP wants to increase the amount and quality of EMS and paramedic research conducted in Canada.

5.Why is CERN-RCRSP not part of an existing national organization?

The top five values identified by the general membership of CERN-RCRSP are: Collaboration, scholarly freedom and excellence, leadership, profession advancement, and innovation. Recognizing that EMS research benefits from the skills and perspectives of not only the paramedic and EMS physician professions, but other health and technical professions, personnel and disciplines, it was felt that being autonomous from any one professional association was critical. However, it was also recognized the importance of having input from key stakeholder organizations, and hence the reason why they are part of the Executive Board.

6. Will CERN-RCRSP provide funding for research?

At present, CERN-RCRSP does not act as a granting agency or provide funds for the conduct of research.

7. What are the benefits of being a member of CERN-RCRSP?

Members can connect with others across the country for a varity of benefits, which includes but is not limited to, recruiting for a study, finding collaborators for a study team across multiple sites, finding experts in certain methods or with certain skills, and getting help with peer review for a grant or a manuscript. CERN-RCRSP will also provide venues to share the results of research so that it can be implemented into practice. Also, CERN-RCRSP will work to provide mentorship through access to educational venues, courses, publications, and journal clubs which will enhance research awareness and skill.

8.How can I get involved?

If you are interested in becoming a member of CERN-RCRSP, please register on this website. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in the activities and values of CERN-RCRSP!