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Curry College has partnered with Transformative Healthcare’s Fallon Ambulance Service, to offer currently enrolled Curry students a unique emergency medical technician training program. This new Fallon Fellowship program provides Curry students pursuing careers in public health, medicine, and/or law enforcement with valuable hands-on work experience helping patients in an emergency setting.
The Fallon Fellowship program will launch in September 2020 with a planned second cohort starting in January 2021. The hybrid delivery educational model will allow the students to receive their initial EMT training under the guidance of the Department of Public Health’s requirements for EMS education during the COVID-19 pandemic. This leading solution will be delivered through Transformative Healthcare’s Center for Clinical Excellence, its new, state-of-the-art accredited training institute in Dedham, Mass.
After initial training, students will be qualified to sit for EMT certification in the state of Massachusetts, valid for two years and transferable to many states across the nation. Once certified, the Curry cohort will work as EMTs within the ranks of Fallon Ambulance Service, one of New England’s largest ambulance services and the town of Milton’s contracted emergency medical services provider. In their work as EMTs in the Boston-metro service area, students will gain hands-on experience in emergency medicine, healthcare communication, pre-hospital healthcare, public service, and public health.
In conjunction with the accredited medical training, Transformative Healthcare has also designed an accompanying weekly leadership workshop series, where industry experts and Curry students will convene and participate in facilitated lectures covering topics inclusive of leadership in healthcare, healthcare administration, community EMS, tactical EMS, emergency medicine, health industry career pathing, and primary care medicine through the nursing model of healthcare.
For more information on the Fallon Fellowship program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curry College is among a group of leading institutions collaborating with Transformative Healthcare to integrate classroom study with real-world work experiences. Northeastern University, Tufts University, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences have recently implemented similar programs to offer new practical training opportunities to students interested in medicine, healthcare management, and medical research.
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The Fallon Fellowship has been approved to satisfy the College’s General Education Active Learning requirement when successfully completing Phase One of the fellowship. Upon completion, students will be required to submit a reflective artifact to their ePortfolio that demonstrates how the learning outcomes associated with the Active Learning requirement have been met through the program.
If you have questions regarding the General Education Active Learning requirement, please contact the Director of General Education, Julia Sloan, by email at email@example.com.
Who is eligible for the program, and what are the qualifications?
This program is available to Curry students who are interested in advancing their knowledge in healthcare, public health, and public safety. Students from all class years and majors are welcome to apply.
How can I apply to be a Fallon Fellow?
Students can apply online to be a Fallon Fellow. Students will be required to submit the application as well as a letter of interest. Students will also be interviewed by Transformative Healthcare/Fallon Ambulance Service personnel as part of the application process.
When is the deadline to apply for the Fallon Fellowship program?
Applications to participate in the spring 2021 Fallon Fellowship will be accepted on a rolling basis – the sooner you apply, the sooner you will be able to interview. Students may be notified on a rolling basis, but they will know of Fallon’s final decision by January 10, 2021.
What are the costs associated with participating in the Fallon Fellowship?
There are no tuition charges to students for participating in the program itself. Fallon Ambulance sponsors the cost of the training course and related materials. Students will be required to provide their own black slip resistant footwear by Phase Two and pay all fees associated with certification examinations which totals $220. Fallon Ambulance will also provide uniforms to students who advance to Phase Two and Three of the program.
Will I get paid to participate in the Fallon Fellowship program?
Students will receive compensation from Fallon Ambulance Service for Phases Two and Three of the program. The hourly compensation for those phases are slated to be paid at $14 per hour. Students will not be compensated during Phase One of the program, however, there are no tuition costs associated with the program as phase one is sponsored by Transformative Healthcare/Fallon Ambulance Service.
How many students will be participating in the Fallon Fellowship program?
The initial cohort of Fallon Fellows was 16 Curry students for the fall 2020 semester. The spring 2021 cohort will be up to 24 qualified Curry students.
Can recent graduates of Curry College apply for the Fallon Fellowship program?
Yes! Recent graduates are eligible with the understanding that they are making a commitment to complete all three phases of the program.
Can students from other schools participate in the Fallon Fellowship program?
No, only Curry College students and graduates can participate. If you are interested in becoming a Curry student in our traditional program, please visit curry.edu/admission. If you are interested in becoming a Curry student through our Division of Continuing and and Graduate Studies, please visit curry.edu/cegrad.
Can I receive credit for participating in the program?
Although the Fallon Fellowship is not eligible for academic credit or internship, Phase One of the program will fulfill the College’s General Education Active Learning requirement. Upon completion, students will be required to submit a reflective artifact to their ePortfolio that demonstrates how the learning outcomes associated with the Active Learning requirement have been met through the program. If you have questions, please contact the Director of General Education, Julia Sloan, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I have to take a test?
You will not need to take a test to enter the fellowship program, however, to fully participate you must become a certified Emergency Medical Technician at the completion of Phase One of the program, a training course that is sponsored by Transformative Healthcare/Fallon Ambulance Service. Certification is achieved by passing both a state practical examination and national written examination.
What precautions will be taken related to COVID?
COVID-19 has forever shaped the world we live in and how Fallon Ambulance conducts their business. The safety of Curry students, the Fallon team and patients is paramount to both the College and Fallon. Fallon Ambulance is following CDC, state, and industry guidelines for best practices in EMS during the COVID pandemic. Students will be supplied appropriate PPE for use during all class and clinical times.
Fallon has made their educational programs safer by restricting the capacity of their training facilities down to square footage which aides in efforts to maintain prescribed social distancing guidelines of 6-feet. Fallon is avoiding unnecessary face-to-face interactions by providing appropriate education and training material via an online platform to support the Fallon Fellowship program.
Fallon has developed a website available to students and team members designed to provide up to date COVID-19 facts, figures, clinical guidelines, FAQ’s, and supplemental educational material that is available to all Fellows and Fallon employees. The clinical and human resources departments have teamed up to provide ongoing workforce health monitoring in addition to daily team member health monitoring and attestations.
Transformative Healthcare is proud to offer all team members an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which provides resources for employee needs related to COVID-19 or general professional support. Curry students will be eligible for this EAP once employed by Fallon Ambulance Service during Phase Two of the Fallon Fellowship program and during their continued employment for Fallon.
What are the days and times of the online and in-person training during Phase One?
Phase One, which is the initial EMT training for participants, begins on February 1 – each Monday, a new coursework module and lecture will become available. The program meets online on Wednesdays (8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) and in person every other Saturday (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Meeting times will be synchronous education conducted online for lectures and in person for practical components. Asynchronous learning includes self-paced assignments accomplished during the remaining four hours of the program allowing scheduling flexibility. Students can plan on dedicating 16 hours per week for 6 months through the duration of this program inclusive of work schedules in phases two and three.
Will my schedule change for Phase Two and Three (if it is different than Phase One time)?
Yes, Phase One will include a mix of both in-person class teaching at Transformative Healthcare’s training facility in Dedham and through online synchronous lectures. Phase Two will be primarily working in the ambulance for a minimum of 16 hours/week. Our scheduling department will work diligently with students to provide schedules that are accommodating to individual students needs. Once a week, students can expect to join us for an online leadership workshop series hosted by industry experts.
What type of preparation should I expect outside of the online and in-person training (i.e. homework, projects)?
There will be material to review at home, that students will then be periodically tested on. Homework and quizzes are designed to help students prepare for certification examination and comprehension. To prepare for the national and state exams students are encouraged to form study groups, review concepts with peers and practice practical skills with one another.
What technology will I need in order to take the online portions of the program?
Participants will need a laptop or access to a computer, including camera and microphone capabilities, in order to access online lectures and the program’s learning platform.
Are there any requirements for participation (i.e. eligibility to work in the US because they are compensated for Phase Two and Three)?
Participants must be eligible to work in the US either through a work visa or via citizenship. Participants must also have a valid driver’s license and an acceptable CORI. Participants must be able to meet physical requirements of the job including lifting and moving up to 125lbs. Entry to Phase Two and Three of the program are dependent on the individual’s ability to obtain state and national certification upon completion of program.
What requirements are there for employment once the program concludes?
Once the program concludes students will have an opportunity to interview and remain employed by Fallon with several opportunities for per diem, part time, and full-time statuses.
Can I participate if I don't have access to a car on campus?
During Phase One of the program, Fallon will provide for transportation of students from the Curry campus to the training facility in Dedham. The means of transportation will be dependent on the final number of students in the program. During Phase Two and Three, Fallon will drop off and pick up ambulances to the Curry campus which will coincide with a program participant’s scheduled work shift.
Who should students contact if I have questions about the Fallon Fellowship program?
Students with general questions about the Fallon Fellowship program should contact the Center for Career Development (CCD) by calling 617-333-2195 or by emailing email@example.com. Students could also schedule an appointment with a CCD representative by visiting www.curry.edu/ccdappt.