In Massachusetts, more than 200 EMTs (just know that the press has no idea that EMTs and paramedics are different) were found to have lied about attending refresher courses.
If we look at the all-encompassing term EMT, then continuing education requirements are typically 24-48 hours every 2 years. Are these people that lazy that they couldn’t suck it up and physically go to a few classes?
I really like outside topical classes put on by subject matter experts, but I hate refresher classes. But to lie about attendance? Who really thinks no one will find out?
Yes, our typical ACLS, PALS, ITLS classes are really lame, made even stupider by the fact that most are taught by people who have no field experience or simply no idea what they’re talking about. Some of them are really Ricky Rescues who are dying to talk down to you to show you how much they know (or, usually, don’t know). Some of them are plain wrong. Many of them are annoying. But that’s our little game that we have to play; everyone suffers through these classes, one hour at a time, counting the never-ending minutes with time seemingly standing still.