During EMS Week 2012 last month, the Commission on Professional Credentialing announced a name change for their Chief Medical Officer designation (press release here). I found this interesting, but can see both good and bad sides to this new designation.
Boon (the good):
1. Moves us forward to nationally-recognized EMS officer designations (NEMSMA Leadership Agenda).
2. This credentialing process is more intense than other “merit badge” courses offered to the aspiring EMS professional.
Bane (the bad):
1. It is expensive.
2. The credentialing process offers the participant no skill development beyond what he/she gained prior to submitting the application.