Medical Director Requirements

Medical Director

Medical Director Checklist

All agencies licensed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky must have a medical director. Medical directors shall function under terms of employment or a contractual agreement that specifically address the responsibilities of the medical director and the employer or the contractor responsibilities for the following topics:

  1. Establishing medical protocols and standing orders for communications and patient care personnel
  2. Serving as a liaison with the local medical community
  3. Interacting with regional, state, and local EMS authorities on issues relating to EMS standards, needs and requirements and the optimization of resource utilization
  4. Maintaining continuing education appropriate for the EMS medical director, administrative staff, communication and patient care personnel
  5. Restricting or limiting patient care functions of staff
  6. Establishing patient destination policies
  7. Establishing initial qualification of personnel involved in patient care and dispatch
  8. Developing, implementing, and maintaining a quality improvement program for continuous system and patient care improvement

Please submit one of the following documents:

  • Copy of Agreement between Agency and Medical Director (Financial Information may be redacted) meeting the items listed above.
  • Copy of Job Description meeting the items above.
  • Signed statment from Medical Director stating that they will meet all regulatory requirements as listed in 202 KAR 7:801 Section 2.

Basic Life Support (BLS) Medical Director Requirements

  • Hold a current, unrestricted license to practice medicine in Kentucky
  • Have knowledge of EMS laws and administrative regulations in Kentucky

and

  • Be board certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Association of Physician Specialists

OR, hold current provider certifications in

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS), or Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (AHA or ASHI)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Pediatric Education Pre-Hospital Providers (PEPP)

Advanced Life Support (ALS) Medical Director Requirements

  • Hold a current, unrestricted license to practice medicine in Kentucky
  • Have knowledge of EMS laws and administrative regulations in Kentucky

and

  • Be board certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Association of Physician Specialists

OR, hold current provider certifications in

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (AHA or ASHI)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Pediatric Education Pre-Hospital Providers (PEPP)