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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Providers Oregon Medical Board is responsible for the scope of practice for Emergency Medical Services Providers and the requirements and duties of EMS supervising physicians.  

NEW! 333-265-0058: Emergency Temporary EMS Provider License

The Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division adopted a temporary emergency rule to allow available EMS providers licensed or certified in another state or providers with current certification or provisional certification by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) to obtain a short-term provisional license to practice as an EMS provider in Oregon with a licensed ambulance service or a registered EMS non-transporting agency, in a paid or volunteer status.


Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee  

   Committee Member
  Mike Verkest, Paramedic, Clackamas, Chair
July 10, 2018 - July 9, 2021
July 10, 2015 - July 9, 2018
   Stephen Brost, Paramedic, Pendleton
July 1, 2020 - June 29, 2023
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020
   Mohamud Daya, MD, Portland

July 10, 2018 - July 9, 2021
July 10, 2015 - July 9, 2018

   Sarah Laiosa, DO, Burns

October 3, 2019 - October 2, 2022

   Joan Paluzzi, PhD, Public Member, Milwaukie

October 5, 2018 - October 4, 2021

   Christoffer Poulsen, DO, Eugene, Board Liaison



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EMS Committee Meeting Information 

The statute governing EMS providers limits their scope of practice to "prehospital" care, which is defined as "care rendered by EMS providers as an incident of the operation of an ambulance and...other public or private safety duties, and includes, but is not limited to, emergency care." (ORS 682.025(11))

An EMS provider is able to work as an employee in a hospital or other health care setting, and the job description and expectations are set by the employee's supervisor or employer. In this situation, the EMS provider may perform any assigned job duties, including critical care responses. However, the employee may NOT use his or her license or title as an EMS provider while performing these duties, even though the training he or she has received may be beneficial or even required qualifications for the employment position.


The EMT scope of practice (OAR Chapter 847, Division 035) does not limit or otherwise affect the individual’s employment or job description except that the individual may not use his or her title or licensure as an EMS provider.


POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment)

The Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority is responsible for certification and discipline of Emergency Medical Services Providers



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