Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Providers


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

Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee  ​

Committee​​ ​​Member​​​ ​Terms​
Mike Verkest, Paramedic, Clackamas, Chair July 10, 2018 - July 9, 2021
uly 10, 2015 - July 9, 2018
Stephen Brost, Paramedic, Pendleton

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
​Louise Smith, EMT-Intermediate, Chiloquin
July 13, 2018 - July 12, 2021
​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​