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REMS challenge coinThe concept of a university-based Emergency Medical Service at Rice University began shortly after Mark Escott (Jones ’96) matriculated in 1991. This was a difficult idea to sell to the University, which lies across the street from the largest medical center in the world. After examining the lengthy response times of the municipal EMS service, the University was convinced that in a serious emergency this delay could be life-threatening. REMS was then established in 1995 and began emergency response operations on October 4, 1996. Just eight days later, REMS responded to its first cardiac arrest, which resulted in the service’s first CPR save. Continuous university support and funding has made REMS’ operations possible throughout the years.

REMS has demonstrated its excellence through a wide variety of EMS operations. In addition to its daily campus coverage, REMS provides coverage during many university special events to ensure the safety of the community. The special events include varsity athletic games, university special events, and college sponsored public parties. REMS also works in conjunction with the Rice University Police Department and Houston Fire Department to provide patients with continuous care.

history1Most of all, REMS has continued its dedication to maintaining high quality care and professionalism through its education program. Over the last 20 years, REMS has grown from offering a single EMT certification course to six academic courses, including EMT and AEMT certification classes, research courses in conjunction with the Baylor College of Medicine, a leadership course, and a teaching practicum. REMS is also a licensed Continuing Education provider, having offered 1291 hours during the 2015-2016 academic year alone.

Continuing in the tradition of REMS’ first members, many alumni maintain a strong commitment to REMS. Graduates remaining in Houston frequently stay on as instructors, preceptors, and event staff. REMS is guided by a medical director team that includes four alumni. Many alumni physicians serve as mentors to our undergraduate students. REMS also relies on its part-time staff, essential to the REMS education program, who are full-time EMS professionals in the greater Houston community.

REMS is an active member of the National Collegiate EMS Foundation. Because of its excellent patient care and best practices, REMS has been acknowledged with the Striving for Excellence award for the past 17 years. REMS also values the working relationships with other collegiate services as they provide resources and opportunities to improve.

Undergraduate students are the core of REMS volunteers. Being a member of REMS affords students the opportunity to learn patient care skills, develop communication and leadership skills, and work with a team of peers in high-stakes situations. These skills help REMS members excel after graduation in different fields including medicine, public health, and education. The unwavering commitment of this diverse group of individuals that makes up REMS helps the organization reach greater heights every year.