Gürkan Özel is a full time lecturer at Başkent University Paramedic Program based in Ankara, Turkey. He is a US certified paramedic and critical care transport/flight medic. He has been involved in EMS for over 18 years. He is the vice president of the Turkish Paramedic Association and president of the Turkish Paramedic Educators Association. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, author of the first paramedic textbook in Turkish, active educator and EMS researcher. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Statistics and master’s degree in Healthcare Management with a focus on EMS Quality Management. He is currently pursuing PhD in Healthcare Management. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Session: Paramedicine in Turkey
Covering more than 783,000 square kilometers of landscape and a population of 80 million, Turkey is one of the largest countries in Europe. The emergency medical services (EMS) system in Turkey has seen significant changes during the past decade. This presentation will outline the historical perspective on the EMS in Turkey, then move onto explain the recent transformation into a paramedic based system, further explore current organization and delivery of the EMS across the country and present challenges ahead.