GERMS welcomes Georgetown undergraduate students who hold a state or national EMT certification to apply for membership. Membership in GERMS enables Georgetown students to ride on a fully licensed ambulance crew. GERMS provides opportunities for its members to develop their medical, leadership, and organizational skills. Additionally, GERMS provides a unique college social environment. GERMS build friendships with each other that last far beyond their time as undergraduates. GERMS has a robust alumni network.
GERMS is able to successfully operate due to the diversity of its membership. GERMS actively solicits applications from students with backgrounds in computer science, organizational management, fluency in foreign languages, nurses, and prior EMT experience. Additionally, GERMS is an exceptional opportunity for students considering applying to medical school to gain clinical experience.
Each semester, GERMS admits a new class of probationary EMTs, who are affectionately known as “probies.” Probies quickly learn about the organization’s culture and protocols as they ride shifts, participate in training exercises, and partake in social events. GERMS has developed an integrated, multilayered mentorship system to ensure each probationary member has a senior member with whom he or she can ask for guidance.
There are two ways in which Georgetown students may join GERMS. Many applicants successfully complete the Emergency Medical Technician course offered semesterly by our Department of Education. Alternatively, Georgetown students may obtain National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification independently from GERMS and then apply to GERMS as a “reciprocity.” When evaluating applications, GERMS heavily favors applicants with prior EMT experience, other skills that are essential to the organization’s success, and applicants who are well suited for the organization’s culture.
Leadership responsibilities for GERMS are divided between operational and administrative. The Crew Chief Council oversees all GERMS operations. The Executive Board oversees all GERMS administrative duties. These groups work closely to shape the organization’s goals.
The Crew Chief Council oversees all operational procedures and medical protocols. Additionally, it is responsible for promoting individual members within the organization and for discretely sharing feedback as to how each member can continue to improve his or her skills. The Crew Chief Council is chaired by the Captain and all members holding the rank of Crew Chief may partake in meetings.
The Executive Board oversees GERMS’ three administrative departments: operations, education, and staff. The operations department is primarily responsible for maintaining the readiness of the ambulances and other medical equipment. The education department facilitates various continuing medical education events for members and oversees GERMS’ EMT certification course. The staff department is responsible for promoting the wellbeing and morale of each GERMS member. The Executive Board is comprised of the President, the Captain, the three Vice Presidents who each represent one of the departments, the two members-at-large, the treasurer, and the secretary.