Free Online Healthcare Education Classes

For EMS educators and aspiring educators, there are two free massive open online courses offered by Coursera that begin next week that you may be interested in.  This format uses a combination of videos (generally less than 15 minutes each), quizzes, and discussion boards.  There are also short writing assignments that are graded by peers.  […]

Three Things I’ve Learned Since Becoming An EMS Educator

This week marks one year since I began teaching with a community college paramedic program full-time.  It has been overwhelming and a lot of fun at the same time, much like when I was a new paramedic.  I had taught occasionally in the past, though never understood the theory behind adult education.  Over the past […]

The Timing Was Right

A few years ago, I received a voice mail from my service’s medical director.  He asked me to call him back.  That had never happened before, and I was a bit nervous. I called him back, left him a message, and went into work for a night shift. After picking up dinner a few hours […]

The Logistics of Two-Week Paramedic Training

Last week’s hot EMS topic around social media, and the Inside EMS Podcast Clinical Issue, was Creighton University offering a two-week paramedic certification course for selected healthcare providers.  This came as quite a surprise from a university that offers bachelor’s and master’s paramedics programs taught by highly respected faculty.  I believe that this is bad […]

The Flawed Logic of EMT Before Paramedic

This morning I caught Chris Cebollero debate Kelly Grayson on the Inside EMS podcast about whether experience as an EMT should be required before entry into paramedic school.   Chris’s position is that it should be required, and is necessary to have experience interacting with patients before paramedic school.  Kelly believes it does not, and that […]

The Logistics Of Managing a Patient With Anaphylaxis

This week I taught the immunology section for my paramedic class.  I broke the class into groups to do case studies, and one was for a 12-year-old with anaphylaxis with stridor and difficulty breathing.  Towards the end of their treatment plan on the white board, the group wrote that they would intubate if the patient’s […]

What Should I Teach About Anaphylaxis?

I’m seeking some advice from my educator friends about what to teach about anaphylaxis to my paramedic class next week.  The textbook we use, which for the most part I like, states in a “words of wisdom” box: Flushing (from vasodilation) and tachycardia are so characteristic of anaphylactic shock that it is very questionable to […]

How I Got My Master’s Degree

Yesterday I graduated from Wilmington University with a master’s degree in healthcare administration.  It took three years to complete, over which our second child was born and I changed jobs, and would not have been possible without the support of my family.  I hope that sharing why I did this, how I paid for it, […]

How Many Words Does It Take to Describe How Your System Works?

For my master’s thesis, I spent a great deal of time figuring out how to explain the EMS system in my area  in a language that would be understood by non-EMS people.  It took 227 words: Ambulances in the study are staffed exclusively at the BLS level. They are operated and overseen by 21 independent […]

Planting the Community Paramedic Seeds

Once a week I precept a group of my paramedic students in the emergency department.  It is one of the highlights of my work week.  I get to watch the students apply what we cover in the class, get my own contact with patients, and interact with the ED staff.  One day two of the […]