EMS 1 and Other March Happenings

March has been a busy month. I am two-thirds of the way through teaching the Special Populations section of my paramedic program for the first time. We have covered neonates, peds, and are wrapping up geriatrics. Next is special operations, triage, incident command, and disaster response, which is quite a variety of topics. It is […]

Book Review: A Matter of Inches

I stayed up late several nights over Christmas break reading Clint Malarchuk’s memoir, A Matter of Inches. Malarchuk is the former Buffalo Sabres goalie best known for having his jugular vein severed by a skate in 1989, and returned to play 10 days later. The book also covers his struggles with mental illness, alcohol abuse, […]

5 Resources For People Getting Back into EMS

One of my first mentors in EMS sent me a message the other night.  We were members of the same volunteer and paid services, he as a paramedic and I as an EMT, and were partners several times.  He left the field several years ago, but recently rejoined the service we were members of.  I […]

2014 Year in Review


2014 was quite a busy year for me. Looking back I did not realize how many personal, family, and professional events took place since last January.  Here are some of the highlights, with the corresponding blog posts. First, I completed my first full year teaching with a paramedic program.  I learned a few things about […]

My Dilemma About Part Time Paramedic-ing

It’s been just over since I went on my last call as a paramedic and began teaching full time.  I love teaching, and the deeper I get into it the more I am sure the move was the right decision.  I also do not miss the lifestyle of rotating shifts and missing family events.  My […]

Earning A Spot in the Pit

Once or twice a week I precept paramedic students in an emergency department for their clinical rotations.  We assess patients and discuss what the treatment in the field may be, listen to lungs, start IV’s, administer medications, and practice other skills under supervision.  It is my favorite part of the work week, and I love […]

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 […]