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Opportunities, opportunities

October 23, 2012 Leave a comment

By: Michael Stanley

Right now, I’m in a job drawdown, from coordinating EMS classes, being an EMR/First Responder, and Intermediate to being a Paramedic.

U.S. Air Force

Stanley worked at an Air Force base in Abilene, TX.

For quite some time I have setup instructors, materials and texts to create military medics from all branches, but unfortunately there are smaller numbers due to budget cuts. Military training will be open to registration through NREMT and NAEMTS upon return to civilian EMS. This is more successful with military contractors and subcontractors and even federal law enforcements.

Specialized federal organizations and secretive groups use former military and new hires rather than regular military medics. I believe if you follow politics right now, there are some congressional reps. that are holding hearings on how we are retaining some excellently trained medics. Due to specialized military training, some medics cannot go out on a civilian ambulance.

When I was first assigned as a new medic in the Air Force to a west Texas base, I was assigned to the emergency room. We ran all on base and off base EMS calls. We even offered mutual aid for the city of Abilene. I selected this base as my first choice, because I had been a member of a volunteer junior rescue squad since age fifteen. This put me in line to go to the best unit in the hospital. We had two groups, and offered State of Texas EMS training starting at EMT, through the ranks to Paramedic. One group finished then the second group went through, at the Air Force’s expense. When not in class, we worked in the base hospital emergency department.

What better set up could we have had? It was awesome.

How All of My Students Passed Board Exams on the First Try

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

For the last several years I have been learning right along with my students. I’ve never been satisfied with just being an average instructor. As Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

I choose not to be an insane instructor of EMT students.

A personal goal of mine has always been to have all my students pass their practical and written board examinations on the first try. Last semester, I was fortunate enough to reach that goal.

I would like to share some of the things I have learned along the way about student success in the classroom:

  • I have found that students learn best and retain more when they teach themselves. My classes are all required to participate in my online discussion board. I use the critical thinking scenarios and follow up questions from our text (Mistovich; Pre-hospital Emergency Care 9th edition). After the student’s initial response, all of their classmates are encouraged to give constructive feedback. I monitor the discussions and occasionally give my own input. These discussions take place online and outside of class. In class, I encourage small group collaboration to stimulate critical thinking skills.

 

  • Chapter open book quizzes are to be completed prior to attending lecture. This form of self-study helps prepare the student for the information they will receive during lecture. It stimulates discussion and often times the student will come to class with questions about the material. Once again, this puts the student in a situation where they are teaching themselves.

 

  • Finally, I am a rigorous not ruthless instructor. My students know from the first day that they can expect frankness and honesty from me. To let students languish for weeks on end, stealing precious time in their lives that they could use to move on to something else, when in the end they aren’t going to make it anyway—that would be ruthless. To deal with it right up front and let students get on with their lives—that is rigorous.

Kent Sallee is Logistics Coordinator and EMT-B /I.C/AA at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, KS.  Sallee found that a combination of rigorous instruction and use of a Brady title helped his students succeed on the first try.