I've been meaning to ask you, how was that Creighton class? Was it a big help, or could up have just as easily taught yourself the material? Were they just teaching from a book?
I looked up the program at Creighton. Is it worth exploring as an option or would you recommend a course to actually attend?
I am attempting to take the plunge into flight medicine and was wanting to know what material is good to study for the test and any other advise people with experience might have as I go through this process.
Honestly it was worth it. Good instructors and I leaned a lot even with the distance learning format. Plus clinicals and hands on skills lab. I'm debating retaking it for college credit.
Is it recorded video lectures for each topic that you watch? Is there any interactive component where you can directly ask questions? Also are the instructors paramedics or it's a mix of providers: MD/DO/RN/RTT?
What were the clinicals like? Were you treated like an unwanted guest?
Recorded with case studies and a good forum system for interaction. Most providers were paramedics but there were a few RRTs and MDs that taught some blocks. I believe there might have been an RN as well.
Clinicals were good. I did mine in Denver so I don't know what everyone's experience was like. But I was treated pretty well and as long as I showed an interest in learning they were happy to have me. You could set up clinicals in a number of areas.
Hey man! Yes, I registered.Hmmm... I wonder who this could be.
I've been a paramedic for almost 4 years in, what I would consider, a fairly busy EMS system. My end goal is flying however, right now I just want to learn as much as I can.
Real critical care education however cannot be obtained from these exam preps, or medic alphabet soup courses (I know because I took most of them).
To get a decent foundation you would have to take actual college level courses, classes offered to hospital staff at the hospitals (this will cost alot), read medical literature, and get away from EMS and become either RN or RTT and start working in a hospital setting.
I work ground critical care transport, so I cannot speak about of what will get you a flight job. But I can honestly say EMS "critical care" anything is merit badge nonsense.
If you do not fully understand the ICU, and all that critical care entails (like nearly every single flight paramedic I've seen), then you will not be much more than your flight RN's attache' who should be seen and not heard.
All I've mentioned require the one thing that cannot be taught. Experience. Please, go get some before you test. Seriously.
You can probably thank the nurses unions and fire departments for that in the states (bring on the flames!) ;-)