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Got my Paramedic...now what?

Discussion in 'Military/Tactical/Wilderness EMS' started by rhstanford, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. rhstanford

    rhstanford Forum Ride Along

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    So I just finished my paramedic course, passed the NREMT, got my state certification and got a bag full of stuff. Now what? I work for a law enforcement agency so running EMS calls isn't my first priority. I finished my paramedic course and I realize that I don't know very much about being a good competent medic. My desire is to find some online training material so that I can continue to increase my knowledge base. Does anyone have any suggestions? I work 50 hours a week, have three kids, a wife and I am working on my Bachelors degree so I need stuff that is flexible. Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  2. NomadicMedic

    NomadicMedic formerly DEmedic

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    You'll never be a competent medic until you see lots of patients and practice in the field. Good luck.
     
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  3. ExpatMedic0

    ExpatMedic0 B.S. paramedicine, NRP, CCEMT-P Premium Member

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    There are plenty of CME sites (like distance cme for example) and review books on amazon, but in all honestly you will need experience. Imagine if I became a cop somehow but only graduated the academy and never went to work and had zero experience.

    Why did you become a paramedic and what are your goals for doing so?
     
  4. rhstanford

    rhstanford Forum Ride Along

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  5. STXmedic

    STXmedic Forum Burnout Premium Member

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    Podcasts, books (some good ones listed here) and Online video education/FOAMed stuff will help you stay current on knowledge. But unfortunately I wouldn't hold my breath on being polished without actual experience.
     
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  6. Sr Dingdong

    Sr Dingdong Forum Probie

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    Khan academy has a lot of videos on A&P, pathophysiology and also pharmacology I think, that I have found to be very good at explaining normal and abnormal processes in the body and much help alongside my books.
    Two other resources I would recommend are Andrew Wolf and Armando Hasudungan on youtube.
    If you get a good foundation of solid understanding of these subjects you will get more out of your later experience and clinical placements, as you will to a much larger degree understand what it is that you see and why it is happening. And that is key to become a good paramedic.
     
  7. NysEms2117

    NysEms2117 Parole officer/EMT

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    I AM NOT A MEDIC, however i just got my EMT cert, i work with state parole, and have a girlfriend at home(no kids). I am currently "applying" for the local sheriffs office EMS unit(applying is in quotes because nepotism yay!). They do a ton of part time stuff, which ends up fitting my schedule really really well as a supplement, an excerpt from their website: ("As one of the leading agencies in the region, the EMS unit teams life saving treatments (such as intubation, IV medications, and defibrillation) with highly trained professionals to ensure fast and critical care is available, twenty four hours a day. In addition to responding to 911 calls, the EMS unit provides personnel to support other specialty teams with the Sheriff's Office, such as the Search and Rescue Team (SRT) and Emergency Response Team (ERT).")
    edit: feel free to pm for more details
     
  8. FK911

    FK911 Forum Probie

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    If u have an iPhone. Down load iTunes U
    From the App Store. In iTunes U Search for Rob Theriault.
    He is a paramedic instructor at A college in Canada who has 10 years as a helo flight medic. The content is just 95% the same as US
    They use the Bledsoe Text Canadian version
    His podcast lectures are AWESOME.
    Has tons of cardiology
    ALS Meds.
    ECG Interpertation.
    You can also acces some of his stuff here.
    Paramedic tutuor at Wordpress


    The podcast u can listen to while on your watch in your MPU or the like
    Being out of medic school is a big emotional swing.
    Got the patch
    And SO.... damn... I am still human.
     
  9. Agg04

    Agg04 Forum Probie

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    From my personal experience, being actually hands on in anything seems (for the most part) to be a better learning experience than learning from a book or on the internet. I say try to get a part time job and get that hands on experience if you are able to.
     

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