What Would You Like to Know About Medic Class Success?

Congratulations! You have been accepted into paramedic training.  You are about to embark on  a journey into one of the greatest professions.  The greatest professions are caring for others and teaching others.

Make no mistake.  Paramedic education is not easy or simple.  Paramedic education will tax your mental and physical limitations forcing you to re-evaluate your values, priorities and tell your friends, “I can’t do that today,  I am  in medic class, I need to study, do rotations or do on-line research (pick your choice).

What concerns do you have about paramedic class?    Make a post below.

  1. Taylor
    June 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    What are good study/memory tips for people who have no clue how to effectively retain the information?

  2. June 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I have found that using acronyms and silly illustrations has helped me a lot. Mosby makes some super flashcards with acronyms and comic strips that make the point and help you remember the information for electrolytes.

    Like MOIST Morphine, oxygen, IV, Sit up and Transport for Pulmonary edema treatment.

    Steve K.

  3. Laura
    August 31, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Im worried that after I finish my training I may not get chosen for an internship or employment. What can I do to make sure I come off well in the interviews and how can i be more compassionate toward patients?

    What qualities apart from being good at your skills makes one employable?

  4. September 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Laura, that is a good question. My advicce to you is to stury, know your materieal sand skills. when you do you clinnical rotations and labs rememebr every dy is a job interview. Be ealry to field rotations, check the equipment and always be involved, study and ask questions of your preceptors. Many students are offerred jobs basedon thier field ride along performance.

  5. Mike Norris Fire Chief (Ret.), RN, EMT-P, BS
    September 26, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Add to that a study partner or two. You can then drill each other without mercy until you have it down. Hold each other accountable…to higher standards than the tests. However, stay away from unfocused people and large study groups…they will detract from your mission at hand. This along with what Steve said will get you a long way…got me through medic school and nursing school.

  6. September 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Thank You for your feedback Chief. Words of wisdom ring true.

    Steve K.

  7. Mike Norris Fire Chief (Ret.), RN, EMT-P, BS
    September 28, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Steve, see you at the RCC graduation on 10/30/11 in Moreno Valley. Looking forward to meeting you.

  8. September 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks Sir. see you there. Do ou have any experience with crew resource management in EMS or the fire-service? I feel this is an important area for us to incorporate into our training and work.

  9. Mike Norris Fire Chief (Ret.), RN, EMT-P, BS
    September 30, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Actually I do…have worked part time on an air ambulance for quite a while…we use it all the time when flying. We started incorporating it into the patient care aspect almost unconsciously as our cockpit behaviors kind of transcended into the back.

    Fighting vegetation fires has always been an exercise in CRM due to the fact that the IC does not have the ability to see the whole incident and when things get large you simply cannot know everything about command, ops, finance, logistics, and planning. On incidents covering dozens of square miles teamwork, communications, decision making and situational awareness have to come from multiple branch directors and division group supervisors. Amazingly enough, it fits right in with ICS (NWCG type) and operational risk management.

    Looking forward to what you have to share…9/11 has had a profound effect on my life…even though I did not respond, it still has changed things. Can’t imagine how it has affected

    Bring some patches…we can trade if you are into that.
    Thanks for asking! Be safe…Mike

  10. September 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I have been through several changes during this 9/11 thing. I have put it in focus and have been able to see the big picture and how to move forward remembering and not being lost in the day. However I am still very down. lack energy and slugging along.

  11. Mike Norris Fire Chief (Ret.), RN, EMT-P, BS
    October 30, 2011 at 5:46 am


    great to meet you and Mindy tonight! Be safe on the way home. We will definitely be out to visit. Here is the website about High Reliability Organizations…http://www.high-reliability.org

    From Wikipedia…

    A High Reliability Organization (HRO) is an organization that has succeeded in avoiding catastrophes in an environment where normal accidents can be expected due to risk factors and complexity.

    Important case studies in HRO research include both studies of disasters (e.g., Three Mile Island nuclear incident, the Challenger explosion and Columbia explosion, the Bhopal chemical leak, the Tenerife air crash, the Mann Gulch forest fire, the Black Hawk friendly fire incident in Iraq and HROs like the air traffic control system, naval aircraft carriers, and nuclear power operations.

    Researchers have found that successful organizations in high-risk industries continually reinvent themselves. For example, when an incident command team realizes what they thought was a garage fire has now changed into a hazardous material incident, they completely restructure their response organization. HRO teams are comfortable and adept at quickly building creative responses to failure. Failure happens, and HRO teams lean on their training, experience and imagination as a reliable means to recover from failure.

    There are 5 characteristics of High Reliability Organizations that have been identified as responsible for the “mindfulness” that keeps them working well when facing unexpected situations.

    Preoccupation with failure
    Reluctance to simplify interpretations
    Sensitivity to operations
    Commitment to resilience
    Deference to expertise

    Definitely interested in exploring our EMS Officer Course…

    Be Safe,

  12. Jeffrey Craig
    January 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I am interested to know what text books they use in Paramedic Class?
    Do you think it is a good idea to begin reading and studying prior to attending?

  13. January 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm


    THere are many books for paramedic training. The Best book is BArbara Aehlert’s Emergency CAre Book, 2 volumes. I recommend getting a basis in anatomy and physiology by using the Brady A&P for Emergency CAre. You can often pick up medic books on-line for a cheap price. I also suggest reviewing basic math, fractions and looking at drug math, these areas are very trying for most students. THere are several drug math books available. Try the one’s from Brady or Jones and BArtlett. I recommend EMSbooks.com

    Thanks for the questions.

  14. February 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I believe your best bet is to review assessment on the BLS level before going to medic class. Topics to master are CPR, Airway Cardiac and Respiratory. I suggest reading an A and P text, I suggest the Brady A and P for Emergency Care. Concentrate on the function soft the body and how the body functions normally. For example, flow of blood through the heart, the action potential of cardiac cells and muscle contraction.

    Steve Kanarian

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