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 adult education theory during that time as well as how to get students more involved in their hospital clinical rotations.  My wife was nice enough to bring some assistants to help me teach pediatrics, on our anniversary no less.

 

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I have also taken an interest in reviewing test items with Fisdap, which is perhaps the geekiest activity that I enjoy participating in.  From instructional design to simulation, skill instruction to online content delivery, I am in the middle of a steep learning curve that I am looking forward to moving further up in 2015.

Another accomplishment was finishing my master’s degree in healthcare administration form Wilmington University.  During that three-year process our second son was born and I changed careers, and I am so grateful for the support I received form my wife during that time.

Last year I also joined Fisdap’s new EMS Reference, and am working on my first paper for them now. I am also excited about another potential writing opportunity that I hope materializes in 2015.  That will probably mean less blogging, though.  When I started this blog, I wrote most of my posts between calls while working on a truck.  I no longer have that time, and it was a struggle to do one post a month in 2014.

Perhaps the most noteworthy event took place on a summer afternoon, ironically after we did a pit-crew resuscitation workshop.  While walking to my office after the students left, I noticed several constables running to the building next to ours.  I heard a frantic voice calling for an ambulance over one of their radios, so I followed to see if I could help.  I found a coworker on the floor in cardiac arrest, who had complained of feeling dizzy to the person he was walking with and collapsed.  A constable and I took turns doing chest compressions, and I applied an AED.  After what seemed like an eternity of off-chest time for rhythm analysis, the machine said a shock was advised.  Against its advice, I resumed compressions while it charged and a shock was delivered.  After about 30 seconds of compressions his color returned, he grabbed my arms, and asked me to stop beating on him.  He was alert and oriented when the paramedics arrived, made a full recovery after a CABG, and returned to work a few weeks ago.

So that’s a wrap on 2014.  I wonder if next year will be as interesting.

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