I Know Less Than I Thought

So my first week as a full-time educator is finished.  I met the other faculty members, got a tour of campus, got familiar with the computer system, and met the students, who are a few months into their 14 month program.  I sat in on some of the other instructor’s classes and helped with lab.  My first real lesson will be next week, when I fill in for another instructor about a section of cardiology.

One realization is that thus far, my teaching experience has been with continuing education, students in lab, and precepting students on clinical rotations.  I have taught students to apply things that they have already learned, but have never explained a new concept to people who have never heard about it before.  I find this is daunting.

Now I read a lot,  I’ve stayed current with my practice.  I know much more about cardiology than what was included in my paramedic textbook.  But while reading their text book and the slides prepared by the other instructor, I realized how much I would be unable to rattle off the top of my head without reviewing it.  Knowing material is one thing.  Explaining it to people in a way that can be understood is quite another.  So I read some more.  I drew practice diagrams.  While the student were out, I played with the writing feature on the projector.  The internet also allowed me to learn from other educators, both about the content and how they present it.

I used my NAEMT credit to take a CentreLearn Course about bradydysrhythmias.  I did this not only for the information, (which was an excellent review), but also to see how it is presented.  In addition to the material, it is worth taking to to see the picture of Greg Friese in cardiac arrest.

I also stumbled upon EMS Educast cohost Rob Theriault’s YouTube page explaining the dystrhythmias.  Rob’s analogy of the AV Node being the toll booth before the Autobahn, which is the Bundle of His was a great one that I hope he does not mind if I share with my students.  His hand-drawn diagram of the non-conductive tissue in the AV node helped me understand reentry better than I have before, and I feel much more comfortable trying to explain it to students.

So here we go into week 2. Let’s see what else I have to learn.



  1. Harold Zwanepol says:

    Best advice about teaching I ever had:

    “You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”

    ― Galileo Galilei

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