“I got to learn a little bit more about the national standards and requirements for scenarios for our paramedics, and how I can bring that back to my classroom and implement it in a way that will really help to strengthen my paramedic class and my paramedic curriculum.”
Name: Ronald Anderson, Paramedic Instructor, Mobile Medical Response
Q: Is this your first EMS?
A: This is my very first national conference. I’ve done a couple of state conferences. This is the first time I’ve seen one on such a big scale.
Q: How has the meeting been going for you so far?
A: Amazing actually. I’m seeing all kinds of new technology, networking with new and interesting people, and seeing how things are done all over the world. It’s really very exciting for me to see how other things are done.
Q: Is there anything that you’ve taken so far that you’ll be able to bring back and put to use right away, or anything that changed the way you’ll do things?
A: Absolutely. The class that I took on Tuesday, I got to learn a little bit more about the national standards and requirements for scenarios for our paramedics, and how I can bring that back to my classroom and implement it in a way that will really help to strengthen my paramedic class and my paramedic curriculum.
Q: Are you still currently a paramedic, and how has that helped you on the job?
A: Yes. As a paramedic we have to be dynamic and we have to be able to learn new technologies at a moment’s notice. Being able to be here has given me a lot of perspective on ways to do that and ways to bring it into my classroom and teach new paramedics not to trust that things are ever going to stay the same, because they’re not. Especially not in this world. And EMS World has definitely shown me how that’s going to happen in the future.
Q: Will you be joining us in Nashville?
A: Time will tell. We’ll see. It would be a pleasure to do so. Like I said, this has been a really amazing experience for me.
Q: What would you say is your favorite part of the meeting so far?
A: One of the biggest takeaways for me is the technology and all of the awesome new advances that EMS is going to have. I’m excited to see what the future brings for us.
Q: With your students in your classroom, can you tell me a little bit more about that?
A: Right now, I have a classroom of 14 to 15 different students. They age from right out of high school to this being their second career choice. So, I have a vast variety of ages that I deal with. Right now, I’m a primary instructor for paramedics as well as a secondary instructor for EMT students as well.
Q: What are some of the most important lessons that you try to have those students leave with?
A: Besides the technical skills being what our patients need, it’s really about compassion and caring for our patients in the prehospital setting. Many times, our patients are calling us on their worst day and they want us to help them. And we need to be there—no matter if it’s 2 AM, no matter if it’s 12 o’clock, no matter if it’s a very, very small child or an elderly gentleman.