For a number of years—beginning in college and then eventually full-time after graduation—I worked as an EMT on private ambulances. It was initially something I fell into, having taken the EMT course for fun while I was finishing my degree, and then when I found that I enjoyed it more and more (and, of course, needing work after graduating), I kept with it and grew more involved with the field. I worked for several companies in California and in the Boston area, as a field provider (doing both routine transfer work and emergency 911 service) and as an educator.

EMS was my first real career, notwithstanding the intermittent part-time or temporary jobs I held before graduating. It was a rough and sudden introduction into the working world, and it presented me with an enormous number of lessons, tears, and inspirations. Eventually, I understood that while its positives had great appeal for me—a unique opportunity to help people and connect with them by practicing prehospital medicine—the negatives made it an impossibly masochistic long-term career. In 2013, I returned to school (in Maine) for a degree in PA studies, but the EMS bug stayed with me and I continue to maintain a presence in prehospital medicine.

After transitioning to the PA role, I trained at Johns Hopkins with a post-graduate residency in critical care, and now work in a trauma SICU. This isn’t such a wild shift in some ways; many of the topics that interest me, such as resuscitation and evidence-based medicine, are central in both the field and the ICU.

Some of my projects and activities, both past and ongoing, are below. Most of the EMS activities have become backburnered (if not abandoned) since donning my new hat, but I maintain my certificate and try to stay involved.


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