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  1. It sounds like the service's orientation plan should be sufficient to get you started again. To be honest ground based paramedicine doesn't change as quickly as we would like to believe. It's still treat with the procedures and medications your medical direction has chosen based on medical programs chosen indications/contraindications. It won't be anything mind blowing for an experienced provider like yourself. It'll be little things like a service going with lorazepam instead of diazepam for seizure management or using amiodarone instead of lidocaine.
  2. You can definitely hold a license/registration in multiple provinces. I'm registered in Alberta as an EMT-P while working in BC as a licensed ACP/CCP student. Can't help you with the transfer process to Ontario unfortunately.
  3. This is why we're starting to transport certain "dead people." For those meeting inclusion criteria (primarily prolonged VF/VT in a relatively young patient) a mechanical CPR device is applied and the patient transported for ECMO.
  4. Oh come on. We've all had that chest pain call where a therapeutic 12 lead resolved the patient's complaint (AKA we removed the offending Dorito).
  5. If the OP does return... Why jump in guns-a-blazing? You might shoot a potential ally working that way. If something frustrates you the answer isn't necessarily leaping in and right fighting before taking the time to understand the animal your taking on. Particularly when it comes to EMS, things are dramatically different state to state, country to country, province to province. The US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, UK... all have dramatically different systems for better or for worse. If you want to enact positive change in EMS you need to study it across the board. Look at what's working in places like Canada, Australia, and South Africa (I'll give you a giant hint in that it largely comes down to significantly higher minimum education standards). Look at what isn't working in those same places. After completing your research come up with an action plan to meet the positive targets and avoid the identified pitfalls. None of it is easy. Flying off on a rant on an EMS page is easy but inflammatory and ineffective. Real change takes elbows in, skinned knee, bloodied nose labour. If you have what it takes do the labour.
  6. I wouldn't want anyone to feel as though they shouldn't participate just because a topic landed in a particular forum (ie. an EMT not feeling as though they could learn and participate in a topic that happened to land in the paramedic section).
  7. As of January 2 all of us will belong to provincial programs with class beginning on the 4th. It should be the most rewarding period of education in my career so far with an incredible amount of ICU time and a guaranteed 3:1 student:instructor ratio. Semester 1 is primarily about equipment management in the non attending role (pumps, vents, etc.) while semesters 2 and 3 really get into the medicine. The majority of the didactic portion of semesters 2 and 3 will actually be taught in hospital by ICU docs which will allow for immediate reinforcement of the concepts during ICU rounds. If it's an option for you I highly recommend applying. That calibre of educational experience, especially in a paid education format, is nearly unheard of for paramedics. Even if you were to decide on PA school after, the experience would be valuable without costing you anything financially.
  8. At first I noticed this thread and thought to myself nope, not me. Then I looked at my profile and realized it's been over 8 years since my first post. A lot has changed since then. I joined as an EMR (think EMT-Basic) looking for work. Now I'm an ACP (think EMT-P) working targeted ALS and about to start another 2 years education to become a CCP (any number of variations on the theme exist. In Canada it amounts to about 5 years post secondary education). As my education has steadily increased I would like to think my opinions have re-shaped themselves appropriately. I can certainly say that characters like Dustdevil and Tnuiqs helped shape what I've become.
  9. Those are not the conversations that will benefit you the most in your chosen career. Knowledge, leadership, procedural competence and professionalism will forever be the cornerstones of sound practice at any level. The conversations that enrich any or all of those factors will be of the greatest benefit throughout your career. Arctickat said it well. Eventually those one-up-manship stories will be your nightmares. Not because they grossed you out, but because as you age you realize there are human lives attached to said stories. Oh and welcome to the city. Hopefully our crusty selves haven't deflated your enthusiasm. Most of us really do still love our jobs.
  10. For starters welcome to EMTCity. Now to go directly to the nitty gritty. Depending on the nature of your traumatic experience, working as a paramedic could place you in situations that will stir up old traumas of your own. I would advise you to seriously consider the ramifications of a potential severe panic attack on your life and the lives of those you care about. All that said, I love the job and wish you all the best in exploring whether or not you are suited to the work. If you find you're still interested in medicine but don't feel you're suited to working as a paramedic, fret not. There are numerous interesting and valuable aspects of healthcare for you to pursue that don't involve situations as easily personalized.
  11. Hi

    I can't say the same. My fiancé is another paramedic.
  12. Welcome aboard. I work out of Vancouver but did my EMT-P through SAIT in Calgary. Fire away with any questions you have.
  13. Welcome. As others have mentioned the process is quite different from one country to the next so your journey could take any number of forms in the next little while. These are the two canadian paramedic regulators I deal with being registered in two provinces. Both are very different to deal with and have different scope of practice requirements. I did my ACP/EMT-P training in Alberta because of this. These differences are also why I maintain an Alberta registration even though I currently work in BC.