Allied Health Student Lands EMS Practicum
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Department: Health & Sport Sciences
Major: Allied Health
Sophomore allied health major Jerrin Hill said she has always had an interest in emergency medicine. So when the opportunity to complete a field practicum with the Delaware County Emergency Medical Services presented itself this spring, she said she couldn’t turn it down.
“The days I was scheduled to ride on the trucks or even the academy, I couldn’t wait to get there and see what I was going to get to see and learn,” Jerrin said. “Each time was full of surprises and new opportunities to learn.”
During her field experience, Jerrin worked with Captain Eric Burgess, the Delaware County EMS training coordinator, to create a schedule of ‘ride time’ on the ambulance trucks. She said spending time with the paramedics at the station and on emergency runs, and learning from their experiences and ways to help her become a medic in the future, was one of her favorite things about the experience.
Though Jerrin is not certified to give patient care beyond CPR, she said the paramedics allowed her to observe their work closely. During her shifts, which ranged from four to 14 hours, Jerrin said she went on every EMS run and sat next to the patient as the paramedics worked.
“The medics would explain everything they were doing to both the patient and myself,” she said. “They would help me to understand what they can and can’t do as paramedics, as well as the difference between trauma levels.”
Jerrin also participated in Delaware County’s seven-week Citizen’s Academy, in which she learned about the different areas of emergency medical services. “A couple of my favorite topics included talking with MedFlight, the 9-1-1 call/dispatch center, and mass casualty simulation day where we got to participate in triage and treating the ‘patients,’” she said.
Jerrin said there is no doubt in her mind that she has found her fit in EMS work, and her experience with the Delaware Country EMS will prove invaluable throughout her education and in her future. This summer and fall, Jerrin will travel to Uganda and Quito, Ecuador, respectively, to work with health care facilities in those countries. In the future, Jerrin said she plans to attend physician’s assistant school and become a physician’s assistant in emergency medicine.
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