“Paramedicine: it’s everything they do in the emergency room in the first 20 minutes, done in the field in an uncontrolled setting,” said Peter Struble, the program director, and former fire chief of the Wallingford Fire Department. “But as the healthcare industry changes there’s an emphasis on community paramedicine and integrated mobile health care. “The need for paramedics in the next 20 years will only grow and grow.”
How about riding with ambulance services in New Haven and surrounding towns – in the first year – after either arriving as or taking course work to become a certified EMT? Working shifts with the ambulance team, taking patient information and vital signs, being part of a team that cares for patients in whatever medical emergency that might unfold?
How about having the chance to practicing starting IV’s or doing cardiac chest compressions on state-of-the-art high fidelity manikins? Or delivering a baby “whose mechanics are so incredible it feels just like you are delivering a baby – the mother can be programmed to scream in half a dozen different languages,” Struble said.
Imagine studying Anatomy and Physiology in the Yale University’s School of Medicine’s Cadaver Laboratory under the supervision of the professor who has trained a generation of Yale medical students.
Or, in just your second year, working rotations at Yale-New Haven Hospital in the emergency, cardiology and trauma departments.
And picture being taught by fire chiefs, fire lieutenants and paramedics with decades of experience working out in the field.
This is experiential learning in the University’s new bachelor’s degree in Paramedicine “We want their experience to be as real world as it gets,” Struble said.