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Friday, 15 August 2014 00:00

Back in the saddle again...ready and rarin' to go!!

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So, welcome to the last blog entry before the summer officially ends. At least…the school summer. In a weeks’ time I will be getting ready to leave for the school. As of yesterday, my paramedic classes officially began. Well, we had 3 hours of orientation bringing my class up to speed with what exactly we’ve gotten ourselves into. As a matter of fact, I was asking myself that very question quite often as the time went by...here's some idea of what I'll be doing....


Here’s what my weeks will be, school wise:

On Monday through Wednesday I will be in Paramedic labs from 1730 – 2130. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I will be teaching HED 164L from 1630 until my class time on Tuesday and 1630 to 1745 on Thursday. This is the second semester I’ve taught this class for UNM and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a lot of fun to teach, and the students really get into it. It’s been a huge learning experience for me as I’ve tackled teaching a class in a semester-based college environment. This semester I’ve tweaked the schedule and class formats based on my experiences and student feedback from the spring. Hopefully this will go more smoothly.

I think it all(Paramedic) sounds more scary than it will be. Don’t get me wrong. I’m NOT expecting this to be easy. It’s 1640+ hours of total training, 280 hours of clinicals, and 320+ hours of internship. This will be exceeded by study time I’m sure. This is an exciting program that I’m ready to get going with. The last year has gone by very quickly in a lot of ways and I’m expecting that I’ll suddenly wake up one morning a year from now and wonder where the time went.

I’m super blessed that I have friends, family, and a girlfriend who is willing to go through this with me and be flexible to accommodate what my time is gonna be like. Not to mention parents who are financing my Bachelor’s education here at The University of New Mexico. My wonderful girlfriend is also getting into EMS and eventually would like to go on to paramedic herself.

This program has a lot of online work with it and I like that. I do well in online classes. That time is on top of the normal 12 hours of lab each week. This is only the second paramedic class UNM has done with the new online/lab hybrid format. Last year was a huge success and this year the courses  have been tweaked to help improve them. My class has about 11 people in it which is awesome! Having such a small class will really help with quality of education I believe and improve our outcomes. Each week I have to journal, do group work, individual assignments, LOTS of reading, tests, and quizzes, and attend 12 hours of lab each week. This is the same amount of lab time as the “traditional” medic program UNM offers up on North Campus.

I’m not 100% sure what the load will be like since the semester doesn’t start until Monday and I don’t have access to the courses until 0001 that morning. Bring it on!!!

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