Thursday, October 8, 2009

It's hard to be the guy who wants to help everyone learn in class.

Let me try that again...

It's hard to be the guy who wants to help everyone learn in and out of class, especially when the teacher cracks jokes about you, and people don't show an extended interest in learning beyond class.

If you're in this for a career, you should be like a sponge. You should want to know EVERYTHING about everything you come across. Knowing "the minimum" isn't enough to get by. That's like taking the FR or EMR class, and not doing any A&P & Patho studying outside of class.

With resources like , , and the various podcasts; MedicCast , EMS Garage , EMSLive , you should spend a certain time per week brushing up on your knowledge, or learning something new.

Medicine is always changing & expanding. Stay ahead of the game.

You should be eating/sleeping/breathing this stuff, so you can be the best possible advocate for your patient.


  1. As an RN with a double specialty, I don't completely agree...I think there is a lot of superfluous information that is not directly applicable to your job. I think having a strong foundation of the basics is more important than having a bit of knowledge about a board spectrum of specialities. I think I remember hearing you say you learned about gametes and conception, no way in hell will that EVER be clinically applicable to your job. I think teaching non-concrete things such as critical thinking and self evaluation is more important than getting too in depth. We're not doctors.

    I admire your desire to learn though.

  2. I agree that it's valuable to focus your learning efforts on the areas that will be most benificial to you and your practice. But I'm uncomfortable with editing self directed learning to things that are "applicable to your job."

    That might be a well intentioned suggestion, or it might be a patronizing pat on the head. "Isn't it cute the way you EMT's want to learn fancy doctor stuff."

    Medicine is a vast and facinating ocean of knowledge Scott. Know what you need to know. And outside of that, swim where you want. Dive as deep as you want to go. Don't let anyone scare you away or post "no swimming here ... to dangerous" signs on the beaches.