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    Paramedicine can be an exciting and alluring career choice for people who aren’t attracted to the normal 9am-5pm job. Being a paramedic can, and usually does, look drastically different from day to day and provides an array of unique opportunities. So, what does it take to become a paramedic in the United States? While it may differ slightly from state to state, the general requirements are the same: a valid EMT license, completing a CAAHEP accredited paramedic program (associates degree level or certification), passing the NREMT-P exam, and meeting individual state requirements for licensure. Paramedic courses can take up to two years to complete...

You have completed your paramedic program. How exciting! You put in a great deal of time, energy, hard work, and money towards this goal, and you have finally accomplished it. But what’s next? Obtaining a job in the field of EMS can be daunting. Whether you choose to work for a fire department, private ambulance service, hospital, or clinic, you will be faced with confronting the "unknown" daily. In most cases, you will have no real idea of who you will encounter that day, what you will see, or what skills you will be required to perform. Additionally, you will likely work long hours, and be stretched to your limits mentally and physically. It is not an...

So, you decided on a career in EMS, now what?

Many of us think that finding your dream career is the ultimate battle. Once we find our passion, we can pursue our dreams with bliss and never look back. However, the cold, hard, reality is that this is rarely the case, especially in EMS. The field of emergency medicine is riddled with burned out, overworked, stressed, and traumatized individuals who leave the field of EMS after only a few short years and never look back. In fact, some studies show that after leaving EMS, many experience an increase in quality of life, and often in fields unrelated to EMS 1. Sadly, this is no secret to those in the field,...

            Talking to other people who had gone through paramedic school gave me the impression the commitment was going to be very difficult and scary. Many of my peers gave me the impression that if you want to be successful you would not have any free time or be able to work outside of school. These conversations created fear, leading me to wait five years before entering a paramedic program following the completion of my EMT program. I knew I wanted to be a paramedic, but what if I wasn’t successful?

            To preface this article, I worked for 5 years in an emergency veterinary clinic, followed by 5 years as a scribe in the emergency room...