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I grew up in the small town of Millville, MA. I became and EMT and studied Nursing at Rhode Island College in Providence. However, I decided to transfer to the University of Massachusetts in Lowell to study Criminal Justice to hopefully become a police officer and firefighter. However, I was diagnosed with a cardiac condition that made those dreams impossible. Instead, I decided to become a paramedic in order to better understand my own condition and to help people like me. I truly love emergency medicine.
I did a lot of research and was looking for a school with an excellent reputation – Pro EMS Center for MEDICS was that and more. I was thrilled to be accepted to such a prestigious program. The accelerated training is intense, but I’m challenged to think critically under pressure in each and every class. The instructors are amazing. They are attentive and knowledgeable, and truly want us to succeed and become the best we can be.
“It’s an intense, accelerated program that challenges your ability to think critically under pressure during every class, which I think is an irreplaceable experience. It prepares us to perform in real-life situations at our absolute best.”
The hands-on training at Pro EMS is outstanding. We have an amazing simulation cadaver labs where we experience situations as close to reality as possible. Ride time is early and plentiful, and our clinical placements are in some of the best medical facilities in the country. I know that I am prepared to make a difference in the lives of my patients. This is truly one of the best places to train for a career as a paramedic.
I am excited to complete my paramedic training at Pro EMS Center for MEDICS. I am not really sure where my future will take me, but I hope to have a long career in medicine. My overall goal is to become the best medical provider I can be. This may mean becoming a Registered Nurse or Physician’s Assistant, or training future generations of paramedics. Regardless of my path, Pro EMS Center for MEDICS has given me an excellent base from which to grow.
I spent much of my early childhood in Korea, but grew up in Bedford, MA. Now, I am a sophomore in Art History at Amherst College and I am taking a year off to pursue my EMS certification. At Amherst, I received my EMT certificate and have served on the Amherst College Emergency Medical Service (ACEMS) where I also serve on the Board of Directors. I love working at ACEMS and have also been involved in training future EMTs, monitoring incoming emergency calls, and scheduling volunteers. My co-workers at ACEMS really inspired me to continue on to paramedic training. Their leadership and dedication showed me what my future in emergency medicine could look like.
I had several people in the field highly recommend Pro Center for MEDICS. Here, I can get the hands-on training I need to really excel. Pro is unique, providing greater amounts of ride time, simulation labs, and truly dedicated staff that is always there to answer questions and help us become the best we can be. I am also excited that I can obtain certificates beyond those required to be a paramedic.
Pro Center for MEDICS is about more than just training, however. The staff and students really get out into the community and make a difference from Day 1.
“I feel so fortunate to have the incredible opportunity to study at Pro EMS Center for MEDICS. I really appreciate the high quality of the instruction and the hands-on training!”
I have been able to participate in the community initiatives that Pro EMS Center for MEDICS organizes and manages. For example, I provided CPR training for the public at the CambridgeSide Galleria, and I really look forward to more events like that.
I am also really excited to have the opportunity to work at some of the best hospitals in the country. During my clinical training, I was placed with physicians and nurses at Mt. Auburn Hospital, where I had the chance to learn from the very best. One of the coolest things I observed was how much of an impact good communication has on effective patient care. I also learned the in-hospital protocols for procedures that we may encounter in the field. These experiences and connections will be invaluable to me in my future career in medicine.
I am really looking forward to completing my Paramedic Certification and returning to my junior year at Amherst. While there, I will continue working as an EMT on campus and will return to my art history studies. It might seem a to be a strange major for someone interested in medicine, but I truly believe that learning to understand the context and meaning of art will help me to become a better diagnostician. Eventually, I want to become a physician in emergency medicine, and my training at Pro EMS Center for MEDICS combined with my academic work will really prepare me for this path in life.
I am a first generation American. My parents immigrated to the Boston area before I was born. I always wanted to be a First Responder because I could see the importance of the work, and knew I was not suited for a regular full-time desk job. I enrolled at Bunker Hill Community College and then transferred to Salem State College, majoring in Criminal Justice and hoped to be a police officer someday. I found that I loved the medical side of being a First Responder, so I earned my EMT certificate and, after only a few months, I knew I wanted to take my education further and complete my training as a paramedic.
Being bilingual has also been a real advantage for me, my patients, and my colleagues. When a patient is in an emergency situation, they are often confused and frightened, and being unable to communicate with the emergency team only exacerbates things. It is so rewarding to be able to show these patients that they are understood and their needs are being met, and it’s a huge relief to so many people. I am not only drawn to paramedicine because I can really make a difference in people’s lives, but also because I know I am setting a great example for my two sons. Being a mom and a student certainly has its challenges, but I know my children see my hard work and are proud of me.
I work for Fallon Ambulance Service and began researching paramedic training programs some time ago. I was looking for excellence, and everyone said that Pro EMS Center for MEDICS is the best of the best. I knew they had an intense program, and as a mother of two young boys, I knew I had to maximize my time. I appreciated that the accelerated program offered me options to work around my own schedule. The support of the staff and faculty is outstanding – they really work with you to help you succeed, no matter what else you may have in your life.
I love that Pro EMS takes learning to the next level by offering amazing hands-on opportunities such as simulation labs, cadaver programs, excellent ride time and outstanding clinical opportunities. The instructors are very involved with the students, and are always available to answer questions. The state-of-the-art training facilities really help us feel prepared to go out on the job.
“I asked around and everyone said Pro EMS Center for MEDICS is the best. They have an intense program and are one of the most respected paramedic education centers in the country.”
I really appreciate the fact that Pro EMS Center for MEDICS has established a good rapport with a wide variety of Boston-area hospitals. My clinical rotation at Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett, MA was extraordinary. The staff is open, supportive and helpful, offering us many ways to learn and grow. My ride time has also been an awesome experience, challenging my knowledge and assessment skills while exposing me to different styles and situations. Though I was nervous to begin these hands-on experiences, Center For Medics really prepared me to meet the challenge.
I am excited to complete my paramedic training at Pro EMS Center for MEDICS and continue my work at Fallon Ambulance, possibly continuing as a nursing student someday. The support and education I have received here is first-rate. I look forward to being able to making a real difference in the community and to an amazing future with my two boys.
I was born and raised in Southern California. I came to the Boston area to train at Pro EMS Center for MEDICS. It has always been my dream to help people and make a difference in the local community, so I can help those who struggle and maybe make this a better world.
I am grateful to have a family that supports me in these goals. Both my parents have really allowed me to learn and grow. My mother is an LVN and has an amazing heart. She does a lot of home care and hospice work, and shares my love of helping people. My step-father is an analyst for a water agency in San Bernadino County and teaches at the local college. Jeanette, my fiancé, has also been a huge supporter of my work, and I’m grateful to have her in my life.
I have a diverse background. While I was studying to become a nurse, I worked in auto sales and marketing and tended bar. I believe these experiences have given me a unique understanding of people from all walks of life. I was originally certified as an EMT at a community college in California and then recertified by the CA Institute of Emergency Medical Training. Though I liked my nursing courses, I found that I really wanted to be out in the community, always learning, growing and stretching myself.
I was very excited to come to Pro EMS Center for MEDICS. It is rated as one of the top training programs in the country, and is a large part of why I came to the Boston area. The instructors here inspire me to go above and beyond what I need to know to just do the job. I appreciate the hands-on training, the cadaver labs and the simulation labs. I like that there are uniforms and the team enforces a strict standard of behavior among the students. They expect a lot from us, but they are always there to help and guide our training. They really want us to succeed.
My clinical rotation at Mt. Auburn hospital was very eye-opening. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the hospital staff, particularly the ER nurses. They all work so hard caring for patients, charting, keeping track of doctor orders and tests, and so much more! I have a renewed respect for their diligence and patience.
“Pro EMS Center for MEDICS is rated one of the best training programs in the country. The instructors inspire me to go above and beyond what I need to know to do the job.”
The work that Pro does in the community is also inspiring. I like the fact that I can participate in community CPR events and initiatives to improve community health throughout Boston. I am inspired by our Director of Community Initiatives, Danielle Rabickow, and all that she does to reach out to people in Cambridge and beyond.
Pro EMS Center for MEDICS will train me well for my ultimate goal of becoming a Flight MEDIC. While here, I am able to work with Boston MedFlight, which is an amazing asset to the program. My training is giving me the real-life, hands-on experiences I need to become a great paramedic and truly serve my community.
I was born and raised in New England. I grew up in North Reading and I’m now in Topsfield, MA. My late grandfather was an Air Force gunner and his story really encouraged me to do something out of the ordinary with my life. I graduated from Masconomet Regional High School and worked in retail for a time before enrolling in Fire Science courses at North Shore Community College. Becoming a firefighter was immediately my passion, and I became an EMT shortly thereafter.
The town of Topsfield hired me as a Call Firefighter in 2013. Captain Jen Collins Brown of Topsfield Fire really inspired me in my role, and I soon realized that I could combine my interests and work to become a paramedic firefighter. I went on to work for Northeast Regional Ambulance in Beverly, MA. I really love it there, and am continuing to work part-time throughout my paramedic training.
I chose Pro EMS Center for MEDICS because of its outstanding reputation. The more I researched it, the more I fell in love. It is the most in-depth, intensive program around, offering a great assortment of hands-on learning opportunities including simulation labs, outstanding clinical rotations, and extensive ride time.
The instructors and my classmates are amazingly supportive and dedicated. They push you to be your absolute best, and I am confident that I am being well-trained for my career as a paramedic firefighter. The program is tough and students need to be ready to work hard, but the instructors are incredible and the relationships I am building are amazing. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything!
“This is my passion. Pro EMS Center for MEDICS has been everything I wanted it to be. It is helping me reach my goals and make my dreams a reality.”
The opportunities for hands-on, in-depth learning are tremendous. My clinical rotation at The Cambridge Hospital taught me so many valuable skills, especially the importance of patience and communication. I improved my ability to interact with patients, and really saw how teamwork is the lynchpin of great patient care.
When I made it to my ride time, I was so excited to finally be able to practice all of my skills, solidifying the knowledge and information I have worked so hard to learn. Opportunities to be in the field are irreplaceable, and they one of the most exciting and satisfying things about the Pro EMS Center for MEDICS program.
When I finish the Pro EMS Center for MEDICS program and pass the national registry exam, I would like to work full-time at Northeast Regional Ambulance Service as a paramedic while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management. Hopefully I will be able to move from there into a full-time role as a paramedic firefighter. I couldn’t be happier in my career in paramedicine. Loving your job is the best way to work!
Pro EMS Center for MEDICS Director James DiClemente has been named to the Board of Directors of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures.
Based in Hanover, Massachusetts, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation has been working for more than 20 years to promote early detection of brain aneurysms by providing knowledge and raising awareness about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of this disease. This non-profit group works with medical communities to provide support networks for patients and families, and also sponsors research to help improve patient outcomes and save lives. Last summer the Foundation awarded the largest amount of research grants in its history, giving $265,000 to 13 recipients across the U.S.
As an educator in the field of Emergency Medical Services as well as a practicing paramedic, Mr. DiClemente understands first-hand the importance of raising awareness in the community about critical medical issues such as brain aneurysms. Early intervention can help save lives, and Mr. DiClemente has dedicated his career to designing and implementing educational programs for the next generation of paramedics with that goal in mind. Mr. DiClemente’s experience teaching EMS providers at his own employer, Professional Ambulance (Pro EMS); other agencies’ EMS professionals; as well as the dozens of paramedic students who enroll in his classes each year will help to inform the Brain Aneurysm Foundation’s efforts as it launches a new, nationwide awareness campaign.
Every 18 minutes a brain aneurysm ruptures without warning, and when they do the aneurysms often result in what is known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) or bleeding in the area between the brain and the tissues that cover it. Symptoms of a rupturing aneurysm include:
If an individual is experiencing some or all of these symptoms, they should immediately seek medical attention.
More information about the Brain Aneurysm Foundation can be found on their website, www.bafound.org.
For more information about Pro EMS Center for MEDICS, or to schedule CPR training at your organization, please visit www.centerformedics.com or call (617) 682-1811.
I joined the U.S. Army at 19 years old, after growing up in Billerica, MA, and spent seven years in the service. I did two tours in Afghanistan and spent time working as a nurse and medic. After my discharge, I was trying to figure out where to go next – maybe school, maybe work. And I found myself thinking back to when I wanted to be a firefighter, which was really about wanting to help others in their times of need. As a military medic, I spent much of my time focused on trauma and traumatic injuries, much like an EMT, helping others as I’d always wanted to.
When I returned to Massachusetts, my Army experience as a medic qualified me for EMT certification. I liked working in ambulances in hands-on, fast-paced emergency situations and realized that the next step in my career would be to become a full paramedic.
Why Pro EMS Center for MEDICS?
The question for me was to figure out specific next steps in continuing my education to become a paramedic. Did I want to go to college? Or did I want more specialized training? After meeting with the team at Pro EMS Center for MEDICS, I knew it was the right place for me. The program actually feels similar to some of my training in the military – hands-on, situational, experiential learning in simulated environments. It felt familiar and I knew it worked.
Some of the CFM instructors also come from a military background, and it was helpful to have that common experience. It gave me confidence in my decisions to know that others had walked the same path I was on. As an Army Medic, I had some experience with suturing, starting IVs, airway management, and other emergency procedures. The program and instructors at CFM are able to build on the skills I already had to give me a fully developed and complete paramedic education. The combination of classroom and clinical, real-world learning is invaluable and really helps all students understand and retain the concepts and procedures needed in emergency situations.
Advice for Other Veterans
Research all the different types of educational opportunities open to you through the G.I. Bill. Using those resources to further my education at Center for MEDICS has been incredibly rewarding for me.
“I was proud to serve my country in the U.S. Army and I’m proud to continue serving my community as a paramedic and in the ER.”
When you’re trying to figure out what comes after a military career, make a plan and a backup plan. Be thorough about your research before making any decisions, because it can be hard to change paths once you’re on one. But if you know yourself, take some initiative, and work towards a goal you can achieve what you want to.
Before enrolling at Pro EMS Center for Medics (CFM), I spent three years serving in the United States Marine Corp Infantry in Washington, DC as a ceremonial marine guard, a highly selective and prestigious post. When I was given an honorable discharge, I wondered what my next life steps should be. After an experience helping a fellow Marine in DC who’d fallen down two flights of concrete stairs and being unable to do much to help, I started to think about what I could do to make sure that next time, I could do more.
I returned to Massachusetts after my discharge and started working with the EMS service in Leicester, MA – my hometown. After doing the research and discovering that the G.I. Bill would cover EMT training and licensing, I enrolled at CFM.
Why train as an EMT?
I’ve always been drawn to professions that help others. I thought about a variety of options, including law enforcement and firefighting, but found that I was repeatedly drawn to EMS. As a paramedic, you can virtually look inside someone’s body to see what’s going wrong and how you can help. To be there for a patient on what might be the worst day of their life and help them through it is incredible.
The military taught me you can see a lot about someone from one quick glance, but to actually figure out what’s going on you need to know how to take a deeper look. That’s the kind of career I was looking for – combining multiple different skills to create the big picture and solve the puzzle. EMS is exactly that, and I take great pride in what I do.
Why Pro EMS Center for Medics?
While working with EMS in Leicester, I’d heard repeatedly about Pro EMS and CFM and their excellent reputation from other EMTs. Everyone felt that the EMTs who graduate from CFM leave the program prepared for almost every scenario and with confidence in their own abilities to manage tough situations. As a Marine, I was prepared for a rigorous training process and was excited by the challenge and high expectations at CFM.
“The curriculum gradually builds from one step to the next in a way that makes the learning process incredibly successful for students.”
I found that everyone at CFM was truly committed to helping all students succeed. It’s a tough program, but no one wants to see any of the students fail. I found the instructors very responsive to student concerns and questions, and willing to explain and expand on the curriculum in multiple ways to give each of us what we needed to be able to learn the material. The instruction at CFM involves extensive hands-on learning and simulation labs to really help cement concepts, processes, and procedures in a way that builds real skills and confidence.
What does the future look like for you?
I feel like all possibilities are open to me from here – paramedic, med flight, or maybe moving to other nationally known, prestigious EMS organizations. There are many fantastic career paths in the field. I also really want to help other people get into working in EMS. I think it’s a rewarding career, especially for military veterans. EMS provides that fast pace we like and are trained for, and at the end of the day we’re helping people who place their trust in our skills and training. I’m glad I can be there for my patients.
Read this on the Cambridge City website, or WickedLocal.
Cambridge, May 15, 2015 — Cambridge Fire Department, along with PRO EMS of Cambridge, have jointly received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline®EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.
Unfortunately, a significant number don’t receive this prompt treatment. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency responders for their efforts in improving STEMI systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.
Emergency Medical System providers are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. EMS agencies provide access to 12-lead ECG machines (devices that measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat and can help medical personnel determine if a heart attack has occurred), and follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.
Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for the entire year, and treat at least eight STEMI patients for the year.
“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud Cambridge Fire Department and PRO EMS for achieving this award that shows they meet evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”
“Cambridge Fire Department and PRO EMS are dedicated to making our units among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving STEMI systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all STEMI patients,” said Cambridge Fire Chief Gerry Reardon. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for STEMI patients.”
For more information contact Assistant Chief Gerard Mahoney, Phone: 617-349-4970
About Mission: Lifeline
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit: heart.org/mission: lifeline
Danielle Thomas, Director of Center for MEDICS, shares her expertise on heart attacks and cardiac arrest as a guest author on the American Heart Association blog. Read the full post on the AHA website.