Some of you may have caught a few hints recently on Facebook involving me and things in Texas and wondered what’s going on.

In September of this year, I plan on making Texas my new home.

Without getting into too many details, I do have a job waiting for me when I get down there already. The new business should be finalized this fall, and I’ll be announcing that here once everything has been wrapped up.

I’m also planning on a trip “home” every few months for a long weekend to do some training classes and catch up with family & friends.

So that’s what’s been keeping me from posting too much lately – lots of plans and work getting ready for the move.

The Origin of The “Golden Hour”

Most people have at least heard of “The Golden Hour“, but a lot of people either don’t know what it is, how it came about, or who came up with the idea.

Read Lou Jordan‘s explanation of how he was involved with its creation over at the National EMS Museum.

The Golden Hour” was chosen as a realistic time frame because it had a ring to it. (It could have been the Golden 47 minutes, but that wouldn’t have been catchy.) Looking at the time that was wasted in other facilities getting their staff and plan of treatment together, and knowing that we could air lift in patients with the fledgling MSP (Maryland State Police) program within the hour also helped coin the phrase.

And while you’re there, show them some love to help them out. They’re great folks, and they shouldn’t be spending their own money to keep this great project going.

And there you have it, straight from the Dinosaur’s mouth. Thanks, Lou.

Update: To FAWM or Not To FAWM?

After looking through all of the material a few more times, and realizing how much I do that’s actually related to Wilderness Medicine, I decided to register as a FAWM Candidate.

Immediately after registering, I just *happened* to notice that 2 nearby[1] conferences I was planning on attending in May award FAWM credits, and an October week-long canoe trip in Upstate NY really *would* justify me taking a vacation (and even get me another 16 FAWM credits.)

I still have a major problem with having to take all of the dive medicine lectures/videos again[2], since:
1. Almost all of the 1-hour lectures/videos average $50
2. Almost every one of them I ALREADY TEACH.
3. ALL of them I had before during my DMT training.
4. They’re $50 EACH.

I guess I’ll just wait and see if I need to “relearn” any of that subject matter when I get towards the end. If I still need the credits, I’ll have to bite the bullet.

And apparently, I won’t receive credit for the DMT because it wasn’t 100+ hours to attain the cert.

Oh well. I guess I’ll manage to get over that in time. Maybe.

So, I’m already 10+ credits on the way without the experience report being submitted yet. Not a bad start..

[1] “nearby” meaning a few hours’ drive from here. Who’da thunkit?
[2] Yes, I spoke to someone about this. They’re reply was a very dry “Well, that’s how it is.”

A Little Help, Please..

If any of the graphics gurus out there are reading this, I need some help with a few things. I’m willing to pay a reasonable fee for the work. I’m also more than willing to barter for services, as well.

1. I need a logo for a new “project” I started. (Details will be discussed privately.)

2. I would like to get a new banner for this website.

3. I need a new banner for the aforementioned project.

Of course, I’d love it if someone was willing to do this in return for the warm fuzzy feeling they’d get for helping someone out, but let’s be real here…

Contact me through the comments or send me something on Twitter (@DiverMedic)

To FAWM or not to FAWM?

Updated 2013-03-15 to include more information about the FAWM and the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

I’ve been thinking about working towards becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine™ (FAWM) for awhile now. I’ve been a member of the Wilderness Medical Society for a number of years, and lately I’ve been thinking about the FAWM a lot.

A good description of A Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) is described over at Expedition Medicine, here:

The Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine is designed for individuals who want to be acknowledged for their professional achievement in Wilderness Medicine, and wish to validate their training for their patients and clients.

Society members enroll in the Academy and, by completing Expedition and Wilderness Medicine courses, receive credit for specific, identifiable experience, accumulating credit toward becoming a Fellow. Any current member of the Wilderness Medical Society who successfully completes the requirements will have the distinction of being a registered member of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and entitled to use the designation Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) and may reference it on resumes, business cards, and advertisements.

The Academy maintains a demanding set of requirements that validates each member’s qualifications in wilderness medicine. Candidates for the Academy participate in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Courses and receive credit for the topics covered. When candidates fulfill the requirements of the Core Curriculum and demonstrate other required experience in Wilderness Medicine, they qualify to be reviewed to become members of the Academy with the designation “Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.”

The FAWM designation is similar to others in the medical field, such as a Fellowship in the American College of Emergency Physicians (“FACEP”). One thing that makes FAWM unique is that it’s open to nurses, paramedics, and “other qualified medical professionals.” There is a core curriculum that must be met, along with electives, as well as actual experience that must be investigated and qualified. They even have a PDF brochure you can download.

Did you know the American College of Emergency Physicians has a Wilderness Medical section? They do.

To save you some time, I’ll included a quick blurb on the Academy:

Academy of Wilderness Medicine

The academy seeks to provide a system of adult education and certification in a modern and standardised way to provide a set level of knowledge and education for practitioners working in the wilderness arena.

    The goals of the academy are to:

  • Professional designation for achievement in Wilderness Medicine
  • Validation for the public, patients, and clients of practitioner education in Wilderness Medicine
  • Recognition for completing high quality standards in Wilderness Medicine
  • Continuing medical education (CME) credit for acquisition of knowledge and hands-on experiences in Wilderness Medicine
  • The advancement of an internationally recognized curriculum of Wilderness Medicine categories, topics, and skills

The problem is, a good chunk of the required and elective learning I’ve already accomplished, but it isn’t recognized since I haven’t purchased a Fellowship Candidacy yet. I would have to either purchase lectures, attend other conferences, and pay to sit in on “workshops” that I could probably teach. Some of them I already teach, in fact. I can also submit copies of certificates I’ve already been awarded (for a nominal processing fee) and hope they count.

Or, I could just head out to NOLS for a few weeks and have some fun while getting about 80 hours worth of credits fulfilled..

The upside is I’d have five years to complete the candidacy, and it’s only $225. Lectures can be purchased pretty cheaply, but conferences can be over $1500 plus travel and lodging. If I’m awarded a Fellowship, it’s good for as long as I maintain my WMS membership (something I have no intention of letting expire.) I’ve heard it’s a great thing to have if you are on the speaking circuit, which I hope to be in a few years.

So, with all of that said and done, I’m looking for comments from my readership. For those of you that have it, is it worth it (aside from personal satisfaction)? Does it add anything to employment opportunities? I’m not looking to accumulate an alphabet soup of credentials for the sake of looking important. I’m looking for proof of half a lifetime of education and experience that actually means something to someone other than myself.

So, I’m reaching out to my peers for their thoughts on this. I’d appreciate your comments.

“Elegy for Innocence”

In episode 82 of the Gun for Hire Radio Show, a special 2-hour show, Sandy Berardi places facts and figures in black and white and tells the truth about “gun control.”

I’d like everyone, regardless of what your stance on the Second Amendment is, to read and/or listen to this.

Read the transcript, listen to the audio.

Elegy for Innocence – .mp3

Elegy for Innocence – PDF

The Gun for Hire Radio Show is a weekly radio show, billed as “The Voice of 1 million New Jersey Gun Owners.”

If you’re a gun owner and live in or near New Jersey, I highly recommend you subscribe and listen.

Disclaimer: I am not an affiliate, partner, or otherwise connected with nor receive benefits from Gun for Hire, LLC.

No EMSWorldExpo/Wedding, Courtesy of FrankenStorm

Thanks to FrankenStorm (aka Hurricane Sandy), I won’t be making it to EMSWorldExpo in New Orleans, not to mention MsParamedic‘s wedding on Friday.

I was notified that my flight had been canceled Monday evening. OK, I thought, they’ll probably give me another flight on Wednesday. No big deal.

Tuesday morning (today), I received a notification that there was a flight available that left at 8:00pm, and would arrive in NOLA at 10:23pm. SWEET!

In the 45 minutes it took for me to get to work – 1 mile away from home – it had already filled up. NOT sweet.

So, after searching for any available flight down to NOLA – and finding none – I applied for a fee-free refund and received a confirmation number. They waive the fee for processing a refund if the flight is canceled due to weather.

Bummed out totally, but OK, at least I’m getting my full fare back.

Then I get an email notifying me that my flight had been rebooked. Say what?

Here it is:

Wait a minute. I’m leaving on Saturday to fly BACK from NOLA. They didn’t really scheduling me to leave on the day I was returning home, did they?

Yup. They did.

Did you notice they departure times? Yeah, so did I, after a few minutes of staring at it.

After waiting on hold for a few hours, I finally got to talk to someone about it. They wanted to laugh at the obvious problem of being in 2 places at once, but they handled it pretty well, and relatively quickly.

Sorry, Nat and Matt. I won’t be at your wedding in a kilt as promised. If you kids ever make it up this way, let me know. Not only will I gather all the EMS folk in the area for one helluva BBQ, but I’ll show you all the cool places in NYC that aren’t on the tourist maps.

Someone drink a few for me, will ya?