There is a Japanese proverb that states, “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” I can say that it is absolutely true, and never more so than when I sat down for dinner with two of my EMS heroes on different evenings at EMS World Expo 2012.
Skip Kirkwood is the Chief of Wake County EMS in North Carolina, and the current president of the National EMS Management Association. His EMS resume spans about 40 years, with accomplishments too numerous to list here. He taught the preconference session “Developing and Managing the Emergency Medical Services Field Training and Evaluation Program.” I took the two-day course and it was amazing, but I’ll save that for another post. We had dinner at a great little restaurant called Cochon, which I highly recommend if you’re in New Orleans’ Warehouse District.
I’ve been learning from Skip’s articles and podcasts for several years now. Saying that he has a wealth of knowledge about EMS management is an understatement. If you ever have a chance to sit down with him, take notes. Take lots of notes!
A few of my favorites from Skip…
- Graduate Degrees: Are They Worth It for EMS?
- Violence Against EMS Providers: What Can We Do About It?
- Being the Best We Can Be
- EMS Continuing Education Lacks Creativity
- Finding the Future EMS Leaders
- Field Training Evaluation Program: EMS Educast Episode 138
- Back to School: EMS Educast Episode 63
Greg inspired me to start blogging, and introduced me to Dave Konig when I was ready to launch my site. His podcast with Rob Theriault and Bill Toon also gave me weekly inspiration when I first started in EMS education.
My favorite’s from Greg…
- CentreLearn (if you’re a training manager, you need this!)
- EMS Educast (subscribe today, be a better educator tomorrow!)
- Everyday EMS Tips (pretty much the entire site!)
Skip & Greg, you guys are awesome! Thank you for your advice and inspiration, and thank you for your contributions to EMS.