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Posts Outside the Service Area: Collections for the Year Ahead

This month I tried to gather up posts on the theme of “collections” since the first post I wanted to share was Rogue Medic’s collection of podcasts and blogs.┬áHe has curated an excellent collection of blogs and podcasts to keep up with EMS and emergency medicine research.

You can eat better in 2012. Fire Engineering has a great article that connects nutrition with line of duty deaths. Learn how several New York State fire departments are changing their destiny through healthful cooking.

The Social Medic reminds us that “Basics” always matter. He points out that EMT Basics make up 2/3 of the EMS workforce, but too often conferences, CE, and more are focused on advanced providers. How are you going to make sure the basics matter in 2012?

In January I have been involved in many conversations about the importance of paramedics having a college degree. My friend Trevor, an expert in leadership and organizational behavior, reminds us that a degree doesn’t make one a leader. If leadership is not about the degree then what is it about?

Everyday EMS Athlete Brandon Mulnix is a minimalist shoe ultra marathon runner. He has just started a field trial of a minimalist work boot. I know people that collect shoes. Brandon collects shoes that are barely shoes, at least not in that same manner I define shoes.

The Edumedic accepted the 12 ‘n 12 Everyday EMS reading challenge and has posted the first of twelve book reviews. He started his challenge with one of my favorites, the Non-Conformist’s Guide to EMS Success.

Steve Whitehead, author of the Non-Conformist’s Guide to EMS Success ran a nice post about why we should all belong to NAEMT (Introducing the NAEMT). I belong. Do you? You should.

The Unwired Medic attended the Consumer Electronics Shows and picked lots of great products that have application to EMS. Read his collection of products and events at CES Day 1, CES Day 2, and CES Day 3.

In the midst of the NFL playoffs and at the height of Tebowmania many EMS bloggers wrote on the topic, “If Tim Tebow was a Paramedic.” At Medic Madness you can find a collection of all of the Tebow as a Paramedic posts.

With EMS Today a month away this post on 20 Ways to Connect After Conference from Christa Miller’s Blog.

Lifehacker shared a great collection of free online education courses in all of the big academic areas.

Finally, Mark Glencorse bid farewell to EMS earlier this month. You might be able to take Mark out the ambulance, but he will always be a paramedic. I appreciate his efforts as a tireless advocate for paramedics and promoting the possibilities to learn from one another. Thanks Mark.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.