March 26, 2001
Chris and Val Hamann let me know that you have added alumni updates to the website now, so I thought I'd let you know how I've been faring since graduating in 1996. I am currently a first year PA student at SUNY Stony Brook, just like Chris and Val. It's pretty amazing that of the four paramedics in the program, 3 of us are MCC alumni! I suppose that says a lot about the quality of the our education. The PA program is amazingly rigorous (~32 credit/hrs per semester), but I'd have to say that the education we received at MCC has really given us an edge in our Clinical Medicine courses, especially Cardiology and EKG interpretation. It blows some instructors away that paramedics know about such things as Chvostek's Sign and Osborn waves!
Although the program takes up 99% of my time, I still have the opportunity to work per-diem as a paramedic. For the last 2 years I have been working for Rockland Paramedic Services, who are the ALS provider for Rockland County, NY. This is about 15 minutes north of New York City. We operate double paramedic flycars in a busy suburban/urban system, responding with volunteer BLS ambulances. It's a great system to see a wide variety of patients; you can be at one station working in housing projects, and your neighboring medic truck will be covering the mansions of Hollywood celebrities! If anybody up north is interested in checking us out, we have a nice website at www.rocklandparamedics.org. Even after I graduate I still plan on working in EMS. I'm sure that I will enjoy working in a hospital, but it can never compare to working the streets.
Well, that about sums up my life at present. Please pass my thanks along to Bob, Sharon, and all of the other instructors that worked with you to give us such a great education in emergency medicine. If any current students or alumni would like to know more about PA school, please let them know I'd be glad to answer any questions. They can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for everything,
Kevin Burns, PA-S, EMT-P
URL: /depts/pstc/palum5.htmUpdated: March 26, 2001