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By: J. Harold “Jim” Logan, BPS, EMT-P/IC unique educational A unique educationall i i Tennessee— experience in T complete with cadavers— brought all the domains of learning together Larry Coleman was my high school history teacher. Back then I wasn’t easily impressed or inspired when it came to education. But Mr. Coleman taught differently than what I’d been exposed to before. 52 OCTOBER 2009 EMS www.emsresponder.com cadaver lab Keep in mind, this was before the Vidacare Corp. and Precision PowerPoint, SMART Board and Surgical, the local distributor of videoconferenced guest lectures from Vidacare’s EZ-IO intraosseous subject matter experts. Mr. Coleman infusion system, TEMSEA was had a chalkboard, handouts and a able to take conference partici- textbook. History and government pants into the classroom of the can be boring subjects, especially for future. a group of 17-year-olds. Mr. Coleman Now, cadaver labs and autop- realized this, and instead of sitting sies are nothing new as teaching behind his desk or standing at the tools in medicine. However, in chalkboard with a pointer, he engaged EMS, opportunities to participate his students—he performed. Think in such events don’t come around historical recreations—standing on very often. Even when they do, the desk, reciting a famous oration they’re frequently “look but don’t by Kennedy or Lincoln, bringing tired touch” types of situations, held textbooks to life with engaging tactics in conjunction with conferences that gave his students glimpses into at major universities or off-site historical events and made the hospitals. Attendance is usually contents of the text veritably jump limited by a small number of off the page. Thank you, Mr. Coleman. available seats. TEMSEA leaders EMS providers can be similarly realized this and wondered difﬁcult students to reach. They are how they could take this type some of the hardest people in the of instructional tool to the next world to impress and inspire. Most of level. that is because they’ve seen so many They assembled a team and things most folks haven’t. As well, began planning. Within a few many EMSers are “Type A” person- months, TEMSEA educators found alities: intense, competitive and themselves at the University of impatient. In their off time, they’re Texas Health Science Center in often involved in activities most folks San Antonio. There, under the wouldn’t want to be a part of. guidance of EMS educator Scotty And EMS educators are worse. Bolleter, the idea of a procedural They’ve been there, done that, and anatomy lab came to fruition, and now are teaching it. As they mold we began the process of creating young minds, educators may fall into an experience that would impress a rut, using the same old methods
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