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83 Newbie JD Meyerdirk

(23:49) Ron’s not going to be a paramedic in the near future so we are talking with some other newbies. JD Meyerdirk is getting ready to start paramedic school and we sit down with him to talk about it.

We also talk about Kilted to Kick Cancer a lot. It starts September first and Kelly’s got another contest with even more great prizes.


Kilted to Kick Cancer
Kilted to Kick Cancer Texas
Prostate Cancer Foundation
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Blinn College


(25:00) Despite many many failures, Ron has finally come to the end of his Paramedic training experience. This week he retook the skill he failed, and took his NREMT-P cognitive exam. Listen to find out the results.

What I Did This Week

On Saturday I went to the ALERT Academy in Big Sandy Texas and retook my pedi-vent skill. A very nice female paramedic gave me a test prep book. Which I only had one day to use and didn’t really get all the way through it.

I really haven’t studied a lot. Took a number of tests on That was really it, and not even the number they suggested.

On Monday I took the test fully expecting abject failure. I even convinced my wife I was going to fail. I told her if I finished at 70 questions, I know I’ve failed.


EMT-Paramedic (P) PreTest Self Assessment and Review

81 NREMT Skills Testing

(34:56) Ron passed his oral boards but didn’t pass all of his skills. This week we talk about pediatric airways and prepping for the written exam. Also mentioned, doing drug math, paramedic test prep books and CPR HD.


Listener Questions

Matt asks:

I will be graduating college this coming December with a bachelors degree in Political Science and French (yes, I know my major in strange for a person interested in medicine!) I’m also hoping to be done with my Paramedic program around that same time. I’m really interested in research, what kind of opportunities are out there for EMS research?

What are some of the major differences between a rual EMS system as opposed to one set up in a major city?
JP Asks:
My question is do you have to be great at math to be a medic. I really struggle in my algebra classes in high school. Through out my emt-b program I haven’t seen very much math, but will it come back to haunt me in my medic course? I appreciate any advice you guys give me and look forward to your answer.