From reading these posts decided to take an EMT-B class at the local community college. What specifically I read here somewhere is that if you volunteer in the ER and are an EMT they will let you do some minor clinical stuff and even start IV's / suture (which I know find out is ILLEGAL if you are only an EMT-B), and that residents and faculty would even teach you stuff knowing you are premed if they liked you. As the post went, if you don't have an EMT or phlem etc you will only stock shelves. So yesterday was first day of class. It was awful. The instructor was decent, but the other students were...how can I explain...let me say I'm certain that there are decent civilized EMT students out there, but they weren't in my class. Most of these people were in their early twenties with kids (plural). Some brought theirs and were told not to bring them to class anymore. I am NOT saying that twenty year olds with kids are not decent people, but these people filled two hours, TWO HOURS, of the class asking, "have you ever seen someone decapitated?, I heard that Charlotte has a higher incident rate than Atlanta?, have you ever thrown up?". They had nothing better to do. We could have been out of there in five minutes if we just did the paperwork. They would get giddy and start raising a "jerry springer"-like ruckus when then instructor would talk about bad hematomas. Awful. The typical job was grocery stocker/volunteer fireman. The biggest ambition was 1 PA, but most EMT or Paramedic (some had no life-plan, but just said it "seemed exciting"). I was the only other premed in the class. Now I've read another, albeit contoversial, post that stated nurses don't get accepted as much as bio grad students or something - something about the stigma or background of nurses. I'm early along in post bacc education and wouldn't want addcoms to think I was some grocery boy WWF dude who got a taste of medicine in EMT, learned how to take BP, and decided to become a doctor. Now I am thinking this will not only NOT help, but it may hurt me! As med students who have gotten in, what do you think? Could this actually hurt me??! , and if not how much could it realistically help??!