I am considering being an EMT or paramedic to get some clinical experience before becoming a physician assistant. Anyone else doing this?
does emt prepare you for other things besides emergency med?
It will depend on where you work as an EMT/EMT-I/Paramedic. Some places you can choose to work in an ER (which, of course, is mostly emergency medicine), some places you can work in EMS as a primary response ambulance, and in some places you can work on an interfacility ambulance.
If you can work interfacility, you will deal with all kinds of patients, from people being transported for specialty surgery and rehab, to transports for radiation oncology, and for transports between cities and even states.
Where I work, I have the chance to do both primary EMS response as well as interfacility, which is great exposure. I always try to take the time to understand what my interfacility patient was admitted for, above and beyond merely why I am transporting them; this gives me exposure to disease and injury processes as well as preparation for what I might encounter while transporting them.
If you choose to work as an EMT, of whatever sort, I recommend trying to do both primary and interfacility work, if you can. You will get valuable patient contacts, and will have excellent chances to network as well.
Let the the thread die it was almost 5 years old..
LOL I hadn't even looked at the last post date ... I just came across this thread as a top Google hit and joined, thinking it was active. But, even if it is five years old, is the topic somehow irrelevant just because nobody bothered to answer the last question? Additionally, who, exactly, do you think you are to tell anyone else what to or not to answer? Seriously, is your life that meaningless that you have to sit on a five-year-old thread, waiting to see if anyone posts to it, and then berate them for posting to it?