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Volunteer as an EMS or EMT?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Canadian Premed, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. Canadian Premed

    Canadian Premed 2+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2007
    I have a question, I've been hearing people volunteering as an EMT or may be even an EMS. How do you do that? Don't you have to be a paramedic? If not then how long does it take to study and become one?

    I am applying June 2008, can I do it before my application if I start working on it now?
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  3. spicedmanna

    spicedmanna Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member
  4. spicedmanna

    spicedmanna Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    The utility of EMT-Basic certification isn't necessarily in the certification itself, but in the opportunity that it provides you. As an EMT-B running 9-1-1 calls, on a US volunteer rescue squad, for example, you really have a cool opportunity to get involved in the direct care of patients. EMT-B's and EMT-P's (paramedics) are part of EMS, which is state-run (in the United States). You will need to check with your state authority for details (again, speaking about the US). Generally, it takes about a semester to attain EMT-B certification and you need to do some practical-level training. Many people join a fire station or volunteer rescue squad; there may be commitments involved in joining. Check with your local fire station. Becoming and working as an EMT-B requires commitment.
  5. Canadian Premed

    Canadian Premed 2+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2007
    That sounds cool but im Canadian :/ I dunno if there is such thing as volunteering as an EMT in Canada, anyone knows?
  6. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    EMS = emergency medical services

    EMT = emergency medical technician

    I don't know how Canada runs their EMS system, but you could talk to fire departments or private ambulance companies in the area.
  7. spicedmanna

    spicedmanna Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

  8. FenderHM

    FenderHM Where there's a will... 7+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    become an EMH like the emergency medical hologram in star trek
  9. Canadian Premed

    Canadian Premed 2+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2007
    I looked into it, it's a 5 year program, too long for me...
  10. emaj1n

    emaj1n M1 2+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    Running EMS calls is a great idea, but, as with everything, don't just do it for medical school.

    If you have an interest in EMS, than just drop by your local fire station. They'll have all the information you need (or at least who to contact).

    Volunteering with a rescue squad takes a lot of time, especially if the rescue department requires you to keep "duty hours" while you are training. The class usually takes between two and three months at two or three classes a week.

    You definitely have time to begin the course, get your cert., and start running calls. The real questions are: Is this is someone you want to do (are you going to be able to give an confident, honest answer to an interview panel)? Do you have the five-ten hours a week it takes to get started?

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