The medical industry puts great emphasis on formal education via university and other training programs. Due to financial incentive, these institutions often discourage independent learning despite it usually having a greater impact on patient care quality. For example, paramedics are often non-degree holders, yet they effectively practice medicine on a daily basis as a result of learning via unconventional methods (e.g., podcasts).
How much actual value is in formal education? Do we need a practitioner track for prehospital providers on the university level? And regardless of degree, how can we teach with the goal of long-term retention of information as opposed to simply passing an exam? Tune in to this podcast where we are joined by a pioneer in critical care transport education, Will Wingfield, to discuss.
Will Wingfield, MSNA, CRNA of The Res Q Shop is a nurse anesthetist who specializes in advanced physiological principles pertaining to critical care transport medicine. Prior to obtaining his CRNA in 2008, Will was a paramedic for nineteen years and a RN for sixteen years; fifteen of which were spent flying in the air medical industry. His includes pre-hospital/transport medicine, SAR, TEMS, and critical care nursing. As a pioneer in critical care transport education with a specific focus on exam prep, Will has trained hundreds of successful FP-C, CFRN, and CEN candidates.
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