Sssshhhhh tore, shut up! Don't convince other people to apply; I want the worst competition possible!
I'm very attracted to Brown's design your own major program and liberal eduational philosophy. I also looooove Providence, and the campus and area are beautiful. And everyone I talked to at Brown is incredible!
Location: Newton (a suburb of Boston), Massachusetts
emphasis on learning as opposed to grades, lack of preprofessionalism, "anything goes" atmosphere, academic reputation, open curriculum, pass-fail option for classes, approachable administrators and professors, and most importantly,
FUN, WITTY, OPEN-MINDED, FRIENDLY, DIVERSE STUDENTS!
The "first aid squad" is actually called "Brown EMS." It's an excellent program. You don't have to be licensed to help out, but if you want to treat patients directly, you must be Nationally Certified. We have ride-alongs, basics, cardiacs, and paramedics. Students get to drive the ambulance, make coffee runs, and sleep in the quarters (for overnight shifts). The supervision is excellent, and there are so many great opportunities (e.g. helping docs and nurses treat patients in the Rhode Island Hospital ER, mass casualty incidents (MCIs) which are scenarios that simulate worst-case scenarios, and much more.) I encourage you to join when you get here!
P.S. - Thanks in part to Brown EMS, there has NEVER been an alcohol-related death at Brown.
Last edited by Aequitas; 02-17-2005 at 12:59 PM.
Reason: wanted to add something else
Aequitas, are you a member of Brown EMS? That's so cool!
I'm actually an EMT-B on my town's squad. Since I was 16 when I took the exam, I am NJ certified, but I don't have a National Registry cert. Does RI offer reciprocity, or do I have to take the National Registry soon? Do I need additional training once I get to Brown?
How do the shifts work? We have 8 rotating night shifts, but, during the day, we depend on whoever is available. Also, I hear that there are 7 paramedics on Brown EMS. Is this true?
I really can't wait to join! I'm sorry for asking so many questions, though. =)
hey funkyspoon, i was a New Jersey licensed EMT on the brown squad...
RI didn't offer reciprocity (at least when i did it a few years ago), but Brown paid for me to get some additional training and take the national registry exam
I'm actually not sure how reciprocity works here in RI. You can definitely e-mail Rick Lapierre (Richard_Lapierre@brown.edu): he could tell you a lot more about that.
The shifts work like this:
-There are two categories: weekend/overnight shifts, and day shifts.
-You fill out a schedule form with your preferences. Night shifts run from 6PM-8AM the next day, and weekday shifts are 8AM-1PM, 1PM-6PM. Weekend day shifts, however, run from 8AM-6PM.
-If you work a weekday shift, you have to work that shift every week.
-If you work ANY overnight shift or any weekend shift, you only do it every other week. I do one weekend and one weekday day.
-There is always one supervisor (either a Cardiac or Paramedic), at least one licensed student, and at least one ride-along on each shift. Our schedule is really quite full; there is certainly no shortage of EMTs.
-Quarters are really awesome because one of our supervisors has an affinity for taking care of it: we have a surround sound system, beds, recliners, a couple computers, wireless internet, and a kitchen.
-If I haven't answered all of your questions, try http://www.brown.edu/Student_Service...rvices/EMS.htm
This has a lot more information than I could ever give. Best of luck and I hope to see you at Brown in the fall!