2018-19 Christopher Meadows Memorial Scholarship Awards
Six Paramedic, one EMT, and two Nursing students received between $750 and $3,000 from a Memorial fund established nine years ago to honor the memory of Christopher Meadows, a local EMT killed in the line of duty in May of 2009, which supports students in the Emergency Medicine field. This is the highest number of scholarships ever awarded in one year, bringing the total to 48. Recipients include a former Army medic, a working mother of four who volunteers for Search and Rescue, a competitor in regional and national CPR and First Aid competitions, and a marine rescue swimmer, with goals are as varied as international humanitarian medicine to firefighting. Tim Meadows, Christopher's father and Founder of the Memorial fund, said, "This year's applicant pool was the strongest ever....[recipients] impressed us with their selfless desire to help others in their darkest hour." Congratulations to Paramedic students Tim Nurge, Nick Conforti, Kayla Pedrani, Jeremy Ramirez, Jean Reade and Mickey Sensenbach; EMT student Madison Harris; and Nursing students Kristin Clark and Hilary Wolf!
Cuesta unveils State-of-the-Art Ambulance Simulator
The Cuesta College Paramedic Program recently unveiled its brand new, state-of-the-art ambulance simulator. The mobile simulator is one of the first of its kind in the state of California. According to Mike McDonough, the Paramedic Program Director, it will enable faculty to provide simulations of critical-decision situations for students in the Paramedic and EMT programs that mimic a real-world experience in ambulance transport. Cuesta Dean Dr. Jason Curtis confirmed its value, saying, "One of the biggest challenges...is to convert their classroom and textbook knowledge into skills that can be applied in high pressure situations in the field....Students need opportunities to develop and practice their skills in ways that feel real, and the ambulance simulator will provide that opportunity." The simulator's mobility will also allow for use in training by community first-response agencies (who are very supportive of our programs, providing in-the-field training and frequently hiring our graduates) and in outreach activities to familiarize the community by demonstrations at health and career fairs and at local high schools.