Green Bay (WFRV) Aurora BayCare Medical Center has partnered with NWTC to give paramedic students real world experience in an emergency room. The shadowing program helps them understand what happens after they deliver a patient to the hospital.
Andy Lohman is learning first hand how doctors assess and treat a patient once they hit Aurora BayCare Medical Center’s emergency room- which is a level two trauma center, “I may never see some of the things I see in this ER again in my career so its good to know,” said Andy Lohman, NWTC paramedic student.
Right now Andy is an advanced EMT and part time Sheriff’s deputy, “I have a strong passion for helping people,” explained Andy.
But Andy wanted to help more. So he enrolled in the paramedic program at NWTC, “Provide advanced care to them, something I couldn’t do previously as an EMT,” said Andy.
Part of the program requires students to shadow a physician in the ER, “The idea was to try and make the paramedic students more well rounded and try to teach them what are the physicians thinking when they bring patients to us what are the questions we’re asking,” explained Dr. Ryan Murphy, emergency room physician, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
“I believe it will help by giving that extra thought into what this patient is going to go through when they get to the hospital,” said Andy.
The program can open student’s eyes to a diagnosis they may never have thought of, “As the students come and follow us and they see how the patient evolves and what the work-up entails and the final diagnosis is the endpoint might be something completely different than what they had suspected in the beginning,” explained Dr. Murphy.
“And compare that with the doctor, see how close I am. I think that is going to be very beneficial in helping diagnose problems in the future in the field,” said Andy.
The shadowing can help students think outside the box when they are in the field, “Look at the more bigger and the broad picture and what other questions could you ask, what else could you do while you’re still at the patients house,” said Dr. Murphy.
To provide the best care possible,”Thats the whole goal is to improve patient care,” said Dr. Murphy.
“And hopefully be able to save their life,” said Andy.
The shadowing program also helps build the relationships between the doctors and the EMS providers.