The Paramedic Practitioner, established in 2019, provides high-quality medical education for prehospital providers through podcasts and website content. Our target audience is all levels of clinician practicing in the out-of-hospital setting, but most content is geared toward advanced providers.
Our podcast is a member of the large and growing #FOAMed (Free Open-Access Medical Education) community. #FOAMed resources are designed to deliver clinically relevant, evidence-based education that can improve medical practice in the emergency setting. The increase in the number of free resources has substantially decreased the time it takes for new research and practice guidelines to be implemented. The Paramedic Practitioner Podcast contributes to decreasing time to knowledge translation and constantly improving the quality of care delivered.
Podcast episodes will be released on a regular basis (at least monthly) and are available at this site and on major podcast apps on Apple and Android.
About the Host
Andrew Merelman, B.S., NRP, FP-C
I am a critical care paramedic and currently a medical student in Colorado. Since I was in high school I have been extremely passionate about medicine. I started as an observer and then a volunteer EMT in my hometown of Stowe, Vermont. I also quickly moved into working for a local private ambulance services doing 911 for five rural towns as well as interfacility transports. EMS became my priority and I figured out quickly that I wanted to go to paramedic school. I continued working full-time while attending school and finished in 2011. Shortly after, I moved to New Hampshire where I worked in an urban EMS system providing primarily 911 response but also interfacility transport. In 2014, I started working for a hospital-based paramedic intercept program which provides paramedic coverage to 15 rural towns with an expanded scope including rapid sequence intubation and mechanical ventilators. Additionally, I worked in the emergency department with an advanced scope of practice. I also became a member of the New Hampshire EMS protocol committee. New Hampshire has statewide protocols and our committee was responsible for adding and modifying protocols on a two-year cycle. This was one of the main reasons I became interested in evidence-based medicine and reading primary literature. One of my largest projects was revamping the state’s RSI education program and protocol to meet the current standards and help paramedics provide higher quality prehospital airway management.
Throughout my time in EMS I had been taking undergraduate college courses and was in school full-time from 2015-2018. I knew that I wanted to progress further in medicine so I had been preparing for medical school and was accepted in 2017. I am now in school full-time and am still working as a paramedic on a per-diem basis. My current interests are in emergency medicine, anesthesia, and critical care so I will likely end up in one of those specialties, but this could certainly change.
I have long been a huge proponent of the #FOAMed movement, which has a goal of providing high quality, open-access medical education resources.
In addition to medicine, I am also a private pilot and try to fly on a regular basis. I also snowboard, hike, and mountain bike as much as possible.