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EKU Emergency Medical Care Graduate Serves in the South Pacific

EKU Emergency Medical Care Graduate Serves in the South Pacific

When we say that with a degree from the EKU Department of Paramedicine you can go anywhere, we mean it…literally!  Miles Owen, EMC alumni share his story as follows. 

According to Owen, “graduating from the Paramedic program at EKU opens up a huge range of possibilities.  The EMS program teaches you to not only be a great medic, but also how to make quick decisions in tough situations.  These skills separate you from many other college grads and make you competitive for a wide range of future possibilities.”

After graduating, he knew that he wanted to serve others in a different manner than responding on the streets.  He joined the Peace Corps and taught health in the South Pacific for two years.  This experience showed him the possibilities that prevention held for the world of public health and so after completing his service he applied to graduate school.  He choose to pursue a dual degree in Public Administration and City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.  He hopes to use this education to make populations healthier, reduce traffic accidents, and bring an emergency services perspective to the general policy and planning process.

Owen offers this advice for future graduates, “the important thing I would suggest to take out of this is that your education is very useful and far more valued outside of the EMS world than you might imagine.  I encourage people to think outside of the box in how to apply their education.  You never know what doors might be opened by people who respect your background and want an organized and effective leader on their team.”

I have attached two pictures.  One shows me working with the first volunteer fire company in Fiji on some basic trauma training (at top of page) and the second is me getting off the boat onto a small barrier island to lead some health classes in a couple of remote fishing villages (below). 

Published on April 16, 2015

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