My first conference presentation was quickly approaching. There were a few hiccups regarding my time slot (tip: if a presenter drops out, don’t move the other presenters forward – people won’t know, even if an announcement is made), but I managed to start on time. The was even an audience, believe it or not!
Things ran quite well, some good questions were asked and I received positive feedback. I’d love to give you the presentation right here and now, but I am presenting it at my university’s e-culture conference next month, so I’ll wait until that’s done and then pop it up here.
Back to the highlight of the conference:
I was especially keen to meet with Gary Wingrove during the conference – as a founder and driver of International Paramedic, he was a main target on my conference radar. Plus, I had been told earlier that day that there was a conference call on to meet with other IParamedic supporters, and to build upon the inaugural meeting in April.
So after a quick dinner I headed down to the conference call room, and jumped on Gary as soon as I saw him. I think I may have startled him a little, but that quickly gave way to the history and potential direction of International Paramedic. Laid back yet determined, Gary and I discussed the parallels between the International Roundtable of Community Paramedicine and International Paramedic, his thought and my ideas of getting involved. Then it was time for the conference to start. 17 people, 4 of them on the phone – and I got to audio meet Scott Kier, which was a cool surprise!
And sitting in that conference room, I realised that I am sitting in a room with 17 people, Paramedics from all over the world, and that this is possibly the forefront of the international movement forwards and together for paramedicine. A truly global initiative, with a truly global perspective. Something never done before, but badly needed. And started by über-passionate paramedics, now involving students, academics, government officials, the lot. I’d recommend to keep an eye out for ip, and more importantly, feel free to contribute and take part yourself (for example, the google groups have some great discussions going on)! This is EMS 2.0 taken from the textbook as it being written, and turned in to practice. This is something we can shape. Influence our own profession. How effing exciting is that?
The call came to an end, but not after everybody on the line was encouraged to pitch in ideas and get some direction for the future – getting international representation, putting out documents for international comparison of systems and services, internatoinal exchange and more.
This is the stuff that really gets me excited – the world of paramedicine is growing smaller!