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Chris and Kelly discuss the micro skills that go into EMS mastery

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In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, Cohosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson lean on their experience as field training officers and EMT instructors to discuss EMS skills mastery.

If our message to new EMT graduates is, “You don’t know everything there is to know about EMS,” then how do we teach them what they need to know in the field?

Top quotes from this episode

“It’s not laziness; it’s cognitive offloading.”

“If I’m not using it, why am I teaching it?”

“Is the way you intubate today the way you intubated when you started in EMS?”

“There is nothing that substitutes for constant repetition and practice.”

Chris and Kelly discuss:

  • Visualization
  • Multitasking
  • Making tasks second nature
  • The micro skills that go into mastery
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