Fall 2011 |
MCC Alum Returns to Inspire Others
Who: Adam Hill
Academic Program: Emergency Medical Services
Hobbies: Triathlons and Marathons
Little Known Fact: "Even though I preach health and fitness, I
love to indulge in all foods, especially ice cream, chocolate and chicken wings!"
As a communication and marketing degree holder from University of Northern Iowa,
Adam Hill always knew that he would enjoy a career where he could interact and work
with people. Originally, he started out in sales, advertising and marketing for various
agencies and companies. Although he gained experience and knowledge, the most
important piece was sharpening his skills in communicating with all types of
About five years into his marketing career, Hill came to a personal realization: he
felt he could do more. It was actually a conversation with his landlord, as well as
the influence of multiple family members in the healthcare field, that prompted him to
enroll in classes. At MCC's South Omaha Campus, Hill dove head first into his courses.
American Heart Association CPR/AED training and EMT – Basic solidified his
realization that this was the right path for him. "It's amazing what I learned," Hill
said. "I found out that I absolutely loved this career field, and I was confident I
could excel at it." After completing the basic courses, he enrolled immediately into
the Paramedic program. Upon graduation and practicing his new skills in the real
world, he found the job to be everything he imagined it would be.
Thanks to his grades and abundance of energy in the classroom, Hill's instructors
asked him to help out with a few Laboratory Skills Station classes within the program.
He also began teaching CPR/AED classes to help him hone in on his teaching skills.
After leaving to gain more real-world experience, he returned to MCC as an adjunct
faculty member, teaching EMT – Basic and Paramedic classes. "My favorite part
about teaching is inspiring others just as I was inspired here at MCC," Hill said.
"Seeing students come in off the street with little knowledge of emergency medical
services and leaving three months to one year later with the ability to manage
patients that are experiencing the worst moments of their lives and knowing you've
made a difference is the best part of the job."
Hill also credits MCC's access to resources and quality faculty for being a great
place to work. "The staff and faculty in the program are very passionate about what
they do," he said. "It makes it very easy to do your job when there is good
organization, communication and positive attitudes at every level."
EMS at MCC
"You've got to have passion!" Hill said. "Interpersonal skills and the drive to
constantly learn in the ever-changing health world are essential as well."
"We put our students in scenarios with real patients," Hill explains. "Good
improvisation creates the stress that these students will see after they
complete the program. That makes transition into the real world easy."
"Everyone wants to use the jaws of life in situations involving a mangled
vehicle or building. Nine times out of 10 you don't need them, "Hill says,
laughing. "You also can't be afraid of needles…seriously."