Better than Survival: Environments, Education and EMS Identity

Should EMS be called healthcare? Does the answer depend on the type of agency in discussion? Where does emergency medicine begin and end?

This week, Brett is joined by Justin Fairless, medical director for Air Methods, practicing emergency medicine physician for TeamHealth, and assistant professor for Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine in Fort Worth.

Dr. Fairless opens up about his personal experiences from the different perspectives and environments where emergent medicine is learned and practiced — prehospital ground and air, hospitals and higher-level education. Justin shares stories about real-time teaching moments and offers solutions on how to get the most out of clinical rotations, while building relationships within the healthcare continuum and your local community.

Justin shares his mindset that allows him to manage multiple career responsibilities simultaneously, and leaves you with a philosophy that transcends environments, will help you become a stronger clinician and will stand the test of time for true #emergentleadership.

Welcome to Emergent Leadership where we connect with passionate leaders who just have to share their stories, perspectives, and most importantly, lessons learned.

The need is urgent, the events are critical, and the you of tomorrow is just an episode away!

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