Thanks again for teaching such an awesome class. You are truly an amazingly inspirational educator with a style that far surpasses that of any teacher I have ever had. You have a gift, Mike, and most importantly a sense of humor that can break through the toughest exteriors bringing them to a common ground of learning. Please do not take this lightly as you have made a tremendous impact on me, made things stick, made me see things in a perspective I can personally relate to. Honestly, I would pay $750 just to be in your class again simply because I miss you and your wit! OK, enough mush, just something I needed to convey from the bottom of my heart. 😉
My sincere thanks to you for which I am so grateful.
I didn’t get a chance to tell you how much I enjoyed the class.
Coming from a law enforcement back ground, the subject of EMS has been outside of my comfort zone. However you made the class interesting, enjoyable, and exciting. Your passion for EMS is evident in your teaching, and you display a professionalism that has become rare; your comedic quickness made the difficult topics interesting. I have taken a lot (more that I can count) of training, classes, and in-service training, and you have been the best instructor I have ever had the privilege of attending class. Based on conversations with the other students, they all agree with me.
Thank you for your time.
Hey mike just wanted to say thanks for everything. Your an amazing teacher and have a great class. I took my national yesterday and felt sick to my stomach when I left!! Lol. I had 72 questions. I didn’t feel confident at all when I left. The questions were much simpler then yours and almost over simplified. But I kept hearing your voice in my head: “stick to your script!!” and it worked!! Lol… Honestly you have the greatest class ever. I’ll recommend your class to anybody I come across that’s interested in becoming an EMT. I’ll definitely be seeing you for the refresher course!! Thanks again for everything
… ”Your lectures laid a strong foundation in my education as I went on to take upper-level science courses as I finished my degree at CSULB. During my anatomy and physiology courses I frequently referred to things I had learned in your class. But not only did I gain valuable knowledge from your teachings but also what it took to have a strong work ethic in order to reach your goals. I remember toward the end of our program you encouraged all of us that since we had worked so hard and completed the course, that we could do anything we put our minds to.
… The reason I took your EMT course and earned a bachelor’s degree is that I have been working towards getting into a master’s degree program and becoming a PA-C. I am happy to share that all the hard work has paid off and that I will be starting a physician assistant master’s program next month in Pomona at Western University of Health Sciences. I would not be where I am today without having an amazing mentor and instructor like you to have helped me kickstart my journey to PA school and give me the tools necessary to accomplish my goals.”
Once again Thank you for challenging us to the best we can be. Your standards have made me a great candidate and now as a reward earned me a job.
Despite getting solid test grades throughout your class I walked out of that test thinking I failed, but remembered back to the lecture you gave to the class on how everyone feels that way. The following day I had received my notification stating that I had indeed passed the NREMT exam my first time, it is the greatest feeling I’ve ever had. I just wanted to write this email to thank you for being such a good teacher and working so hard to get me and the rest of the class to this point. I don’t think I would be in this position if it weren’t for your class and your knowledge. This program has given me knowledge and skills I will carry throughout my entire career and life and I just wanted to thank you for it and say I will be looking forward to seeing you again in the refresher course.
I am very thrilled to have finally passed the NREMT after my third attempt. I had taken the course at a different school and passed, but was unsuccessful in passing the NREMT. This third time was through your course.
I remember the first two times I took the exam, I went in blind. I was never able to really comprehend EMS emergencies. My study ethics were terrible. I would always memorize the material which helped me pass the class, but not the NREMT.
When I finally took your course, everything made sense. With the way you taught the material, I was able to grasp the information easier and really understand what to do in certain emergencies. I feel like to pass this subject you really need to understand what you read and not memorize the material.
Thank you once again for being such an awesome teacher and always staying so focused on making sure we all understood before moving onto the next subject. Your funny jokes and great sense of humor were a major plus on helping me really pay attention. I look forward to taking my refresher course with you when the time comes.
Life Saving Experience
I just wanted to share a previous life Saving experience I had a couple months after passing your class… I’m going to make it as brief as possible.
In July (2018), I was riding my bike at the Long Beach riverbank around 4pm broad day light with my GF, everything was smooth until a vehicle pulled aside on my left about 75 feet away from me and 4 individuals began to literally shoot at me. I had my headphones on and did not notice them until a bullet struck me and the impact threw me off my bike, until then I noticed multiple bullets flying all over my body nearly missing my head and torso. I yelled at my GF to run away which she already had, fortunately she was not hit and safely escaped.
At that moment I didn’t realize a bullet had hit my foot so with all the adrenaline running I attempted to run and while doing so I heard and felt my left foot Fx even more let alone the amount of blood that came out was just more than what I imagined. I laid on the floor with my pocket knife in hand thinking the shooters would come back and try robbing me or possibly finish the job. Everything happened so fast and the first thing that came to my head was the lecture you gave us about shock, hemorrhage and bullet cavitation and of course Hypovolemic shock. Slowly but surely I was passing out because of the amount of blood I continued to lose. I quickly referred back to my EMT skills/knowledge and training and made a tourniquet out of my shoelaces considering that that’s all I had let alone the fatigue was just too much for me to be able to cut off a piece of clothing. After I made the tourniquet and placed it right above the malleolus and tighten it up then elevated my foot by putting it on top of my bike handle, seconds later I noticed the bleeding had stopped (work with whatever I had right). My GF came back within the following 5 minutes which seemed forever and called police and minutes later Fire came on scene, by that time my foot was cyanotic. The damage was 3 complete Fx’s of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd metatarsals and had an ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) surgery.
… Anyhow, I wanted to share my story with you because you obviously taught me and the class life savings knowledge and skills and I felt the need to say THANK YOU sir. Every decision I made that day, I made with a sense of confidence and security because I had the knowledge and skills, also every movement I made that day to save my foot was done smoothly and without hesitation.
I lost about a total of 2 pints of blood and it could’ve been more if I would’ve never taken action. Thanks to the signs and symptoms I was feeling I was able to notice what my body was going through from skin signs to Heart rate to respirations.
Good morning Mike,
I recently took your refresher course, on June 12th to the 16th. Last year I took my EMT course somewhere else and passed, but was not able to pass my national registry on two attempts. I got discouraged by not passing and did not attempt to take it again until this year. That’s when I heard about your refresher course and decided to give it a shot. I ended up passing your class with a 93 on my final exam and you told me to let you know how I do on my national registry exam. So I took the exam this past Saturday and I got stopped on the 71st question. I just got the news today that I actually passed my national registry. I just want to say thank you for all your help and also thanks to all the other instructors who were there that weekend. I really appreciate everything.
So very late on Monday evening I checked my NREMT account, was very scared to, and clicked on Results and it said, “Congratulations”. OMG, I was so excited, I did it, I passed!!!! And it was all thanks to you. I can’t tell you enough how thankful I am to you believing in me. Your class is by far the best class I’ve ever taken (and I’ve taken a lot of school, getting my BA at Clemson University). I can tell you that without a doubt there is no teacher out there who puts as much time, energy into keep the class at a continuous learning flow, helping us comprehend and at the same making it entertaining with humor, stories, and very cool slides; there was never a dull moment! This made it so easy to want to come back the next day to be taught more! It’s a very rare quality for a teacher to show individual attentiveness, truly caring about each student, and that we are not just a statistic. You were honest with us, saying that this is an accelerated class, going to move fast, be intense, but that if you studied, worked hard, and did everything you said, our goal would be achieved…
You are one of a kind because you have a special talent and I’m so grateful that I was able to take your class. I have the utmost respect for you and just wanted to say thank you for all your help
I just wanted to thank you one more time for everything. I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge and stories with myself and the class. I could not have asked for a better instructor!
I didn’t get a chance to tell you how much I enjoyed the class. Coming from a law enforcement back ground, the subject of EMS has been outside of my comfort zone. However you made the class interesting, enjoyable, and exciting. Your passion for EMS is evident in your teaching, and you display a professionalism that has become rare; your comedic quickness made the difficult topics interesting. I have taken a lot (more that I can count) of training, classes, and in-service training, and you have been the best instructor I have ever had the privilege of attending class. Based on conversations with the other students, they all agree with me.
Thank you for your time.
I just want to thank you again and let you know how much I appreciate your class. You not only taught us what we needed to know but kept it interesting and pretty damn funny at the same time. I was in awe of how you still saw the honor and “magic” in EMS even after all the years of work you have put in… I am looking forward to being a craftsman.
Just emailing letting you know I took the NREMT this past Friday and received the good news this morning that I passed! …Thank you for being such an awesome instructor and teaching me so much. I truly enjoyed attending your course…
I just wanted to say thank you so much again for an amazing class and great education. Oddly enough the NREMT wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. I was a little freaked out when it cut me off after 62 questions but I suppose that meant I did well, I passed! Very pumped on the accomplishments that I have made so far.
Like I said before though thanks again, was an awesome class.
…Just wanted to let you know that I took the national exam this morning at 9 and my test shut down after the 69th question. I checked the NREMT site just now and it officially said I passed! Thanks for giving me the tools I needed to accomplish this!
…Just wanted to let you know I passed national registry, thanks to you….All your info was very helpful and I just want to thank you for your time and knowledge. Your teaching skills are awesome. You made it register in my brain so everything clicks. Now I understand how this human body works…..thanks Mike
Dude… I PASSED!!! … I don’t think I’m dreaming, but it says right here on my screen that I FREAKING PASSED! Can’t believe it! Thank you so much for everything, Mike!
I took my exam this morning at 8 am just found out that I passed! I’m so excited! … The entire class and your final definitely prepared me to take the exam. I felt ready. Thank you for everything.
I would first like to say thank you so much for making your class a fun learning experience, I had a great time. I have great news because I passed the national registry, so once again thank you so much for you help!
I just wanted to let you know I passed my National test… I’ve been so busy with school and my internship at the hospital that I haven’t had a chance to send you a quick email to thank you for being an excellent instructor and for preparing me to be a competent EMT. You’re teaching style and methods were really the reason why I passed my test and I can’t thank you enough 🙂
I’ll keep in touch-