For many, the journey into EMS was not as planned as other career fields. Furthermore, once they find their way into EMS, the path can be clouded without clear identified goals and plans. While this may come across as a hindrance or cause unneeded stress in a job that is often underpaid, underappreciated, and misunderstood. However, this also allows for unique growth, forging new and undiscovered paths in medicine and EMS. What makes you unique in EMS? How have you made an impact? Rarely is it evidently clear, even for the seasoned paramedic. I would challenge you to discover how to be unique and make an impact, not only locally, but regionally and nationally.
I came from extremely humble beginnings and by chance, was sent to an EMT course while serving in the US Army as an infantryman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. From that course, I discovered my love for prehospital medicine. Over the last 20 years, my career continues to be convoluted and ever changing. I chose this path, I chose it because I never want to stop learning and making an impact on the profession and patients. Each prehospital professional need to take responsibility for their role in healthcare. It is changing, it is up to you if you will have a say so in your career and the prehospital profession.
Major Andrew D. Fisher joined the Army in 1992 as an Infantryman. After completion of the Regimental Indoctrination Program in 1993, Major Fisher was assigned to the elite 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. While assigned to the Ranger Regiment, he completed EMT training and discovered his desire to work in the medical field.
When his enlistment ended in 1996, Major Fisher returned to Indiana and attended Indiana University while continuing to serve in the Indiana National Guard as a combat medic. During this time, he served as a squad leader and platoon sergeant. After graduating from Indiana University with an Associate’s Degree in Paramedic Science in 2000, he continued his work in EMS as a paramedic.
He was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a physician assistant with Ranger Regiment 8 times from 2008-2016 and was wounded in combat in 2010.
From 2004-2006, Major Fisher attended and graduated from the Interservice Physician Assistant Program. His first assignment as a physician assistant was with the Joint Security Area in South Korea. In April 2015, he was promoted to the Regimental Physician Assistant for the 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Benning, GA.
As a Physician Assistant specializing in emergency medicine, Major Fisher has been extensively involved in ketamine use at the point of injury for analgesia, the development and implementation of the low titer Group O whole blood program, Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) for the Role 1 and point of injury, pain and sedation in prolonged field care, and TCCC adherence. He has also advocated for the utilization of social media for dissemination of education for medics.
Major Fisher has been awarded numerous military awards and commendations including the Purple Heart and U.S. Army Physician Assistant of the Year in 2010.
In 2015, with full commitment to the continuation of his education and focus in emergency medicine, Major Fisher applied to, and was accepted into, the Texas A&M College of Medicine where he’s currently a second-year medical student with a goal of serving as a trauma surgeon. He also continues to serve in the United States Army Reserve from Houston, Texas.
|Lifetime Achievement Award
|James O. Page / JEMS Leadership Award
|John P. Pryor, MD / Street Medicine Society Award
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