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#148 Justyn Mawby, Transfer to California State University Los Angeles
(Prerequisites for nursing program)

In the summer following high school graduation I entered the Public Safety Academy at COD to prepare for a future carreer with the fire service. At the time COD offered an accelerated EMT course over the summer. I enrolled in the program and became immersed in the world of emergency medicine and got the first taste of how demanding a career in this field would be. After completing the EMT training at COD I passed the National Registry exam and became a registered EMT with Riverside County.

It was now time to look for a position with one of the valley's medical transportation companies. In the interim I was also involved with fire science courses also offered at the Public Safety Academy.

Before the interview process with America Medical Response had begun I had the blessing to meet a local oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the valley, Dr. Peter Scheer. After briefly speaking with Dr. Scheer regarding my EMT training and aspirations of becoming a paramedic I was invited to his office to observe a cosmetic procedure. The following day I was in scrubs assisting and integrating my way into his practice. I am now the surgical supervisor for Dr. Scheers practice and have been working with him for over three years.

I feel my experience with the Public Safety Academy has aided my progress with some intangible skills. From my first encounter with members of the fire service as a fire explorer to my class time experience with Chief Ignacio Otero and Carol Giannini I absorbed the concept of "Professionalism" that is a necessary character trait for any member of the EMS system. More so than medical knowledge, my charisma and confidence that was bolstered by my time at COD has enabled me to advance quickly and pursue my aspirations to the greatest degree.