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Motlow State EMS education program has successful summer

Motlow Emergency Medical Services instructor receives state award Justus Smith, right, paramedic coordinator at Motlow State Community College, recently received the New Horizons Teaching Award at the TEMSEA state conference. Pictured with Smith is Drew Hooker, EMS program director at Motlow.

LYNCHBURG, TN (Aug, 3, 2016) — The summer of 2016 has proven to be a very successful one for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education program at Motlow State Community College. Several milestones and accomplishments occurred as the program completed its second year.

Drew Hooker, director of the EMS program, and Justus Smith, paramedic coordinator, gave a very well-received presentation on the use of realistic simulation for teaching purposes at the National Simulation Conference and at the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Education Association (TEMSEA) state conference, presenting to as many as 160 attendees.

Hooker also had an in-depth article published in EMS World magazine on the utilization of realistic simulation as a teaching technique used at Motlow. The article, which covered how the Motlow EMS program is innovative in using simulation to instruct students, generated interest from several colleges in the country.

"It is amazing how far the Motlow EMS program has come," said Hooker, "obtaining state and national recognition as we continue to grow each day. I am proud of my staff and the successes we have shared. It is great to see all the hard work that each staff member has put in to improve the program and enrich student's lives."

Hooker recently completed his master's degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Emergency Services Management.

Smith was awarded the TEMSEA New Horizons Excellence in Teaching Award for the state of Tennessee. The award recognizes an EMS teacher who, among other qualifications, is in their second year or less of teaching and who has maintained high academic achievement standards and a stimulating and creative learning environment.

Concerning the Motlow EMS program, Smith said, "I am happy to be a part of such a successful endeavor. Our program has produced some of the best EMS providers in this area, while also advancing pre-hospital medicine. I know we will continue toward greatness in the future."

The Motlow EMS program, which will have over 40 students in the 2016-2017 academic year, has increased enrollment by nearly 400 percent in the first three years of existence, and has Advanced Emergency Medical Technician pass rates that are among the highest in the state.

For more information about Motlow's EMS education program, contact Drew Hooker at 931-438-0028 or