Send a Paramedic to the RLA!

$10,501 of $10,450 goal

Raised by 71 people in 22 months

**UPDATE** Between all of you, some generous outside funding, and a discount from the RLA, I'm SO CLOSE to making the goal!!

My name is Samantha Wilding. I'm the very first paramedic to be offered a physician-level fellowship at the Resuscitation Leadership Academy. It's a huge honor, and I need your help!

The Resuscitation Leadership Academy fellowship is a truly unique opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in resuscitation in the entire world, including Scott Weingart, Chris Nixon, Haney Mallemat, Cliff Reid, and  many, many more.

The goal of the RLA is to create master-level resuscitationists. It's a 12-month course in critical care and resuscitation medicine.

I'm the first paramedic EVER to be offered this amazing opportunity. It's a step forward for my profession, for women, and even for queer women in medicine. It's a chance to prove that paramedics can be more than what we're told we are. My success in  the RLA is the success in our profession as a whole.

But I need your help. Physician-level courses come at physician-level costs, and I make probably less than half of what most attendees earn. 

Tuition for the course is a whopping $11,000 at it's cheapest, and because of the nature of the course, neither of my jobs is providing any financial assistance. That means that I'm trying to do this on my own.

Had I not had two major financial setbacks this year, including replacing my car, and $15,000 in unreimbursed dental costs, that wouldn't have been a problem. But as it stands, I can't do this alone.

So I'm asking you to lend a hand. If I can raise the tuition costs by January 1st, I can begin the road to becoming a true master resuscitationist. 


My undying gratitude and affection. Quirky medical facts. Updates on all the cool things you're helping me learn.


If this funding fails, honestly, I won't be able to complete the fellowship. It's an amazing opportunity, but I just can't do this on my own.

The money will go to charity if I don't raise enough to afford tuition.

Stretch goals include the following:

$11,000 - $15,000: textbooks, and higher tiers of the course. I'm well behind the doctors who will be my peers and cohort in a lot of areas, and buying extra textbooks will help me move forward in the course. In addition, the RLA offers different tiers, with different levels of mentorship available. More funding will allow me more one-on-one time with my professors, which will help me grow and learn.

$15,000+: Donation to charity. St. Jude's Children's Reseach Hospital is top of my list, but I also have in mind the Komansky Center for Children's Health, or even helping other paramedics achieve educational goals.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR ATTENTION.  But moreover, thank you for your generous donations!

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Hooray!!! Everyone! Everyone! Between all of your generous support, and funding from off-line sources, *we've hit the mark*! We've raised enough to send me to the fellowship.

Thank you SO SO MUCH for your generous contributions and support! I could not do this without you all, and I'm so incredibly grateful!!!
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Because someone asked to verify that I had indeed been accepted to the course....
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Hey everyone! Some supporters, including my mother-in-law, have asked for more info, so here it is!

The RLA is a private educational venture put together by some of the best known educators in the field of emergency medicine and critical care, including Scott Weingart, Haney Mallemat, Chris Nixon, and Cliff Reid. Most of them have wildly successful podcasts, blogs and amazing talks from conferences which I already consume. Frankly, if I didn't a already love the professors, I wouldn't be even thinking about this. But I know what kind of materials these guys make. They're incredible.

The course offers 60 hours of physician level continuing medical education (CME). It's an online program, with the classes being taught by pre reading, video lectures, and discussion. In addition, each candidate gets one on one mentorship throughout the program from faculty that have the same interests. My mentor will likely be Dr Cliff Reid, who is an amazing speaker.

The fellowship is 12 months, and will be challenging. I will probably have a lot more work to do than some of my peers in my cohort. But it will make me a better paramedic, and hopefully a thought leader amongst my peers. I hope to use it to leverage myself toward an educational role, and to help push for better standards at my agencies.

Ultimately this course is a want, not a need. But it's an opportunity to be a pioneer for LGBT women in medicine, and for EMS in this realm. It's a chance to learn from some of the best doctors in the field. And frankly? It's stupendously cool.

I hope this helps someone make a decision about whether or not to contribute and fund the cause. Thank you so much!
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HOLY COW YOU BEAUTIFUL HUMANS! We've raised over 10% of the goal in *less than 24 hours*!! Thank you so, so much for your generosity!

When I applied to the RLA, it seemed like absolute pie-in-the-sky. I was never going to get in. The initial email was almost a joke, like "hey, you're teaching resuscitation. You know who's good at resuscitation? Medics. Want a medic?"

I never expected to hear back.

And I never dared to dream that I would get accepted. And you're all helping me get absolutely dizzyingly close to the educational course of my dreams! Thank you so much!!!
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$10,501 of $10,450 goal

Raised by 71 people in 22 months
Created December 6, 2016
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Deborah Blake
22 months ago

Goal!! Looking forward to updates on all the cool stuff you'll be learning, especially the quirky medical facts. Go knock'em dead, Samantha!

22 months ago
Anon E Mouse
22 months ago (Offline Donation)
Mischa Fleishman
22 months ago

Love to you!

Sara Valverde
22 months ago

Sorry I'm late but wishing you the best Sam..♡♡♡

22 months ago
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