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J.D. Graziano
I am honored to be writing on behalf of J.D. Graziano for the Iowa EMS Association Educator of the Year Award. It is my belief J.D. exudes the qualities of a great educator worthy of this award through his classroom management, passion for teaching, and positive impact on the Iowa EMS system.

Prior to joining the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics’ EMS Learning Resources Center, J.D. served as a ski patroller and paramedic in Tacoma, Washington and completed both a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degree. When J.D. relocated to Iowa, he worked for Iowa County EMS as a paramedic, transporting sick and injured patients throughout Eastern Iowa. To broaden his understanding of patient care, J.D. also worked for Mercy Medical Center in the Cardiac Catheterization lab where he helped provide definitive care to those suffering from heart related conditions.

J.D. joined the EMSLRC as the clinical coordinator in 2017. In this role, J.D. worked to transform the clinical relationships with ride along agencies and clinical departments to ensure students were receiving education that would benefit them in the field; ensuring they were not just there to observe but to learn. J.D. was vital in bringing in additional agencies through a dedicated preceptor program. I am sure we can all remember our ride-alongs from EMT and paramedic training, many of which were driven by the preceptor’s attitude towards students and teaching. J.D. worked to ensure the preceptors in the clinical and field setting where those top performing individuals who wanted to teach along with providing patient care. Thus, ensuring students could build mentors in the field and giving students a great experience driving them to want to be preceptors in the future. J.D. has since been asked to speak around the country and at the National EMS Educators conference on the preceptor program he developed demonstrating J.D. is leading the nation in this level of training.

J.D. also serves as the lead educator for the paramedic training program sharing his passion for evidenced based practice and dedication for patient care. J.D. has worked to bring in subject matter experts to provide students lectures on emergency medical dispatching, emergency management, and even the opportunity for students to spend a day alongside University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine faculty in the cadaver lab. This leadership in the classroom has led the EMSLRC to have a pass rate that continues to lead the State of Iowa including two of the last 3 years having a 100% pass rate on the NREMT Licensing Exam and 100% positive placement rate. Not only is J.D. guiding these students towards their dream of becoming a paramedic, but also working to provide them an opportunity to serve the citizens of Iowa.

Whether in the classroom leading students to evidenced based practice through lecture and cutting-edge simulation or providing students role models and preceptors in the clinical and field setting, J.D. is continuing to push EMS Education towards best practice.

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