CCEMS Senior Clinical Supervisor Rob Atripaldi is the Texas EMS Educator of the Year. Rob was surprised with the award at the Texas EMS Conference that was held in Dallas from November 20 to 23. Congratulations to Rob for an award that is well deserved.
Here is the nomination letter submitted by CCEMS Clinical Manager Lisa Aulbert.
Robert Atripaldi began working at Cypress Creek EMS in April 2014 as a relatively unknown external candidate for a Paramedic Instructor opening. Mr. Atripaldi’s resume included credentials such as Army combat medic, critical care flight medic, a specialty in neonatal and pediatric transport, wilderness and outdoor medicine, as well as notable experience as a NAEMSE Level II Instructor and administrator of EMT and Paramedic programs, and serving and a Course Coordinator and CEO. In truth, he seemed OVER qualified for the job of primary instructor for our small EMT-P program. He was hired, of course.
Over the next year, Atripaldi took on the huge task of beginning CCEMS’ first Paramedic Class under the CoAEMSP Letter of Review. That graduating class in December 2015 had a 100% participation and 100% pass rates on NREMT psychomotor and cognitive exams! Did I mention that Mr. Atripaldi previously served on the EMS Agenda for the Future education committee? Through his pioneering efforts, Atripaldi brought forth a new culture of learning and expectation of the student that was both challenging and exciting for CCEMS.
Mr. Atripaldi (aka “the Rob”) also began to raise the bar within the entire CCEMS service by developing and conducting training in the following areas:
- Advanced 12-lead Interpretation
- Patient Assessment Model
- Core Competency Evaluation
- Advanced Airway training
- Critical Care Paramedic training
- Ventilator training
- FTO and leadership training
- Professional growth and development for field staff
Additionally, Mr. Atripaldi led Instruction for multiple ACLS, AMLS, PHTLS, TCC, and PEPP courses that were offered at Cypress Creek EMS in 2015-2016.
In order to remain a subject matter expert and current in his field, Rob also routinely works on the ambulance or as a Field Supervisor in order to cover open shifts, monitor and provide direct and immediate feedback to crew members/students, or to mentor new leaders within the organization. But mostly, Rob works in the field because he loves patient care…and is exceptional at it.
Lastly, in his two short years at CCEMS, the Rob has become quite iconic with his eccentric and comedic teaching style. Even the most severe ADD sufferers will not zone out during one of his lectures!
Rob has been so successful during his short tenure at Cypress Creek EMS that he was nominated for and won the “Creektastic” employee award last year, which represents the staff member that consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty with an exemplary attitude…this person is a role model for all other staff members to emulate.
In summary, Robert Atripaldi feels that it is his personal responsibility to change the EMS profession from that of a “technician”, to that of a “clinician”. Rob’s uncompromising standards, his dedication to professional development and education, and his unique (sometimes unpredictable!) teaching style sets him apart from any other educator that I have ever known. The Rob is a credit to our field and Cypress Creek EMS is a better place because of him.