For complete information on the Pre-Hospital and Emergency Care program, please visit the program section of the John Abbott website.
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Members of the Department
514-457-6610 ext. 5119
HS-608 Pre-Hospital Emergency Care
My name is Fernando Afonso and as many, my love for emergency medicine started while watching episodes of the NBC show "EMERGENCY" as a child!
I have been a faculty member of the PHEC program at JAC since August 2010. I graduated in 1993 as a Registered Nurse (RN) and specialized in emergency and critical care. I worked for 18 years in the emergency department at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. This experience allowed me to expand my clinical practice and knowledge base by taking on different roles both at the bedside and in a more management oriented aspect. It also gave me the chance to work on the receiving end of pre-hospital care.
From 1994 to 2000, I worked as a volunteer medic-first-responder for the City of Côte-Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Service during my spare time. This is where I truly discovered my passion for EMS and the pre-hospital world.
In 2000, I graduated from the Primary Care Paramedic Program of Ahuntsic College in Montreal and worked from 2000 until 2006 as a primary care paramedic for the Montreal and Laval EMS agency, la Corporation d'Urgences santé. During this time, I continued to work part time as a nurse and greatly enjoyed the combined careers.
I have been a Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and first aid instructor for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation since 2001 and have been involved in the implementation of CPR-AED programs in many locations in the Montreal area. In 2008, I trained and became an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) instructor for this same entity. I now teach and train advance providers such as paramedics, nurses and physicians in this specialized training. I am also a member of the McGill University Medical Faculty and provide ACLS training to medical students, residents and physicians throughout the year.
Outside of work, I am happily married to a nurse as well and we have four children who enrich our lives everyday!
514-457-6610 ext. 5016
Jeffery Brown started his career on an ambulance in 1976. In 1977 he graduated at the top of his class in the Paramedic Program at Dawson College and the Royal Victoria Hospital, under the direction of Dr Pieter Cohen.
Since that time, he has worked for private employers, Bombardier, and Urgences-santé, working as a field supervisor for 21 years. He is part of a volunteer search and rescue unit in the West Island, and provides medical coverage for events as well as being called out to searches for the Sûreté du Québec.
Jeffery is the coordinator of the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care program at John Abbott.
514-457-6610 ext. 5798
Due to a popular 70’s TV show, I became a Paramedic in 1995. My
trainings were in New York state and the province of Quebec.
I have been working on an ambulance in Montreal since 2001. While gaining hands-on experience, my appetite for knowledge grew and grew. I began to have students tag along with me. During this time, I
enjoyed sharing my knowledge with these students.
“Why not teach it?” I asked myself. I then became a Basic and Advanced CPR instructor. After a few months, I realized that I really enjoyed teaching. I wanted to go further. John Abbott’s paramedic program arrived. I have been part of this team since 2008.
Craig DavisLab Technician
514-457-6610 ext. 5529
Gary R. McHugh
514-457-6610 ext. 5875
Advanced Care Paramedic
- Started his emergency medical care career at the age of 10 with St. John Ambulance. By 14-years-old, he was teaching first aid to others.
- Graduated as an Advanced Care Paramedic in 1982 from Dawson College and obtained certification with the American National Registry of EMT’s.
- One of the 12 first Advanced Care Paramedics to be authorized to practice in Quebec
- Recipient of the Canadian Exemplary Service Medal for 30 years as a paramedic.
- Recruited in 2007 to help implement the John Abbott College Prehospital Emergency Care Program.
- Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal for his contribution as a paramedic to the Canadian public.
- 35 years experience as a paramedic in Montreal and as a teacher of emergency care courses, internationally.
514-457-6610 ext. 5659
Matthew is a primary care paramedic who has been teaching at John Abbott College since the fall of 2013. His EMS experience expands across several provinces including Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. He has also worked in a variety of settings including two emergency departments as a transition zone paramedic.
514-457-6610 ext. 5092
Martin B. Poirier
514-457-6610 ext. 5623
From 1992 to 2011, Martin Poirier has been a dispatcher, a paramedic then a paramedic instructor for Urgences-santé in Montreal. During this period, he has been deeply involved in the development of the actual Provincial pre-hospital care report and was project manager of the two editions of the pocket user guide still used by a majority of paramedics. Martin has been teaching Pre-hospital Emergency Care since 2008.
514-457-6610 ext. 5521
Nelly has been a member of John Abbott College faculty since the start of the Prehospital Care Program in 2008.
She started her career in EMS at Dawson College in the Paramedic Program as a student and later became a teacher in Prehospital Care at the same college.
Nelly is currently an Advanced Care Paramedic licensed in the state of New York where she practices.
She is also a PHTLS (Prehospital Trauma Life Support) instructor.
For a detailed list of Courses offered, please visit the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care section of the Course Calendar.
At the January 30, 2016 Open House, PHEC and Nursing students cooperated on a live demonstration with our new High-Fidelity Simulator, TRAUMA HAL®, and showed to 3 groups of potential students and their parents how HFS is used in both the Nursing and Pre-Hospital programs.
The PHEC Physical Testing was held on Friday, February 12, 2016, with 62 potential candidates registered. This brings the total of candidates for Fall 2016 admission to over 100!