Mike started working in emergency services in 2002 as a Firefighter/EMT-I. In 2005, he graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Physical Biochemistry and Spanish. After leaving Dartmouth, he enlisted in the Air Force, completed the rigorous Pararescue (PJ) training pipeline, and served at the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, UK, Air Force Special Operations Command. During his service he deployed to OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM as the primary medic assigned to a Combat Search and Rescue Team, Joint Special Operations Task Force, and in support of C Company, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
In October 2012, he returned to New Hampshire after accepting a position as a Critical Care and Flight Paramedic for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART) based out of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Currently, he is enrolled at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. He also continues to work per diem at the DHART program and provides training to emergency service organizations around the country. In his spare time, he enjoys taking full advantage of the amazing craft beer culture in New England, hiking, climbing, skiing, and most importantly spending time with his amazing wife.
Mike's primary area of interest and research is cognitive and technical skills performance under stress. He believes we can leverage the experiences of various high-risk occupations as well as the powerful results of academic investigation in the field of human factors to enhance the quality of resuscitation.
In the first place, in the physician or surgeon no quality takes rank with imperturbability…Imperturbability means coolness and presence of mind under all circumstances, calmness amid storm, clearness of judgment in moments of grave peril, immobility…
–Sir William Osler