Have Work, Will Travel

For higher paying positions at music festivals, arena events, fashion shows and cruise ships, those with medical training might apply to ParaDocs Worldwide.

Emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses and emergency room doctors need to be licensed in the same state as the event. They get an hourly wage and virtually all expenses are paid. The days can be long, and partying on the job isn’t allowed.

But while “the music festivals are super busy, sometimes you can be placed right in the pit,” Alex Pollak, ParaDocs’ founder and a trained paramedic, said in an telephone interview from Pryor, Okla., where he was working the Rocklahoma festival.

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David Barbosa
Medical Care at Music Festivals

First and foremost, find your event’s first-aid station or medic tent. All of them should have one — the cost is included in your ticket price. You should always feel comfortable approaching medical staff for help, says Alex Pollak, a New York City paramedic since 1998 and the CEO of ParaDocs, a medical staffing company that provides services at events from races to music festivals. “We get it,” he says. “People are young and experimenting. We are there as a safety net.”

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David Barbosa
What Happens When You Fall Into A Swamp Full Of Alligators While Chasing A Naked Patient

ParaDocs exists in a very niche market. As an emerging field, event medicine is constantly evolving and we need to stand out from the ambulance companies who previously provided these services. We leverage our technology, in addition to superior clinical care, to meet the needs of the event operators. We work primarily with production and event managers who have little or no knowledge of clinical medicine. Key performance indicators, performance dashboards and statistics, however, are things they very much understand and crave. They don’t want or need to know every patient’s condition but crowd health measures and situational awareness is something they all want.

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David Barbosa