Winant fellow helps improve Seacoast’s medical services

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
UNH's Adam Huynh working with others as an EMT

As crew chief,  Adam Huynh '18 (right) mentors and trains his EMT teammates. 

Adam Huynh '18 has dreams of being a doctor and giving back to his community.

“I can’t see myself in a career path that isn’t helping someone,” says Huynh.

To serve his seacoast community, he spent his summer building his capacity as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and saving lives as a Winant fellow with McGregor Memorial EMS. McGregor is the primary 911 ambulance service for Durham, Lee and Madbury, New Hampshire, as well as UNH. The organization is primarily run by volunteers, including Huynh, who majored in biomedical science and neuroscience.

The Gov. John G. Winant Fellowship, managed by the Carsey School of Public Policy, supports UNH juniors, seniors and recent graduates who are New Hampshire residents hoping to make a difference in their community. As a Winant fellow, Huynh developed training programs for McGregor’s personnel and members of the public on topics such as CPR, preventing health problems and how to stop someone from bleeding.

As a crew chief, he manages a team of other EMTs, provides mentorship and trains new volunteers. It’s a role he clearly enjoys. “Helping healthcare providers, learning and teaching are some of my biggest passions; it brings me a lot of joy to see one of our trainees transform into a competent provider,” Huynh says.

Despite the stress and demands of being a first responder, Huynh credits his experiences with McGregor EMS with helping make a positive impact on both the community and himself.

“I will continue my role within McGregor as long as I can," he says. "I will take the lessons I’ve learned and experiences that I have had and incorporate them into my future career as a physician."

Students are encouraged to apply to the summer fellowship, which provides a $4,000 stipend to work 300 hours for a New Hampshire nonprofit or government agency.