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Michael Adair, Class of 2011

A day in the life

Michael Adair, Class of 2011

Mike Adair

I want to keep moving forward with leadership positions in the health-care system that sustain the future of the health-care system.

Wanting to be ‘part of the solution’


Coming from a family of health-care professionals, Michael Adair always knew he wanted to work in health care. He began working in the field in 2001.

Starting as a paramedic, it was his goal to start on the front lines to develop an understanding of how the system worked, before moving on to managerial positions. Today, he is the Operations Manager for Medavie EMS in Chatam-Kent, Ontario, and he credits Dalhousie for helping him get to where he is now.

“The school has helped play an integral role in achieving my professional goals,” says Michael.

A thirst for knowledge


It was Michael’s desire to learn more that attracted him to the Diploma in Emergency Health Services Management (DEHSM).

“For me it was a very useful course,” he says. “I knew there was a bit of gap in knowledge for me in how the system works and the big picture. I was looking for a place of education that was able to give me a high-quality overview.”

Michael says the diploma has helped him improve his problem solving and critical thinking skills. The online format works very well for him and he finds the professors are very accessible.

Taking the DEHSM was the first step for Michael in his future career plans.

“I want to keep moving forward with leadership positions in the health-care system that sustain the future of the health-care system,” he says. “I want to be part of the solution.”