profile: Michael Corman | author - michael k corman | michaelkcorman
Michael K. Corman, PhD, is a medical sociologist and qualitative methodologist by training. He has held academic appointments in Canada, Northern Ireland, and Qatar. His teaching and research interests intersect with the sociological study of health, illness, and society. Michael’s research has appeared in Social Science & Medicine, Perspectives on Medical Education,Social Theory & Health, Symbolic Interaction, The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Qualitative Health Research, the International Journal of Educational Research, and Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, and in multiple edited book volumes. In 2017, Michael published a book by the University of Toronto Press entitled Paramedics on and off the streets: Emergency medical services in the age of technological governance, where he focused on health-care reform and restructuring practices and their consequences for frontline workers and their patients in the province of Alberta within the context of pre-hospital emergency medical services.
This report explores the current state of affairs of prehospital emergency medical services in Alberta from the standpoint of those who live it, experience it, and breathe it on a daily basis — the paramedics. More specifically, it outlines findings from a study that explored how COVID-19, the overdose crisis, and other factors have impacted EMS in the province of Alberta. The report aims to give voice to those who work on the front lines of emergency medical services, a voice that has been absent from how policy in Alberta is informed and developed.