MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid & Responder Certification
Anonymous Student Feedback Surveys & Emails
Just-the-Instructor Feedback on Matthew Rosefsky
>> "I spent a career receiving, managing and evaluating course
instruction. Matt is in the top 5% of instructors ... Superb ... Best of the
best. In addition to professionalism, personable approach was excellent ... I
would travel again from Missouri to attend a SOLO course if all instructors and
courses are of this caliber and quality -- no question." October 2012
>> "Best instructor on the East Coast (based on 4 other courses)."
>> "Matt made the environment so comfortable & learning-oriented. He
asked questions constantly. Talked with us, not at us.
Superlative. Very knowledgeable. Calm. Engaging. Great
teacher. Very professional. Thorough but efficient.
Mindful. Generous." May 2016
>> "Matt was great, very knowledgeable. He explained very
complicated subjects in an easy-to-understand way." June 2016
>> "Matt has by far been the best instructor of my 14 years of taking
wilderness medicine courses." March 2015
>> "The best instructor for EMS-type training I've had." June
>> "I am especially impressed by Matt's use of evidence-based medicine
information as the basis for the course. ... Matt is always upbeat and
patient with many questions ... Top Notch -- Good time manager, keeps up
with what's new, always smiling, always positive, well-organized, paces well
(the course material)." November 2015
>> "Absolutely awesome; between WMI and SOLO, I have had multiple
instructors; Matt was hands-down the best!" March 2013
> Anonymous feedback surveys look like the following:
(actual example below is from June 2014)
>> "Matt is an amazing teacher, great person and extremely experienced.
There is no better person to teach this class." September 2015
>> "I really enjoyed the class ... I was very impressed with your
up-to-date knowledge on Evidence Based Medicine articles related to the
class." - Devauna Riley, RN, email 3/5/2013
>> "Matt is excellent and patient with those who have no medical
experience. It was greatly appreciated!" July 2015
>> "Amazing! Matt was a phenomenal instructor. Patient,
positive, constructive, humorous, made great use of stories and analogies."
>> "Matt was great. He was relentlessly positive, patient,
enthusiastic, and clear." March 2015
>> "Matt was energetic, interactive, encouraging, helpful, kind, caring,
forgiving!" February 2016
>> "Passionate, driven, awesome, great sense of humor, communicated
everything really clearly and was very determined for all of us to
succeed and do well." September 2015
>> "Matt is excellent, clear, concise, with obvious wealth of experience &
excellent stories." June 2015
>> "It is obvious you take pride in your work and take value in feedback.
I'm impressed by the effort put into visual aids & student requests. Lots
of time put into experiential learning. ... Great attention to detail and
individual learning styles." October 2015
>> "Identified the principles
and why interactions occur based on those principles. I'm sooo
much more likely to remember what to do & why ... 6 months from now ... vs. a
list of 'to-do's. ... Matt is marvelous ... Good coach as we walk through
the hands-on exercises. Very generous & thoughtful in terms of class
comfort & focus." June 2014
>> "I liked that the 'why' behind each [care-giving step and body
response] was provided. I think Matt is right that it will help in a real
experience to help make the best choices." May 2014
>> "The depth with which Matt presents the material was phenomenal ...
Matt was clearly meant to do this. He's passionate and knowledgeable, and
couldn't have done better." May 2014
> Anonymous feedback surveys look like the following:
(actual example below is from February 2016)
>> "You are a superb instructor! I will definitely re-cert WFA with you in
2 years, and if/when I step it up to a WFR cert you will be my first
choice. I will also be happy to refer you to anyone who is looking to get
certified. Thanks for a great class, - Mary C." - Email received
January 20, 2015
>> "Matt is like the 'MacGyver' of first aid." May 2013
>> "He's [Matt's] the best thing since nutella on peanut butter!" October 2012
>> "Matt was awesome, knowledgeable, humble (didn't make you feel stupid)."
>> "The encyclopedia knowledge of the instructor. The instructor's
willingness to address questions, and willingness to provide
individualized attention." November 2012 (response to question: "What were
the positive aspects of the course?"
>> "Matt was more amazing than a golden unicorn with rainbow hair that grants
wishes." March 2015
>> "Matt Rosefsky was an incredibly good instructor, and had an engaging
teaching style. It was evident that he truly loves teaching and was
very dedicated to his students ... Learned substantially more than in my
last WFA training [with a different instructor]." June 2013
>> "Instructor asked us questions and guided us to answers."
>> "He was very easy and comfortable and did not make you feel that if you
don't do everything perfect you will fail. This way I could relax and
absorb the material." March 2014
>> "Good with students -- not critical -- but more mentoring."
>> "Matt was great! He incorporated everyone, made everyone feel
accepted and equal, and really created a group setting." June 2014
>> "Matt is an excellent teacher. He knows the material and
has experience in the field. This knowledge does not make him pompous
or cocky, which is an admirable trait avoiding these pitfalls." June 2013
>> "Beyond excellent. Matt was the best instructor I've had on
any subject." May 2013
>> "Expert instructor." November 2012
>> "Matt was one of the best workshop instructors I have ever had.
Well-informed and down to Earth." March 2014
>> "Matt is a great TEACHER. He keeps things interesting & grabs
your attention. Lots of great stories to illustrate topics."
>> "I liked learning the why behind actions, I liked Matt's
openness to questions and obvious passion for sharing knowledge & he was
very knowledgeable. Also liked how he reviewed the steps we needed."
>> "Matt took challenging material & made it do-able and achievable for
everyone in the class. Outstanding!" November 2012
>> "You have a genuine gift for getting info across to people."
- Redmond Manierre, email 5/13/2013
>> "You have a way of communicating that is very easy to understand and I
believe I will remember the principles because of that. Thank you!" -
Lorraine Cosumano, email 3/2/2014
>> "He [Matt] was the best part." July 2012
>> "Matt is awesome! Friendly + fun + knowledgeable." March
>> "Matt Rosefsky is hands down one of the friendliest & knowledgeable
instructors I've had period." January 2013
>> "He [Matt] was a great teacher. The class wouldn't be the same without
him." September 2012
>> "Really appreciate you laying in a puddle for us." April 2015
>> "Great instructor: personable, engaging, energetic, enthusiastic, clear
speaker, knowledgeable." February 2012
>> "Absolutely fabulous." September 2012
>> "Excellent. Great presenter and explains everything on a level you can
understand." February 2012
>> "Us learning the skills was important to him." April 2013
>> "Matt was awesome! Very knowledgeable, thorough, patient,
responsive, on-task, fun, passionate, generous -- a natural educator who is a
great asset to both future caregivers and patients." March 2013
>> "On a scale of 1-10, he was a 100! Exceptional person!" July 2012
>> "High energy, clear, articulate, knowledgeable, unbelievably thorough."
>> "Matt tried to elicit answers and encouraged us to think about things
rather than just giving info." January 2013
>> "I've taken this course twice before and I think this was the best it's
been taught." March 2012
>> "Best one [instructor] of my now-4 WFA or BWFA courses -- thank
you." March 2012
>> "One of the finest teachers I've ever had (and I have lots of
educational experience!). A perfect balance of serious respect for the material
and a good dose of humor to keep up spirits. Excellent at diffusing
tension, building confidence, and great at creating very believable
scenarios!" June 2012
>> "Matt is an outstanding instructor!!!" December 2012
>> "Matt is quite awesome. He breaks down complicated topics into easy to
understand segments." January 2013
>> "Matt is great -- explains clearly why + how things relate to each
other, what is happening with the body + its reactions, etc. Very
knowledgeable, clear + engaging. Nice to hear real life, relevant
stories." October 2013
>> "I didn't know what to expect & told friends I might leave early on
Sunday. But NO WAY! Matt is a great teacher & I learned so much! ... Great
knowledge & skill, able to communicate information, great humor & methods of
engaging students." January 2011
>> "Serious but with a sufficient dose of humor. Encouraging, good at
building my self-confidence." March 2012
>> "Matt is wonderful. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and
professional." June 2011
>> "Matt ... Obviously you are in tune with the subject of Wilderness First
Aid and your instruction capabilities are excellent." March 2008
>> "Instructor Matt Rosefsky was very engaging and informative. He added
additional important information & emphasized and clarified areas which are
confusing ... i.e. shock and how to deduce / reason through what symptoms
might mean." February 2012
>> "Excellent. Very knowledgeable & charismatic. Professional at every
level." April 2011
>> "Matt is the greatest, very thought-provoking and engaging ... Anyone
wanting to be certified in wilderness first aid can't get better than Matt!"
>> "Matt is a great instructor, knows the subject, very personable and
confidence-inspiring -- would definitely take another class of his." March
>> "Listened to each question & gave thoughtful answers!" January 2012
>> "He [Matt] animated the knowledge into a story. Teaching the
information by emphasizing the 'how.' Matt focused on experiential-based
learning + offered stories + fairly recent reports on why protocol was the way
it was, why it wasn't what it wasn't, + how it had changed." April 2013
>> "Rock Star!!!" October 2010
>> "Matt was great. His fantastic soft skills were only outweighed by his
tremendous knowledge of the subject matter." March 2009
>> "You did an outstanding job of being very positive in your feedback and
in general leading the group. An often misplaced piece of the leadership puzzle,
having a strong positive outlook sure makes the atmosphere in any situation
better...... Great class will recommend highly. You did a good job learning
peoples names too." January 2012
>> "Matt was "very patient and positive. Answered all questions
thoroughly. He was very well-versed in the subjects. Good time management!"
>> "The instructor knew EVERYTHING. Clear, organized, thorough & concise!"
>> "I had taken the course 2 years ago. I noticed continually throughout
the course that Matt had taken and applied/updated all new information gained
over the years so that we are learning the utmost updated information."
>> "Participants will benefit from your course by learning how to teach.
Whether one is instructing first aid, electronics, dancing, astronomy, how to
make a canoe from a tree or you name it, you demonstrated very well many
effective teaching techniques.
- knowing your subject and having a clear vision of what the students need to
- focusing on the core issues
- starting on time and keeping on a schedule that was understood by all from the
- asking questions yet not allowing off topic distractions to distract
- handís on repetition of the most important parts
- good handouts, equipment and environment.
- verbally saying it, writing in on the board and demonstrating it
- teaming with fellow students and learning from their experiences and mistakes
- using humor
- making it fun as well as challenging
- telling stories"
-- 6/30/2016 email from Dennis B., Founder of
Hikers (3,750+ Members!)
>> "Your approach nicely walked that fine line between the fact that this
is serious business, and the humor that was occasionally needed to keep the
class motivated." March 2008
>> "Matt was full of information, a wonderful presence, easy to be with
and extremely helpful / knowledgeable." October 2007
>> "Matt is excellent. Good communicator & has experiences that give depth
to his knowledge." November 2008
>> "I like not having powerpoints and having ample time to take notes."
>> "Excellent instructor ... Very good learning environment ... WFA: don't
leave the trail head without it!" April 2008
>> "Matt did a great job addressing questions in preparation for the
course, while presenting information, and as follow-up. Highly recommended."
>> Matt is "very knowledgeable, with obvious extensive training and
experience." March 2008
>> "Matt was very competent and engaging." July 2008
>> "Matt is very knowledgeable, very patient, great instructor!" April
>> "Instructor was very knowledgeable, presented clearly, personable."
>> Matt is "very knowledgeable and gifted in instruction." March 2008
>> "Matt is knowledgeable and competent. Excellent teacher." March
>> "Matt's easy-going nature gains respect of students." March 2008
>> "It's nice to see instructors so enthusiastic about this subject!"
>> "Matt is a top-notch WFA instructor." July 2007
>> "Ideal person to run the course." July 2008
>> "Matt was awesome -- very thorough, but good-humored & patient."
>> "Enthusiastic and knowledgeable, personable and accommodating. Matt was
excellent and deserves a raise and more vacation days :) " May 2012
>> "You are a great teacher. I really enjoyed the class. Thanks so much." -
email from Julie Connelly, M.D., Physician of 28 years at UVa, 1/29/2011
>> SOLO survey: "What can we do to improve the program? "Hire
more Matts into the program." April 2013
>> "I want Matt to be the one to save my @$$ in a bad situation!"
>> Anonymous survey question: "What did you think of the instructor?"
24 replies from all 24 students (full class) in October 2009 (and hopefully things
have only improved with age!)
"He was great."
"He was great!"
"He was great!"
"None could be better."
"Matt is a great teacher."
"Positive, organized, prepared."
"Very enthusiastic regarding material."
"Very knowledgeable & engaging instructor."
"Knowledgeable and friendly. Two thumbs up."
"Matt did a great job, very competent and friendly."
"Very very knowledgeable - brought in stories at the right time. Very
"Matt was knowledgeable and great working with the group. He was a great
instructor giving a lot of depth yet keeping the course on track."
"Matt was very knowledgeable and demonstrated strong teaching ability and
"Awesome job - both in content presentation and just enough worthwhile
tangents to stay interesting, but on track."
>> "Thanks very much for all things youíve accomplished and supported:
in training others for life, health&safety, and wellbeing; in
wilderness/outdoors appreciation and enjoyment; and for a more whole world."
- Edward Strickler, email 5/13/2013