NEF scholarship winner Christopher Contino started his studies in mechanical engineering while working as an emergency medical technician and that led to his true career in healthcare. He first obtained his paramedic certification from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and then went on to get his BSN from there. He is now pursuing his Masters at Thomas Jefferson. Chris aspires to be an Emergency Room Nurse Practitioner. In addition to his studies he has been working in the emergency department at the hospital’s trauma center and as a part time paramedic and still finds time for his two children.