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Date: Sep 18, 2012

Med Students Learn Medevac Operations as part of EMT Training

First Year students will also take part in a Multiple Casualty Incident (MCI) conducted at the FDNY Training Center at Randall's Island

The landing of a Medevac helicopter in the parking lot of the Nassau Veterans Coliseum this week was not an accident. It was part of the educational program for the 60 new medical students at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine who have been training as emergency medical technicians since August. The exercise, conducted with the assistance of the Nassau County Police Department’s Aviation Unit, instructed students in Medevac Operations and Safety.

The EMT training is a core element of the first course in the school’s ground-breaking curriculum and gives the students their first immersion into the clinical practice of medicine.The course uses the standard New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) curriculum and includes more advanced scientific and clinical concepts.

On September 14 the students will head over to Randall’s Island to participate in a Multiple Casualty Incident (MCI) that will be conducted at the FDNY Training Center. Students will be expected to provide emergency care during the exercise, which will be followed by a full debriefing session.
Traditional medical schools are usually lecture-based throughout the first two years of school, but Hofstra North Shore-LIJ’s educational model is an integrated curriculum that exposes students to clinical experiences almost immediately. By training as an EMT and practicing emergency care from the beginning of their studies, students learn to function effectively as members of an emergency-response team to patients in crisis situations.

“Nothing could prepare a medical student better for the realities of the practice of medicine than this innovative course. It includes important skills that every doctor should know, regardless of specialty,” said Dr. Lawrence Smith, Dean of the School of Medicine.

Med Students Learn Medevac Operations as part of EMT Training