The first course of our curriculum includes an innovative early clinical immersion in which students integrate their medical knowledge and skills and become certified Emergency Medical Technicians.
The first course of our curriculum includes an innovative early clinical immersion in which students integrate their medical knowledge and skills and become certified Emergency Medical Technicians
The course content specific to the Emergency Medical Technician curricular component was developed using the New York State Department of Health Emergency Medical Technician curriculum with added elements of the basic biomedical, social, and clinical science content essential for medical student education.
This approach to ‘knowledge in action’ promotes the early transformation of students from medical bystanders to active participants in meaningful patient encounters. Within the first few weeks of school, students learn to assess patients with a wide variety of medical, traumatic, and behavioral problems, while also learning appropriate cognitive, communication, interventional, and team-based skills. They learn how to interact effectively with patients of diverse ages and social backgrounds and with a variety of health care professionals, both in the field and in the hospital
Through ambulance runs, students also follow patients into the emergency rooms and gain appreciation for health professionals on the receiving end, including the nurses, attending physicians, residents, registration staff, and patient care associates. In a culminating exercise, students participate in a simulated disaster at the Randall’s Island which focuses on a coordinated, team-based response to patients in need.