Interdisciplinary Event Taking Place April 12 and 17

CPCC community: please be aware of an interdisciplinary educational event taking place on Thursday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the EMS and Medical Assisting students.  

The CPCC Paramedic & Medical Assisting Program will collaborate for a lab activity involving first aid. The students will take part in scenarios (Hyperglycemia, chest pain, dementia, etc.) within HE 3525 which will serve as the “doctor’s office.” The paramedic students will then be called to respond to the emergencies. Interaction between the MA students and paramedic students will be a vital part of this lab. The paramedic students will also transport the student patients down to the ambulance, which will be parked at the back of the Belk building. Learning points include but are not limited to the following: Patient reassurance, scene safety, cleanup according to OSHA, application of vital signs and capillary puncture as well as “soft skills” such as interpersonal skills, adaptability and initiative. (The patients will be EMS students, MA students and faculty from both programs.)

Karen Piette, MA instructor, is the point person on this lab activity along with Jerry Morris, a lead instructor within EMS education here at CPCC. The second semester MED 240 students will perform this lab. There may be a couple other instructors from the EMS education department assisting Jerry.

Faculty in the building have been notified of this event, so everyone is aware that this is just an educational activity.  Please do not be alarmed if you see these exercised being conducted near Belk this week or next. They are just exercises to give our students the hands-on experience they need to succeed in their field of study.