High schoolers discover realities of careers in emergency medicine

AHEC students in EMS with Jeanette

EMS Skills Rodeo, anyone? More than 50 high school students from around the state participated in a full day of instruction in emergency medical services at CCA on July 20. The students, all of whom are exploring careers in the medical profession, got a taste of what it’s like to be a first responder.

The students, chosen to participate from a larger pool of applicants to the selective program, toured the college’s Center for Simulation, learned to splint and bandage, performed CPR on high-tech mannequins, practiced taking vital health readings, and acted out real-life scenarios while serving in the roles of firefighter, police officer, and emergency
medical technician.

Their day ended with a Skills Rodeo, in which they had the opportunity to put their newly acquired abilities to the test.

CCA is a regular host for teen participants in the AHEC program. The program is sponsored by the Colorado Area Health Education Center at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center. The mission of the Colorado AHEC System is to improve the quality and accessibility of education for health care professionals in Colorado to enhance the delivery of health care services throughout the state, with special emphasis on frontier, rural, and urban communities and minority populations.

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