With commencement a couple of weeks away, medical students are wrapping up their final requirements including participating in the Critical Event Response course to become familiar with the management and response to critical events.
Held annually in May, students from the Schools of Nursing, Allied Health Professions, Pharmacy and Dentistry join medical students for the opportunity to collaborate and learn how to be effective responders in disaster events.
More than 400 students were put into emergency response situations with hands-on experiences at the Centennial Complex and Simulation Center to develop and test their skills in scenarios including disaster triage, patient decontamination and team interactions in high-stress situations. The course includes online sessions on topics such as pandemic response, incident command systems, disaster medicine and terrorism.
Emergency response is best accomplished through teamwork and inter-professional collaboration, and many Loma Linda University students recently experienced that first-hand when they were called to aid at the vaccination clinics.
Loma Linda University School of Medicine has been conducting the Critical Event Response course since 2005, and is now a University-wide program to educate senior class healthcare students.