Medical Students Introduction to Emergency Medical Services

Recently, firefighters and paramedics from Fire Station 18, Jefferson, and Fire Station 30, Merrifield, C-Shift had an opportunity to teach the INOVA/Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) third year medical students about the principles and capabilities of pre-hospital medical and trauma care. The crews also demonstrated a variety of equipment and the capabilities of each. This is part of the “Introduction to Emergency Medical Services (EMS)” portion of the VCU School of Medicine medical student orientation.

While most of these student physicians will go into fields other than Emergency Medicine or EMS, all of them left with their eyes open to the role of EMS in the continuum of care!