Resha Kodali, a first-year medical student, says the first responder course struck the appropriate balance between good training and making students feel safe in their small groups. Large bottles of hand sanitizer and masks were readily available during the sessions.
“I have not had prior first-responder training, so it was really interesting to have this hands-on, clinical exposure so early in the medical curriculum,” says Kodali, who is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as UC’s special master’s degree program in physiology. “Thanks to this course, I do feel better prepared to assist if I stumbled upon an emergency situation.
“Even with the limited time for in-person skills sessions, I have found that I’ve learned a great deal in two weeks,” says Kodali.
Danielle Johnson, a first-year medical student from Indianapolis, says the first response training was a great segue into medical school.
“My friends at other medical schools are not as fortunate to experience a first responders course and as they were only required to enter into school with a CPR certification and began their semesters with normal coursework,” says Johnson, who graduated from Indiana University with an environmental health degree. “Having first responders training at the start of our curriculum has made me knowledgeable and provided me with skills on how to assess a situation quickly. It is incredible how much information we learned in two weeks that can potentially help save someone's life.”
Featured image shows Esther Iyanobor, first year medical student, in CPR training. Jack Saczawa and Nina Bredemeier working in the background. Photo by Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand.