Workshop Invites Teens to Witness Emergency Scenarios First-Hand

November 11, 2008

"In a three-hour workshop, teens will witness a simulation of a crash victim's progress from motor crash to hospitalization and rehabilitation in the Emergency Department of the University of Rochester Medical Center."

Experience is everything. Hands-on experience in the job field is invaluable to students, and yet very hard to come by, especially when one’s dream career involves working in high-intensity, emergency care. Students in New Visions, a class offered for high school students at Rochester General Hospital through Eastern Monroe Career Center – Monroe #1 BOCES, are doing just that through a grant the Allstate Foundation recently awarded to Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Injury Free Coalition for Kids (IFCK).

In the three-hour workshop, from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, teens will witness a simulation of a crash victim’s progress from motor crash to hospitalization and rehabilitation in the Emergency Department of the University of Rochester Medical Center. “Students will get to see first-hand the implications of careless driving,” said Anne Brayer, M.D., co-director of Injury Free Coalition and pediatrician in the Emergency Department at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

The workshop will kick off with a brief overview about risks of teen driving and injuries. Students will listen to a real-life call to the 911 call center and pre-hospital response to the crash, followed by a simulated medic call to the trauma center. The medic call will segue into a simulated trauma team response to an injured victim from door to intensive care unit. Students will then get to explore the Emergency Department’s radiology suite, helipad and rehabilitation center. “The teens will also get to speak with physicians and health care providers directly, which is an effective way of directly influencing teen behavior,” said Brayer. As an added perk, the student who offers the best name for the program can win a $100 scholarship.

High school seniors in New Visions, taught by Gina Lord, will be the first of many teens to experience the teen trauma workshop. New Visions students are interested in careers in the health care profession. High academic students applied for this prestigious program, in which Lord integrated studies in English, government and health in the context of the health care system. Through the program, based at Rochester General Hospital, students earn 15 credits from MCC as well as credits toward their high school degree.

Lord looks forward to taking her New Visions students to the workshop. “I try to give the students as many real life experiences as I can to really challenge them in their problem-solving skills,” said Lord. “The students are trying out Injury Free’s Teen Trauma Workshop program at its inception, which is really exciting.”

The teen trauma workshop is just one of a multitude of safe-driving programs that Injury Free plans on implementing for Rochester-area children and adolescents. Through a $36,000 grant, Allstate has generously provided IFCK with the means to do a variety of programs with the community, including creating a teen advisory board on safe driving and launching a safe driving curriculum in school health classes.

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Rochester is a child injury prevention program centered at the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. The Monroe County Office of Traffic Safety and Strong Regional Trauma Center work in collaboration with IFCK to reduce the incidence and severity of childhood injury in the greater Rochester metropolitan area.

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