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WCM-Q first-year students take First-Responder training course

WCM-Q first-year students take 
First-Responder training course

Tribune News Network
First-year medical students at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) had a chance to put theory into practice when they took a First-Responder training course as part of the curriculum.
Under the supervision of qualified emergency medical professionals from Hamad Medical Corporation, the 41 students spent the day learning key First-Responder skills, such as applying splints and dressings, immobilising injured patients and dealing with seizures, anaphylactic shock, hyperthermia and heart attacks, as well as clearing airways and giving artificial respiration.
The course, which is part of the medical curriculum, presents one of the first opportunities WCM-Q students have to start attaining practical physicianship skills following two years of theory-based study on the Pre-medical curriculum.
During the day, the students moved between five different stations, learning about a different area of emergency medicine with trying out the skills themselves using a variety of learning aids and tools, such as medical manikins and lifelike anatomical models, a spinal board and a bag valve mask ventilator, among others.
First-year WCM-Q student Rei Myderizzi of the Class of 2023, said: “I really enjoyed the course, especially learning how to deal with hyperthermia, seizures and heart attacks because these are the sorts of cases I think we would be most likely to encounter. The scenarios also helped me get used to the idea of being responsible for a patient’s well-being and being able to take action to help them and potentially save their life, which is a big source of motivation.”
The HMC doctors who delivered the training were: Dr Adel Ahmed Fraij Zahran, chief specialist at Al Khor Hospital; Dr Amjad Ali Gauhar, associate consultant at Al Wakra Hospital and educational lead of the Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program (EMRTP) at HMC; Dr Lubna Gamal Tawil, senior resident on the EMRTP; Dr Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelhalim Saqr, associate consultant at Hamad General Hospital and a core faculty of the Emergency Medicine Fellowship; Dr Zahra Makki, board eligible at EMRTP; and Dr Hany Kamel, consultant in the Emergency Department at Hamad General.
Dr Stella Major, WCM-Q associate professor of Family Medicine in Clinical Medicine, said: “The First Responder course is a real milestone for first-year students because this is the point at which they really start to feel like doctors and begin attaining the practical skills that they need, as well as beginning to understand the responsibilities the role entails. I was pleased and impressed by the mature and serious way they engaged with the learning exercise, and I’m very grateful to our colleagues from Hamad Medical Corporation for sharing their expertise with us today.”