Trauma Simulation Provides High School Students in UA College of Medicine’s Med-Start Tucson Program with Hands-On Experience

Friday, June 17, 2011 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Thirty-six high school students from across Arizona will learn how to handle a trauma situation on Friday, June 17, 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Tubac Fire Department, 2227 E. Frontage Rd., Tubac.
The students are participants in Med-Start, a five-week academic summer program offered in Tucson and Phoenix by the University of Arizona College of Medicine’s Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs. Med-Start encourages Arizona high school students to pursue careers in the health professions.
Participants in this summer’s Med-Start Tucson who will attend the Tubac activity include students from Apache Junction, Buckeye, Douglas, Glendale, Holbrook, Laveen, Mesa, Oro Valley, Phoenix, Rio Rico, San Luis, Surprise, Teec Nos Pos, Tuba City, Tucson and Yuma.
Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) from the Tubac Rio Rico and Green Valley Fire Districts and the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) will guide the students during a trauma simulation.
Med-Start participants will use fire extinguishers and water hoses; employ the “jaws of life” rescue tool to remove a “victim” from a wrecked car; “package” a patient (including attaching a neck brace, securing a patient to a spine board and loading a patient into and out of an ambulance); and put on “turn-out” gear.
The students also will practice skills learned in Med-Start, including taking blood pressure, checking vital signs and performing basic first aid. In addition, the LifeNet helicopter may arrive, giving students an opportunity to talk with the LifeNet Air Medical transport crew and inspect the helicopter.
Med-Start is designed for Arizona high school students who will enter their senior year in the fall and who are interested in careers in the health professions. The program provides hands-on experiences in a variety of health professions and college-level coursework. Participants include students who are the first in their family to attend college or to pursue a career in the health professions, who are from ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the health professions, who live in medically-underserved rural or urban communities or who are economically or educationally disadvantaged.
Since it was launched in 1969, several thousand students have participated in Med-Start. Med-Start Tucson is a residential program, with students staying on the UA College of Medicine – Tucson campus in a UA residence hall. Med-Start Phoenix is a weekday program on the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix campus.

For more information about Med-Start, visit the UA College of Medicine Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs website,