The students are participants in Med-Start, a five-week academic summer program offered in Tucson and Phoenix by the UA College of Medicine’s Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs. Med-Start is designed to encourage Arizona high school students to pursue careers in the health professions.
“Stayin’ Alive, Stayin’ Alive:” Chest-Compression-Only CPR and Artificial Heart Activities for Med-Start Participants, June 18
Sixty high school students from across Arizona will learn how to perform Chest-Compression-Only CPR and see how the artificial heart works as part of an introduction to careers in cardiology on Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. to Noon, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Room 2117 (lecture hall), and University Medical Center, Room 4632 (Artificial Heart Conference Room), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. (Students will be divided into two groups and rotate through each activity.)
Twenty-four students in the Med-Start Phoenix program will come to Tucson to join the 36 Med-Start Tucson participants for the activity. Med-Start program participants include students from Apache Junction, Buckeye, Cave Creek, Douglas, Glendale, Goodyear, Holbrook, Laveen, Mesa, Oro Valley, Phoenix, Rio Rico, San Luis, Surprise, Teec Nos Pos, Tempe, Tolleson, Tuba City, Tucson and Yuma.
Fourth-year medical student KC Rosburg (who served as a Med-Start program counselor as a first-year medical student), will teach the Med-Start participants how to perform Chest-Compression-Only CPR – a hands-only CPR method that doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. It’s easy and doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth contact, making it more likely that bystanders will try to help, and it was developed at the UA Sarver Heart Center. In addition, Dominic Alexander, clinical technician with the University Medical Center Marshall Foundation Artificial Heart Program, will demonstrate the artificial heart.
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, www.diversity.medicine.arizona.edu