The booming HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) club at Eleanor Roosevelt High School (the club is 75 members strong this year) had a site visit to AMR - Riverside. American Medical Response has been an active IHPC partner working with us to introduce emergency health careers to many as 35 students at a time. Meant to be interactive, students get classroom-style instruction with Q & A, a tour of the dispatch room and ambulance repair shop, CPR training, and of course, the time to climb aboard a fully-functional ambulance and ask any question they like of the Paramedic/EMT on hand.
The HOSA chapter advisor, Dr. Rachell Auld, really prepared the students for their visit. Not only where they very engaged and eager to participate, the AMR Riverside staff commented that they were "professionally dressed and the best CPR trainees they've had in the last three years"! The students, who are all Freshmen at Eleanor Roosevelt, generously attributed their performance to the hands-only CPR instruction they received from IHPC Outreach Specialist, Gloria Coder, the week prior. (Awwww).