Monday, Nov. 9 kicks off National Collegiate EMS Week, a week long recognition and celebration of campus-based emergency medical service teams, as well as an opportunity for campus-based EMS organizations to highlight their activities and educate the communities they serve. Typically only seen in emergencies and at sporting events, Boston College EMS fades into the background of campus life despite their role as campus emergency first responders. The event seeks to remind the Boston College population of the dedication that goes into to being part of BCEMS and to increase community involvement in campus safety.
Public Relations Coordinator Chris Karousatos, MCAS ’16, hopes the week will enable BCEMS to have “more of a presence on campus in ways that don’t just involve emergency situations."
"We think it will be a fun way to interact with the community in a different way through some of the events that we have planned,” Karousatos said.
The week’s events commence Monday morning with free coffee and cocoa in O’Neill Plaza. Also on Monday is a presentation of the history of Boston College EMS.
One event not to miss is the talk by Dr. David King, which will take place on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in McGuinn 121. As a trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. King has developed a nationwide reputation for his dedication to medicine. In 2013, Dr. King completed the Boston Marathon, and after hearing about the bombing, he ran to the hospital and performed nine hours of surgery on victims. Dr. King also has years of combat surgery experience from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the regional surgeon for the president.
Wednesday features two events: blood pressure checks in McElroy Commons and a Q&A panel with healthcare professionals from a variety of fields in Cushing 001.
“It’s a great way for students on campus to get a broad spectrum of healthcare in a different way than they have been exposed to on campus,” says PR Coordinator Julie Kurek, MCAS ’16. The panel will have representatives from the fields of physical therapy, public health and medical research, as well as current students pursuing work in the medical field.
New to BCEMS week in 2015 is an event on Thursday evening called “Med Talks,” which is collaboration with several health-orientated groups on campus. The organizations, which include Timmy Global Health, GlobeMed and NETwork for Malaria, will present on a health-related topic they are passionate about.
The final two days of the week will be devoted to campus safety. Friday features demonstrations of hands-only CPR, and Saturday has a discounted CPR class for those interested in becoming certified.