Department Hosts Visiting Medical Skills Students

Local high school students recently had the opportunity to work on simulators and interact with members of the Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine and Center for Safety, Simulation & Advanced Learning Technologies (CSSALT).

Albert Robinson, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and assistant dean for the Office for Diversity and Health Equity, welcomed a visiting group from the Eastside High School Medical Skills Program, an innovative mentorship program that gives students an opportunity to experience multiple facets of the healthcare field through hands-on experience and positive interactions with healthcare professionals.

“We want to encourage you to continue on your path,” Dr. Robinson told the students. “That means going to school to pursue medicine and to pursue health careers. The best way I know is to put you in the role, to make you feel like, ‘Ah! I can really do this!’”

The students, dressed in scrubs and split into small groups, rotated through simulation stations to learn about procedures like bag mask ventilation, intubation and chest tube insertion.

Students in the program who successfully complete its requirements will have the opportunity to interview at Shands in their senior year, potentially receiving employment offers before graduation.

“This is such a worthwhile project,” said Dr. Robinson to the doctors who volunteered their time to work with the students. “I’m so glad you guys are here to share with them and to pass on some of the knowledge and information you have about what it’s like to be a physician and take care of patients.”

Department of Anesthesiology and College of Medicine volunteers at the visit were:

  • Bronson Crawford, M.D., Combined Cardiothoracic and Critical Care Medicine fellow
  • Beulah Augustin, M.D., Critical Care Medicine fellow
  • Shiv Rawal, M.D., Combined Cardiothoracic and Critical Care Medicine fellow
  • Yahya Acar, M.D., CSSALT fellow
  • Dharam Persaud-Sharma, Ph.D., M.D., fourth-year anesthesiology resident
  • Blessing Ogbemudia, M.S., M.D., third-year anesthesiology resident
  • Abdi Ahmad, fourth-year medical student

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