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October 26, 2012

Chicago Public Schools’ ROTC Students to Receive Medical Training at Rush

(CHICAGO) — Forty-six high school students representing each of the Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) military academies and junior ROTC programs will receive introductory first aid medical training at Rush University Medical Center on Oct. 27 from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One representative from Chicago’s six military academies and the approximately 40 junior ROTC programs, a training program sponsored by the U.S. Armed Forces in high schools across the country, will receive medical training from physicians and nurses at Rush and will take part in a discussion about careers in health care at Rush’s Armour Academic Center (600 S. Paulina St.). The cadets will receive a certification card issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) and will return to their respective CPS programs to fill a leadership position as their program’s “surgeon general.”

Instruction will be given by emergency medicine physicians at Rush: Drs. Sobia Ansari, Louis Hondros and Yanina Purim-Shem-Tov.

“We are committed to training a new generation of emergency care providers with the basic knowledge to assess and stabilize patients with serious emergency medical issues,” said Dr. Dino Rumoro, chairperson, Department of Emergency Medicine at Rush.

The course is taught primarily by physicians from the emergency department at Rush, which includes the McCormick Foundation Center for Advanced Emergency Response, the first center of its kind in the nation designed to provides an unprecedented level of readiness for large-scale health emergencies, such as a mass outbreak or a terrorist attack.

“This training opportunity is designed to provide young leaders with basic knowledge to assess and stabilize patients with serious emergency resuscitation issues,” said retired Col. Dave Leckrone, a military liaison for Rush. “The certificate from the American Heart Association is a valuable asset for cadets who might seek positions as life guards or other employment requiring first aid skills, as well as an opportunity to give the cadets exposure to the needs and demands of the 21st century health care workforce.”

Cadets will take part in the AHA-certified Heartsaver Course, which includes instruction on how to respond in the first few minutes of medical emergencies. Training includes CPR for responding to conscious or unconscious choking and drowning victims; first aid for injuries such as bleeding, sprains, broken bones and shock; and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in patients.

After the medical training and an introduction to medical careers by Rush physicians and nurses, the training day will end with a graduation ceremony when the cadets will receive recognition for completing the training and will be awarded the “Surgeon General Ribbon.”

“Chicago Public Schools’ junior ROTC programs offer unique learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom that can potentially lead to lifelong career paths,” said Todd Connor, executive director of service leadership programs at CPS. “We commend this group
of dedicated students who have taken the initiative to complete this rigorous training to become the Surgeon Generals of their respective junior ROTC units.”

Rush’s emergency department also provides advanced trauma training for military health care personnel before they are shipped overseas for military operations. Rush providestraining to the National Guard to train soldiers in advanced trauma medicine. Three weeklong sessions are held each year to train approximately 140 soldiers ready to be deployed for military action. Rush has trained and certified nearly 850 Army medics, Air Force aerospace medical technicians, Navy corpsmen, flight surgeons, Army physician assistants and military nurses.

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