Students Deliver CPR Training to CommunityFebruary 25, 2022
There was a lot of life-saving learning taking place at the Mall of Georgia in Buford
last weekend. Twenty-five PCOM Georgia students volunteered their time to teach community members National Two Step CPR from noon to 4 p.m.
Second-year medical student Brittney Henderson (DO ’24) led the event. She said, “National Two Step CPR is an
important training that saves lives, and we are so proud to serve our community.”
This simplified technique teaches participants the benefits of cardiac pulmonary resuscitation
without utilizing mouth-to-mouth rescue. As the name implies, National Two Step CPR
consists of two steps:
- Call 911
- Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives.
Calling the event “a total success,” Sahara Peters (DO ’24), DO Council secretary,
said that nearly 175 people, including entire families, received this important instruction
and practiced on life-like task trainers on loan from the College’s Simulation Center.
Sponsored locally by the President’s Community Wellness Initiative, the DO Council,
and the PCOM Georgia Emergency Club, National Two Step CPR was created by a group
of medical students and the Texas College of Emergency Physicians in 2016 and is now
offered in 15 states.
Rachel Rabaioli-Brosius (DO ’24) handled logistics and materials for the event. She
said, “As a second-year medical student, I appreciated the opportunity to be engaged
with our community and represent PCOM Georgia.”
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine Donald Penney, MD, oversaw the event on behalf of faculty members. He serves as the chair of Clinical
Education and as the Emergency Medicine clerkship director at PCOM Georgia. He said
he was proud of the “great participation” by PCOM Georgia’s student body and how well
received the event was by the public.
National Two Step CPR is an annual event aimed at engaging and educating citizens
on the benefits of compressions-only/hands-only CPR. Since inception, this project
has trained more than 22,000 in the proper compressions-only CPR technique, with the
help of 700 medical students across the nation each year.
Henderson thanked the Mall of Georgia, student volunteers and faculty members, and
the President’s Community Wellness Initiative for support.
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About the Community Wellness Initiative
With a strong commitment to student volunteer efforts and community wellness, PCOM
President and CEO Jay S. Feldstein, DO ‘81, established the Community Wellness Initiative (CWI) to enhance the culture of holistic health and well-being on PCOM’s campuses and in
the communities they serve. The CWI aims to promote cross-campus collaboration in
educational and health services programming and resources to support the physical,
mental, nutritional and environmental wellness of the College’s communities in Philadelphia
and in Suwanee and Moultrie, Georgia. Focus areas include direct patient care, health
and wellness education, and clinical and community-based research.
About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
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