PCOM Georgia DO Students Deliver CPR Training to Community
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Students Deliver CPR Training to Community

February 25, 2022

PCOM Georgia medical student trains community member in two step CPRThere 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:

  1. Call 911
  2. 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.

Community member receives Two Step CPR certification stickerNational 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 branch campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), a private, not-for-profit, accredited institution of higher education with a storied 125-year history dedicated to the healthcare professions. Located in Suwanee (Gwinnett County), PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy. Graduate degrees are offered in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science and physician assistant studies. The campus joins PCOM South Georgia in Moultrie in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state. Emphasizing "a whole person" approach to care, PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the community. For more information, visit pcom.edu 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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