Emergency Exercise Helps Prepare Medical Students for Real-World Workforce

About 200 students from six programs in the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety responded to a large-scale mock emergency situation as a learning exercise on Friday, Oct. 28.
October 28, 2016

The mock scenario involved a domestic violence situation that turned into a deadly shooting in the Student Resource Center on Main Campus, resulting in five mock casualties and 20 mock injuries, including an attempted suicide by the gunman.

High-tech mannequins and student actors comprised the victims.

A medical helicopter made two landings on the SRC lawn to evacuate patients, and five ambulances from local agencies were used to transport patients from the scene to the JS Building, which served as a mock hospital receiving patients. The JS Building’s medical labs served as emergency rooms, surgical rooms, post-operation care and intensive care.

Students and their faculty members from the Emergency Medical Services, Nursing, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Radiologic Technology and Criminal Justice programs were involved in the emergency drill. The CNM Security department also used the drill as a training exercise for the college’s Emergency Operation Plan.

EmergencyExercise2.16.jpg“We wanted to make this drill as realistic as possible so our students could test their skills and get a better understanding of what it takes to stay calm and perform professionally in a chaotic emergency scene,” said EMS faculty member Kyle Cole, who is organizing the drill along with Nursing faculty member Michael Shannon, Security Chief John Corvino and School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety Simulation Director Richard Gentile. “This was a highly valuable learning experience for our students and it will better prepare them for the real-world situations they’ll face when they begin their careers.”

The Albuquerque Police Department was represented on site and observed the drill.

Community partners for this emergency drill included: Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Fire Department, Albuquerque Ambulance Service, American Medical Response and PHI Air Medical.