Students in the Medical Explorer Simulation Camp at Pensacola State College’s Warrington campus recently participated in a mock disaster that rivaled the training used by professional emergency medical personnel.
The simulated traffic accident and hazardous materials spill gave 31 Crestview High School students a real-world opportunity to practice the emergency skills they had been learning at the college’s high-tech mock hospital during the week-long camp.
Jennifer Ponson, coordinator of student and program outreach at Pensacola State, says the simulation is so intense the students feel like they have been in an actual disaster.
“The simulation demands leadership, team work and problem solving skills as well as medical knowledge. It challenges what the campers learn in the classroom and helps them see what they are capable of doing,” Ponson says.
The mock disaster was designed to cover the most current practices of disaster response and involved more than 100 participants, including Pensacola Boys Base students playing the role of victims along with Pensacola State nursing students and staff.
The Medical Explorer Simulation Camp is sponsored by the West Florida Area Health Education Center to encourage students to pursue health-related occupations.
For more information, contact Jennifer Ponson at 850-484-2245.