UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins and members of UMass Emergency Medical Services recently met in the Old Chapel for an informative evening about both the Amherst and the Worcester Campuses. Chancellor Collins presented a program on the Medical School and also provided his views on what makes the best candidate as a Medical School applicant. As a physicain, Chancllor Collins also highlighted the need for new Physicians in the future and what a great calling it is for healthcare professionals, like those that serve in UMEMS.
Directors for UMEMS also gave a presentation on the history and operation of the campus EMS program to Chancellor Collins and UMass Amherst Vice-Chancellors Andy Mangels and Michael Malone.
Over 100 UMass Amherst students serve in the unit as certified EMTs, providing first response care at events on campus, routinely treating hundreds of patients each year at over 400 staffed events. The unit also provides outreach education to the campus community in First Aid and CPR. The unit recently reinstituted an initial EMT program to training new EMTs, and also works to provide training for EMT recertification training to current EMTs.