"Trauma Day” At Touro College Of Osteopathic Medicine From Harlem To Hollis
Against the backdrop of sirens blaring from a YouTube video showing emergency vehicles stuck in a New York City traffic jam, about 50 high school students in an after school program at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.
At “Trauma Day” their medical student mentors, adorned with fake blood and lying down impaled with foreign objects to mimic real life injuries – such as lacerations, broken bones, burns, dislocations and fractures — role-played “patients” as they guided their mentees through preliminary evaluations done in emergency medicine to locate and manage injuries and determine who gets care first.
“The purpose was to give the students practice on how to handle, as first responders, any traumatic emergency,” explained David Colbourne, M.D., assistant clinical professor at TouroCOM and director of medical simulation, who planned and oversaw the instruction. “Once given the information they then were able to test what they had learned in a hands-on setting. They all performed very well.”