FW: FLOTUS/HCC event pool report

From: Philip, Lisa [mailto:xxx@email.com]
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Subject: Re: FLOTUS/HCC event pool report

Tour portion of FLOTUS at HCC event

Reema Halboni, HCC student ambassador, escorts FLOTUS and 5 high school students into the Emergency Medical Services Suite 1 (Health Sciences building) and introduces them to Diego Esmolo, a paramedic student at HCC.

They stand in front of the back of an ambulance used to simulate emergency situations for student practice.

Esmolo: “How is everyone doing today? Does anyone know what EMT stands for?”

Esmolo explains what EMT stands for, talks about how he was able to get his high school diploma and EMT basic certification at the same time through the Career Academy Emergency Medical Technician program in Howard County.

FLOTUS: “So this was when you were in high school?”

Esmolo: “Yes.”

FLOTUS asks high school students: “Have you heard about these programs?”

A couple of the HS students say yes.

FLOTUS: “How do students find out about these opportunities?”

Esmolo found out about this program through open house at Career Academy.

FLOTUS: “How much do they cover?”

Esmolo: “Full tuition.”

FLOTUS to high school students: “Did you hear that? There is money on the table.”

FLOTUS: “What is your favorite thing about going to HCC?”

Esmolo: “You meet a wide array of people. It’s not just high school graduates.”

FLOTUS: “How big are the classes?”

Esmolo: “They start at about 16 people.”

Esmolo talks about students learning to read EKGs, riding in an ambulance in Baltimore City, going into an emergency room at Howard County General Hospital.

Halboni then introduces FLOTUS and HS students to Jaheda Hafin, a cardiovascular tech student at HCC.  She shows them a simulation patient.

Hafin: “We practice skills on him before we perform them on a patient. Cardiovascular technicians work hand in hand with a doctor when dealing with cardiovascular emergencies.”

FLOTUS: “Can we get closer?”

Hafin demonstrates how she practices putting a catheter in an artery in the simulation patient. The ribs and heart of the ‘patient’ are visible on a monitor above.

FLOTUS: “What inflates the balloon?”

Hafin explains the procedure.

FLOTUS: “What happens after? What do you want to do next?”

Hafin: “I want to eventually work in a catheter lab.”

One of HS students asks: “Can this simulate any part of the body?”

FLOTUS asks HS students: “What do you guys want to do?”

Press escorted out of room.

-Lisa Philip, Baltimore Sun Media Group


Lisa Philip

Education Reporter

Howard County Times


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