This summer, we brought students back in person with the annual FACES Summer Medical Academy. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we adapted our traditionally in-person program to a virtual experience. While this pandemic is not over, we know students are itching for hands-on learning and connection with peers. And so, with their safety as our top priority, we created a 2-week hybrid experience, consisting of both in-person and virtual learning.
In week 1, students obtained 4 professional certifications: (1) Mental Health First Aid, (2) Basic Life Support (CPR), (3) Opioid Overdose Intervention, and (4) Stop the Bleed. They also received hands-on experience taking vital signs and suturing! In week 2, students participated in a virtual Medical Mystery, where they were challenged with solving a medical case of a 22-year-old woman with undiagnosed health issues with help from medical professionals.
Here's what some of the students had to say!
“FSMA did an amazing job of creating a fun, productive, and engaging learning environment! I was able to meet new people and create new connections, both with my peers and in connecting to resources and the professionals we met. It was beyond enjoyable!”
“FSMA was incredibly hands-on and engaging. The workshops and trainings were well-selected and very informative. It truly included a variety of health care fields, allowing me to explore different interests in areas I had not thought about much before. The staff and guest speakers were very friendly, kind, and helpful.”
A big thank you to the guest presenters, trainers, clinicians, and CSU East Bay Staff who helped make the 2022 FACES Summer Medical Academy happen. We couldn’t have done it without you.