ECU medical students hold mock disaster exercise, community health fair

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Students from East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine are holding a mock disaster exercise Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brody School of Medicine, 600 Moye Blvd.

A community health fair is also scheduled from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center, 1100 Ward St.

Brody's Emergency Medicine Interest Group collaborated with ECU's Clinical Simulation Program and U.S. Army recruiters for the mock disaster exercise. The exercise would simulate the aftermath of a mass explosion and would feature live simulated victims, triage drills, medical skills practice stations, an ambulance, a simulated emergency department trauma bay and a U.S. Army Forward Surgical Team (AFST) and tent.

ECU emergency medicine faculty, Emergency Medical Service personnel and AFST representatives would be on hand to instruct approximately 30 medical student participants as they learn how to rapidly triage and resuscitate patients and perform critical field interventions. Medical students in the Brody Scholars Program also collaborated with ECU dental, nursing and physician assistant students to put on a community health fair, which is free and open to the public.

Booths geared toward various aspects of health for both children and adults are included. Topics would range from childhood obesity to exercise and nutrition. Screenings would be provided for blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and oral health. Bike helmet safety would be demonstrated, with 15 bike helmets to be raffled.

The health fair, held in conjunction with the center's 10th annual IGCC Day,  features a community block party celebrating a decade of service in the west Greenville and surrounding Pitt County areas with food, music, entertainment, giveaways, vendors, workshops and more.

The Brody Scholars program honors J. S. "Sammy" Brody, who, along with his brother Leo, were among the earliest supporters of medical education in eastern North Carolina. The Brody Scholar award, valued at approximately $112,000, includes four years of medical school tuition, living expenses and the opportunity for recipients to design their own summer enrichment programs.

The award also supports community service projects recipients may undertake while in medical school. About 70 percent of Brody Scholars remain in North Carolina to practice, and the majority of those stay in eastern North Carolina.

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