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|Class Status:||1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student||Minimum GPA Requirement:||2.5|
|Language Requirement:||none||Open to Non-UVa Students:||Yes|
|Housing:||Hotel, With program group||Language Courses Offered:||No|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Credit Type:||Direct Credit|
|Program Type:||Faculty led||Tuition Payments Made To:||UVA|
|Education Abroad Advisor:||Kathleen McLaren-Hawking||Application Fee:||Yes|
|Study Abroad Administrative Fee:||No||Subject Area:||Health and Human Services, Public Health|
The participants in this course held in the West Indies, will study the fundamentals of emergency care and disaster preparedness through exploration of existing preparedness infrastructures in St. Kitts and Nevis.
This course may be of interest to any UVA undergraduate student (all majors) and is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from distinguished UVA faculty, and St. Kitts Nursing and Medical School faculty and healthcare providers. The course integrates UVA students in a non-traditional learning environment within the community, and at health professions schools. The course will include assessment of planning, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery relating to all types of hazards. Students will also learn elements of basic life support, some elements of advanced cardiac and trauma life support, and personal safety and disaster preparedness tips. Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible for CPR and first aid certification. Participants will interact with high ranking health system officials from St. Kitts and Nevis.
The course will also include field trips to the International University of Nursing (IUON), University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS), and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. A highlight of the course will be a "disaster survival" scavenger hunt. Teams will compete to locate items most needed during a disaster.
Students will participate in a two day course at JNF Hospital in St. Kitts to include didactics and skills sessions and interaction with EMTs, nurses, physicians, administrators, and other healthcare professionals.
The faculty teaching the course have collective expertise in emergency medicine, "all hazards" preparedness and response, including hurricanes, tornadoes, pandemic flu, basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), advanced trauma life support (ATLS), human patient simulation, mass event medical management, and student health and safety.
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