Joining more than 120 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada, seven HWS students attended the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation annual conference earlier this semester in Boston. During a skills competition at the conference, the HWS team took second place treating a medical patient, a trauma patient and completing an obstacle course and teamwork challenge.
Ryan Klimkewicz ’20, who serves as chief of the HWS corps, says he was “excited to test our skills against other collegiate EMS agencies” and fare so well in the competition against the big universities with larger teams.
“This conference allowed our members to interface with so many leaders within EMS and learn an incredible amount of information that we brought back to the HWS community. Ultimately our goal is to provide the best care possible to HWS students and this conference allows us to do that,” says Klimkewicz, a music major with a minor in Russian area studies.
Others attending included Probationary Chief Josh Marek ’22, Captain Sarah Lewicki ’21, Lieutenants Molly Wachter ’22 and Garrett Noone ’22, Sergeant Liam Knight ’20 and EMT Bo Shuo (Daniel) Chen. Session topics included communicating with athletic trainers, and utilizing general EMS tools such as documentation and assessments as well as body language and mental health.
“During the round-table discussions, HWS EMS members were able to gain new perspectives and hear advice from others on issues facing collegiate agencies,” says Knight, a biochemistry major and a Russian Language Studies minor. “We came back with an expanded arsenal of knowledge and tools to better serve HWS EMS and the HWS community-at-large.”
Meanwhile on campus, HWS EMS awarded Gibson McCullagh ’11 the title of Chief Emeritus. Founder of the HWS corps in 2008, McCullagh now serves as a researcher for ProEMS in Cambridge, Mass. During his time at HWS, McCullagh logged countless hours to get the organization running. From 2008-11, he served as the organization’s first chief and continues to be a valuable asset to HWS EMS providing advice, support and resources.