Dec 21 2020
Supporting Our Future Medical Professionals
It’s been quite the year - for all of us, and especially for students. Screen time has been maximized with remote learning, and extracurricular activities have been placed on the backburner as schools navigate through the unknown. 2020 has been one for the books - but through it all, a light comes from the Fairfax High School Sports Medicine Club. We share their story, as told by their club sponsor, Mr. Frank Conteras.
“The Fairfax Sports Medicine program is in its second year and we have grown from 30 to 140 students. We are teaching students and student-athletes how to care for themselves and others in emergency and basic medical situations. Most students within the program have a goal to enter the medical industry, everything from neurosurgeons to first responders (Police, EMS, Paramedics). Something that stands out this year is Special Education students realizing that they can complete college level work receiving dual enrollment credit and finding that they have the motivation to continue to college after graduation."
Mr. Conteras explains, "Some of the largest obstacles that we are facing this year is technology and having medical supplies in the hands of the students. Without the proper supplies they struggle to complete hands on learning activities to expand their knowledge and experience. Although we do our best with what we have, sometimes there’s just no replacement for working with the appropriate supplies." Help support Fairfax’s Sports Medicine Program by contributing to their supply needs here.
"Students do their best to participate in class discussions and online meetings during the pandemic, but looking at a screen all day has taken a toll on their interactions. In October, we were lucky to have been selected to have in-person lab time one afternoon per week on campus. In this time, we have conducted hands-on medical lab activities and have certified about 90% of the program’s students in First Aid, CPR, and AED. Students also took the time to get their OSHA-10 Healthcare certifications during the first term of the year. Moving forward, we plan on Basic Life Support (BLS) certification and preparing the students for HOSA competitions in the spring." Check out Fairfax High School’s Sports Medicine request list here.
"In today’s dilemma with COVID, my students are fighters. Everyday they fight to get the knowledge that will make them better students, future medical professionals, and better people. With all the adversity that they have been given, they continue to meet each day head on and persevere for themselves, their families, and their communities.” Donate today to help students have a brighter tomorrow.