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Hofstra medical students train for possible mass casualty scenarios

Hofstra medical students train for possible mass casualty scenarios
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Medical students at Hofstra University’s Zucker School of Medicine trained Friday on how to respond to five mass casualty scenarios.

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The training took place at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy and included car accidents, a bus bombing, a train derailment, an active shooting situation and a hazmat incident.

Not all students train to become EMTs, but the school’s dean says it’s important for them to better understand the traumatic environment patients have been through and to develop partnerships with first responders.

“I think it builds empathy – I think it builds a better understanding of the healthcare environment and again, I believe because we are such active learners, they eventually learn to embrace everything else, all other science and that ends up being better doctors says David Battinelli, MD and dean of the Northwell Zucker School of Medicine.

This is the first time medical school students have been trained at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy. Previously, they used the FDNY training center.

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