May 14, 2019 –NAPLES/FORT MYERS, FLA – Students in the Emergency Medical Services Paramedic program at Hodges University placed first during the Sixth Annual Panther EMS Challenge, hosted by Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth. The team won in the student category.
The Hodges team, Cody Allen, Michael D’Angelo, Thomas Munro and Kevin Murphy, along with instructor Cassandra Fersch, tested their abilities to assess, react, diagnose, and treat patients during three scenarios.
At each emergency, the Paramedic students encountered people portraying victims, as well as computerized patient simulators.
“One of our EMS instructors, Adam Thompson, is the one who encouraged the students to enter this competition. These students are only in their first semester, but they competed skillfully against teams that have been Paramedics for years,” said Jeff Ziomek, EMS Paramedic program chair, Hodges University. “With the knowledge they have gained so far, they were able to defeat the other teams. We are really proud of how well they did.”
”Even though it’s only our first semester, we’ve learned a lot,” said Hodges Paramedic student Kevin Murphy. “It was a lot of practice, and a lot of late days after class.”
“Staying late and practicing, you pick up a lot from the other students,” said another Hodges Paramedic student Michael D’Angelo. “Training like this helps you grind in the basics that you use in everyday situations. This was a lot of fun.”
All four students plan to compete in two more competitions later this year.
Hodges University, a regionally accredited, private nonprofit institution founded in 1990, prepares students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors. With over 10,000 graduates having a 93 percent rate of continued success in careers, Hodges is recognized for developing programs that are uniquely designed and delivered to serve a diverse adult learner population. With campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, Hodges provides flexible day, evening, and online classes taught by world-class faculty for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Hodges is also designated as a Hispanic serving institution, and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). More information about Hodges University is available at Pathways.Hodges.edu.