Residents Lead Emory's "Stop the Bleed" Training

June 2019

Emory general surgery residents Adriana Gamboa, MD, Brendan Lovasik, MD, and David Faber, MD, are leading "Stop the Bleed" sessions for high school students enrolled in Emory's Summer Science Academy. The students are also engaged in Emory's National Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The sessions are held in the Emory School of Medicine's Center for Experiential Learning (ExCEL), a simulation training center.

HCOP provides disadvantaged high-school students that are interested in pursuing health careers access to mentors, college readiness education, health profession exposure, and scholarships.

"Stop the Bleed" was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff, and is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons. The program works to better prepare the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters.

"Drs. Gamboa, Lovasik, and Faber are doing a terrific job of engaging these bright young students," says Sharon Muret-Wagstaff, PhD, MPA, who is the residents' advisor for this program. She also directs the ExCEL Simulation Center, and leads the high fidelity simulation program of the Carlos and Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique.

"Learning these simple ways of stopping major bleeding is a quickly achievable introduction to the possibility of becoming a physician for these high schoolers," she says.