This focuses on training and networking through the academic forum. It gives students the opportunity to get involved with the provision of acute medical care through the Community First Responder (CFR) schemes and also to assist in regional and national events. Students also have the opportunity to teach within the community throughout their time at HYMS (Phases I to III) with HeartStart.
As students gain more clinical experience there is a transition to front line emergency ambulance work with formal accredited training with the ambulance service. Students will be assigned a mentor who will be supporting the students’ learning by assisting them with the completion of specified learning objectives, being a positive role model, and being available to offer general advice and support. Mentoring is primarily provided by the paramedics and doctors involved in the programme.
Students will get increasing mentoring from physicians practising pre-hospital care and may choose to get involved in different research projects and even come up with their own topics.
Foundation trainees will progress through more formal training courses such as; Advanced Life Support (ALS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS), which will also provide them with mentoring. They will also provide a mentorship role for medical students at varying degrees of progression through the programme, providing a further person to offer support and advice.