Forty-six Chicago Public School (CPS) students from the District’s six military academies and 40 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs recently received basic medical training and an introduction to possible careers in the medical field from physicians and nurses at Rush University Medical Center.
During the training, cadets took part in the American Heart Association (AHA)-certified Heartsaver Course, which included instruction on how to respond in the first few minutes of medical emergencies. Students learned Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), first aid and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening heart issues in patients. The all-day training ended with a graduation ceremony where the cadets received formal recognition for completing the training and were awarded the “Surgeon General Ribbon.”
Cadet Lilian Morales, a junior at Chicago Military Academy, felt very proud when she received her Surgeon General Ribbon. “With the many things I learned in my training I will be able to design a student health survey and distribute it to other students to see what cadets need to learn to keep themselves healthy. I plan to instruct others in first aid, host a health fair and be in charge of all four blood drives at my school,” she said.
According to CPS Executive Director of Service Leadership Programs Todd Connor, “Chicago Public Schools’ JROTC programs offer unique learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom that can potentially lead to lifelong career paths. We commend this group of dedicated students who have taken the initiative to complete this rigorous training to serve as the ‘Surgeon Generals’ of their respective JROTC units.”