When our medical students learned that the city of Norfolk had a 16 percent rate of return for spontaneous circulation after cardiac arrest – well below the national average of 34 percent – they took action. They gained certifications as bystander CPR instructors and created a team of community stakeholders to conduct trainings in high-risk communities.

Our students ride along with Norfolk Fire and Rescue to see first-hand some of the challenges first responders face. They perform needs-assessment surveys and use GIS mapping to determine training areas of greatest priority. The students enrolled have trained more than 370 community members to date.

We partner with Norfolk Emergency Services to provide trainings at various Hampton Roads locations. For more information, contact Service Learning or faculty lead Barry Knapp, MD.