What is an EMT?
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are healthcare providers that render emergency medical services. EMTs are the first professionals on scene to provide pre-hospital care. Being an EMT helps prepare you for emergencies so you can handle yourself in stressful situations. Regardless of your major, working as an EMT teaches you basic skills that may help you save a life. If you’re pre-health, EMT work is a great way to get hands-on experience and opens the way to more jobs. To become an EMT, you must be at least 18, complete an EMT-Basic course and ambulance ridealong, and pass the National Registry certifying exam.
What is EMSC?
The Emergency Medical Services of the University of Southern California (EMSC) is a student organization that seeks to provide accessible pre-hospital care to Trojans and the USC community. We strive to augment the current emergency health care options at the University and create an opportunity for students to gain first-hand medical experience, serve their community, and develop critical leadership skills.
Since its founding in Spring 2009, EMSC has progressed rapidly, garnering faculty and student support. The first EMT class sponsored by EMSC in Summer 2009 trained 25 new student EMTs. Since then, EMSC has been holding classes of 20-40 students during summer and winter breaks.
EMSC is staffed completely by student EMTs both at the undergraduate and graduate level. These EMTs work on a volunteer basis closely with DPS and Fire Safety to provide a stand-by service for events on campus such as football tailgates, the Welcome Back Concert, Obama rally, and the Festival of Books. EMSC has also been staffing select club sports such as lacrosse and rugby.
In the future, EMSC hopes to continue to grow and eventually provide emergency response services beyond its current stand-by emergency medical service.
EMSC Executive Team
Sophia Han – Field Training Officer
Jared Alswang – Operations Coordinator
Matt Crane – External Relations Coordinator
EMSC Crew Chiefs
Administration – Will Belshé
Equipment – Dishan Abeydeera
Training – Serena Zheng & Althea Wolfe