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Envision’s Advanced Emergency Medicine Program Teaches Hands-On Experience in Real-World Medical Environment

Guided by Stanford University Department of Emergency Medicine Staff, The 10-Day Pilot Program Teaches Disaster to Wilderness Medicine, Including Working With Human Cadaver

Vienna, VA

July 6, 2017

STANFORD, Calif. (July 6, 2017) – Envision, a leading experiential education organization, launched an Advanced Emergency Medicine program in collaboration with Stanford University’s Department of Emergency Medicine this week—a 10-day pilot program that gives high school students an opportunity to work with and learn from Stanford staff. 

“Young adults are often first responders during crisis situations and this program equips them with critical life-saving skills such as CPR, managing profuse bleeds and suturing,” said Envision’s Chief Academic Officer, Andrew Potter. “This program goes beyond shadowing doctors by giving students interested in medicine an invaluable hands-on experience in a real-world medical environment. Our goal for these students is to give them an opportunity to really experience what it feels like to be medical school students by letting them gain experience in an anatomy lab, handle life and death situations that require chest compressions, and feel the intensity that comes with working under pressure.”

Students enrolled in the program will learn life-saving ER medical procedures from disaster and wilderness medicine, including checking vital signs, conducting patient exams, treating broken bones and lacerations, to the working with human cadavers, suturing, chest compressions and ventilations and much more. Students will learn how to work under pressure and will be guided by the faculty of Stanford University's School of Medicine, one of the most highly ranked universities in the world. At the end of the course, students will receive a Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association.

“Many of the students who have registered for this course have already identified the field of medicine as a career choice,” said Potter. “In addition to the emergency medical experience, students will walk away with a better understanding of the medical school admissions process, the range of options in the emergency medicine field, and even social skills such as presenting to a board and networking with medical professionals. It’s a well-rounded program that is intended to help students plot a course to their future in the field of medicine.”

About Envision

Envision helps students turn their career and life aspirations into reality.  The Envision portfolio of programs ( enables students of all ages to explore their interests and gain learning experience beyond the classroom. Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students from more than 145 countries, with programs designed to connect high aspiring students with the leadership, scholarship, and career skills needed to success in today’s competitive college and career landscape; providing unique, real world experiences that enable students to discover their passion, try out a future career, and positively impact the world around them.