Residency Spotlight: Olwens Community College Center for Emergency Preparedness

One of our former residents described our program as “a community program with county patients but university faculty.” While being the tertiary care center of the Mercy system in northwest Ohio, St. V’s is the only hospital remaining in downtown Toledo and receives 70 percent of local EMS traffic, ensuring high acuity. In addition to robust simulation and ultrasound experiences, our program has optional concentrations for pre-hospital/EMS, event medicine, and wilderness medicine. Our senior residents may serve as flight physicians on our Mercy Life Flight helicopters as full crew members. Annually our program hosts the Midwest MedWAR (Medical Wilderness Adventure Race). Fun fact: MedWAR was co-founded by one of our faculty in 2001. Finally our program conducts an annual EMS Day with local prehospital agencies during which our residents participate in hazmat and tactical medical training, rope rappelling and rescue, MVC extraction, and culminates in a mass casualty incident.

Each quarter, instead of weekly didactics, our program leaves the classroom for a “Fifth Wednesday,” where residents, faculty, and nurses participate in a fun team building activity. This always starts as lighthearted fun, but of course becomes intensely competitive…we are emergency physicians after all! In recent years we have played wiffleball, softball, ultimate Frisbee, climbing gyms, putt-putt and go karts, an end of summer pool party, ax throwing, pumpkin carving and gingerbread house competitions for the holidays.