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Media Contact: Laurie White,
Chief Communications Officer
Teach Resuscitative Medicine Practices to Philippine Physicians
International outreach benefits students
NORFOLK, Va. – (Nov.
4, 2003) – Further extending the region’s reach to far corners of
the world, Tidewater Community College welcomes Philippine physicians
as they take part in its renowned Emergency Medical Technology program.
The doctors are studying at TCC to prepare to teach and apply the
principles and practices of Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric
Advance Life Support in their country.
TCC’s EMT program, part of
the Health Sciences Division, prepares EMTs and paramedics for certification
or associate degree. One of only three community college programs
in the state, the program has extended its services to nations desperate
for EMT professionals. A majority of paramedics practicing in the
Hampton Roads region and beyond are TCC alumni.
From Morocco to the Philippines,
doctors have called upon TCC’s EMT educators to teach them emergency
healthcare procedures. “This is a natural fit for our mission, educating
a community in crucial areas,” says Tom Calogrides Jr., an associate
professor whose EMT educational outreach abroad has won him awards
“Thanks to the opportunities
our program has had to go to Third World nations like Morocco and
the Philippines, our own students benefit from the international
experience,” explains Calogrides, who also serves as Life Support
Training Council chairman for Operation Smile International, the
group funding this program.
Operation Smile is
a private, not-for-profit volunteer medical services organization
providing reconstructive surgery and related health care to indigent
children and young adults in developing countries and the United
States. It also offers education and training around the world to
health-care professionals to achieve long-term self-sufficiency.
Working with Operation Smile is another way for community college
students to learn their profession within a global approach.
To interview Tom Calogrides, TCC EMT students and talk with the
Philippine doctors while they learn at TCC, contact Laurie White
Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges
in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students
annually. The 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community-college
network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community
colleges. Founded in 1958 as a part of the Virginia Community College
System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses
in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as
the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater
district in downtown Norfolk and a regional Advanced Technology
Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the region's residents
attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled
For more information, visit www.tcc.edu.
Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer