Community Connections

EMTs are required to be affiliated with an agency in order to practice in Virginia, and most R-MC students volunteer with Hanover/Ashland Volunteer Rescue Squad. Many of them also serve as student volunteers with R-MC’s own Emergency Medical Services. This provides them with great practical experience.

  • Philip Wyatt Jr. ’16 volunteers with the Hanover Fire/EMS staff. The biology and chemistry major and Spanish minor also volunteers at the CrossOver Health Care Ministry, Virginia’s largest free healthcare clinic, where he works alongside Dr. James R. Darden ’54. “I am grateful to have been selected as one of the first Wornom Fellows,” says Wyatt. “We benefit from mentorship, hands-on training, and one-on-one interaction with medical personnel. These are experiences other colleges just don’t offer.”
  • Rian Kabir ’16, a biology major, volunteers as an Attendant in Charge (AIC) for Ashland Volunteer Rescue Squad and is a member of R-MC’s Emergency Medical Services team. “As an AIC I am responsible for managing the scene, patient care, and documentation,” says Kabir, who plans on pursuing a career in medicine. “I am grateful to be a Wornom Fellow, and as such I push myself to do my best work.”
  • Brooke Thompson ’16 volunteered as a scribe at the St. James the Less Free Clinic in Ashland. This is a great way to get experience, because you are forced to learn new medical terms,” she says. “I got to know patients and really connected with people in the Ashland community.” Bamfo also redesigned the web site for all Hanover Free Clinics.
  • Brittaney Ritchie ’16 started volunteering at the St. James the Less Free Clinic in order to gain medical and patient-contact experience. She has worked as a scribe and a dental assistant. “I learned new ways to communicate with patients,” she says. “Volunteering is about helping others and getting to know patients.”