As a person who strives to succeed in her career in hopes of becoming a dermotologist or a family doctor and helping those in need, a part of the experience comes from actually getting your hands dirty in the field.
As I am currently going into my last year at the University of Toronto Mississauga, it’s been an incredible journey learning everything I need to know about my field before I graduate. Alongside my studies, for two years, I currently volunteer at the William Osler Health Centre in Etobicoke in the Emergency department. This includes helping doctors and nurses around the floor, cleaning rooms and ensuring the rooms are stocked and ready to go with patient. Nevertheless, the job also includes ensuring that the patient’s are highly cared for and providing the utmost support!
On June 19th, I had the opportunity to be a part of a Code Silver Exercise which enacts a scenario of a shooter being inside the buliding and the correct protocols that we need to do to ensure the safety of the staff and patients while trying to gain control of the situation. I played a victim with a gunshot wound to the leg.
It was incredible seeing the number of people involved during the exercise, the hospital staff and volunteers, the police and how effectively we were able to gather together when we heard the shooter coming in, take precautions, follow protocol, and ensure the safety of the patients within the time frame. OF course in real life you can never know what will happen in the spurt of time, but this exercise allowed us to be able to know what to do next and be aware of what happens and what can be done in the future to better be prepared.
The Healthcare world is continuously dedicated to ensuring the best care for their patients, and as of why I’m proud to be a volunteer of an impeccable hospital that definitely strives for what they stand for.