Each October, several activities and educational initiatives aimed at raising alcohol awareness are sponsored by the Medical Education Campus (MEC) Office of Student Life. Among the featured activities this year were a walk-and-turn field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test.
The Student Life table was a great way to have a good time between classes, increasing awareness of alcohol’s effects on the body,” said J.M. McKeel, a first-year nursing student.
Officer Aziz Benbrik, who administered the breathalyzer test said, “As people get ready for holiday activities, this is a good way to remind them of the dangers of alcohol in impairing their responses.”
On October 29, best-selling author and speaker Marcus Engel was invited to share his personal experiences. He discussed the importance of alcohol awareness, drunk driving and the respect and compassion needed by medical personnel in treating patients. Engel was 18 when the car he was riding in was struck by a drunk driver. The accident left him with significant injuries including blindness. After an extensive period of rehabilitation, he was paired with a service dog and the two travel as Engel inspires audiences to make positive choices to achieve success.
Engel is the author of several books: “The Other End of the Stethoscope: 33 Insights for Excellent Patient Care,” “After This: An Inspirational Journey for All the Wrong Reasons,” “I’m Here: Compassionate Communication in Patient Care,” “Open” (for Kindle) and “Everyday Inspiration” (for Kindle).
Thanks to the students, faculty and staff who took the time to participate in these events.