Dalhousie Medical Campus Response Team
Matthew Landers, Jastina Mahendrarajah, Ernest Ng, Jack Killeen and Teagan Milligan of the Dalhousie Medical Campus Response Team. (Cody Turner)
Promoting student health and safety through mentorship
The Dalhousie Medical Campus Response Team (DMCRT) is a volunteer organization that uses a peer-led model to provide pre-hospital emergency first aid and mental health support to members of the Dalhousie community. With 38 dedicated responders, supervisors, and executive members, the DMCRT has established itself as a campus response team leader in Atlantic Canada and has exciting plans for the future.
“I am really proud of our team for the work we have completed this year. We have a large group of passionate, dedicated, and well-rounded student leaders who are making a difference in their community,” says Jack Killeen, President of the DMCRT 2022-2023.
In Fall 2022, the DMCRT expanded into a broader campus role by providing weekly Saturday overnight shifts to all residences on the Studley campus, through collaborations with Dalhousie Security Services, ResLife, Student Affairs, and their long-time partner St. John Ambulance. During these overnights, responders attend to medical calls promptly with their own equipment and training experience in Advanced Medical First Responder training and Mental Health First Aid that allows them to administer life-saving support, including the administration of Naloxone.
Killeen says this pilot program has been a big success thanks to the support and trust of Security Services, ResLife, and Student Affairs.
“As members of the DMCRT, students become leaders in harm reduction, campus safety, and peer mentorship. We’re excited to continue to grow our support to the Dalhousie community.”