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Alumni and Friends Making an Impact

Local training, global application

By Danielle Damon '18

Julia Scanlon ’21 came to UD with a passion for serving others and a knack for solving problems. 

These qualities made her a perfect match for UD Emergency Medical Services, a student-run, volunteer organization. UD EMS trains undergraduates to be nationally and locally certified Emergency Medical Technicians, and is made possible in part by gifts from 62 generous alumni donors. 

“UD EMS not only taught me how to respond to emergencies, but provided opportunities to follow nurses and doctors in hospitals,” Scanlon says. “I saw a snapshot of what happens in a hospital once you leave an ambulance and realized that is where I want to be.”

She is now able to explore her desired hospital career path in London this summer with the Global Flyers Program. 

Global Flyers provides the opportunity for a select group of University Honors students to learn, live and intern internationally. Scanlon is one of six students, the only of medical focus, in the six week program.

Working at the helipad of Kings College Hospital under the Head of Trauma Medicine, Scanlon is taking hands-on learning to the next level. 

“Because of UD EMS, I’m prepared to step in and help when needed,” Scanlon says. “I also input data into the system to track surgeries. I’m reading through doctors and nurses notes, patient records and lab results daily. It is a lot of jargon, but not foreign to me because of UD EMS.”

Scanlon’s internship has also taught her much more than just how to provide and document care. Global Flyers is preparing Scanlon to be a culturally intelligent medical professional. 

“The providers at the hospital come from all over Europe,” Scanlon says. “Working with people from different cultures has taught me what it means to be adaptable, a good team member and a strong communicator.”

Scanlon hopes to enter into a master’s in nursing program after graduation. Her UD EMS experience and internship in London will not only set her apart from other applicants, but ensure her future patients will be in the most well-rounded hands. 

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