‘Code Black’—Life in the ER
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Recently, Pace University’s PA students were treated to an exclusive screening of the critically acclaimed ER documentary “Code Black.” The event was sponsored by the Pace University College of Health Professions. The film follows young ER clinicians at LA County Hospital, the “birthplace of emergency medicine,” and illustrates the chaotic reality healthcare providers are faced with as they save lives while working within an overburdened system.

I coordinated the event with help from students Amanda Guerra and Jamille Rancourt, and Professor Shannon North. And based on student reviews, it was a huge success!

The majority of the attendees were from didactic and clinical year classes. Didactic students, preparing for their upcoming clinical rotations, walked away with a sense of what their experiences may be like. Clinical year students were able to appreciate the film’s message, as they would soon be graduating and practicing in the real world. After viewing the documentary, students exchanged personal and professional experiences and opinions as part of a peer discussion segment.

To find out more about “Code Black,” watch the movie trailer below.

Darryl Sarzaba, PA-S, is a member of the Pace University PA program’s class of 2015.

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