Students expressed their solemn emotions in somber one-word sentences after viewing a documentary in the College of Medicine auditorium on Thursday.
Hopeless, nervous, unsure and sad were some of the emotions expressed by attendees in between 10-minute segments of the documentary “Escape Fire,” which detailed several doctors’ and healthcare advocates’ perspectives on the challenges facing healthcare in the United States.
“It was very thought provoking,” said Amy Lenz, an Alma senior healthcare administration major. “It was compelling to the entire student population.”
The film was accompanied by a panel discussion comprising eight healthcare professionals and instructors from CMU and Mid-Michigan Community College. The event was presented by the Michigan Area Health Education Center.
After about 200 students and instructors from both schools packed CMED’s main auditorium, a Simulcast was opened in a nearby computer lab.
Discussions ranged from areas of health ignored by physicians to an over-emphasis on hospitals treating more patients rather than educating and encouraging healthy people.
“It wasn’t anything I hadn’t seen before,” Lenz said. “But it does make you want to change the situation. Any time you can further your education is a good thing.”
Moderator Steve Vance hoped to educate medical and healthcare students of the challenges while maintaining their resolve and desire to pursue health-related careers.
“It’s hard as a student to have those kinds of things to deal with,” he said. “There’s a lot of frustration there.”