Dr. Cukor Addresses Students

It’s no secret that Massachusetts Maritime Academy provides an excellent training when it comes to emergency management at the Buzzards Bay campus. But those at the academy also provide that training expertise in the local community.

At the end of the fall semester, MMA’s Dr. Jeff Cukor and a trio of cadets visited nearby Plymouth North High School as part of an interactive presentation on Emergency Room Design. Dr. Cukor conducted the workshop for the four year Plymouth North and Plymouth South High School science students participating in the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Program. EMS EMTs, Emma Sullivan (2/C Executive Director), Kyle Sledziewski (1/C – Director of Operations), and Jeffrey Perez (1/C – Public Information Officer) used the academy’s own ambulance to show the group how the design worked for optimal function, as it works as a mini-emergency room. The cadets also talked about what EMTs do as well as the training involved for both EMTs and paramedics.

Dr. Cukor serves as the Academy’s Physician and Medical Director. In the past he has hosted multiple classes of science students at the campus and also visited Plymouth North last year to conduct a suture workshop. More cadets major in Emergency Management than in any other field except Marine Engineering at the academy and there are cadets from almost every major on campus who take the EMT course. “There are just so many interesting and exciting activities the cadets take on,” said Dr. Cukor. “I have truly been impressed and humbled by all their efforts.”

Nancy Rozak from the Plymouth North Science Department has known Dr. Cukor since he started at MMA and the two have planned several workshops for the students. “It always means more to the students when someone from the “real world” comes in and gives a lesson in their area of expertise,” Rozak said. “I have to say that Dr. Cukor is a true educator and designed a wonderful lesson for the students and knew to include the EMTs who the students could relate to.”

Sounds like a win-win for the cadets, the students in the Plymouth School System, and anyone in the future who benefits from the knowledge gained through this project.