The Baroudeur needs you! Organizers of Wayne State University’s annual cycling event are looking for medical students, physicians, nurses and emergency medical technicians to serve as volunteer medical staff on Saturday, August 17.
The ride provides an opportunity for medical volunteers to put into practice their knowledge and leadership skills in providing medical assistance for participating athletes. Medical volunteers are asked to provide basic first aid and determine if further treatment is needed. In past years riders have suffered from allergic reactions to bee stings, road rash, and broken bones. Hart Medical EMS will have three ambulances throughout the course and will respond as needed. Wayne State and Detroit Police will also have a heavy presence throughout the courses. Medical students can apply to earn Service Learning or Community Engagement Elective credit for assisting with basic first aid as needed.
An anticipated 1,000 cyclists will choose from four routes — 20, 37, 62, and 100-miles — with five rest stops. Medical volunteers can provide assistance at rest stops, as riding medics on the routes and on-campus. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt, and are invited to attend the post-ride party on campus, complete with music, lunch and craft beer.
“This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of our dedicated volunteers,” said Brittani Hobbs, Baroudeur volunteer coordinator. “Our riders consistently tell us that this is among the safest and best rides in the area - we especially rely on our medical volunteers to be our eyes and ears on the routes to provide that exceptional experience.”
The ride, now in its fifth year, brings together the campus community and cyclists from across the nation to explore Detroit and the surrounding area on two wheels while helping support WSU student scholarships and the Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) program. Sign up to volunteer at http://baroudeur.wayne.edu/join.
Additional details about the Baroudeur can be found online at baroudeur.wayne.edu.