Kat Calabrese, M.D. ’08, RESD ’12, served as medical director for GW’s operations at the inauguration.
Drew Maurano, P.A.-C., unit leader for the D.C. Department of Health's Medical Reserve Corps, managed by the GW Medical Faculty Associates. The Medical Reserve Corps assisted in running 22 aid stations peppered throughout the Mall and near the Capitol, along with triage and treatment centers set up inside the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History.
“There was not a time during which we felt overwhelmed with patient flow,” Calabrese said. “But even though we were not always busy, the students were excited to be there, to support medical provision in the field, and to get the opportunity to integrate with government agencies.”
The museum-based centers were new additions to the medical services offered at the inauguration. “They ran very smoothly, and we were able to develop a great relationship with the Smithsonian through this,” Maurano said. “I think it’s something that will be looked at … to be used in other large-scale events.”
The Presidential Inauguration is just another example of the unique events that can only be found in D.C., said Murteza Shahkolahi, M.D., a third-year emergency medicine resident at SMHS.
“Being able to participate in these events that don’t happen anywhere else is exciting,” he said. “Every event is unique because you can't always anticipate what's going to happen, so we have to be ever vigilant and prepared."