Thousands of Texans Learn the Two Step And How to Save a Life

Feb. 9, 2016 

AUSTIN, TEXAS (Feb. 09, 2016) – More than 4,250 Texans learned lifesaving hands-only CPR during the Texas Two Step How To Save A Life Campaign last Saturday. Hundreds of medical student volunteers in Amarillo, Austin, College Station, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio taught participants how to save a life by taking two steps: No. 1: Call 911. No. 2: Begin hands-­only CPR by pushing hard and fast on the center of the chest.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Texans, and four out of five cardiac arrests occur at home. CPR saves lives, but most people are unprepared to help when a loved one, friend, or colleague needs CPR.

“I’m so glad to be a part of this whole process,” said University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center medical student Tony Balda. He said a participant, grateful for the lifesaving training, watched his father die of a heart attack years ago because no one knew how to perform CPR. “After spending time with him, it hit me how big an impact the Texas Two Step event would have had that day.”

More than 650 medical students representing all nine Texas medical schools taught the Texas Two Step at 53 sites within the 10 cities.

“This event took an incredible volunteer effort. I am proud of the medical students across Texas who took time out of their schedules to give back to their communities. It really reflects the passion with which we are working to save lives. I think it's a great reminder of why we all chose medicine in the first place,” said Baylor College of Medicine student Jake Valentine.

I am very grateful to all the volunteers from college students to physician leaders who offered their time and energy to this project,” said UNT School of Medicine student Faroukh Mehkri. “The most amazing thing for me was to see hundreds of strangers, many of whom have never met us, come together to work tirelessly on this project. The passion that fueled this project from our end was palpable and permeated through our entire state. Thank you to everyone for learning how to Texas Two Step!"

The Texas College of Emergency Physicians (TCEP), Texas Medical Association (TMA), and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and HealthCorps and leadership consulting firm MaveRx created the event after recognizing the need to train more Texans in lifesaving, hands-only CPR. Medical students hosted training events in these cities:

   Number of sites in city
   Number of people trained
   Local Contact for Media


  2   40   Gerad Troutman:  troutmd[at]gmail[dot]com ; 940-642-0100


  5   400   Jessica Swanson:  J.swanson20[at]gmail[dot]com ; 402-250-5364

College Station

  2   281   Shyam Murali:  smurali[at]medicine[dot]tamhsc[dot]edu ; 469-867-3359


  6   711   Vinay Kotamarti:  Vinay.kotamarti[at]gmail[dot]com ; 214-603-2837

El Paso

  8   650   Veronique Masterson:  news.ep[at]ttuhsc[dot]edu ; 915-215-4858

Fort Worth

  6   490   Faroukh Mehkri:  faroukhm[at]gmail[dot]com ; 956.369.3677


  3   41   Logan Walsh:  lwalsh[at]utmb[dot]edu ; 210-275-9685


  12   580   Angela Siler Fisher:  afishermd[at]gmail[dot]com ; 302-383-4569


  3   210   Suzanna Cisneros:  suzanna.cisneros[at]ttuhsc[dot]edu ; 806.773.4242

San Antonio

  6   850   Nick Salerno:  nickrsalerno[at]gmail[dot]com ; 214.738.3659


  53   4,253    

Pictures of Houston CPR training events:
Video of Two Step training event:  

The Texas College of Emergency Physicians exists to promote quality emergency care for all patients and to represent the professional interests of our members.

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Texas Medical Association 
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 48,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

American College of Emergency Physicians
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