Brett Curtis

Brett Curtis is a second-year medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he is involved with the C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society and is interested in pursuing a career in critical care medicine.

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Pittsburgh and the birth of modern-day emergency medical services

By Brett Curtis on Apr 30, 2019 11:30:41 AM

Sirens, unpredictably wailing at all hours, are part of living near a busy hospital. Undergraduate students residing in Oakland complain of this noise from ambulances racing down Fifth Avenue. Few know of the confluence of sociopolitical events and individuals driven to make a change in the 1960s to create what would become the modern-day ambulance service, placing Pittsburgh at the forefront of emergency medicine. Recently, this legacy was tested during the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, where the emergency medical system, partially pioneered in Pittsburgh, was credited with saving lives.

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