Today students worked in teams to test their visual perception. They tested depth perception, visual acuity, accommodation, astigmatism and several more. At each station, the students read a brief background and then completed the testing procedure.
This is our first year to have a HOSA Biomed chapter. We attended our first State HOSA Leadership Conference to compete in a variety of events. The morning was a bit eventful between a late bus and slow traffic, but we eventually made our way to Union, MO, in just enough time to gather our things and jump into skills testing. This year I had 12 Biomed students compete in events like Forensic Medicine, Biotechnology, Pharmacology, Epidemiology, CERT Skills, Home Health Aide and Health Education. Everyone did great and we all had a learning experience as we went through this process for the first time. I had the opportunity to help with the Medical Photography competition.
I am excited to report that we have several NATIONAL QUALIFIERS!
Today we completed the cow eye dissection and began looking at the structure and function of the eye. It's always a favorite with the students!
After a quick endocrine system overview, students were tasked with diagnosing a mystery endocrine disorder. I am always amazed at how hard students work during this project. They learn so much just through the research process of diagnosing their patient. I took a couple of pictures of the groups working together to figure out their patient's problem. Every group arrived at a diagnosis by the end of the class period. We will use their diagnosis to take a more in-depth look at the hormones produced by the affected glands.
Student groups diagnosed a patient with a communication error of the nervous system. Each group then prepared a presentation to share during "Grand Rounds" to fill the rest of the class in on this problem. They discussed the symptoms and prognosis as well as the current and future treatment options. The presentation included an overview of at least two health care professionals that would impact the patient's quality of life after the diagnosis. Every group had to come up with a creative visual aid to help the class understand the science behind the disorder. Check out the painting one student created!