Today we had a wonderful opportunity to visit five health occupation programs at Jefferson College. These programs are a short walk across campus and we spent about 20 minutes in each programs primary classroom and lab space. Each program highlighted their specialty and many allowed students to have some hands-on experiences in their labs. Some of the programs had current college students present that helped with the hands-on activities and provided feedback on their major. Today's visit included: Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Biomedical Electronics Technician.
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!
The HOSA Leadership Team planned a kickoff for HOSA Week called, "A Look into Health Careers." This evening involved pizza, guest speakers and a special lab activity. Our guest speakers were awesome and the students who attended got a lot our of their insight. A huge thank you goes out to the folks at Amedisys for taking time out to talk with our high school students. The lab activity involved HeLa cells and learning to use several new lab techniques including the use of micropipetters and oil immersion microscope work.
My morning class had the option to attend a career expo this morning. Some of my students helped out at the Biomedical Sciences booth and did an outstanding job engaging the high school freshmen and sophomores who stopped by our booth. (It probably helped that they were dissecting a cow eye.) Other members of the class spent the morning visiting many of the booths related to health careers. A couple of my students were excited to spend time talking with a director of a funeral home and made a great contact to utilize for future job shadowing and mentoring opportunities. The students had an opportunity to talk with professionals in the fields of nursing, pediatrics, occupational therapy, physical therapy, biomedical electronics, radiology, veterinary science, fire science and EMT. It was great to get out of the classroom and interact with medical professionals!