Here’s a question for you. How do you get high school students to say things like, “Thank you for the great experience. I had a great day and learned a lot” and “Thank you so much for a wonderful experience! It was a BLAST!”? The answer may surprise you! These comments were a direct result of Globe University-Eau Claire’s Health Science Day!
On March 15, Globe University hosted a Health Science Day focusing on the career fields of massage therapy, medical assisting and veterinary technology. Flyers sent to high schools in the area generated widespread interest, and groups from five different high schools attended. During the course of the day students spent two hours involved in hands-on experiences related to the health career of their choice.
Students interested in medical assisting worked directly with Gretchen Johnson, medical assistant/medical administrative assistant program chair, and loved that every part of the experience was hands-on. They were able to practice drawing blood from a practice arm, tested their lung capacity and vision, used a defibrillator simulator and practiced bandage wraps, etc.
Students interested in veterinary technology were able to move through a series of stations that incorporated the various elements associated with a day in the life of a vet tech. They also looked at slides and cat cadavers and worked with a live dog as a visual aid. Part of the veterinary technology portion of the day was run by Francesca Capper and Kari Patraw, two current Globe University students, as a part of their Veterinary Business Practices course. Several high school students and teachers commented that they thought our students did a wonderful job presenting information and working with the groups. On one survey, a junior from Clear Lake wrote that she “really enjoyed how the students showed us examples.”
Joan Hamilton, the massage therapy program chair, taught students about muscle groups by having them draw on a friend and feel their own muscle movement. Participants were also able learn about aromatherapy and how essential oils can benefit the body. This included a trip to the computer lab where high school students researched the different types of oils that they had chosen to use in a homemade sugar scrub.
Some of the students’ favorite activities included creating a sugar scrub, viewing the vet tech surgery suite and getting the chance to try out some equipment firsthand. In addition to the health science portion of the day, students toured the school, learned about various scholarship and career opportunities, and enjoyed a pizza lunch in the commons.
Every high school teacher present for the event said that it was a valuable experience for their students and that they would definitely attend again!
By Jessa Prissel