February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart health, especially in women. Globe University-Sioux Falls medical assistant students were eager to volunteer at the Go Red for Women event recently to support the cause. The event was held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center and featured members of the Sioux Falls community.
The event raises money for research and education to prevent heart disease and stroke throughout South Dakota. Attendants of the event heard from medical professionals and survivors of heart disease on how women can decrease their risks.
Medical Assistant Program Chair Amy Zobel was responsible for organizing students to volunteer for the event.
“We were there to help with registration and check in people. We also assisted in the silent auction, which is the fundraiser at the event,” Amy said. “It’s amazing to see so many women come together to help raise money to fight heart disease. There are also a few men who attend this event.”
The student volunteers also had a good time and learned how to relate survivors’ experiences to their future career.
“I will definitely take the knowledge gained from their stories into the clinical setting with me. Hearing a speaker talk about their symptoms and experiences will help me better relate to my patients in the future. I went to this event because I like doing charity work outside of school. I also attended the Go Red event in Kansas City, and my aunt works with the American Heart Association, so I have other connections there,” said Ann Brunkow, medical assistant student.
Students in the medical assistant program gain valuable knowledge from events like Go Red and make connections with members of the community. We’re glad to see our staff and students learn so much from events like these.