From crayons to cotton balls to stethoscopes and scales, medical assistant program students at Globe University-Madison West transformed their classroom into a child wellness clinic for the good of learning.
Well-child health care helps to keep children safe and healthy. The “mock” Child Wellness Clinics at Globe University-Madison West offers a unique experience for our medical assistant students.
Seven children, ages six months to 14 years, participated. During this mock clinical visit, medical assistant program students were able to perform and document health histories, provide education and counseling for safety and health, and perform screening tests to identify current health conditions that might need further assessment and/or treatment by a primary health care provider.
The students were able to work directly with the children and their parents.
“I had fun. I liked the room where they did the ear thing (hearing test),” shared patient Maya, age five.
“It was actually pretty cool. I liked how every student had their own way of doing stuff,” said Michael, age fourteen.
“This is an opportunity for our students to get more exposure with a range of different patients,” explained Dan Goplin, medical assistant program chair. “Going through screening tests allows our students to get accustomed to the procedures so when they run into it later, it’s not new. They can remember their experiences at Globe. This event is really more about advancing them in their career.”
Medical assistant program students reflect on their experience.
“I think it’s great that Globe staff allowed their kids to come in to help out other students,” Helen Williams, student in the medical assistant program, said. “It’s amazing. We got a whole lot of hands-on experience that other schools just don’t provide.”
“It’s a necessary experience in that it allows you to connect with the child. You learned how to keep them focused during vitals. Kids are teaching us as well as we’re teaching them and I think that is a great experience,” student, Sharon Haynes, said.
“It’s a really valuable, real life experience and we are really privileged to have this opportunity,” Kayle Nieuwenhuis, medical assistant student, said.
“This is real life stuff. Learning how to keep kids focused and directed, especially when they are not your own kids, you have to learn to stay professional. Adapting and problem solving is key,” Nicole Whitfield, medical assistant student, shared.
“It’s been such a rewarding experience. We are so used to interacting with our classmates as if we are talking to other adult patients, but how to interact with children is also a learning experience and this opportunity provided that,” Heather Thorson said.
For students in the medical assistant program at Globe University-Madison West, this was a unique experience that the MA program plans on implementing on a regular basis.