Welcome to fair season! It’s the smell of the fried cheese curds, the thrill of the carnival rides, the almost-impossible-to-win carnival games and … the free blood pressure checks? Yep! That’s what happens when Globe University-Wausau goes to the fair!
Kerry Miller-Mouzon, medical assistant program chair, along with several students in the medical assistant program, recently headed out to the Wisconsin Valley Fair to practice what they’ve been learning in the classroom.
The students spent the day traveling the fairgrounds offering free blood pressure checks to fair goers.
“It is important to have strong communication skills and to make relationships with others, especially when working in a clinic where you are involved with people every day,” medical assistant student Melissa Kelley says. “I believe going to the fair and mingling with others helped me to become more confident.”
The field trip proved to be a challenging learning opportunity as well.
“I found that it was extremely hard to listen and get an accurate reading with all the background noise,” says medical assistant student Caitlin Emkes. “I know that there probably isn’t going to be that much noise while working in an office, but yet it gives me the idea that patients might chat while I am taking their blood pressure, and I have to tune it out,” she says.
Fellow student Kady Henschel was also at the fair and believes the class field trip was extremely beneficial as well.
“I love to interact with people,” she says. “Everyone I asked was more than happy to let me take their blood pressure and most of them hadn’t had theirs taken in a year or longer,” she says.
The students hope the tradition of going to the fair will continue. It was a wonderful success and generated a great deal of enthusiasm among those who went.
“Going on this field trip was a fun and exciting experience,” Kady says. “I would definitely do it again and cannot wait to graduate in December to start my life as a certified medical assistant!”