Medical Assistant Students Partner with Girl Scouts to Learn Together
What do children’s books and medical terminology have in common? Learning opportunities for youth and adults! Globe University-La Crosse instructor Stephanie Schultz created a service learning project in her Medical Terminology class to increase the retention of course knowledge and to provide a wonderful learning opportunity for local girl scouts.“In our service learning project I learned how to apply the knowledge I have learned in the class and help a younger generation become more aware of the medical field…The girls were all so amazing and knowledgeable,” said Meckella Feuling, Globe University medical assistant program student.
To coordinate this service learning project, Shultz partnered with the Galesville Girl Scout Troupe and invited the girls to Globe to read children’s books with medical themes with her students.
“The [medical assistant] students were able to use the skills they had learned in medical terminology to teach the girl scouts about different medical conditions, the human body, and what to do when they get sick,” explained Schultz.
As the students read the books with the girls, they explained basic medical terms and first aid. After reading, scouts toured the medical assistant classrooms and practiced first aid techniques on their teddy bears.
“I enjoyed working with the girls in making the first aid kits and reading them medical books,” shared Crystal Bundy, medical assistant program student. “I also enjoyed…letting them take their bear’s blood pressures and bandaging them.”“The service-learning experience was amazing,” said Vicki Lynn Kristek, medical assistant program student. “I learned just how smart and witty second graders can be. The experience I learned the most from was working and having fun at the same time with both my fellow students and my instructor. Furthermore, knowing and realizing just how much I know and remembered from my medical terminology class…was very helpful while reading books to the children.”
“Through the service learning project…the MA students were able to realize the amount of information that they had learned over the course of the quarter,” Schultz said. “It gave them confidence in their ability to define medical words and allowed them to impart their knowledge to the scouts. The future MA’s were able to learn how to work using different methods with children and explain to them what they may experience while at the doctor’s office.”
Just like the medical assistant students, the girl scouts learned from this partner project. “The girls were able to learn the medical and common names of basic doctor equipment and become more familiar with it so the next time they go see the doctor they will know more about what the doctor is doing, hopefully making the doctor’s office a fun place to be,” Schultz concluded.