Part 2 of 3
The Faculty of Medicine’s Learning Resources Centre is where the students learned a little bit more about the training required to become a doctor. Students learned how to take each other’s blood pressure, oxygen levels, and perform CPR. Students were also exposed to the Simulated Patient program – where individuals are hired to act as patients for training purposes.
At the Faculty of Dentistry, students learned more about the variety of programs and careers available to those interested in studying oral health. Students were paired up, used the dentist chair and looked into each other’s mouths with a small mirror. After chewing a disclosing tablet, students were able to see where plaque had built up on their teeth and then how to properly brush to prevent cavities. The coolest part of the experience was preparing and filling a model tooth using the dental drill and other dental tools.
Visits to the Faculty of Health Professions were spread out through the week. Students visited School of Occupational Therapy learning about a variety of adaptive methods to improve lives and the School of Physiotherapy learning how to measure strength and manipulate muscle groups through the use of electrodes. Students visited the School of Health and Human Performance where they counted their steps, took part in team building exercises and learned more about kinesiology and the movement of the body, health promotion and promoting healthy behaviours, and therapeutic recreation, and recreation management. Their favorite part was making the stress balls!
On two occasions the students visited the School of Nursing. Having previously hosted summer camps for African Nova Scotian youth, Nursing was ready and waiting to meet the students. Students had the chance to listen to lung and heart sounds on medium and high fidelity patient simulators, they learned how to weigh babies, to properly protect themselves, remove staples and stitches, make a finger cast, and even administer injections!
Students also had the opportunity to perform CPR in a mock situation with a high fidelity simulator who had lost consciousness and a pulse could not be found! Students did a great job and revived the patient every time! Click here to continue to part 3 of this series.