AHEC staff participated in the Dental Clinic for the underserved population. The clinic was sponsored by AT Still University, Heart to Heart International, and Smiles of Hope. 6 dental students from ATSU volunteered their time to provide free extractions for people in need. 60 patients were seen on this clinic day.
AHEC staff spoke with students about the program and oral health careers. Students were given ACES applications and sign up instructions for ACES and the OHCAP program. Students then participated in a hands on activity where they learned how to take vital signs on each other.
Students turned in applications for the ACES program and filled out their beginning participation forms. Students learned some of the resources provided through the Missouri Connections website. Next, students studied each other’s reflexes and visually evoked reactions using clinically accepted methods and materials. They also learned the neurological difference between a reflex and a reaction as well as the protective value of various reflex mechanisms.
Students in Health Occupations I at the Sikeston Career & Technology Center were introduced to the OHCAP program. Students also participated in a hands-on cast making workshop. Students learned how to prepare high-quality, permanent casts of their arms, hands, and feet with a kit from Carolina Biological Supply.
Students were introduced to dental careers and oral care. Students then participated in a hands on activity making dental impressions and casts of their own teeth. They were able to examine these models and understand how they can be used for various procedures in a dental office.
High school students from the Sikeston and Poplar Bluff area attended the Sikeston MASH Camp on Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4 at the Sikeston Career & Technology Center. The first day of MASH Camp included: an ambulance tour, patient intubation demonstration and hands-on activity, DNA extraction, injections and venipuncture (blood draw), infection control, proper hand washing, proper gloving procedures, vital signs, and CPR and first aid training. Camp activities the second day included: Healthcare Scattergories, Air Evac helicopter tour, visual exploration activity, blood typing, medical school and health career discussion with current medical students, suturing on bananas, cow eyeball dissection lab. A special thank you goes out to the Sikeston Air Evac Lifeteam; the South Scott County Ambulance Service; Gloria Houston, RN; and Joel Phelps, 4th year medical student, Emma Hall and Joseph Martz 3rd year medical students for helping facilitate this exciting learning opportunity.