On Tuesday, October 11, Caruthersville Middle School students were introduced to the Health Careers Club and the ACES program. Students were given a brief overview of activities for the semester and took an initial career assessment. Students then played Healthcare Scattergories.
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.
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.
On July 25, ACES students explored the topic of DNA. Students discovered that DNA can be found in all living things and that DNA is what makes us all unique. Then, students participated in a hands on activity where they removed cells from their cheek and extracted the DNA from those cells. The students were then able to see strands of their DNA in a solution.
On July 17 through July 20, ACES students from the Southeastern Missouri region attended a Health Professions Summit at the University of Missouri Columbia. There were 33 AHEC students present from across the state. The students learned about many different health professions and college life. Students toured the MU medical school, school of nursing, and the school of health professions. They also participated in hands on activities and simulation labs. Activities included: birthing simulation, patient exams, and many other activities using the technology and equipment used at the different schools. Students were not only introduced to many different careers in medicine and nursing they also learned about the different allied health professions. They participated in activities for careers in physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, speech therapy, rad technician, and ultrasound technologist. Throughout this experience the students were exposed to many different health professions and activities.
High school students from across the region attended the Annual South Pemiscot High School MASH Camp in Steele, Missouri on Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2. Camp activities included: vital signs, infection control, reflexes and reactions activity which included creating a model hand with working joints, proper gloving, CPR, first aid, suturing on bananas, creating a cast of students’ teeth using dental impressions, and a cow eyeball dissection lab. A special thank you goes out to South Pemiscot High School Counselor Jeanne Dent for helping facilitate this extraordinary educational opportunity!