SERVICE LEARNING TRIPS
At the mobile clinics, there are several stations that you will be assigned to. They include triage, education, general medicine, dentist, pharmacy, OB-GYN, and toothbrushing. You will get to shadow physicians and assist where necessary.
Every patient that enters the clinic must have their height, weight, body temperature, and blood pressure taken. At this station, you the student lead the collection of this data alongside local healthcare professionals.
Directly after triage, patients are directed to a waiting room where they are informed about good health practices and public health tips. Here, you direct patients to their appointments and aid the nurses in handing out pamphlets and brochures.
You are given the opportunity sit in on consultations between a local doctor and patients to learn about common health issues in the community and how to treat them. You also help escorting patients to the pharmacy, dentist, and other stations.
This is very hands-on station where you will be assigned various roles such as working as a dental assistant, handling paperwork, and cleaning instruments.
After the patients visit with a physician or dentist, they are directed to the pharmacy station where you dispense medications with a local health professional. This is an opportunity to learn about medications and common conditions in rural areas.
Due to cultural sensitivity, this station is for only female-identifying students to assist with. With the help of the local doctor, you are able to help with breast exams and PAP smears while also learning about common health conditions that women face in rural areas.