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The Doctor’s Office Can Be Fun Especially When You Are A Dinosaur

Posted Nov. 19, 2012, at 12:57 p.m.

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Name: Tina Erskine

Email Address: terskine@wccc.me.edu

Phone: (207) 454-1002

Date Submitted: November 9, 2012

CALAIS _ Preschoolers with their eyes as round and as big as saucers, carried their stuffed animals and dolls into the Washington County Community College’s Teddy Bear and Doll Clinic re3cently. When they left an injured dinosaur was sporting a bandage on her green wing; while a tiny teddy bear had his frayed arm repaired.

Medical Assisting students, enrolled in Washington County Community College’s Supervisory Management Class, put together the clinic as part of their Service Learning Team Project.

A requirement of the two-year Medical Assisting associate degree program is WCCC Instructor Rhonda French’s Supervisory Management Class. Each year, French encourages her students to put together projects that take all of the concepts they’ve learned in their textbooks and in class and develop community-based service projects that turn textbook ideas into workable skills.

The students come up with projects, narrow them down to a manageable four or five and then choose which project they wish to work on.

These particular students chose to set up an animal and doll clinic. Their idea is to make the trip to a doctor’s office feel a little less frightening.

Rob Porter, who is in his second year in the Medical Assisting program and a student in French’s class, was the team leader for the pre-school community clinic. He was joined by fellow students Mariah McPhail, Jessica O’Neal, Cindy Russell and Meesha Doten.

Students, ages 2-4 from the nearby campus pre-school armed with their stuffed animals and dolls were excited when they arrived at the clinic. Their mouths were going a mile a minute as they took in the large classroom which was turned into a professional looking clinic, where medical assistant students eagerly awaited to treat their patients.

The first stop was the registration table for Brianna Lyons, 3, of Robbinston who had a green dinosaur with a broken wing. With her chin just barely reaching above the table, she watched as a medical file with all of the important information was created for her dinosaur.

From there she took her dinosaur to the examination table where McPhail did a full medical history work up. Young Miss Lyons, who was more of a doer rather than a watcher, assisted by squeezing the ball on the blood pressure cuff.

Then it was on to the surgery table where Porter did an examination of the dinosaur. Lyons pointed to the broken wing. Porter swabbed the floppy wing with an antibiotic disinfectant and applied a band aid to the wound. The young mother examined the repair and pronounced it “good.”

Moving onto the next table, Lyons and her dinosaur checked out and was handed a bag of goodies by Doten to take home.

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