Where Does it Hurt? “Hands on Health”
More than 500 pint-sized future doctors and nurses performed surgery on stuffed animals, took baby dolls’ temperatures, drew “blood” made of fruit juice, had their own fingers casted, blood pressure taken, and learned about medicine and healthy eating at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s “Hands on Health” in April.
Kindergarten students from elementary schools all over the county participated in the two-day program that used the “show-and-tell” method to introduce children to the hospital and help alleviate fears about being treated. After visiting several booths where they learned hands on about medical care, they sat on the floor and listened to Chief of Pediatrics Michael Clemmens, M.D., who talked about the importance of bike helmets, seat belts and avoiding junk food.
Dr. Clemmens also put in a plug for equal rights?but he had a receptive audience. When the children came in, they were given a choice of a nurse hat or a doctor’s hat. And the hats were fairly evenly divided between the sexes. “Some of the best nurses I know are men, and some of the best doctors I know are women,” he told the children who bobbed their heads in agreement.
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