Tuesday, July 21, 2015

USC Medical Students Present Health Information to Senior Citizens of Florence County

Four USC medical students, in collaboration with Pee Dee AHEC and the Leatherman Senior Center in Florence, presented health information to 22 senior adults on June 17.

These second-year medical students are participating in a six-week program at McLeod Regional Medical Center, through the McLeod Foundation Fellowship Program, to learn about the anatomy and physiology of a hospital. As part of a community outreach, each of these students presented topics to the group on signs of stroke, nutrition, hypertension and exercise, all with a geriatric focus. One student demonstrated how the human heart functions by using a model.

The Leatherman Senior Center hosted the event and provides a variety of educational and entertainment programs in partnership with civic and medical groups throughout the community.

The participants indicated they thoroughly enjoyed the presentations. They especially enjoyed interacting with these future healthcare professionals. “I liked the interchange with the students, who were very knowledgeable,” stated one participant.  

To find out more, please contact Pee Dee AHEC Health Professions Student Coordinators, Kam Richardson at krichard@mcleodhealth.org or Traci Coward at tcoward@mcleodhealth.org.

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