On Friday March 29, 2019, Dr. John Cadle, East Georgia State College Associate Professor of Biology and co-faculty advisor of the Pre-Professional Student Club; John Smoyer, EGSC Assistant Professor of Biology; and a group of EGSC students from the EGSC’s Swainsboro, Statesboro, and Augusta campuses visited the nursing and medical school at Augusta University in Augusta, Ga. This trip was organized by the EGSC Pre-Professional Student Club. The goal from this club is to provide an out-of-class experience where students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field can come together to share their enthusiasm and learn about the different types of jobs in the medical field.
“The EGSC Pre-Professional Student Club is a new asset for students who want to go into the medical field,” explained Dr. David Chevalier, Chair of the Biology Program at EGSC. “Club activities such as this visit to Augusta University will increase the competitiveness of our students and better prepare them to be admitted to professional schools.”
While visiting AU, students toured the simulation lab, which included multiple life-like mannequins in an authentic clinical environment. Both nursing and medical students use the simulation lab and the mannequins to acquire valuable skills and confidence in diagnosing and treating patients. Students practiced delivering a baby with a birthing mother mannequin. Finally, students received info on the application process to the Augusta Nursing and Medical Schools.
“It was captivating to see some of the latest learning techniques and most advanced technologies available at one of the most advanced research universities,” said biology major Tanner Peebles. “Not only did we gain tips on how to become better students, but we were also able to observe and participate in first-hand medical practice using simulations. By participating and touring the campus, we gained a special insight which couldn’t have been achieved through a presentation and I am grateful we had the opportunity to tour Augusta University.”
Added Smoyer, “This visit was great experience for your student interested in becoming nursing and medical doctor. The simulation labs give the students hands-on experience with patients in various scenarios. These includes working with mothers in labor, geriatric patients as well as a variety of other situations.”
Dr. Cadle also added, “The students had a great time delivering a virtual baby!”