We start the Cardio-Pulmonary module today. and I really look forward to learning about these systems because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Our professors keep reminding us of this fact, and that no matter what specialty we choose our patients are going to be dealing with these issues.
Today's lesson-plan for Service Learning is Cardiovascular Health. We also plan to incorporate blood-pressure measurements and smoking cessation counseling into the lesson. As I've mentioned before, my Service Learning group works with the Tenant Empowerment Network in DC. For each meeting, two members of the group plan to teach a certain aspect of medicine/general health. My lesson was about nutrition and the keys to leading a healthy lifestyle. While it'd be pretty easy to teach a lesson about healthy eating habits to a group of my peers, we really had to think about other questions:
- Where is the nearest grocery store?
- Can public transport get you there?
- How much money can you spend?
- What time of the month do you get your food stamps?
Being involved with the program, we have learned so much more about certain patient populations. My groupmates and I have realized how fortunate we are and how much we take for granted. We're trying to provide any kind of service/education to which these people would not regularly have access.
Happy Monday, everyone.