MA students practice in Georgetown’s state-of-the-art facility
At the center, MA students learned from and alongside Georgetown nursing students while acting out various scenarios that could occur in their medical work.
With nursing students portraying patients, the future MAs practiced taking vital signs—pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature—as they would in a clinic. Afterward, the nursing students gave them feedback on what they did well and what they could improve.
MA students practiced additional skills, including EKGs, on the center’s robotic patient simulators, which mimic human conditions and responses.
In addition to providing valuable practice, the visit gave the students an idea of what their future work setting could be like.
“This was a great opportunity for MA students be in a clinic environment and to learn and understand the value of interprofessional collaboration via working with nursing students,” said Reena Gadhia, Lead Medical Assistant Instructor.
This was the MA students’ second visit to the center, and they will return later in the year.