In August, C got to be a doctor for a day at a real hospital.
Organised by Mount Elizabeth Novena, “Doctor for a Day” is a program targeted at 5 to 12 year olds to give them a better understanding of the healthcare industry and hopefully inspire them to join the medical industry when they grow up.
They started in the preparation room, where all the kids donned kid-sized scrubs and hairnets, and taught the correct procedure to wash and disinfect their hands. The “training” took place in specially prepared rooms at the hospital, where medical students guided the kids through the various activities. Parents were not allowed to enter the training rooms (which was a good decision, knowing that we would probably get carried away taking photos!)
The first stop was to the general practitioner’s office, where C learnt to use a real stethoscope and the blood pressure meter. They were also taught how to use a ear thermometer correctly.
Next was the A&E, where the kids got to bandage each other (that was the fun part according to C), push a wheelchair, and try to use a defibrillator (not plugged in of course!). C was a little freaked by the defibrillator part and kept her distance while the patient was being treated.
At the nursing station, C got to feed, burp and change a baby (doll). This was nothing new to her, since she had hands-on practice with a live baby at home!
The final stop was the Operating Theatre, where they performed a surgery. The kids took turns to remove black plastic pieces from a man’s lungs using tweezers. C was paying attention, because she could tell me that the black plastic was tar in the man’s lungs caused by smoking.
There was a graduation ceremony at the end of the activities, where C changed into a white doctor’s coat. Each participant was given a certificate and a photo, with a souvenir toy stethoscope.
I thought it was a wonderful program that allowed the kids a glimpse of what it was like being a medical professional. It was fun and it was free 🙂 Hopefully there will be more programs like this.
C’s thoughts after the whole affair? She doesn’t want to be a doctor, because she needed to cut people up. LOL.
What do your kids want to be when they grow up?