‘Day at the Doctor’s Office’

WVU School of Pharmacy students host teddy bear clinic

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For children, a visit to the doctor can be traumatic, especially when it’s time for their first memorable immunization shot. West Virginia University School of Pharmacy students are taking steps to make this experience less frightening for children ages  3 to 5.

As part of their partnership with the Scott’s Run Settlement House Child Development Center, second-year pharmacy students are teaming with WVU’s Academy of Student Pharmacists Operation Immunization campaign to hold a “Day at the Doctor’s Office,” complete with a teddy bear clinic, Tuesday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the child development center. 

Each child will receive a teddy bear and have the opportunity to observe and practice typical health checkup procedures at five different stations. Stations will include height measurement, weight and reflexes, heart and lung sounds, blood pressure, temperature and immunizations. 

“It’s important that children learn early on what vaccines are, how they help and why they should not be afraid,” explains second-year pharmacy student Jessica Ault.  “Most of these children will be entering kindergarten soon and will have to receive required vaccinations in the upcoming months.  We hope our project will help foster a trusting relationship between children and their doctors in the future.”

Parents will receive informational packets explaining truths and myths about vaccines, and children will receive coloring books and crayons along with the teddy bears.   

The WVU pharmacy students were partnered with Scott’s Run Settlement House through the WVU Center for Civic Engagement as part of their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience curriculum.

For information about the WVU School of Pharmacy see www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/.





For more information:
Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy 304-293-7192
bv: 03-26-09

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