Advanced AP field trips explore health professions

by Maddy Crile /

Science teacher Audra Faber recently took her Advanced Anatomy and Physiology class on two different field trips. The students left during school hours on two different days for a visit with an EMT and then to Pella Regional Health Center, allowing them to ask questions about their jobs and visit their workplace. 

These visits allowed the students to get a better understanding of the training someone needs to be a community health provider. “These field trips created a chance to expose them to opportunities to serve that they may not have considered as an option for themselves,” said Faber. “I was hoping the trip would create a desire to participate in God’s story as a community builder and encourager.” 

The students asked EMT Greg Higginbotham many questions including what a typical day would involve and about the schooling EMTs had to go through. As many questions were coming at Higginbotham, he decided to answer one about how they can get to a scene quickly. “What is the fastest you can go in your ambulance?” asked senior Anna Van Zee. The ambulance needs to be at the scene as swiftly as possible without creating any chaos or wrecks. “We are only able to go 15 over,” answered Higginbotham. 

During the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center trip, Wound Care Director Lesa Maring gave Faber and her class a tour of the wound center. She provided them with facts and showed them a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, an exam room, and a technology that allows patients to see visuals of their wounds quickly. The hyperbaric oxygen chamber allows certain people to go in for 30 minutes a day and heals any serious wounds they have. Students were impressed  at how fast this chamber can heal people’s wounds. “I was just fascinated that a man with a 15-year sore was able to be healed 6 weeks,” said senior Zoey Nelson.

This field trip gave the students a chance to see all the works of a Pella community help service provider. Faber hopes her students will grow in knowledge about career opportunities in the health field and appreciate how EMT professionals are serving members of our communities. “I want my students to learn to be an active pursuer and builder of shalom in their communities by encouraging and expressing appreciation for their work and sacrifice,” said Faber.

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