American Indian Health Career Ladder This Saturday

This Saturday is the 2nd American Indian Health Career Ladder event at Western University in Pomona, CA.

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Come out to learn about forensic Science and fingerprinting, figure out your blood type, or dissect a sheep brain. There will be a bunch of kids from Sherman Indian High School and everyone is welcome! Oh, and Lab Coats will be handed out for students to wear!! Soo Cool!

You can preregister or just register when you get there.

FMI: http://www.westernu.edu/ladder-american-indian/about.php or Call Scott Scoggins

And the day begins!

Yesterday was the first day at camp, it was such a fun filled day with so many great speakers. We began our day at 7:30 a.m. and all had breakfast together. We then after began to blog which was many of our first time. The biggest event that had occurred was going to Western University, the experience for me was greater than words. Just to be on a college campus full of students who want to be apart of the medical field was a great sight. There were six guest speakers that spoke to us yesterday, they all brought something different to the table. The first guest speaker talked about diabetes and how it plays a role on our community. The second guest speaker were two ladies who talked about our health and what type of foods we should be eating; they showed us multiple ways to exercise without having to go outside. The third guest speaker was probably my absolute favorite, because it was more of a personal experience and he gave us his point of view on diabetes. He was first diagnosed with diabetes when he was seven, its crazy to know that he had diabetes for over 30 years now, that shows strength and courage to me. The last speaker was also one of my favorites, she was a young doctor who gave us her personal story about how she came about choosing to be a doctor and her life growing up. She gave us tips on how to pick our right career and exactly the steps it took to get as far as she did. At the end of the lecture she asked us questions that she wanted us to answer to help her out with the class she teaches. So here’s my feedback to her: Some good experiences I had with a doctor was when my Dad would visit his doctor she would constantly be on him about his health. She built a friendship with both me and him and constantly made him feel at his best. When my father passed away,she was so close to him that she felt a part of her leave, so after I gave her flowers to thank her for all she had done. A bad experience would be my doctor, he doesn’t bother to explain that symptom i may have bothering me at the time, that when I go home I have to do my own person research about it. I would love to have a friendship type of relationship because i believe it makes it easier for the patient to open up. Overall yesterday was a good day and something I won’t forget.

Western University questions.

What’s the ideal doctor-patient relationship?

A doctor should understand a bit about you, in a way you can’t approach every patient the same way. Some patients would want to be more up front while others may want more of a friend basis.

What should your doctor know about you and/or your people?

Diabetes is all too common in our people. Some may hold the old traditions and not like pills and other kinds of modern day treatments.

What type of questions should your doctor have for you?

Questions about eating habits and exercise are very important, make sure to address the risk of Diabetes.

Any good or bad experiences with doctors?

Most of my visits with doctors have been well, though I know a friend who has been treated horribly due to mental illnesses and the reactions people give her because of that. Many doctors became very hostile towards her when she told them she had decided against taking medicines, only because they all had bad side effects as well. We live in a world very based around the belief that a simple pill can fix anything and everything, though that is not entirely so. Doctors should be ready to help guide a patient towards a path to better help without the wish of medicine if the patient so chooses, peacefully.

Medic! western university questions nick lozano

What is my ideal physician?

  • Friend who won’t lie to you, send you off with just regular antibiotics, cares for your well being, and let you know if there is a problem.

what should my doctor know about me and my people?

  • Native Americans have a higher risk of diabetes, some native Americans have a different life style than other people, Families may also yield some sickness that they may not know about.

What questions should a doctor have?

  • What kind of foods do you eat? Do you know of anything that runs in the family and kind of sickness?

Any good or bad experiences with doctors

  • When my cat was suffering from a urinary blockage we had him taken to the vet and they cleared it out and he was fine, i was relieved they were able to flush out the blockage and enabled him to use the bathroom properly if we had waited longer he wouldn’t have made it.
  • When i was a little baby i had an odd infection in my throat i was taken to the hospital to have it taken out, i am very grateful it was taken out or i would have had white lumps on my throat

 

Western University…

was a mind blowing experience. The students and I had the opportunity to participate in a human anatomy lab in which we were introduced to various body parts such as the brain, heart, and lungs; we were able to work with real human body parts. Being able to hold the heart of a deceased individual who had undergone multiple bypasses really hit home…About a year ago my mom had a couple of blocked/clogged arteries and had to undergo open heart surgery…Being able to hold the heart in my hands not only exposed me to but also helped me to further understand the causes and effects of a blocked/clogged artery. I am truly thankful to still have my mom around today, she is thee best :] <3

Western University… our trip.

So, today is, Wednesday and we visited Western University where the students learned about the different types of medicine and medical fields. We first learn the difference between a MD and DO. (I think??) Anyways, basically one has more hours learning… like 408 more hours… and they also learn how to treat the patient better. This is because they learn how to use their hands and feel what is wrong with the body. Mike one of the students there tried to fix my lower back but the table that was there was not the best and he just couldn’t really pop anything. However, he got some of the other mentors kinks out… which is awesome. We next went to the thing lab where the vets learn how to stitch things up and give shots. I did my first suture which was awesome and it came out good… makes me think I could do that…jk! The last part, before the q&a, was the anatomy lab where we learn more about the brain, the heart, and the lungs. I got to hold them!!! which was cool. Now we are all blogging…. and I’ll admit that I am tired and ready to eat.

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Alexandra Mojado-Jimenez