Allied Health Lab Day brought students and their parents together for a morning of educational fun at San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC). The word "lab" often conjures up images of mad scientists, strange smells, and glass beakers with bubbling fluids. But there is more to know about lab careers, and we partnered with SBVC to introduce micro, psych, pharmacy, and nursing labs to students and their families.
Henry Lee, the keynote speaker, spoke about the dire need for lab scientist in Southern California and drew a connection between the what goes on in a lab and saving a life. A physician or a doctor cannot diagnose or treat patients without lab results, therefore labs play a direct role in the care and treatment of patients. Joan Murrillo, assistant professor of Anatomy and Physiology at SBVC, talked to the families about considering SBVC for higher education and the level of care and attention the instructors provide.
Attendees extracted strawberry DNA, learned how to use and read an EKG machine, conducted seeing tests, and learned how to check for pulses and temperature. Students and parents alike enjoyed the activities and what they learned about lab careers. We want to thank SBVC and Henry Lee for hosting Allied Health Lab Day!