Health Science Club explores interest in vitals

Ernesto Gomez

Ernesto Gomez, Editor

To introduce more aspects of medicine, Health Science Club held it’s first vitals lab after school.

“I hope to generate interest in medicine and show those interested some of the basic tools of a doctor,” said Health Science Club moderator, Dr. Ballesteros.

The lab was held in Dr.Ballesteros’s and began with a small lecture. Dr. B, an M.D. graduate of St. James School of Medicine, taught about the proper way to take vital signs (respiratory rate and heart rate) and how to auscultate the heart and lungs.

“I think the important part of this lab is students who are interested in health careers or want to learn more about their bodies,” said club president, Diego Gonzales.

Students had also learned the different causes and symptoms of abnormal vital signs. This had included recordings of what to listen for in these abnormal vitals.

“I hope to generate interest in medicine and show those interested some of the basic tools of a doctor. I think it was successful. The students who attended were excited and showed a lot of interest and enthusiasm,” said Dr. B.
Students participated in listening and recording each other’s vitals and learned an important skill in the field of medicine.
“I think by introducing these concepts, students are able to better explore medical science,” said senior and club member, Richard Dunn.
In the future, the club hopes to hold more vital sign symposiums regarding how to take different types of measurements such as blood pressure. If you are interested in Health Science Club, see Dr. Ballesteros in room 235 for more information. All are welcome to join.