A cadre of semester four International American University medical students participated in health screenings at the Vieux Fort Police Divisional Headquarters, located near the IAU campus.
Students were welcomed by management and given an area in the center of the station, so they could easily interview and screen officers as they changed shifts. Police officers started to trickle in one at a time, then a few at a time, and finally by groups. They were happy IAU medical students made the health screenings convenient for them, since they police officers have limited time and are unable to visit the Saturday community clinics.
Students were excited to be off campus, practicing their interview skills with people other than classmates. Students were very organized and were able to set up a screening area within minutes. They rotated responsibilities as to which screening and who was going to lead the group, with support and guidance from faculty.
Students educated the police officers and department staff regarding .normal values for blood sugar and blood pressure. They were also informed about high values for blood pressure and when to see their doctors. Officers and staff were also informed about proper diet, dangers of smoking and the benefits of exercise. Hosting this event was a wonderful morning and moment for IAU medical students and for the men and women of Vieux Fort’s law enforcement community.