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ATSU-KCOM students gain knowledge in pediatrics lab

March 6, 2020
Posted In: ATSU News, Events, KCOM, Missouri Campus, Student Headlines

A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) students recently expanded their experiences with younger patients during a pediatrics lab.

The lab, now in its fourth year, provides second-year ATSU-KCOM students an opportunity to work with children of different ages, while also rotating through stations to learn about procedures they could encounter in a pediatric emergency room.

“They see the broad spectrum of what pediatrics can really be,” said Julie Hessler, DO, ’96, assistant professor, family medicine. 

An ATSU-KCOM student works with a child during a pediatrics lab
A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine student Caleb Niehues, OMS II, speaks to a child during a recent pediatrics lab.

Dr. Hessler said it’s important for students to gain experiences with children of different ages, as they’re likely to encounter a wide range of ages in a pediatric practice. 

“With pediatrics, I think a lot of students aren’t aware it goes from newborn up to age 21,” Dr. Hessler said. “We try to have a wide variety of ages here so the students can talk to them, see developmental milestones, plot them on the growth chart, listen to hearts, and see variations in physical exams.”

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