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Health Students Explore How Physicians Diagnose Patients

8th graders in Christine Andrew’s health class at the Junior High have been exploring how physicians diagnose and treat patients. Students are presented with patient folders ranging from rashes on their hands, joint pain, chest pain after activity, and severe fatigue. Each student works with a partner to use websites like mayoclinic.org and webmd.com to research the symptoms and come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Nicole Simpson, an 8th grade student said, “I like this project because it is interesting researching what is wrong with the patient and figuring out a treatment plan.”

“My partner and I get to explore different diagnoses that may match the symptoms in the patient folders. I like this project because it is more interesting trying to figure out what is wrong with the patient than sitting through a lecture. So far, this has been my favorite part of health class this year. Our particular patient was experiencing fatigue after a camping trip and we think he possibly has Lyme disease” said 8th grade student Celia Craig.

Andrea West, another student in Christine Andrews class shared, “I like learning about this stuff so it prepares me for the future and it allows me to avoid specific behavior and to be more careful and prepared.”

Teacher Christine Andrews reported, “By far the students are enjoying this project the most. We are focusing on the three learning standards:
  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.

I am glad to see the students really engaged and asking to complete additional patient folders.”

 

Next up: a unit on the mental and emotional aspects of our health.







 

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