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GAA Medical Club prepares students

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The Guam Adventist Academy is preparing young teens about the medical field. GAA's Medical Club gives the students an opportunity to get hands-on experience, inspiring them to pursue a career in helping others.

The Club has been offering free health screenings to the community.  The outreaches give the students in the club hands on training as they team up with medical professionals to do blood pressure and blood sugar screenings and more. Dr. Michael Robinson is a family practice doctor at SDA Clinic. "I think it's a great opportunity for the community to interact with physicians. Some of them don't have access to healthcare, so offering it to them for free allows them to touch base with a physician with a very superficial level because we don't offer what we would in a clinic, but it allows them to see what they might need and we can get them in to see their regular doctor for a checkup," he shared.

GAA senior Hannah Choi says being a member of the Medical Club has helped her gain sympathy for those who avail of the free health screenings. Aside from connecting with the people, Choi says it's great experience as she intends to pursue a career in internal medicine or nutrition. "I've gained an awareness of Guam's medical problems like the common health problems in society. It gave me a taste of the medical field, whether I liked it or not.  It gave me preparedness for a possible career in medicine," she said.

For sophomore Kasondra Reel, she's enjoyed her first year in the Medical Club, especially the invaluable training and experience she gets with each screening and medical mission. She told KUAM News, "I've been able to shadow doctors and I've been able to learn how to do blood pressure, blood sugar and just interact with people and learn how to become part of the medical field."

8th grader Johnny Parke enjoys meeting new people and putting a smile on their faces, saying, "My favorite part of being in the medical club is to help the people and to see smiles on their faces, which makes me happy so we're both happy in that instance."

The students participate in the events throughout the year, something Dr. Robinson says has been a great way for the students to develop character and get a head start on a future in medicine. "I didn't get the opportunity this young. I did it later on in medical school," he said. "So they're really ahead of me in their ability to get in good exposure to medicine but also it's a great way to put on their resumes, so medical schools can say hey this child really knows what they're doing and where they're going I think it's awesome."

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