Life as a third year isn’t so bad right now. We had our first pediatrics lab with Dr. Allison, and since the majority of the class is made up of females, there was a huge estrogen-driven chorus of “aww” every few minutes. We watched videos of how to perform eye exams for infants, toddlers and pre-school children. Each lab, ICO faculty members volunteer to bring their young children to be our practice patients. You’d imagine that these kids would feel shy, or be intimidated by the vast number of students that take turns to talk to them, and make them focus on things to practice our techniques. You might think that that some would cry, or throw tantrums, but none of that happened. For my lab, Dr. Polanekbrought in her son Paxton and her daughter Payton.
Other labs had Dr. Allen bring in her daughter, and Dr. Pang bringing in her twin boys. We can try to practice on each other and have our partner try to do tests while we pretend to be a child, but having actual child participants really reminds of what we’re here for, and why we want to learn the material taught to us.
I must say, and many would agree with me on this one, child development lab is one of my favorite labs in my entire career at ICO. I can’t imagine it getting better than this. Our patients are adorable, and our creative collaborative efforts to keep the attention of children makes it even more interesting. I can’t wait to find out who our little helper will be in the next lab!