Interact Club travels to New Orleans for American Heart Association’s Scientific Session

This Tuesday, several junior and senior students who are members of the Interact Club traveled to New Orleans to take part in the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. Over 200 students from Mississippi and Louisiana attended the session, which educated the students on heart health and the medical field.

Beginning the session, the students were separated into groups and then brought to different segments throughout the building. The first segment was on hands-only CPR. The students began by participating in a Mannequin Challenge, an Internet trend, with their CPR mannequins. Then, they got down to business. Students separated into groups of two or three to a mannequin, and were taught how to perform CPR. While the students learned and practiced on the mannequins, the instructors told them interesting facts about heart attack and CPR techniques.

After each student had a chance to practice on the mannequin, the group moved to the next segment of the session. This segment took the students to a large display room with several doctors and professionals set up with booths displaying new programs, information, or techniques they had devised to further their field of medicine. Since the American Heart Association ran the convention, the booths were concerned with heart health and cardiology. At the student booths, the groups learned about the importance of including seafood in your regular diet too maintain a healthy heart, a new app which allows heart patients to record their heart rhythm at any given moment and send it to their doctor, a new teaching technique that creates a 3D image and ultrasound of a beating heart, and much more.

After walking around the convention, the groups attended a panel with several doctors and college professors. At this panel, the students had an opportunity to get all their questions about the medical field answered by professionals.

The session was a great experience for the students and allowed those interested in going into medicine to learn more about the profession and how the medical world works.

Story by Jeanne Torp