AMSA FAU is proud to announce our Hypertension and Heart Disease Screening Clinic! Throughout the year we will be hosting screening training sessions, open to all members, to help teach clinical skills and utilize them.
*If you are attending the Bahamas Medical Mission Trip you must attend two (2) training sessions!
This is one of the most hands-on clinical experiences you will have during your pre-med path. The training sessions are listed on the calendar!
The Hypertension and Heart Disease Screening Clinic is a non-profit organization apart of AMSA FAU. We provide free screenings to individuals in the local South Florida community and Nassau, Bahamas in our annual New Providence Outreach Trip. The service that we provide include taking patient history, measuring pulse rate, blood pressure and body mass index. Each patient receives a pamphlet with lifestyle modifications in taking preventative steps to reduce and/or avoid high blood pressure. Although, we cannot legally diagnose individuals with hypertension, our efforts to educate individuals will make a positive impact in lives of many.
The Hypertension and Heart Disease Screening Clinic offers many volunteer opportunities throughout the semester. In our Clinic, student volunteers learn valuable skills, gain hands on clinical experience, and make a positive impact in our local community. To become qualified to participate, you must complete a minimum of two trainings for the Hypertension and Heart Disease Screening Clinic training program, and you are now eligible to take the written and skills tests. You must attend a minimum of two trainings to be qualified to volunteer in the hypertension clinics as well as attend the New Providence Outreach Trip in December. You must successfully pass each short test in order to further participate in the clinic. The written test covers material from our lecture, and consists of several multiple choices, matching, and short answer questions. The minimum passing score for the written test is 80%. For the skills test, you must demonstrate that you can properly measure pulse rate and blood pressure within +/- 2 bpm and +/-6 mmHg.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the directors below!
Please click here for the Hypertension email sign up!
Here are some tools that will help you learn more about High Blood Pressure and Hypertension.
Practicing clinical skills:
Through these links you can practice readings and familiarize yourself more with the korotkoff sound.
Helpful hint: In the middle of the page you will see table of contents, once done with each measurement click on the next “scenario” and make sure you are under blood pressure tab to continue.
In this video playlist, you will be trained to cancel the background noises around you and proceed to take correct measurement.