AMSA FAU is proud to announce our Clinical Skills program. Throughout the year we will be hosting sessions, open to all members, regarding how to take manual blood pressure, BMI, and pulse rate.
*If you are attending the Costa Rica Outreach trip or Bahamas Outreach Trip then you must attend two educational sessions and pass the multiple choice and practical exam.*
This is one of the most hands-on clinical experiences you will have during your pre-med path. The educational sessions are listed on the calendar!
Clinical Skills is a part of AMSA FAU. We teach AMSA members how to take manual blood pressure, pulse rate, and body mass index. We provide free blood pressure and BMI services to local South Florida Communities at various Health Fairs and Community Events. We also go abroad and provide free blood pressure and BMI services to the citizens of New Providence, Bahamas and Costa Rica, during our annual New Providence Outreach Trip and Costa Rica Outreach Trip. Each patient receives an educational pamphlet about the risks of Hypertension and risk prevention, and how to lead a healthier lifestyle, from the CDC. Although we can not legally diagnose individuals with hypertension, we can educate and spread awareness to individuals and impact many lives.
Clinical skills offers AMSA members many volunteer opportunities and hands on clinical experience throughout the semester. We attend various Health Fairs and provide free blood pressure and BMI readings to many individuals throughout the semester. In order to be certified, you must attend at least two educational sessions and pass the multiple choice and practical exam. The multiple choice covers materials discussed during the educational session and you must receive an 80% or higher. For the practical exam, you must demonstrate that you can accurately take blood pressure within +/- 8 mmHg.
Please click here for the Clinical Skills 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.