Magnolia ISD Medical Students Tour Tomball Regional Medical Center Facilities

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Matt Clark, director of Career and Technology Programs. “The students appreciated the opportunity to meet with professionals who provided insight about each of their careers.”

The medical professionals at each tour destination discussed patient care, medical professions, and the advancements of medical technology. In addition, they described how they prepared for their careers in medicine.

Emergency Nurses at Affinity Emergency Center at Magnolia educated students about their role in the ER, which ranges from recognizing life-threatening situations to treating a variety of less urgent conditions including common illnesses and minor injuries. Students toured the 11,000 square-foot facility, which included six treatment rooms, a triage room and lab services.

Students touring the Affinity Imaging Center at Magnolia were able to see advanced diagnostic equipment, including an open MRI machine, and students heard from a radiologist who explained how imaging professionals perform and interpret imaging procedures to provide the most accurate diagnostic information possible. When asked by one of the students, a future radiologist, how they monitor the amount of radiation to which they are exposed, the radiologist explained that they wear a monitor badge that is sent to the lab each year that reports radiation exposure.

The tour of the family practice clinic, Affinity Medical Associates, was led by family practitioner Dr. Edward Terrasson and Natalie Stephens, a nurse practitioner. Terrasson described the day-to-day operations of managing a practice while Stephens informed students about the role of a medical assistant, which includes administrative responsibilities as well as working with ill patients.

MISD is working with Tomball Regional Medical Center to set up future tours this spring.