Contributed by Jenna Quigley, Admissions Representative, and Catherine Hayes-Savage, Lead Medical Assistant Instructor
Remington College – Columbia Campus hosted its fourth HIV Awareness Day on February 21, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) provided free HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea testing at the event. The purpose of the day was to ensure that all participants had a chance to fully understand the impact that HIV and other diseases have on our society and how important it is for everyone to be aware of and attentive to their personal health.
Last year, the DHEC performed 220 HIV tests at our Columbia Campus. In 2012, 262 individuals were tested.
“We are grateful to DHEC for the wonderful complimentary service they provided for our Campus. They worked extremely hard,” said Catherine Hayes-Savage, Lead Medical Assisting Instructor.
Mr. Sellers’ HIV Awareness Class
Columbia psychology instructor Mark Sellers taught a lively class on HIV awareness for all students as part of the day’s events.
Medical Assisting student Lauren Miller said, “My experience with the HIV testing day was wonderful. I was able to work in the lab with urine samples, and I observed how a clinic works. It was a great hands-on experience that makes me love this program even more. Mr. Seller’s class was very informative as well. I learned so much about HIV/AIDS that I had not previously known. We should definitely have DHEC and Mr. Sellers back for our next event.”
In addition to his role at Remington College, Mr. Sellers works with the University of South Carolina HIV Resource and Education Department. “He did a wonderful job, and we are grateful to have him as part of our Remington team. He is a great resource,” said Ms. Hayes-Savage.
Medical Assisting Class and Student Ambassadors Provide Valuable Help
Students in Ms. Hayes-Savage’s class and the Campus’s Student Ambassadors also had the chance to assist DHEC employees by working as receptionists and medical assistants to ensure the proper patient flow. The students rotated shifts and roles throughout the day.
Also, in preparation for upcoming blood drives on Campus, American Red Cross representative Kelly Moore set up a booth to address everyone’s questions about how to prepare to donate blood.
Through this and other health-related fairs and events, Remington College – Columbia Campus hopes to continue being a valuable educational resource for all of its students.